7 must visit cocktails bars in Leicester!

Another year, another International Cocktail Day (13 May 2023)! It’s the perfect excuse to grab your pals and try new flavours at some of Leicester’s finest independent cocktail bars. Here’s our round-up of must-visit independent cocktail bars in Leicester city centre, from well-known established bars to secret hidden gems, we have your cocktail cravings covered.

Black Iron Social

A relaxed yet stylish addition to the city’s wide range of bars, Black Iron Social is a great place to start your night of tipple tasting.

If you are spoilt for choice, they offer an option to leave the decision in the highly skilled bartender’s hands. Just let them know your favourite flavours and they will create the perfect drink, just for you! Their menu features the gin-based strawberry ‘Cattows Gimlet’. A homage to one of the best ways to spend a summer day in Leicester, strawberry picking at Cattows Farm!

 
 
 
 
 
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Little Sister

Following in the footsteps of its big sister, 33CankStreet, Little Sister offers a toned-down edgy vibe to the cocktail scene in Leicester, think good vibes, tasty drinks, and a banging soundtrack to boot.

 
 
 
 
 
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33 CankStreet

It’s time to get excited because CankStreet will be showcasing its new summer menu just in time to celebrate International Cocktail Day! Cocktails featured in the new menu include the ‘Flat Pack Daq’, ‘Pornstar Sgroppino’ and ‘Take-Away-Tini’, which comes complete with chilli-infused vodka and a prawn cracker!

Be sure to head over to try out the unique flavours from the award-winning cocktail bar, made using the finest local ingredients.

 
 
 
 
 
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Sommar

Sip in style at Sommar, with colourful seating and delicious cocktails, what more could you want?

Outdoor seating is now available so you can top up on your tan while you gossip the evening away.

 
 
 
 
 
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45 West

A sophisticated, chic bar in the heart of the city, 45 West offers a beautiful range of artisan cocktails in a luxe setting. Why not try the topically titled Attenborough Spritz, named after one of the nation’s best-loved celebrities David Attenborough. Did you know he lived on campus at the University of Leicester from the age of 5!

 
 
 
 
 
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Toots and Maytals Bar

A hidden gem where mixologists mingle after hours, Toots is an ideal spot to try creative cocktails like their Bacon Maple Old Fashioned or Sorrel Rum Punch, served by expert bartenders with over a decade of experience. The bar is one of the smallest in Leicester, but boasts a relaxed atmosphere with personal service, specialising in cocktails tailored to your individual tastes. A tiny hideaway that you won’t regret stopping by for a boozy tipple (or four).

Bartender serving drinks at Toot and Maytals Bar in Leicester City Centre.

Wygstons House

If you’re still standing, why not end the night with some beautifully curated confectionery cocktails at Leicester’s oldest standing house? As well as a beautiful indoor setting, the bar also boasts one of the largest and sunniest beer gardens in the city centre, perfect for sipping your tall or short whilst catching a few rays Their menu includes ‘confectionary cocktails’ such as the Prawn Cocktail, featuring gin with strawberry and rose syrup, topped with apple juice.

 
 
 
 
 
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We know it’s hard trying to pick just one or two bars to visit, so to make it easier LoyalFree have created a cocktail trail for you to follow around the city so you don’t miss any out, available on the LoyalFree App.

Where’s your favourite cocktail hotspot? Let us know on social media, and don’t forget to follow us whilst you’re there!

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