Briggate, LS1 6AT
Tucked in amongst the ginnels off Briggate, this pub is popular with all ages. The bar serves six cask ales and real cider. A strong emphasis is placed on the bar foods. This is a regular music venue. [September 2011]
Kirkgate, LS2 7DJ
An historic, in part wood-panelled, establishment on the outskirts of the city centre. Although effectively just one area it is well broken up. There is a wide selection of guest ales, plus a draught cider.
123 The Headrow, LS1 5RD
Multi level pub with something for just about everybody. The ground floor is a smart pub that serves up to 5 reasonably priced real ales and food. Upstairs is Shooters Sports Bar with pool tables, downstairs is a Bier Keller. [October 2010]
Merrion Street, LS2 8DB
Two guests and three regular real ales are available in this large modern pub on the edge of the Merrion Centre. It’s well designed with a variety of areas, is smart but not posh, and both food and ale prices are easy on the pocket. [June 2010]
Dock Street, LS10 1JF
Part of the Leeds Brewery estate, this is the smallest in trading area of their three establishments. An open–plan bar area with an emphasis on food. Leeds Pale, Best, Midnight Bell and seasonal beers are available.
Canal Wharf, LS11 5PS
With canal views through big windows, this converted building is home to a spacious pub with restaurant leanings. Food is popular at all times, and the friendly bar is well stocked. Four handpumps dispense locally-brewed beers. [November 2013]
Prince of Wales
Mill Hill, LS1 5DQ
Three real ales are regularly available in this comfortable pub – Black Sheep Bitter, Copper Dragon Golden Pippin and Taylor’s Landlord. Sky Sports is available in the main lounge, and there’s also a quieter snug to the rear. [September 2012]
City Square, LS1 1PJ
Attached to the grand Queens Hotel, the bar also attracts non-guests who come to relax and enjoy the art-deco surroundings. Black Sheep Bitter is always available. [September 2012]
North Street, LS2 7PN
Reliance house beer plus a couple of guest ales in this urban bar with floor to ceiling windows and wooden flooring. Two drinking areas plus a foody one tucked away up and behind the bar. Good range of global beers. [September 2012]
Sam’s Chop House
South Parade, LS1 5QX
Four real ales – Black Sheep, Two house beers (one brewed by Leeds, the other by Coach House) and one rotating guest, with the facility for another guest. Although foody elsewhere drinkers are welcome around the bar area.
Bishopgate Street, LS1 5DY
An attractive multi-award winning pub close to the railway station. It has a history closely linked to the famous “Leeds City Varieties”. One of the most popular watering holes in Leeds. Six real ales including Tetley Cask.
City Square/Boar Lane, LS1 5NS
Based in the Park Plaza Hotel, this modern bar often has Sharp's Doom Bar available. With full length windows you can gaze at the hustle and bustle outside from your surprisingly secluded spot. [September 2012]
Trevelyan Square, LS1 4LJ
Just off the beaten track this is a railway arch converted into a laid back long thin bar. Lots of exposed brickwork and high seats based loosely on a rock / indie music theme. The solitary beer on offer is Deuchars IPA.
Briggate, LS1 6LL
Tucked up an alley this narrow pub is on two levels with a slightly nautical theme. The decor features plenty of wood panelling and brass fittings. A great place to find Leeds-brewed Ridgeside and Kirkstall beers. [September 2012]
Stick or Twist
Merrion Way, LS2 8PD
Large open plan Wetherspoons pub underneath a Casino, hence the name. Twelve handpumps on the bar, but beer is not always available from all of them. Beers are often interesting ales from local breweries.
Templar Street, LS2 7NU
Named after the Knight’s Templar, the long front room is divided into alcoves, the back room has additional seating. Numerous screens make this a good place to watch sport. Tetley Cask, Tetley Dark Mild, Wells Bombardier.
West Point, Wellington St, LS1 4JY
A modern bar with a very pleasant outdoor seating area surrounded by greenery. The long bar, complete with goldfish, serves Black Sheep Bitter and usually a local guest ale. On one wall there is bold artwork. [April 2013]
Town Hall Tavern
Westgate, LS1 2RA
The Town Hall Tavern has long been a haven for real ale drinkers. Nowadays, as a self styled gastro-pub it concentrates on food, but with plenty of room for Taylors beers. [September 2012]
Gateway North, Crown Point Road, LS9 8BZ
Beneath the Etap Hotel, Tyke is a plush and popular modern bar. Interesting furniture, sporty tellies, colour changing lights, food and free wifi all feature, as do handpumps dispensing Leeds and WharfeBank ale. [September 2011]
Merrion Centre, 20-24 Woodhouse Lane, LS2 8LX
Very competitively priced Morland Original is dispensed from the long bar of this narrow fronted building. The venue ramps up in atmosphere at the weekend. [April 2013]
43 Great George Street, LS1 3BB
Light and airy modern bare boarded pub with different areas. Simply decorated throughout with a ‘deli’, bar area with pew seating and a dining area. Offering a great range of 8 usually local beers through chrome handpumps. [October 2010]
Victoria Family & Commercial
Great George Street, LS1 3DL
Large 3-roomed pub situated behind the Town Hall, this historic pub has many interesting and original features. Wolverhampton brewed Tetley Bitter is the only regular amongst a large ever-changing range. [June 2012]
Wellington Street, LS1 2DJ
A long, thin slice of a pub, its decor is modern, light and airy. There are plenty of chunky tables and chairs but stand-up-and-sup drinkers are equally well catered for. The choice of Tetleys, Leeds and Copper Dragon ales makes this a welcome return to the drinking scene. [Aug 2012]
West Yorkshire Playhouse
Quarry Hill, LS2 7UP
A spacious and comfortable theatre bar serving Boddingtons Cask, one guest ale and bottled beers. Very popular with patrons of the arts, particularly if you go during play intervals though can be quiet at other times.
City Station, LS1 4DT
Simple small one roomed bar offering all the usual Wetherspoons attractions – competitively priced drinks and food over an extended period in a music free environment. Several real ales available including changing guests.
White Cloth Gallery
24-26 Aire Street, LS1 4HT
Tucked away just off City Square and near the train station. Not just an art gallery with a bar - but two art galleries with two bars, one of which has two changing real ales, often Saltaire. Note the great herb collection. [September 2012]
City Station, LS1 4DT
Conveniently sited inside the train station concourse this is not unsurprisingly popular with travellers to and from the city. A comfortable one roomed bar which serves real ale to both rail travellers and casual drinkers.
Swan Street, LS1 6LW
Attached to the City Varieties, whose old posters add a touch of jollity to the cool, clean interior, this bar is perfect for interval drinkies. Twelve handpumps with mix and match pots deliver Leeds Brewery beers amongst others. [September 2011]
Briggate, LS1 6HB
A classic alleyway pub with a proper drinking yard, a well-preserved interior with bags of atmosphere and a copper-topped bar with amazing tiling. No less than six regular beers, plus guest beers. A must visit Leeds pub.
New Briggate, LS2 8JD
Black Sheep Bitter, Caledonian Deuchars IPA, Taylor Landlord plus a guest ale, also real cider. Traditional three roomed city centre pub with front bar, side room and lounge connected by a corridor.
Yates’s Wine Lodge
Boar Lane, LS1 5DA
A two-tier pub with one long bar on the ground floor. Cheap drinks are available Sunday to Thursday. Music videos and sky sports news are both in evidence. On the real ale side, one changing real ale is stocked. [September 2012]
Yates’s Wine Lodge
43 Woodhouse Lane, LS1 3HQ
Black Sheep Bitter and Wells Bombardier are available at competitive prices in this spacious venue that attracts a clubbing crowd at weekends. The impressive spiral staircase leads to the upstairs area. [April 2013]