What better way to check out the city’s newest bars than on a good old fashioned pub crawl?
There have been loads of cool, booze-centric openings in Leeds over the past 12 months and if you haven’t paid them a visit yet, you need to rectify that ASAP. To help you out, we’ve created three new pub crawls so you can tick off loads of the city’s latest additions in one go. From cool craft beer havens to disco-loving cocktail bars, there’s something for everyone and you might even find a new favourite along the way.
From Wellington Place to Central Road
Let’s start this pub crawl at Mad Frans. It’s a cool, modern cafe-bar on Wellington Place headed up by the Michelin-starred Gary Pickles. Enjoy a craft beer or a cocktail from the bar and line your stomach with their globally-inspired menu of light bites, then stroll down Whitehall Road to your next stop at The Brew Society. It’s an intimate little drinking den where you could hole up all night with a handpicked wine or beer… but then you’d miss out on the three fantastic bars that await.
It’s a 10-minute walk to North Brewing Co Tap Room. You can choose from 24 brews fresh from the taps, so glug down a pint of North’s best before you strap on your dancing shoes and head to Power, Corruption and Lies on Call Lane. A pan-Asian cocktail bar, you can sip Japanese Highballs, snaffle tasty dim sum and get your groove on to disco tunes. Finally, make your way to Brownhill & Co, where you can put your feet up and enjoy table-service craft beer from the folk behind Little Leeds Beerhouse.
From Eastgate to Great George Street
This pub crawls kicks off with a lesson in gin. Hotham’s Gin School on Eastgate has its own bar upstairs, where you can enjoy a range of gins and spirits that have been distilled on site. It’s then a hop, skip and a jump over to Roxy Arcade on Merrion Street. Challenge your mates to an old-school arcade game, like Pac-Man, Space Invaders and Donkey Kong as you sink down a craft beer or cocktail.
Tobacco Rd is just around the corner. It’s an industrial-chic bar inspired by the USA, where you can enjoy American craft beers and original cocktails. Union Square Bar & Kitchen keeps things States-side and it’s just a short walk up Merrion Way. A slice of NYC in Leeds, you can sup even more US craft beer here, with pizzas and burgers will stave off the munchies. Walk through Millennium Square to get to the last stop at Pixel, a video game bar where you can play the night away on Nintendos, PS4s, Xboxes and PCs with a cocktail in hand.
From Munro House to Park Row
Love craft beer? This pub crawl will take you to five new watering holes where you can sink down pint after pint. Start at Sarto, a laid-back restaurant and bar in Munro House. Take a seat at one of their beer hall-style tables to sup one of their local craft beers and scoff a tasty plate of pasta to line your stomach. Then you’ll head down York Street to The Owl. Nestled in the historic Leeds Kirkgate Market, this brand new gastropub from the folks at HOME has its own tap room where you can take your pick of 10 draught lines from Northern Monk, including The Owl’s own Wisdom IPA.
Next up is Beer Hawk. It’s a 5-minute walk on to Boar Lane, but boy is it worth it for the 150 craft beers that await. Take your pick, guzzle it down, then hop a few doors down to your penultimate destination – The Bankers Cat. It’s Thornbridge Brewery’s first pub in West Yorkshire, so expect popular pints like Jaipur IPA and Astryd served in a traditional pub setting. The final stop is The Head of Steam on Park Row, a spacious bar known for its global craft beer offering, which you can enjoy as you play on the shuffleboard tables, arcade games and pinball machines.Cover image credit: John Slemensek at Bokehgo