This bartender’s haven is a recently renovated section of Whitelock’s Ale House, famously known as Leeds’ oldest public house. It’s located down a secluded alleyway just off Briggate – the main high street. Here you’ll find twelve keg lines, local cask beers and an array of exciting bottles. The bar also serves an array of gins and a selection of delicious cocktails, and frequently hosts masterclasses and talks from industry experts. This place is a complete gem of the Leeds beer scene.
Top Tip: Look out for Tap Takeovers here for a chance to meet some of your favourite brewers and try their full range
A collaboration between Bradford’s craft beer bar The Sparrow and award winning restaurant Prashad, Bundobust is a stroke of genius and a must visit on any Leeds beer walk. A little slice of Gujarati charm meets the modern beer scene. With a veggie menu of aromatic Indian street food and a constantly changing selection of beers on draught as well as a large selection of bottled beers, you’ll always be spoilt for choice. These guys have also come up with an innovative selection of Indian inspired cocktails Whiskey Raita, anyone?!
Top Tip: Go with a few friends and get the menu combo, essentially a bit of everything to share!
Little Leeds Beer House
Set up by the lovely Rich and Bryony Brownhill, Little Leeds will always have something exceptional. Whether it’s the latest Cloudwater Collab on draught or a much sought after bottle of Omnipollo, these guys really put the time in to ensure that their offering is the freshest and most exciting to be had. They also stock a range of spirits and British wines, there’s always something unique to be found in this little treasure trove.
Top Tip: Try and get along to one of the Little Leeds bottle shares, not to be missed!
These chaps stock over 300 bottled beers for your delight! This little bottle shop and beer cafe is located in the beautiful old Thorntons Arcade. They also work with Grub & Grog and Leeds Bread Co-op to provide an offering called ‘The Noonshine Cafe’, which has them selling fantastic coffee, homemade donuts, vegan cakes and sandwiches. They also offer growler fills, so don’t forget to take yours.
Top Tip: The range of large sharing bottles is always inspiring here, be sure to take your time to peruse! They have great Leeds beer to hop bombs from much further afield (Photo courtesy of: Liam Henry/ Awesome Merch)
From some of the great minds that brought you Tall Boys Beer Market comes The Brunswick, one of the best neighbourhood Leeds beer bars in town. Here you’ll find an (unsurprisingly) extensive bottle selection as well as keg and cask lines. Staff are always friendly and ready to help you choose. These guys are becoming renowned for their cracking Sunday lunches (make sure you book!) and the weekends always bring some of the best DJs down to play some vinyl.
Top Tip: There’s a gallery space/event room on the top floor, make sure you check out what they have going on up there.
North Bar, the stalwart of drinking in Leeds. This place has been a mecca for beer fans for years, and for good reason. Boasting a variety of keg and cask lines, these guys are also known for their interesting bottle selection, you’ll never be short of a lambic or two in here. Their back bar is also extensive, with an impressive range of tequilas and whiskeys… just in case you get bored of the beer.
Top Tip: There’s a photo booth tucked away in the back corner… perfect for capturing those merry moments.
A fairly recent addition to the Leeds beer scene, North Brewing Co opened the doors to their quirky taproom in November 2015. What better place to drink fresh beer than in the brewery itself? The taproom is a contemporary warehouse conversion with comfortable sofas and a large shutter door. They often have street food trucks on-site and the DJs are always providing the happiest of drinking playlists!
Top Tip: The discount on takeout cans is cracking, be sure to grab some for your beer fridge
From one great Taproom to another, Northern Monk offers an astounding range of 16 keg lines, 2 cask and an extensive fridge of take away beers. The building holds the original brewery, (they’ve since expanded to a second, larger kit just around the corner, with site number one focussing on specials and barrel aging) The Refectory taproom and a stunning event space, The Chapter Hall. Outside you’ll find The Refectory Gardens, where herbs,lavender and hops are growing.
They currently have My Thai doing a kitchen residency, hours can be spent pairing the latest beer releases with full-flavoured Thai dishes!
Top Tip: The quiz on a Tuesday night is the most weird and wonderful of all, not to be missed!
Located moments from Leeds Train Station, Friends Of Ham is a firm favourite in the city. It brings together exceptionally high quality meats, cheeses, wines, and of course beers. There are long communal tables or you can sit at the ham bar and watch the experts carving Serrano and Iberico. And if you fancy a break from the beer, there’s an array of sherry to keep you occupied!
Top Tip: The draught menu shows which beers are coming next to each tap, so if there’s a stamp next to a beer on the menu you need to check the one listed below.