Leeds Postal Service bar review: Here’s what I thought of my drinks at a hidden city center gem

A colleague suggested we try Leeds Postal Service on a Friday evening; its proximity to our office and the train station was ideal for an after work drink. It’s located in Central Square, next to the Lazy Lounge, flanked by a row of outdoor benches.

The main bar has an industrial feel with exposed concrete walls, wooden chairs, and high ceilings. We were seated in the postmaster’s office, a cozier room divided by glass doors that can be reserved for private parties.

There were beloved sofas and armchairs, fairy lights, and even retro video games, set up in a library with vintage furniture. An old set of cupboards recalled the old use of the site.

Leeds Postal Service at West Point, Wellington Street (Photo: Bruce Rollinson)

The bar was pleasantly busy with enough people for a lively atmosphere, but plenty of space – and the indie anthem soundtrack wasn’t too loud which can be a problem in city center bars when you try to have a good catch up.

Behind the bar is an impressive variety of beers, ranging from local craft beers to American imports, as well as numerous wines and spirits – including a signature line of bourbon. It’s not a cocktail bar, but they had a special menu of spritzers and even jugs of gin for £12.

I ordered a house gin and slim tonic and did a double take when I got the bill – £4 during happy hour. Paired with a non-alcoholic Heineken for my friend, the first round came to just £8. For our second I tried the Limoncello spritzer (£7 or two for £12) which was deliciously sweet…and strong…with a pint of Amstel for my friend which was also part of the happy hour offer and cost £3 .

During happy hour you can also grab Red Stripe for £2.50, Theakston Pale for £3, a glass of house wine for £3 and Prosecco for £3.50. Everything was very cheap compared to other downtown bars these days, and even with many suburban dwellers.

Our reviewer praised the value for money and friendly service (Photo: Bruce Rollinson)

We stayed until closing time – around 11pm – and really enjoyed our time there. The bar staff were lovely and there were no airs or graces. The Leeds Postal Service is a hidden gem, and I think that’s how regulars like it.

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