We don’t get sunshine often, but when we do, these summer pub crawls come into their own…
The city centre has no shortage of beer gardens, but what if you want a bit of variation? Well, that’s where our summer pub crawls come in. They’ll take you from one beer garden to the next, so you can enjoy the sun with a drink in hand. The question is – which will you do first?
From Minster to art space
Let’s start with one of the city’s newest beer gardens. Lamb & Flag has a massive outdoor space with a stunning view of Leeds Minster – they also have a lip-smacking selection of beers, this is a Leeds brewery pub after all. But this is just one stop on the crawl. Next up is a pub that comes into its own in summer. Calls Landing has the sun from midday right through to the evening, with a tasty line-up behind the bar, whether you’re into beer or spirits.
From here, cross the bridge to Oracle. They have a huge outdoor space, with a cocktail menu perfect for cooling you down on hot days – don’t worry, there’s a decent range of beer, wine and spirits if you want something different. Finally head down Dock Street, take a left and settle down in the beer garden at The Tetley, where the sun stays until late.
From Merrion Street to The Headrow
The first pub on this list is Parkside Tavern, where you can challenge your mates to a game of pool or head outside to one of three beer gardens. They offer cocktails and beer in equal measure, with pizzas to set you up for a long day of drinking.
Next, head to Belgrave Music Hall and partake in their rooftop terrace with a craft beer or two, before wandering down to the now pedestrianised Merrion Street where you’ll find a whole host of bars ready to serve you everything from jam jar cocktails to straight whisky. Finally, end your night at Headrow House, where they have two roof terraces for you to enjoy, while supping something from the beer hall or their upstairs cocktail bar.
From brewery to waterfront
The first stop on our final crawl is one of the city’s lesser known beer gardens. To some, it’s a car park, but to the beer drinking masses, it’s a secret sun spot where you can enjoy the wares of Northern Monk. Work your way through their impressive array of beers before moving on to a more traditional outdoor space at The Cross Keys. Here, you can treat yourself to a bite to eat, a pie perhaps or one of their exceptional roast dinners, with a beer to wash it down in the garden.
When you’re done there, nip next door to The Midnight Bell, where you can delve into Leeds Brewery’s finest bevvies out in the sunshine, before making your way to one of the most popular beer gardens in the city – Water Lane Boathouse. You can sup a whole hoard of craft beers, or take on the rather startling array of gin, either way, a bite to eat is absolutely essential. Grab something from Small Victories – pizza anyone?