The sober guide to going out in Leeds

Many of us kick start the new year feeling a little more health conscious, and that often means kicking the booze.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 16th January 2017, 9:16 am
Updated Monday, 16th January 2017, 2:41 pm

Whether you’ve committed yourself to avoiding a tipple for Dry January, or you’ve given up alcohol completely, you shouldn’t feel like a fun night out is off the cards.

Leeds is home to a wealth of bars and restaurants that offer a tasty selection of non-alcoholic cocktails and flavoursome soft drinks, so you can enjoy a sober night out and avoid the headache in the morning.

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This charming, rustic bar is a popular Leeds venue thanks to its quirky, botanically themed interior, offering visitors a rather atmospheric dining experience. Boasting a large beer garden and a bar overflowing with ales and ciders, it may not be an obvious choice for a teetotaller. but it offers an impressive selection of non-alcoholic beverages made from unusual concoctions of fresh fruits and citrus juices that will send your taste buds tingling. Served in jam jars with crushed ice, you still get to enjoy the fancy cocktail presentation without suffering from a sore head.

Trinity Leeds, 67 Boar Lane

TGI Friday’s

TGI Friday’s is overflowing with choice for those avoiding the booze. As well as a lengthy mocktail menu, including a variety of fruity options, there’s also a selection of delicious smoothies, slushes and indulgent milkshakes to choose from. The lively restaurant will definitely give you that Friday feeling and if you fancy making a night of it, there’s a mouth-watering menu of food to accompany your drinks.

Wellington Bridge Street

The Fourth Floor Bar, Harvey Nichols

If you’re looking for a classy venue to enjoy a glass or two, look no further than Harvey Nichols Fourth Floor Bar. Elegantly decorated, the bar oozes sophistication and the menu is over-flowing with both soft and hot drink options, making it a lovely spot to unwind and relax with friends. For something fruity, give the raspberry lemonade a try or for something a little more fancy, go for the Elderflower bubbly. And if you prefer a warming treat, there’s a great range of speciality teas or a tasty hot chocolate to choose from.

107-111 Briggate

All Bar One

All Bar One’s drinks menu isn’t one to be scoffed at, but among the wine, cocktails and beers you’ll be surprised to find a super range of enticing non-alcoholic beverages. The dry-friendly bar has a delicious choice of fruity softails, including a Mango and Passionfruit Fizz and A Virgin Mojito. They taste so good you won’t even notice the alcohol is missing.

27 East Parade

The Alchemist

With its innovative smoking cocktails and intriguing concoctions, The Alchemist has become one of the city’s most popular drinking haunts. The quirky bar is renowned for its molecular drinks-making techniques and carefully crafted flavours, and among its diverse drinks menu, teetotallers are well catered for. The non-alcoholic cocktails still look every bit as exciting as the booze infused options, so you can raise a glass and soak up the lively atmosphere of the bar without feeling like you’re missing out.

Trinity Leeds / Greek St


If you’d rather avoid the confines of a small pub, why not ditch the bar stool and head to the stylish surroundings of the beautiful Mumtaz restaurant. With its chic black and white décor, chandeliers and comfortable dining area, it offers a great atmosphere to indulge in a drink or two. As a proud alcohol free zone, you’ll find a lengthy selection of delicious mocktails, non-alcoholic wine and the largest selection of virgin mojitos in Yorkshire, along with a variety of milkshakes which are too good to say no to. The Oreo and Aero Mint flavours are particularly yummy.

Chadwick St