It’s time to mix up your next night out, because we have three new pub crawls for you to try – and they have absolutely nothing in common.
Looking for a new night out? Want to do something a little different to the norm? You got it! We’ve got three pub crawls for you, each completely different from the last, but all in the city centre. You can hunt out the city’s hidden treasures and discover the city’s past as you do it, you can drink the freshest beer in Leeds and you can get your game on – but which one will you do first?
The gamer’s delight
This isn’t your usual pub crawl. As you weave your way from bar to bar, you’ll take on a series of wacky challenges. Start at Junkyard Golf Club, where you can play crazy golf in a jungle while you sup wild cocktails and draught beers. From here, it’s a hop, skip and a jump to Roxy Ball Room and an inevitable round of beer pong, before you head on your merry way to Press Start for a lesson in retro gaming, with cocktails and boozy shakes from MEATliquor below.
By now, you should have enough Dutch courage in your belly to take on the most controversial challenge on the list – karaoke! Slop across town and disappear into the private booths below Loop, where your triumphs and humiliations will be kept behind closed doors – what happens in Loop, stays in Loop. And finally, wing your way round to BrewDog North Street to enjoy a startling array of beer while you thrash your mates at shuffleboard. Keep a score at every bar and see who comes to trumps in the end.
The alleyway endeavour
For a more traditional pub crawl with a hell of a lot less walking, it’s time to explore the city’s alleyways. Your journey begins on Swan Street, where an old favourite awaits. The White Swan is a historic boozer with a classic decor and a mighty fine selection of beer. Down a pint of Leeds Brewery’s finest before you make your way to The Ship, just off Briggate. It’s down to earth, easy going and unpretentious, but what’s more impressive is the fact that it dates back to the 1750s. Celebrate here with a pint of Black Sheep.
The Angel is next and this one won’t break the bank. A pint of Sovereign Bitter will set you back just £2 and Double Four lager is only £2.08. But you’re not just here for the prices – there’s been a pub on this site since medieval times, although the one you see today was built the late 1700s. And The Packhorse is even older. Although it’s been used for other things over the years, records suggest it was a pub as early as 1615 – expect original beams, cosy rooms and a laid back pub atmosphere. Finally, finish your crawl at Whitelock’s, where you can step back in time to 1715 – hardly anything has changed since then.
The beer lover’s quest
If you like your pint fresh from the taps, this is the pub crawl for you, because you can get exactly that at every single stop on the trail. You’ll start at North Brewing Co. on the outskirts of the city centre. Here, amidst the street food vans and the beer tanks, you can try their latest brews mere metres from where they’re made. Headrow House is next. They have four huge copper beer tanks filled with unpasteurised Pilsner Urquell – the journey from brewery to tank takes just 24 hours, then it’s finished on site for ultimate freshness.
Now, head to Tapped. This is a bar that truly lives up to its name – the walls are adorned with huge copper tanks that pipe beer straight to the taps. They have 14 craft keg lines and 13 cask lines, but don’t get distracted, you still have two more stops after this. Just across the road at The Brewery Tap, you can try Leodis Lager, brewed on site, and no beer-centric pub crawl would be complete without a visit to Northern Monk. It’s one of the most exciting breweries in the world today and you can taste their latest beers in their Marshall Mill taproom.Credit: John Slemensek at Bokehgo.