With summer just around the corner, we take a look at some local Leeds bars, ideal for a day of relaxing and soaking up the sunshine when it finally arrives!
Original Oak – Headingley
A favourite of students and young professionals alike, the Original Oak has been a hallmark of Headingley for as long as most can remember. As well as a brand new refurbishment to their three bars, this pub boasts a huge beer garden and several large outdoor sports screens. This makes the Original Oak a certain frontrunner for many, in terms of World Cup viewing this summer.
Situated right in the heart of Headingley, just off Otley Road, this pub has been a favourite of locals for over 100 years. Serving up a vast selection of real ales, beers, wines and spirits, this modernised old favourite is not to be missed this summer.
Northern Monk Brewery, Marshall’s Mill
This award-winning brewery/refectory hybrid is situated in a Grade II listed building, in Holbeck. Named ‘The Old Flax Store’, Northern Monk have stayed true to the roots of the building which was once a mill right in the heart in of the industrial revolution.
Nearby to Leeds train station and many small office blocks, this in-house brewery is a massive hit with professionals and locals alike.
Brewing over 20,000 pints of beer per week, Northern Monk recently brewed a beer that won the Beer World Cup, something that no other English brewery has ever done. Not only delivering their delicious beer to you delightful Yorkshire folk, this brewery is internationally renowned, selling their beer all over the world.
So if you ever needed an excuse to try an award-winning beer, here it is!
Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen
Built in 1934, this once neglected building has been restored to its former glory. Providing a large, unique venue for Leeds musicians and performers alike.
Belgrave is a versatile venue, often hosting a wide range of events and performances.
Spread over three floors, you can indulge in fresh, canteen style dining, as well as an extensive range of cask ales, beers, and cocktails. Atop of this, you can bask in the Yorkshire sunshine on their incredible rooftop terrace, boasting great views in a very relaxed atmosphere.
The ‘little sister’ of Belgrave Music Hall, Headrow house is a hidden gem, tucked away on Leeds’s famous Headrow. Often host to arts and music events, this former textile mill situated in the heart of Leeds boasts two roof terraces, both overlooking a different part of Leeds.
Serving over 60 different ales and beers, Headrow House hosts its own large Scandinavian style beer hall which is home to the Pilsner Urquell fresh beer tanks. They made history as the first place in the North of England to host one of these tanks.
So, why not head down to Headrow House and enjoy a beer that made history in a venue that will be sure to make an impression on you.
Water Lane Boathouse
Another Leeds based bar opened by the owners of Belgrave Music Hall. Situated on Canal Wharf, this newly refurbished bar has sat there since the early 1800’s.
Originally built to function as a shipment warehouse for the Leeds – Liverpool canal, this is slowly becoming a favourite of the people of Leeds.
Boasting a large outdoor seating area and a vast menu of food and beverages… who wouldn’t want to be sat down by the canal in the sunshine this summer?
A bar, on a boat, on land, in the centre of town? If you’re not familiar with Leeds’s famous Dry Dock pub, that might all sound a little bit ridiculous. But this refurbished river barge has been a mainstay of Leeds since 1993, when it was transported from the River Aire, plonked down, and turned into a pub just metres away from Leeds Beckett’s city campus.
Initially you may think you have just had one too many beers, when you look over board and see grass rather than water, but this strange idea for a pub has been a massive hit with locals and tourists alike, winning the Best Pub Design Award in 1995 and remaining extremely popular ever since.
So, why not head down to Leeds city centre and enjoy a drink in the sunshine aboard Leeds’s legendary Dry Dock.
The Mustard Pot
A little outside the city centre in the ever popular spot of Chapel Allerton The Mustard Pot beer garden certainly draws in a large crowd on a sunny day. The historic building of Clough House has been recorded to date back as far as 1653, before being converted into a pub in 1979.
With all the history behind it, The Mustard Pot has built a good reputation with locals. Their award winning food and cask marque ales are the perfect accompaniment to a warm sunny day. Numerous bench picnic style tables create a social able and vibrant atmosphere. So if you fancy a drink on a summer day a little out of the city centre, head to The Mustard Pot in Chapel Allerton.
In the heart of Leeds on Merrion Street, Parkside tavern has become a firm favourite due to its multiple sunspots. Choose to head out to the back garden or edge ever closer to the sun on the roof terrace - cause who knows how long it’ll last!
In the grounds of the oldest church in the city centre, Parkside Tavern is steeped in history, with the church dating back to 1643. In more modern days, The Parkside Tavern offers an ever-changing chose of beers and ales alongside a range of cocktails for those who fancy something a little fruitier! With pizza, pool and some great garden space, it’s easy to see why the Parkside Tavern is such a popular spot.
The Midnight Bell
The Midnight Bell on the outskirts of Leeds city centre is Leeds Brewery’s flagship pub, so you can expect an excellent range of quality beers. The Midnight Bells sizeable beer garden combined with their ever changing food menu creates a winning venue.
If you’re looking for a relaxed atmosphere with some great food and drink, enjoyed in a real sunspot, The Midnight Bell is a must try.
Find them 101 Water Lane in the Urban Village of Holbeck, the old industrial style buildings create the perfect setting for a pint.
The Lamb and Flag
Built in the 19th century the restored building on Church Row, is now recognised for its impressive courtyard beer garden as the Lamb & Flag. The Lamb & Flag itself serves a broad range of Leeds Brewery’s finest beers, whilst their menu is not to be missed.
The heritage of the building is not lost with exposed brick on the interior, complemented by large open windows to create a light and cosy atmosphere. Outside you’ll find a first-floor balcony looking over the courtyard with a spectacular view of Leeds Minister. Going down to the courtyard you are met picnic style benches creating a relaxed environment for a summers evening.