Speakeasies are big right now in Leeds, and Distrikt fails at being a speakeasy. True, it’s underground and found through a little door on a back alley, but the big sign saying “£5 lunch” that trips people up walking along Duncan Street towards the Corn Exchange is a bit of a giveaway.
Distrikt is a really tiny little place with a handful of tables that can be pushed back to create a dance floor. It has a “café by day, club by night” atmosphere going on, with an emphasis on food at lunchtime and music in the evenings.
The selection of beers is excellent, but almost exclusively foreign (the only British beers are BrewDog bottles). There are several Belgian beers & Euro lagers on tap and the fridges are stocked with all manner of Belgian, US and Mexican beers as well as a few other surprises. Prices for beer aren’t fantastic but they’re not extortionate either.
The lunch selection is very limited (sandwiches and tapas) but it’s really nice and very good value.
We didn’t go in the evening, but it seems to be a pretty well respected space for reggae, jazz and hip-hop DJs with occasional other events like comedy, live jazz and salsa dancing.
If you don’t mind small, underground bars, and you love good beer, Distrikt is definitely worth checking out.