These bars and restaurants have everything you need to stay safe and warm while meeting up with friends or family in Leeds.
With Leeds in Tier 2, we can meet up outside with friends or family in groups of up to 6. So why not book in for a few drinks or a bite to eat in the outdoor areas of these bars and restaurants? Out in the open air, there’s less chance of spreading the virus, so it’s a safer way to go out and socialise. You don’t even have to worry about the weather, because they all come with covered outdoor seating and those vitally important heat lamps to keep you warm.
The plant-covered roof terrace at East 59th is blessed with incredible south-facing views that look out over the city’s skyline, but don’t worry about moving inside when the temperature drops – they have heat lamps and blankets to keep you warm until closing time. It’s known for its extensive cocktail menu, so get ready for classic concoctions and experimental creations. Hungry? You can feast on a menu of American classics, from the smoked salmon bagel to whole lobster.
East 59th, Issho, Victoria Gate, George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7AU.
North Brewing Co. City Tap Room
One of the best tap rooms in Leeds city centre, North Brewing Co. City Tap is also home to a great outside area. There are plenty of benches and tables set up with social distancing in mind and heat lamps all around. You have 24 different taps to choose from if you fancy North’s most-loved or most unusual creations on keg, or you can have a look in the fridges for their latest cans. Feeling peckish? Their resident street food vendor Little Bao Boy will provide delicious Asian treats like bao buns and miso noodle soup.
North Brewing Co. City Tap, 3 Sovereign Square, Sovereign Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4BA.
Belgrave Music Hall
With that iconic rooftop beer garden, Belgrave Music Hall is one of the best bars to enjoy a drink outside in Leeds. Their leafy terrace has a good mix of open and covered areas, complete with heaters near each table. You don’t even have to leave the terrace to get your food and drinks. Order on the app, and they’ll bring you your choice from their eclectic array of craft beer, real ale and spirits. Peckish? You can bet Patty Smith’s burgers and Dough Boys’ pizza will go perfectly with your pint.
Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen, 1a Cross Belgrave Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JP.
Angelica is home to one of the most spectacular roof terraces in Leeds. South-facing, this outdoor area offers breathtaking views over the city. It’s vast and spacious, so maintaining social distancing is a doddle, and when the air cools, there are blankets and plenty of outdoor heaters. Wine is the order of the day at Angelica, and if you want to go all out, the champagne is magnificent. You won’t go hungry either – they serve everything from brunch to afternoon tea wherever you’re sat.
Angelica, Trinity Leeds, 70 Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HW.
The Social’s outdoor area is a bit of a hidden gem. It’s tucked away off New Briggate and surprisingly big. Decked out with benches and fairy lights, there are awnings for when it rains and plenty of heaters for when it gets cold. You can enjoy an ever-changing selection of local cask ales from the bar, as well as even more on keg. They also have packed fridges full of rare and one-off brews, but if beer’s not your thing, you won’t go thirsty. They have plenty of spirits and even a small cocktail menu.
The Social, 21 Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JG.
Water Lane Boathouse
Water Lane Boathouse is the perfect place to enjoy a few drinks outside in Leeds. Waterfront location, giant beer garden and local breweries on tap make it a surefire winner. There’s plenty of room to settle down on their picnic tables that overlook the River Aire. They come complete with heat lamps and covers when the weather’s not so nice. Take your pick from the extensive beer and gin offering, snaffle a delectable pizza and enjoy.
Water Lane Boathouse, Canal Wharf, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 5PS.
It’s cocktails galore at Sky Lounge. Perched on the DoubleTree by Hilton’s 13th floor, you can enjoy panoramic views across the city’s skyline that are nothing short of breathtaking. There are plenty of heaters out on their roomy balcony so it’s the perfect place to go for a catch up. While you’re there, you can work your way through their signature cocktails, like The White Rose, made with Tanqueray Flor de Sevilla, triple sec and Yorkshire Tea syrup. Hungry? They serve afternoon tea and bottomless brunch.
Sky Lounge, 2 Wharf Approach, Granary Wharf, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4BR.
A Nation of Shopkeepers
If you want to eat or drink outside, A Nation of Shopkeepers is one of the best bars in Leeds. Their outdoor area is split in two – they have a spacious covered area alongside a courtyard with tables and covered huts. There are loads of heat lamps for when the temperature drops and plenty to eat and drink. Craft beers line the bar, while G&Ts and cocktails are also in plentiful supply. If you fancy a bite to eat, you can’t go wrong with their menu of juicy burgers and fried chicken.
A Nation of Shopkeepers, 29 Cookridge Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 3AG.
Lamb & Flag
A sprawling courtyard with oodles of space and tables, Lamb & Flag is the perfect spot for a few drinks and a bite to eat while social distancing. Throw in heaters for when the temperature drops and covered areas for when rain falls, and you’re all set. While you’re there, you can work your way through quality ales from Leeds Brewery or go for a concoction from their cocktail menu. There’s no need to go hungry either, because you can tuck into a delicious menu of classic British pub grub.
Lamb & Flag, 1 Church Row, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7HD.
One of the best and oldest pubs in Leeds, Whitelock’s is a true gem. They have a long outdoor area, which you can book into for both food and drinks. It’s got big benches, perfect for social distancing, and heat lamps that line the walls all the way down. While you’re there, you can take your pick from one of the most diverse beer offerings in Leeds, with a mix of great local beers and one-offs from exotic breweries. They have an equally good menu of classic British pub grub too – the fish & chips or the Sunday lunch are a must.
Whitelock’s, 4 Turk’s Head Yard, off Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HB.
Restaurant Bar & Grill
Come rain or shine, Restaurant Bar and Grill has one of the most popular outdoor areas in Leeds city centre. They have loads of tables outside, socially distanced of course, with heat lamps near every one and you can get food and drink ordered right to you. They have lagers, ciders and cocktails on their drinks menu, but it’s the wine that steals the show – red, white, rose or sparkling, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Hungry? Choose from dishes like asparagus risotto, slow roast crispy duck or their epic Chateaubriand.
Restaurant Bar & Grill, The Old Post Office, 3 City Square, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2AN.
Not only is Issho one of the finest restaurants in the city, it’s also home to one of the best rooftop terraces – and it’s perfect during the colder months. The 700-square-foot, south-facing terrace at the top of Victoria Gate comes complete with cosy sofas, luxurious throws and warming heat-lamps at every table. While you’re there, you can enjoy seasonal cocktails from the bar, which will pair perfectly with their tempting Japanese small plates like prawn gyoza, katsu chicken bao buns and salmon sashimi.
Issho, Victoria Gate, George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7AU.
There’s not one, but two roof terraces to choose from at Headrow House. They’re both massive, so you’ll never struggle to socially distance. The upper terrace, Kennedy Meadows, offers incredible views across the city’s rooftops, while the lower terrace has plenty of cosy corners to settle down in. There are heaters and covered areas on both floors, so you won’t freeze while working your way through their range of craft beer and cocktails. If you fancy a bite to eat, Ox Club’s Spitz menu of kebabs will definitely fill a hole.
Headrow House, 19a The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PU.
A south-facing terrace looking out across the city centre, the outdoor area that wraps around The Alchemist is a must-visit. There are tables all the way around, complete with heat lamps and blankets for when the cold sets in. You can visit for just a few drinks – they’re famed for their experiential cocktails like The Colour Changing One, which transforms from clear to purple in front of your eyes. If you fancy a bite to eat, the internationally-influenced food menu is just as tempting, with dishes like lamb kofta and crispy pork belly.
The Alchemist, Trinity Leeds, Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HW.
There’s not one, not two, but three outdoor areas to sit in at Parkside Tavern. It’s the perfect spot for a catch-up come rain or shine. They have oodles of heat lamps, tables with giant umbrellas and even a covered area so you can stay safe whatever the weather. You can choose from an array of quality local beers on keg and cask, but if that’s not your bag, they also have a tempting selection of cocktails, spirits and wine. And should you fancy a bite to eat, you can’t go wrong with their flatbread pizzas.
Parkside Tavern, St Johns House, Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JE.Cover image credit: The Lamb & Flag