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A Dog-friendly Pub Crawl of Leeds

· Ali Turner · Food and Drink

Taking the dog for a walk just got interesting.

Dog-friendly Pub Crawl

Talk about a match made in heaven – the dog gets a walk and you get a pint.

Come on, admit it – this is the one you’ve been waiting for, a Leeds pub crawl you can take your dog on. It stretches from the South Bank to The Calls, stopping in the city centre along the way, so you’ll get a chance to walk the dog between bars – and every pub has been tried and tested, to guarantee that you’ll both get a warm welcome.

Start at the waterfront

The Cross Keys

The fun starts at The Cross Keys. They have a huge outdoor space where you can sit in the sun, but don’t worry, they absolutely fawn over dogs here, so if you want to go inside, you’ll be more than welcome. Behind the bar, they have a fantastic array of real ales and craft beer for you to try, with an equally tempting selection of wine and spirits. Meanwhile, the pooch will get a bowl of water, and if he’s lucky, a little something from the kitchen – they like to spoil ’em here.

From here, take the short stroll up to The Midnight Bell, just six doors down. A Leeds Brewery pub, if only by name, you can expect to find an excellent selection of local favourites on the bar, as well as guest beers from all over the world. You’ve got the entire ground floor to choose from, so pull up a pew and take a load off before you walk to the next pub – and if your pooch should get restless while you’re here, just head outside to garden or take a stroll around Holbeck Urban Village.

Water Lane Boathouse

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From here, you’ll want to head straight down Water Lane and along the waterfront to get to the newest addition to our pub crawl. Water Lane Boathouse is the latest venture from the folk behind Headrow House and Belgrave Music Hall – they’ve transformed the old Pour House venue into a cool, modern drinking den, complete with a huge array of craft beer and artisan gin. Take a pew outside on the waterfront or go inside and make the most of their menu of pizzas, sharing boards and sarnies – you must be getting hungry by now.

It’s time to treat the dog to a meandering walk along the waterfront. Double back on yourself or cut around to cross the river, where you can do a circuit of Granary Wharf (all the sniffs for the pooch here) before slipping under the Dark Arches and heading towards the city centre.

Wander through the city centre

The Head of Steam

It won’t take you long to reach your next stop – The Head of Steam is just on the corner of Mill Hill and they’ll welcome your pooch with a bowl of water, while you choose from the rather startling selection of beers on offer. Personally, we’d jump straight to the Belgian ones, but they’ve got a little bit of everything, so it’s also a great place to try beers you’ve never had before.

Next up is Bundobust, which you’ll find just across the road. These guys are famous for their ever-changing selection of craft beer – why not make the most of it by ordering a beer flight? You can try three beers at once, coupling it with a couple of dishes from their Indian street food menu. The pooch is welcome indoors, but he might prefer it out in the courtyard, where it has more of an outdoors indoors feel.

Whitelocks Leeds

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Now, it’s time to go exploring. Head straight up into town and make your way up Albion Street, past the entrance to Trinity Leeds, down Commercial Street and onto Trinity Street, where you’ll find the entrance to Turk’s Head Yard. Here you’ll find one of the oldest pubs in Leeds – Whitelock’s is a traditional boozer, famed for its local ales and proper Sunday roasts – but they also have a soft spot for dogs, so you’ll find your dog is well looked after here.

Time for walkies again. Finish your pint, head out of the other end of Turk’s Head Yard and take a walk down Kirkgate, the city’s oldest road. Oh yeah, we squeezed in some history. Follow it all the way down to Leeds Minster, where you’ll find Penny Pocket Park, a little slice of green in the middle of our concrete jungle. Here you can take the pooch for a walk before continuing onto the last three pubs.

Finish at The Calls

Outlaws Yacht Club

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Right then. Double back on yourself again, heading back up Kirkgate and down Cross York Street where a left turn will bring you to Outlaws Yacht Club, one of the coolest, most laid back drinking joints in Leeds. You can bring kids, dogs, weird Uncle Bob, anyone you want – and you’ll be rewarded with good beer, good company and really, really good tunes. If you’re hungry, they have a fantastic menu of sharing boards and small plates that showcase some really great local produce.

The next pub is just around the corner – Crowd of Favours is another Leeds Brewery pub. It’s had a makeover recently, but still has the same eclectic, vintage feel to it, so you can grab a pint in a cosy setting, with your pooch at your feet. They have an exceptional collection of ale and craft beer on draught here, but if you feel the need to switch to shorts, the shelves are well stocked with spirits – and if your dog is thirsty, they’ll be happy to give him a bowl.

Calls Landing

Which brings us to our final bar. Make your way back to Kirkgate and onto Wharf Street, straight to Calls Landing. Now, if the sun’s out, you’re going to want to sit outside – they have one of the best beer gardens in town. While you ponder the selection in the bar, your dog may well be engrossed by something else – the owners are so fond of dogs, they regularly bring their own to work, so he might have a mate.

By now, you’ve probably had your fill of beer, so head home and get a good night’s kip before the pooch wakes you in the morning for his next walk.