Secret underground bar and 10 other quirky spots for a night out in Leeds

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Break from tradition and enjoy a memorable night out with a difference at one of these wonderfully quirky spots around the city.

7 Greek Street Social

Adopting a James Bond style air of mystery, this underground cocktail bar can only be accessed by calling a ‘secret’ number from a specially installed phone box. Follow instructions from the barman, who will tell you how to get inside.

Once your detective work has led you to the bar, you’ll be greeted with an impressive menu of cocktails, wines, craft beers and spirits – perfect for a fun night out.

7 Greek Street, LS1

Dry Dock

It’s not every day you see a boat casually washed up on the side of a busy town centre road, but Leeds is a city full of pleasant surprises.

This unusual site certainly succeeds in drawing visitors in, and its laid-back atmosphere and long bar menu will make you want to get comfortable.

Dry Dock also has a large open roof top space where you can enjoy a pint with friends in the warmer weather.

Woodhouse Lane, LS2 3AX

The Maven

Combining vintage charm with a modern twist, a visit to The Maven feels a bit like falling down the rabbit hole.

The entrance can be tricky to find as it isn’t signposted. Keep an eye out for the street-level stairwell on Call Lane and follow the hidden staircase to the doors emblazoned ‘M’ to find your way.

Dark and rustic, yet undeniably cool, you’ll find an eclectic mix of imaginative cocktails here – and if you can’t find a drink you fancy on the menu, just ask and the staff will be happy to mix up your favourite tipple.

1 Call Lane, LS1 7DH

Roxy Ball Room

At Roxy Ball Room you’ll find ping pong, pool, mini golf and beer pong all under one roof, and a varied choice of tasty burgers, pizzas, craft beers and signature cocktails to enjoy as you play.

Ideal for a lively night out with friends, it’s a lot more exciting than your average bar.

58 Boar Lane, LS1 6HW

The Lost & Found

Bringing the outdoors indoors, this elegant bar and restaurant is a beautiful hideaway where you can unwind with a drink or two.

The botanical themed interior is wonderfully unique, and - teamed with a delicious British menu and a variety of imaginative, handcrafted cocktails - it’s a lovely space to get lost in for a few hours.

12 Greek Street, LS1

Blind Tyger

Another of the city’s ‘secret’ bars, this quirky drinking den is accessed by a subtly marked doorway, leading to a staircase.

Take the stairs down into the cosy bar area, complete with candle-lit booth seating and quirky vintage décor.

Famed for its wacky cocktails, you’ll find a host of exotic flavours and intriguing concoctions to try.

5 Cross Belgrave Street, LS2 8JP

Tick Tock Unlock

Put your problem solving skills to the test and channel your inner Sherlock Holmes to crack the clues and escape a room in 60 minutes or less at this exciting mystery experience.

Home to a selection of themed rooms (including the Forgotten Tomb, The Asylum and Alice In Wonderland) you can choose your nemesis and try to beat the clock to the way out.

Third Floor, Kings House, 1 King Street, LS1 2HH

Hyde Park Picture House

Multiplexes are a dime a dozen, so why not say out with the new and in with the old for a change?

At more than 100 years old, Hyde Park Picture House still screens a selection of classic and independent films, offering a chance to see some of your all-time favourites or something completely new on the big screen, in the most charming of settings.

73 Brudenell Road, LS6 1JD

Outlaws Yacht Club

This European style café and bar is an exhibition space, record shop, hair salon and creative hangout all rolled into one.

It may sound like an odd mix, but this is both a relaxing spot to enjoy a coffee and a board game by day, and an exciting venue to see local and international DJs perform by night.

Outlaws also hosts regular film and poetry nights, art exhibitions and book clubs, so there’s something for everyone - and their ever changing beer, wine and cocktail list will provide plenty of fuel to keep you going.

38 New York Street, LS2 7DY

Holbeck Underground Ballroom

Hidden away under five interconnecting railway arches in Holbeck, this unique venue offers a regular performance programme and a ‘Pay What You Decide’ system, where you give the amount you feel is right after watching a show.

A new take on your standard theatre trip, it’s a chance to see a variety of talent in a unique environment.

67-71 Bath Road, LS11 9UA

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