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6 Of The Best Beer Gardens In Leeds

17 April 2018

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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.

Headrow House

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?

Dry Dock

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.

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