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Come as you are and enjoy a few drinks in these amazing down to earth pubs in Leeds.

It’s always a pleasure to kick back and enjoy a pint or two – and even more so when you’re in comfortable surroundings. So, why not head to these wonderfully laid back pubs in Leeds where you can drink to your heart’s content without having to dress up for a proper night out.

The Fenton

The Fenton, Leeds

You might have long taken your last exam, but that doesn’t mean you’re any less welcome at this friendly pub, that’s just been given a new lease of life by new landlords. Located in the heart of student central on Woodhouse Lane, you can bet that The Fenton is one laid back boozer. Head over for a friendly game of pool with your mates or catch some live music over a drink or two.

The Fenton, 161 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, LS2 3ED.

The Duck & Drake

Duck & Drake, Leeds

This historic Victorian gem is still going strong, offering thirst quenching cask ales to many a parched punter, and as pubs in Leeds go, it’s not just the beer they come to Duck & Drake for. Despite their traditional décor and original features, they’re known for brilliant nights out with a unique atmosphere, hosting blues, rock and jam sessions for your aural pleasure.

Duck & Drake, 43 Kirkgate, Leeds, LS2 7DR.

The Libertine

The Libertine, Leeds

The name alone should tell you that anything (within reason) goes at The Libertine. Indulge in their signature stone baked pizza, with inventive toppings like the tasty grape and Gorgonzola, and lounge in their luxurious velvet sofas, sipping on wine or one of the many craft beers from around the globe. If you really want to make it a night out, stop by for their quiz and acoustic nights.

The Libertine, 7 Blenheim Terrace, Leeds, LS2 9HZ.

The Central

The Central, Leeds

One of the most laid-back pubs in Leeds can be found at the heart of the financial district and with a reputation for quality real ales and an extensive cocktail menu, it’s no wonder The Central is a popular attraction. Relax in their arm chairs with a drink or tuck into their delicious British grub, cooked by their Michelin-star trained chef, in a laid back atmosphere you’ll only want more of.

The Central, 88 Wellington Street, Leeds, LS1 4LT.

The Palace

The Palace, Leeds

If you’d like to escape the chaos of Call Lane on a night out, give this nearby boozer near Leeds Minster a try. Dating back to around 1741, it’s one of the oldest pubs in the city, which plays into its unpretentious feel. Stop by the bar for a good selection of wine and spirits, not to mention an impressive selection of cask ales and if you’re hungry, The Palace serves all your favourite British classics too.

The Palace, Kirkgate, Leeds, LS2 7DJ.

Victoria Hotel

The Victoria Hotel, Leeds

It might be a tad out of the way, but you’ll appreciate the extra walk once you enter one of the most historic pubs in Leeds near the Town Hall. Travel around the world via their eclectic range of real ales in a traditional atmosphere that welcomes one and all. And if you need to soak up the booze then there is a menu full of seasonal British dishes well worth trying out.

The Victoria Hotel, 28 Great George Street, Leeds, LS1 3DL.

West Riding

West Riding Pub, Leeds

We’ve all been there – you’ve just missed your train or are not quite ready to head home after a shopping trip. Thankfully, The West Riding is practically outside the station on Wellington Street and the former hotel is now a friendly local, serving up great real ales and pub classics. As city centre bolt-holes go, The West Riding is quite a find.

West Riding Pub, 38 Wellington Street, Leeds, LS1 2DE.

The Wrens Hotel

The Wrens Hotel, Leeds

You’ll find The Wrens Hotel just a short walk from Grand Arcade on New Briggate. It attracts theatre goers from the nearby Leeds Grand Theatre, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t one of the most down to Earth pubs in Leeds. All your much loved ales are here – and they know how to shake up a mean cocktail too, making this a great spot for a lazy evening.

Wrens Hotel, 61A New Briggate, Leeds, LS2 8JD.

Fox & Newt

Fox & Newt, Leeds

Just opposite Park Lane College, Fox & Newt is quite the laid back gem that’s been delighting students and beer lovers alike. Their bar is heaving with eight real ale hand pull pumps, a selection of brewery fresh beers and quality spirits. Upstairs, you’ll find some of the best up and coming rock, indie and electronica bands and even comedy acts if you’re in need of a few laughs.

Fox & Newt, 9 Burley Street, Leeds, LS3 1LD.

The Griffin

The Griffin, Leeds

This recently renovated Taylor Walker venture just happens to be one of most chilled pubs in Leeds. Like many traditional haunts, this one started off in the city as a hotel characterised by its striking gothic revival architecture and a Potts clock. Inside, it’s just as unique, bringing together the spirit of the Underground with a modest old style boozer.

The Griffin, 31 Boar Lane, Leeds, LS1 5DF.

A Nation of Shopkeepers

A Nation of Shopkeepers, Leeds

On a lazy afternoon, A Nation of Shopkeepers is certainly one of the best places to hang out in Leeds if you’re not in the mood for a racket. You’ll find plenty of worn comfy sofas, cracking tunes and a huge collection of spirits and beers – and their Sunday roasts aren’t bad either.

A Nation of Shopkeepers, 29 Cookridge Street, Leeds, LS2 3AG.

Veritas Ale & Wine Bar

Veritas Ale & Wine Bar, Leeds

Tucked all the way up Great George Street, Veritas is the perfect refuge if you’re after a quiet afternoon drink or post-work tipple. You can’t go wrong with their selection of continental beers and fine wines, while it’s big enough to never feel overly busy or noisy. Of course, if you’re hungry, they’ll certainly give you a good feed too.

Veritas Ale & Wine Bar, 43 Great George Street, Leeds, LS1 3BB.

The Central photo courtesy of Ollievision. Fox & Newt photo courtesy of Barnaby Aldrick Photography. A Nation of Shopkeepers photo courtesy of Jess Rowbottom. Veritas photo courtesy of James P Lester Photography.