Cocktail bars in Leeds have come a long way in a short space of time, with cool quirky outlets such as Blind Tyger leading the revolution.
Owned by the powerhouse behind fellow listee Smokestack (13th place), Blind Tyger is a hive of cocktail drinking and fun.
The Leeds cocktail bar sits above its sister site Sandinista on Cross Belgrave Street in the Northern Quarter of the city, which you access through a street-level door.
Inside you will find a dusky environment filled with dark wood and leather booths, a real drinkers’ den that is lit by candles.
High-quality spirits, along with home-made ingredients, are a big part of the bar, along with jazz, electric blues and other chill music styles.
You’ll see the occasional promotion on offer, including a recent Gin & Tea twist on the traditional afternoon tea, featuring three cocktails and afternoon tea for £25 a person.
Tastings and other events are also regular occurrences at the cocktail bar, making this venue perfect for someone who wants to build their knowledge of spirits and cocktails.
Cocktails range from £7.50 to £9 for single-serve drinks and £18 for a sharing cocktail.
Top picks include Little Death, made using Beefeater gin, house clarified lemon syrup, cocchi Americano, Briottet triple sec and anise cherry (£8); or try 400 Rabbits made with Del Maguey Vida Mezcal, pomegranate molasses, Bitter Truth Celery Bitters and agave (£9).
Blind Tyger’s Popcorn Julep should be given a special mention, as it is sure to entice non-Scotch drinkers. It is made with Mellow Corn Whiskey, popcorn syrup and sage-infused salt (£8.50).