When finding the right place to make the most of the summer evenings in the city centre, the sky’s the limit… quite literally. Rooftop bars and terraces are one of the many underrated pleasures of summertime that should be enjoyed whether you’re making an evening of it, or just stopping by after work for a half before you head home.

We’ve rounded up a handful of rooftop destinations, including some all-time classics, and some lesser known hidden gems so as when comes to going for a drink, you can be roof smart as well as street smart.

 

Belgrave Music Hall

 

Belgrave’s rooftop terrace is a well-known classic in Leeds, and is much loved by families, students, and business folk alike, a real go-to spot. Enjoy views overlooking the northern quarter, the famous dome of Leeds Grand theatre amid the city’s more industrial skyline. Here, you’ll rarely struggle to find a seat in the sun as the terrace is decked out with cushioned seating and benches, and for the slightly breezier evenings, Belgrave have got you covered with their outdoor heaters.

For drinks, you need not stray far from the sunny rooftop as you can order from the mini bar which stocks 4 of the more popular pint options on keg lines, such as fruit ciders and lager. But if you’re after slightly more options, head to the main bar in the first-floor beer hall; and whilst you’re there why not try a slice of their famous Dough Boys pizza, or order one of their equally famous Patty Smith burgers.

Headrow House

 

Similarly to Belgrave, Headrow House is a much-loved classic, and although it’s sometimes easy to compare the two, they are in fact very different. Headrow House generally attracts a completely different crowd, and that may be perhaps down to its slightly more sophisticated beer hall, and the additional top floor cocktail bar, Redondo Beach, which seamlessly leads out onto the first level of their rooftop terrace.

Enclosed within stylish pallet fencing, Headrow’s rooftop terrace gives you glimpses of the skyline but can magically make you believe you could be anywhere in the world. On this first level, raised benches are neatly placed around the outside, subtly leaving room for a dance floor, just to throw the idea out there. Up onto the second level is a more open terrace, completed with heated shelters of cushioned benches and more seating that gives the perfect view of their famous ever-changing neon sign. Order cocktails such as a Redondo kiss or a negroni from the upstairs bar, or for a little more option head downstairs to the main beer hall.

 

Rolands

 

A terrace? On Call Lane? Yes, absolutely. For a slightly different rooftop experience try Roland’s, who have just created a sun terrace in their back yard, just in time for the summer. Their sun terrace follows their stylish rustic wooden interior, with a splash of colour with their signature red chairs. The space in true Rolands style is super cool and a perfect place to relax for an hour or ten!

Rolands are known for their cocktails, so it would probably be rude not to try one or two because we don’t know about you, but nothing sounds as appetising as one of their espresso martinis right about now…

RMUK

 

If you and your friends are looking to plan a day of extreme pampering, head to RMUK beauty salon and try their exclusive rooftop bar and terrace and start the celebrations early with a bottle of fizz and some tempting small plates. Enjoy the stylish views overlooking the town hall, and beautiful red brick buildings, whilst relaxing amongst greenery in this hidden sun trap.

 

Tattu

 

Tattu is renowned in Leeds for their Instagram-worthy smoking cocktails and its prime central city location, and quite rightly so we say. However, did you know they also have a retractable roof outside? Okay, so not quite a roof terrace, but still an amazing little sun trap for you to enjoy some tasty treats.

Order one of their famous cocktail concoctions, such as the quite aptly named Skull Candy, which is a mixture of Vodka, Strawberry and Bubblegum in Tattu’s skull glasses. As well as cocktails, you can grab a bite to eat from their ever-impressive menu and just relax with the sun beating down.

The Brewery Tap

 

A hidden gem in this city is The Brewery Tap’s tiny sun trap. You may have seen it en route to the train station and thought “I’d definitely like to sit there” and well, you should. Decked out stylishly with oak furniture and painted with an almighty “Leeds” around it,  you can relax in style whilst soaking up every little bit of sun…

Here, you can either play it safe and chose from one of their wines on their all-encompassing list, or be a little more proper about it and get one of their delicious craft ales!

Well, what are you waiting for? Go get out in that sun!