Spring if finally here and we at Martin and Co are looking forward to getting out and about in the Leeds sunshine, or the clouds, close enough. Shannon Bruce, local journalist gave us these are 6 brilliant reasons why you should ignore the spring showers and risk the dancing shoes instead of wellies.
1. You never
have to walk far for your next drink.
One of the best things about Leeds is that everything is so close to each other. It will take you a matter of minutes to get to the next bar. Most of the time the bars are right next door. You can make your way from the top of Call Lane right down to the bottom and guarantee an amazing night out. Start at The Maven, a pre-Prohibition USA styled interior which is home to some of the most amazing cocktails in Leeds. Don't be fooled by their dark and moody atmosphere, if you stay long enough you might catch a Britney tune or two. Move onto Milo and then hit the strip. Jakes Bar, Oporto, Norman Bar and then classic Call Lane Social. Virtually every bar is a hit.
2. Burn off those Easter calories with some dancing.
For those of us that indulged in an Easter egg too many, Belgrave Music Hall is the place to be when it comes to dancing or if you're partial to a slice of pizza. This is the bar which transforms into a music venue or a yoga studio or even a comedy club, the list is endless. Keep an eye out for different events happening here especially if you have a taste for gin, they do the most amazing gin based cocktails here. Not in the mood for some indie rock? How about some salsa social down at Revolucion de Cuba and best of all; it's free. Located on Call Lane, it is perfect if you love yourself some Cuban Rum. Not only does this place provide you with an endless supply of Cuban cocktails to try but they also have all of your favourites on hold.
3. Leeds beer.
Alongside the cocktails we all love a good pint, North Bar has an unbelievable selection from across the world. As well as providing European ales it also stocks rare drinks from independent breweries. If beer isn't your tipple they have a massive selection of crazy spirits, odd soft drinks and do one heck of a cappuccino. If you're looking for something a little more upbeat, The Hop, down at Granary Wharf. Hidden within the Dark Arches, The Hop serves a large selection of real ales as well as cocktails. It has a killer atmosphere because it's live music. Everything from jazz to indie to rock.
4. Spring Deals
This May, many of the amazing bars in Leeds are offering some deals that are too good to miss. Revolucion de Cuba offer 2-4-1 on cocktails as well as a Bottomless Brunch on weekends for just £20. As well as Taco Tuesdays . try the pulled paprika chicken it's spicy but amazing!
5. You will never have the same cocktail twice.
Greek street is very well known for its iconic cocktail bars. The Alchemist and The Liquorist sit on the street packed with amazingly unique cocktails. At The Alchemist enjoy a steaming Mad Hatter or a Bison's Brew, you name it they've got it. Aside from their cocktails their bar snacks are heavenly. You can't go wrong with the Salt and Pepper Pork Crackling. Have you ever had a Zombie cocktail? Try your first at The Liquorist, they are the best. A mix of Havana Club 3 year, Wray & Nephew, Captain Morgan, CrÃ¨me de Apricot, sugar syrup, pineapple and lime juice they certainly pack a punch.
6. We have our own freedom quarter
It is without a doubt one of Leeds main landmarks. Full to the brim with LGBT community happenings. Packed with clubs and pubs it is the perfect target for a good night out. Our Freedom Quarter highlights include the legendary Stone Roses bar for amazing indie music, Club Mission for the ultimate house experience and Fibre, an all-round hotspot with 4 floors of fun.
Who would not want to live in Leeds?!