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5 Restaurants The City’s Beer Lovers Flock To

· Joseph Sheerin · Food and Drink

From craft beers to real ales, these Leeds restaurants are as good with beer as they are with food.

Ox Club

Want some quality beers to sup the next time you’re eating out? These restaurants have you covered…

If, like us, you love your beer as much as your food, you probably find yourself a little disappointed in some of the city’s restaurants, at least if you want options. But fear not, because you can combine your two passions and these five Leeds indies. They’ve fused together quality food and a huge choice of quality beers to cater for the city’s beer-loving foodies.

Bilbao Bar


Bilbao Bar has won legions of fans for its authentic, yet creative approach to tapas and charcuterie, and rightly so, as they serve up some of the best Spanish dishes in the city. But it’s not just the food that impresses. Beer lovers have plenty of choice too. They have Spanish favourites like Alhambra and Estrella on tap, while the fridge offers a selection of brews from renowned global breweries like Brooklyn, Quilmes and Leffe. Looking for something more local? You can also choose from a hefty selection of Yorkshire beers, such as the Saltaire Cascade Pale, Camden Hell’s Lager, Ilkley Mary Jane.

Bilbao Bar, Little Neville Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4BR.

Ox Club

Ox Club Headrow House Leeds

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The Ox Club menu is well lauded, with their Grillworks grill cooking up the likes of venison t-bone, duck breast, flat iron steak and skate wing, but what will you be washing it down with? They’ve covered the bases, with the same extensive collection that you’ll find next door in the beer hall. You can get the likes of North Brewing Co’s Prototype and Pilsner Urquell on tap, alongside an expert selection of bottles – think Founders All Day IPA, Beaverton Gamma Ray, Liefmans Fruitesse and Weird Beard Black Perle Milk Stout.

Ox Club, Headrow House, Bramley’s Yard, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PU.

Shears Yard

Preview Shears Yard x Ilkley Brewery Tasting Dinner - shears_yard_dinner-WEB

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Shears Yard is regarded as one of Leeds’ finest restaurants. Their creative approach to classic cuisine, using local produce and combining unusual flavours together, has proved to be a big hit – and so too has their beer offering. They have The Yorkshire Lager on tap, alongside Moratti and Amstel – or you can always indulge in Ilkley’s Lotus IPA and Theakston’s Lightfoot Ale on cask. Just add a a huge bottle offering, including everything from Erdinger Weissbier to Goose Island IPA, Five Points Pale Ale and Sierra Nevada, and you’re all set for a great night out.

Shears Yard, 11-15 Wharf Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7EH.

Red’s True Barbecue

Red's True BBQ

One of Leeds’ biggest success stories, Red’s True Barbecue is now spreading across the country. They’re obsessed with American-style BBQ fodder, think beef brisket, pulled pork and burgers, but it’s not all about the food. You can get their own Legitimate Identities ales on tap, while they have the likes of Laguintas IPA, Negra Modelo, Backyard IPA, Brooklyn Brown and Goose Island 312 by the bottle, and Pistonhead, PBR and Snake Dog in cans. They also do beer and cider cocktails, if you really want to push the boat out.

Red’s True Barbecue, 1 Cloth Hall Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2HD.


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Credit: Ollievision

Known as a meat eater’s paradise, Brazilian rodizio Fazenda has long been considered one of Leeds’ finest restaurants, with succulent steaks carved at your table by their passadores as and when you want it – but next time you visit, make sure you pay special attention to the beer offering. Brahma and Sagres are on tap – and you’ll find a slew of bottles you’ll struggle to find in many other places. Think Cusquena, Devassa, Quilmes and Estrella Galicia. There are craft beers too, like Rotthammer from Chile – and be sure to look out for their guest beers.

Fazenda, Waterman’s Place, Unit 4-7, Granary Wharf, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4GL.

Feature image copyright Jessie Leong.