Cheers, we’ll drink to that! 7 Independent Cocktail Bars in Leicester

Sweet or sour, fruity or creamy, old-school or experimental, deciding which delicious cocktail to taste is never an easy feat. Here in Leicester, we’re lucky to have a fantastic selection of venues offering stellar cocktails menus in sophisticated settings which means we’re really spoilt for choice when we’re looking to indulge.

Whether you’re looking to impress a partner, catching up with your companions or winding down after work, you’re sure to find the perfect tipple in one of these independent bars.

Audrey Bar

One of the latest additions to the scene and perhaps one of the most ‘Instagramable’ bars in the city, the cool and hip Audrey Bar is the perfect sophisticated spot for those boomerang-worthy drinks cheers’. For the day drinkers, the 9-5ers and the booty shakers, sip your way through their classic cocktail, gin and wine and fizz menu. Keep your eyes peeled as they’ll also be launching a bottomless brunch and a small plates and sharing menu in the near future to complement their drink offering.

Manhattan 34

Inspired by the end of the Prohibition in 1934, Manhattan 34 is an art deco style bar with a bespoke drinks menu conceived in the minds of their innovative and experienced bartenders. Tantalise your tastebuds and marvel at the mixology with their range of cocktails, mocktails, beers and wines that ooze quality and flavour. They pride themselves on being able to blend drinks and cocktails to suit any palate – so why not put them to the test?


An industrial themed bar, combining cocktails and house music, Sophy serves up classic cocktails as well as different flavour variants for each one. Treat yourself to a Butterscotch White Russian or a Cherry Pina Colada, Electric Long Island or a Blueberry French Martini, take your pick as you’ll be spoilt for choice. They aim to meet everyone’s requests so they also have a large selection of beers, wines and spirits as well as soft drinks for those tee-totallers.

Fat Cat

One of the leading venues in the city for unique cocktails, Fat Cat is celebrating 30 years of providing a quality drink destination. Enjoy a tailor-made menu where you can choose from Strawberry, Passionfruit, Blueberry or Raspberry to add to your Mojito or Daiquiri or pick from a selection of classics including Espresso Martini and Margarita. Time your visit right and you can indulge in their cocktail happy hour, which is available every day from 5pm-9pm.


Famous for their original & thoughtful cocktails, 33cankstreet is a stylish bar serving up unique concoctions in an intimate art deco atmosphere. Using the very best local ingredients and inspiration from the city’s rich heritage, their menu is like no other. Whatever takes your fancy, whether it’s a timeless classic or one of their in-house creations, you’re sure to discover a new or old favourite.

The Gadabout

In the heart of the cathedral quarter, situated in a listed 17th century building, you’ll find the Gadabout. Their name is taken from the colloquial term for a ‘habitual pleasure-seeker’ and that very characteristic is showcased in their menu that is inspired by the world. Their aim is to play with people’s perceptions of cocktails with their carefully curated signatures.

The Bottle Garden

An urban botanical style cocktail bar, The Bottle Garden provides a tranquil and contemporary space that makes it a must-visit destination. An expansive and experimental cocktail menu, expect delights to treat your tongue including a Toblerone Martini, Blood Orange Margarita or a Gin-ger Beer. That’s not all, they also have a selection of mocktails, gins, wines, spirits and soft drinks to indulge in and if you’re feeling peckish you can treat yourself to some light bites, flatbreads and platters.

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