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Get the Drinks In As These Pubs and Bars Reopen in Leeds

· Joseph Sheerin · Food and Drink

Rejoice, your favourite pubs and bars are back!

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It’s been a long time coming, but you can finally raise a glass in the city’s pubs and bars…

Lockdown restrictions have been eased, so from Saturday 4th July 2020, the city’s pubs are bars are allowed to reopen. But who’s opening and where will you go? We’ve rounded up an almighty list of drinking dens that have already announced their grand reopening. Expect new safety measures, a new emphasis on booking and a whole lot of social distancing as you enjoy your first post-lockdown pint.

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The Alchemist. With its vibrant mix of experimental cocktails and global-inspired food menu, The Alchemist is a firm favourite with the city’s revellers. Their Greek Street and Trinity Leeds bars reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020. Walk-ins are welcome, but you can also book ahead online.

Manahatta. Decked out with leather booths, neon lights and statement bars, this New York-inspired bar is hugely popular. You can enjoy eclectic cocktails, paired with handpicked dishes from all over the world. Both their bars reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020. They’re accepting a limited number of walk-ins, but booking is recommended.

The Box. There’s live sport, shuffleboard tables and even an electronic darts board at The Box. Throw in craft beer, cocktails, Neapolitan pizza and American-style burgers for a great night out. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 and accepting a limited number of walk-ins, but booking is recommended.

Old Fashioned, Banyan

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Banyan. From craft beers and cocktails to G&Ts, there’s something for everyone at Banyan. Peckish? They have a global-inspired menu of tasty eats that will line your stomach for your first trip back to the pub. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 and accepting a limited number of walk-ins, but booking is recommended.

Call Lane Social. This classic rock and roll dive bar is the perfect place to work your way through an extensive collection of premium spirits and imported beers like Quilmes, Pacifico and Cusquena. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 – you need to book ahead online.

Tiki Hideaway. Above Call Lane Social, you’ll find a completely different bar. This exotic cocktail joint is decked out in bamboo, fairy lights and beach huts, which is why it’s the perfect setting to try their exotic cocktails. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 – you need to book ahead online.

The Wardrobe

The Wardrobe. A thriving hub of music, craft beer and good times, The Wardrobe is back doing what it does best. Get ready for bottomless brunches, supper clubs and Sunday lunches. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 – you can book ahead online.

Parkside Tavern. This Merrion Street staple is a huge pub where you can enjoy real ale, play pool and tuck into flatbread pizzas. They have two outdoor areas, perfect for supping a pint in the sun. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 for walk-ins, no booking required unless you want to use one of their pool tables, in which case it’s worth getting in there early.

Roland’s. This old favourite is a grown-up venue with a rustic-meets-industrial decor and a laidback attitude. Plough into incredible cocktails and local craft beer in their small, but perfectly formed bar. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 for groups of up to six people. They’ll try to accommodate walk-ins, but booking ahead is recommended.

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The Maven. This cool-as-heck speakeasy is hidden behind an unmarked doorway on Call Lane. Cocktails are their speciality, and they’re all originals, so you can work your way through a menu of untried tipples. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 – you need to book ahead online.

Distrikt. This underground bar is going to be a little different when it reopens. You can still enjoy their extensive cocktail menu, but there’s no dancing and no big groups. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 and accepting a limited number of walk-ins, but booking is recommended.

Doghouse. A down-to-earth, music-loving bar, Doghouse is a lovely spot for a few drinks. You can enjoy local craft beers and creative cocktails, paired with home-made bagels. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020. They’ll welcome walk ins, but if you want to book in advance, they’ll try their best.

Mojo

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Mojo. The original rock & roll dive bar opened in Leeds back in 1997 and it’s still going strong today. Expect classic rock tunes to soundtrack your beers, spirits and cocktails. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 for groups of up to six people – you need to book ahead online.

Smokestack. One of the most legendary independent bars in Leeds, Smokestack is your go-to for cocktails and old school tunes. For now, there won’t be any live music, but you can still expect tasty tipples in a cool-as-heck setting. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020, with table service to help maintain social distancing – you need to book ahead online.

The Mustard Pot. This country-style pub in the heart of Chapel Allerton offers cask ales and hearty pub grub in a cosy setting. If the sun’s shining, their massive beer garden does just the job too. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 – you can book online for Fridays and Saturdays, but they’re also accepting walk-ins from Wednesday to Sunday.

The Assembly

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The Assembly. A bottle shop-cum-bar in Crossgates, The Assembly is a cool, laid-back joint where you can take your pick of local craft beer, wine and spirits. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 with table service to help maintain social distancing – you need to book ahead online.

The Duck and Drake. A proper old school pub in the heart of Leeds, The Duck and Drake is a go-to for local real ale. Saltaire, Ilkley and Half Moon are on cask, with more on keg and the fridges. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 and accepting walk-ins.

Cuckoo. This Call Lane bar lives up its name. Neon signs, hand-painted murals and secret doorways can be found throughout. Order yourself a craft beer or go for one of their creative cocktails. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 – you need to book ahead online.

Kirkstall Bridge Inn

Kirkstall Bridge Inn. Kirkstall Brewery’s flagship pub is a riverside gem where you can sup all their wonderful beers and pair them with a menu of classic pub eats. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020, with table service to help maintain social distancing – you need to book ahead online.

Stew & Oyster. Whether it’s at Calls Landing, in Oakwood or Boston Spa, Stew & Oyster offers a cosy pub setting where you can enjoy tipples like local craft beer and refreshing G&Ts which go perfectly with their hearty stews and fresh oysters. It reopened on weekends from Saturday 4th July 2020, with table service to help maintain social distancing – you need to book ahead online.

Headrow House. Split across four floors, Headrow House offers something for everyone. You can choose from over 60 craft beers in the ground-floor Beer Hall and sup classic cocktails in the top-floor Redondo Beach terrace bar, which leads out to two beer gardens. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 – you need to book ahead online.

Belgrave Music Hall roof terrace

Belgrave Music Hall. Downstairs, you can take your pick from a well-stocked bar full of craft beer, real ale and spirits. Pair yours with a bite to eat from Dough Boys pizza or Patty Smith’s burgers. Sunny? The rooftop terrace is back too, so you can guzzle those beers in the sun. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 – you need to book ahead online.

Water Lane Boathouse. This riverside watering hole is an absolute gem. It’s all exposed brickwork and minimalist decor, with a wonderful beer garden out front and a bar full of craft beer, artisan gins. You can even get tasty eats from Small Victories. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 – you need to book ahead online.

The Beck & Call. This family-friendly gastropub is massive, so it’s ideal for a socially-distanced trip to the pub. Take a seat in the Scandinavian-style venue where you can enjoy endless craft beers, twists on classic cocktails and a menu of modern pub grub. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 – you need to book ahead online.

The Watermark Bartenders Brunch

The Watermark. Head to this old-school drinking den to enjoy creative cocktails in a cool, prohibition style setting. They put their own spin on classic concoctions using home-infused spirits. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020. It’s first-come, first-served for tables, but you can order drinks to takeaway while you wait for a spot to free up.

Hyde Park Book Club. A Greenwich Village-style cafe bar in an old petrol station, Hyde Park Book Club is one of the coolest indies in Leeds. You can enjoy craft beers from local breweries, classic cocktails and a menu of 100% veggie eats. Their indoor and outdoor areas will be open. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020, with table service to help maintain social distancing – you need to book ahead online.

Jake’s Bar. Jake’s Bar has been a mainstay of Leeds nightlife for over a decade. You can choose from a menu of continental beers or cocktails made using their own spirits and liqueurs. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020, with table service to help maintain social distancing you need to book ahead online for a 90-minute slot.

Victorian Banquet at Whitelock's

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Whitelock’s. One of the oldest pubs in Leeds, Whitelock’s is a must. This old fashioned throwback is the perfect place to enjoy a few pints of local real ale and a bite to eat from their menu of British classics. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020, with table service to help maintain social distancing – you need to book ahead online.

Power, Corruption and Lies. This disco-obsessed cocktail bar doubles as a pan-Asian restaurant. You can pair sake, Japanese craft beers and inventive cocktails with small plates like dim sum and katsu bao buns. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020, with table service to help maintain social distancing – you have to book ahead online.

The Hedonist. This award-winning cocktail bar is famed for its creative concoctions. Their mixologists take inspiration from around the world for their unusual tipples, which makes every drink an adventure. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020, with table service to help maintain social distancing – you have to book ahead online.

Oporto

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Oporto. The Call Lane institution is famed for its party atmosphere, and although they’ll be keeping it low-key for the time being, you can still have a ball. Get ready for quality craft beer and all the spirits you can drink, paired with vegan junk food from Knave’s Kitchen. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020, with table service to help maintain social distancing – you have to book ahead online for a 90-minute slot.

The Turk’s Head. Next door to Whitelock’s is its sister bar, The Turk’s Head. This intimate little drinking den has the vibe of a Victorian apothecary with a tempting drinks offering. There’s rare, small batch beers alongside a small, but perfectly formed cocktail menu, made using premium spirits. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020, with table service to help maintain social distancing – you need to book ahead online.

Ten Bar. Ten Bar is a buzzing hotspot that brings together exposed brickwork, original features and unusual artwork, as you make your way through a menu of classic and creative cocktails. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020, with table service to help maintain social distancing – you need to book ahead online.

Brotherhood of Pursuits and Pastimes, Leeds

The Brotherhood of Pursuits and Pastimes. If you’ve missed watching live sport with your friends, The Brotherhood is back to scratch that itch. You’ll be able to get beer and spirits, alongside a menu of burgers, platters and nibbles. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020, with table service to help maintain social distancing – you need to book ahead online.

Shed Bar. Nestled in one of the city’s distinctive railway arches, the music-loving Shed Bar has oodles of character and an enviable bar full of craft beer and whiskey. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 – you can book ahead online, although they are accepting walk-ins.

Salon Privé. Enjoy fancy cocktails and an enormous selection of gins as you relax on Salon Privé’s terrace. Peckish? Get a couple of their small plates to snaffle with your drinks. It reopened from Saturday 4th July 2020 with table service to help maintain social distancing. They’re accepting a limited number of walk-ins, but booking is recommended.

Roxy Lanes

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Roxy Ball Room. There’s pool, shuffleboard and ping pong to play at Roxy Ball Room, or you can up the stakes with beer pong. On Boar Lane you can even add mini golf into the mix, as you play a round with a craft beer or cocktail in hand. Both their bars are reopening on Saturday 1st August 2020. You have to book ahead online and they’re accepting groups of no more than six people.

Roxy Lanes. A bowling alley-cum-bar, Roxy Lanes is a hell of a night out. You can go for a strike on one of four lanes, then settle in for burgers and pizzas over a few drinks. It’s reopening on Saturday 1st August 2020. You have to book ahead online and they’re accepting groups of no more than six people.

Roxy Arcade. Below Roxy Ball Room, you’ll find Roxy Arcade. You can play on over 50 multiplayer, token operated arcade games, all while enjoying craft beer and cocktails at the bar. It’s reopening on Saturday 1st August 2020. You have to book ahead online and they’re accepting groups of no more than six people.

The Potting Shed, Guiseley

The Potting Shed. This Guiseley favourite is a cool bar with a leafy outdoors-indoors vibe. Settle down amongst the earthy tones and plant-filled halls to enjoy burgers, steaks and burrito bowls, washed down with craft beer and cocktails. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020. You need to book ahead by emailing loiswoodhouse@pottingshedbar.com for groups of up to eight people.

Dollhouse. An opulent bar from local pop star Tom Zanetti and DJ Kane Towning, Dollhouse is all plush leather booths, dark wood furniture and atmospheric lighting. You can enjoy signature cocktails and premium spirits. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 with table service to help maintain social distancing  – you need to book ahead online.

Neon Cactus. A Call Lane mainstay for over a decade, Neon Cactus is a vibrant, colourful bar that specialises in local craft beer, heaving tacos and refreshing margaritas. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 with table service to help maintain social distancing – you need to book ahead online.

Bar Soba Greek Street

Bar Soba. The spirit of Asia comes to Greek Street at Bar Soba. Downstairs, you can enjoy creative cocktails like the Drumstick Capriovska, while upstairs you can devour a tantalising menu of Asian street food favourites. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 with table service to help maintain social distancing  – you need to book ahead online.

The Botanist. You can enjoy the outdoors indoors at The Botanist. This leafy bar promises incredibly creative cocktails paired with a globally-inspired menu. It’s reopening on Friday 17th July 2020 with table service to help maintain social distancing – you need to book ahead online.

Angelica. This rooftop bar above Trinity Leeds is all class. Take a pew by the floor-to-ceiling windows or head onto the terrace to take in the views as you enjoy creative cocktails, fine wines and a menu of dishes cooked on their Josper grill. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 with table service to help maintain social distancing – you need to book ahead online.

Kirkstall Brewery Tap and Kitchen

Kirkstall Brewery Tap Room. This US-style taproom has a homely British feel and the freshest Kirkstall Brewery beer in Leeds. You can drink Three Swords, Virtuous and Dissolution IPA yards away from where it’s made, with Naples-style pizza to line your stomach. It reopened on Tuesday 7th July 2020 with table service to help maintain social distancing  – you need to book ahead online.

The White House. This cosy pub is just across the road from Roundhay Park, making it the perfect post-walk pit stop. Settle in to one of their sofas with classic pub grub and cask ales. It reopened on Monday 6th July 2020 with table service to help maintain social distancing – you need to book ahead online.

Boot & Rally. If you love craft beer, this Meanwood bar is your go-to. Run by two former brewery workers, they’ve curated a selection of the best local cask and keg beers alongside a host of Yorkshire spirits. It reopened on Wednesday 8th July 2020 with table service to help maintain social distancing  – you need to book ahead online.

Alley Cats Cafe Bar and Music Emporium

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Alley Cats. This cafe bar in Chapel Allerton offers local craft beers and creative cocktails in a venue covered in vintage film and music posters. Peckish? Their signature grilled cheese sarnies are a must. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 with table service to help maintain social distancing – you need to book ahead by emailing dan.alleycats@gmail.com or calling 0113 345 1820.

Below Stairs. Tucked away in the basement of a Grade-II listed building, Below Stairs is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Enjoy experiential cocktails in a cool-as-heck venue with an old school feel. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 with table service to help maintain social distancing. Although they’re accepting walk-ins, booking is recommended.

The Black Horse. A traditional Victorian coaching inn in the heart of Otley, The Black Horse is a joint venture from Kirkstall Brewery and Brudenell Social Club. You can look forward to classic real ales and quality pub grub in a charming old school pub. It reopened for walk-ins on Saturday 4th July 2020 with table service to help maintain social distancing.

The Adelphi

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The Adelphi. This Grade-II listed Victorian tavern is full of cosy period charm, perfect for a few leisurely drinks and a bite to eat. You can get a host of quality real ales on tap or go for a gin cocktail, paired with their menu of classic pub grub. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 with table service to help maintain social distancing  – you need to book ahead online.

Seven Arts. Normally cultural venue-cum-cafe-cum-bar, Seven Arts are opening up the whole venue, so there’s more space for you to sit. During the day, you can get coffees and sandwiches, then in the evening you can look forward to craft beers, wine and Italian street food. It reopened to walk-ins on Saturday 4th July 2020 with table service to help maintain social distancing.

Hardy’s. This dark and atmospheric bar serves handpicked wines, craft beers and spirits, alongside two eclectic cocktail menus, full of creative concoctions. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020. They’ll be accepting a limited number of walk-ins, but booking is recommended.

Lamb and Flag

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Lamb & Flag. This Leeds Brewery favourite is a cosy little pub that dates back to the 19th century. Settle down for quality local beers paired with a menu of seasonal pub classics. It reopened on Wednesday 8th July 2020. They’ll be accepting a limited number of walk-ins, but booking is recommended.

The White Swan. If you want quality ales on tap, from Leeds Brewery and plenty of others, as well as a menu of mouthwatering pub classics, The White Swan is the place to go. It reopened on Wednesday 8th July 2020. They’ll be accepting a limited number of walk-ins, but booking is recommended.

The Midnight Bell. This rustic pub has character and charm, not to mention one of the biggest beer gardens in Leeds. Sup Leeds Brewery’s finest creations, as well as an ever-changing selection of guest ales, which will go nicely with their classic pub grub. It reopened on Wednesday 8th July 2020. They’ll be accepting a limited number of walk-ins, but booking is recommended.

North Brewing Co.

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North Brewing Co. City Tap. The Sovereign Square brewery tap of North Brewing Co. will be the first of its bars to reopen. You can take a pew in the spacious, Scandi-Style bar or head into the beer garden out front to enjoy your fresh pints of locally-brewed craft beer. It reopened on Monday 6th July 2020 with table service and food from Little Bao Boy. They’ll be accepting a limited number of walk-ins, but booking is recommended.

Preston. You can enjoy this Oakwood favourite once again, but with a few changes. It’s still going to be operating as a pop-up bottle shop, but they’re going to open up their beer garden in front of the bar so you can enjoy a few freshly-poured pints of cask and keg beer. It reopened on Wednesday 8th July 2020 with table service. They’ll be accepting a limited number of walk-ins, but booking is recommended.

North Bar Social. Much like Preston, the inside of North Bar Social in Otley is only open as a pop-up bottle shop, but it too will be opening up its outdoor area for people to enjoy a few pints of quality beer. It reopened on Thursday 9th July 2020 with table service. They’ll be accepting a limited number of walk-ins, but booking is recommended.

The Bankers Cat

The Banker’s Cat. Thornbridge Brewery’s flagship pub on Boar Lane is a classic affair, all dark furnishings and brass bar-tops. It’s the ideal place to kick back in a cosy corner with a few pints of tasty Yorkshire ale. It reopened to walk-ins on Saturday 4th July 2020 with table service to help maintain social distancing.

Friends of Ham. It’s a local favourite and Friends of Ham is back. You can look forward to delicious charcuterie boards paired with handpicked wines and quality craft beers from around the world. It reopened on Saturday 4th July with table service to help maintain social distancing. You need to book ahead by calling 0113 242 0275.

The Fleece. A quality local pub in the heart of Horsforth, The Fleece is a welcoming little spot where you can quality real ale and handpicked wines. Hungry? Slap & Pickle have taken over their kitchen, so you can pair burgers with your beers. It reopened to walk-ins on Saturday 4th July 2020 with table service to help maintain social distancing.

Brooklyn

Brooklyn. It’s all about the cocktails at this Call Lane joint. Brooklyn is a fun, lively bar where you can work your way through a host of classic cocktails, from the Long Island Iced Tea to the Downtown Daiquiri. Not your thing? There’s craft beer and lager from around the world too. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 – you need to book ahead online.

Verve. Their live entertainment and DJs might not be back yet, but you can still head to Verve for a catch up with your pals. There’s craft beer, global lagers and all manner of spirits, or you can treat yourself to one of their unique cocktail creations. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 – you need to book ahead online.

Mean-Eyed Cat Bar. A Deep South-inspired dive bar, the Mean-Eyed Cat is the place to go for hard liquor. They have an impressive selection of boozy iced teas and whiskey-based cocktails, but if that’s not your thing, they have their own craft beers as well as local favourites like Northern Monk. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 – you need to book ahead online.

Toast Bar

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Toast. From continental lagers to local real ales, Toast is a beer-lovers dream. You won’t go hungry either, as they serve a menu of pub classics like steaks, burgers and pizza. It reopened on Thursday 9th July 2020 with table service to help maintain social distancing  – you need to book ahead online.

Leeds Gin School’s Distillery Bar. G&Ts aplenty, that’s what awaits at Leeds Gin School’s Distillery Bar. This is the place to go to try Hotham’s small-batch collection of spirits, in all kinds of combinations. It reopened on Friday 10th July 2020 with table service. They’re accepting a limited number of walk-ins, but booking is recommended.

The Roebuck. Nestled on the edge of Nidderdale, The Roebuck is an absolute gem of a country pub. It’s all original features, from the cosy snug rooms to the exposed old brickwork, which you can enjoy over a few pints of real ale and a menu of popular pub favourites. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 – they’re accepting a limited number of walk-ins, but booking is recommended.

The Reliance

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The Reliance. A vintage-chic hidey-hole with a laid-back atmosphere, The Reliance is the place to for real ale and quality wine. Kirkstall Brewery and Northern Monk are regulars on the taps, and the food is just as good, with a refined menu of pub grub. It’s reopening on Saturday 11th July 2020 – they’re accepting a limited number of walk-ins, but booking is recommended.

The Head of Steam. Real ale on cask, continental brews in the fridges, The Head of Steam is a beer lover’s dream. Hungry? Feast on a menu of juicy burgers. The Park Row and Headingley bars reopened on Thursday 9th July 2020, Mill Hill will follow on Wednesday 15th July 2020. They all have table service to help maintain social distancing. Walk-ins are welcome, you can also book ahead online.

The Bingley Arms. The oldest pub in Britain has been going for over 1,000 years and a pandemic wasn’t going to change that. Packed full of character, with low-beams and old wooden furniture, you can look forward to a pint of real ale and a hearty menu of pub favourites. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 – they’re accepting a limited number of walk-ins, but booking is recommended.

The Queen o' t'owd Thatch

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The Queen o’ t’ owd Thatch. A classic country pub with a proper Yorkshire name, The Queen in South Milford is a local legend where you can enjoy real ales and proper pub grub made with locally sourced ingredients. It reopened on Wednesday 8th July 2020 – they’re accepting a limited number of walk-ins, but booking is recommended.

The Royalty. Nestled deep in the heart of the Chevin Forest Park, The Royalty is the perfect post-walk pit-stop. You can sup local real ales as you pore over a menu of traditional pub favourites – top tip, their homemade pies are the stuff of legend. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 – they’re accepting a limited number of walk-ins, but booking is recommended.

The Cardigan Arms. Walking into the Cardigan Arms is like stepping back in time, it’s all dark wood furnishings, brass finishes and vintage beer mirrors. You can get Kirkstall’s own ales, alongside local craft beer, and tuck into a menu of quality pub grub. It reopened on Friday 10th July 2020 with table service to help maintain social distancing. They’re accepting a limited number of walk-ins, but booking is recommended.

East Parade Social Roof Terrace

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East Parade Social. The ground floor bar may still closed, but East Parade Social has opened its roof terrace. Get ready for creative cocktails and craft beers as you look out over Leeds Town Hall. It reopens on Thursday 9th July 2020 with table service to help maintain social distancing. They’re accepting a limited number of walk-ins, but booking is recommended.

The Lost & Found. Both venues on Albion Place and Greek Street are now open. Head into this leafy paradise to enjoy sumptuous cocktails, hand-picked wines and great craft beers. Hungry? They’re running a limited menu of small plates and sharers. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 – they’re accepting a limited number of walk-ins, but booking is recommended.

Myrtle Tavern. This Meanwood pub is a proper local favourite. They’re only serving drinks for the time being, but you can enjoy real ale, wine or cocktails inside the pub or out in their huge beer garden, which now includes a big marquee. It reopened on Monday 6th July 2020 with table service to help maintain social distancing. They’re accepting a limited number of walk-ins, but booking is recommended.

Bundobust

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Bundobust. The unique blend of craft beer and Indian street food has made Bundobust one of the best bars in Leeds. You can settle down with a pint of Kirkstall or Northern Monk as you tuck into small plates, like the Bundo Chaat, Vada Pav and Okra Fries. It reopened on Wednesday 8th July 2020 with table service to help maintain social distancing. They’re accepting a limited number of walk-ins, but booking is recommended.

Everybodys. This all-day bar and restaurant in Guiseley has become a real hub for the community. You can enjoy craft beer, wine and creative cocktails as you tuck into a seasonal menu of pub favourites. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 with table service to help maintain social distancing. They’re accepting a limited number of walk-ins, but booking is recommended.

Wharf Chambers. A pork pie factory turned co-operative bar and music venue, Wharf Chambers is owned and run by its members. They’ve created a cool and welcoming hangout to enjoy craft beer and spirits to your heart’s content. It reopened on Thursday 9th July 2020 with table service to help maintain social distancing – you need to book ahead online.

Black Basil Ginjito, Cantina, The Old Red Bus Station

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The Old Red Bus Station. The old 1930s bus station is now a two-floor hangout. For now, only the bar is open, Cantina will follow shortly, so get ready for craft beer from local breweries and a menu of creative cocktails. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 with table service to help maintain social distancing – you need to book ahead online.

Granville’s. This cool-as-heck drinking den in the heart of Horsforth is mad for craft beer and gin. They have beer from local breweries on tap and in the fridges or why not try one of their 75+ gins? It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 with table service to help maintain social distancing. They’re open to walk-ins, but you can also book a table in advance

212 Bar & Cafe. By day, this New York-inspired hangout is a relaxing spot to take a break over a drink and a bite to eat. But at night, it transforms into one of the city’s coolest bars as you work your way through craft beers and cocktails. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 with table service to help maintain social distancing. They’re accepting walk-ins on a first-come, first-served basis.

Outlaws Yacht Club

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Outlaws Yacht Club. An exhibition space, record shop, cafe and bar all rolled into one, Outlaws is a cool-as-heck venue everyone should visit. Take your pick from North Star coffee, local craft beers and a small menu of classic cocktails. Hungry? They’re doing grilled cheese sarnies and bar snacks. It reopened on Wednesday 8th July 2020 with table service to help maintain social distancing. They’re open to walk-ins, but you can also book in advance.

Northern Monk Refectory. The beer hall at Northern Monk’s Holbeck brewery is back open, so you can get your fill of their fine wares. Its not just the bar that’s open – they’ve expanded into the Chapter Hall and added an outside bar for customers in the beer garden. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 with table service to help maintain social distancing. They’re accepting to walk-ins on a first-come, first-served basis.

Archie’s. In the dark arches of Granary Wharf, Archie’s is an all-day bar where you can take your pick of Ossett Brewery ales, treat yourself to a couple of cocktails or fill up on burgers, pizzas and hot dogs. It reopens on Friday 10th July 2020 with table service to help maintain social distancing. They’re accepting to walk-ins on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tobacco Rd

Tobacco Rd. The mix of exposed brickwork, finished steel and real wood, gives Tobacco Rd a rugged dive bar feel. They have loads of amazing craft beers from across the pond and a menu of seriously creative cocktails. If you get peckish, wings and burgers are the order of the day. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 with table service to help maintain social distancing. They’re accepting walk-ins, but you can also book in advance.

Aire Bar. Nestled on the banks of the River Aire, this Grade-II listed bar is a long-time favourite. Settle down in their arched rooms to enjoy real ales from the city’s breweries or try one of their many wines, spirits and cocktails. They’ve even got an overhanging terrace outside too. It reopens on Thursday 16th July 2020 with table service to help maintain social distancing – you need to book ahead online.

Number Thirty-Three. This stripped-back family-run bar is one of the best in Farsley. You can settle down amongst the exposed brickwork and raw wooden furniture to enjoy a few craft beers or go for one of their classic cocktails. Hungry? Try their charcuterie boards. It reopened on Thursday 9th July 2020 with table service to help maintain social distancing. They’re accepting walk-ins, but you can also book in advance.

Brudenell Social Club

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Brudenell Social Club. This Leeds institution is now back open. There’s no live music for the time being, but you can still visit for a pint of great local real ale and global craft beers in one of their many rooms inside or in their expanded beer garden. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 with table service to help maintain social distancing and a new app ordering system. They’re accepting walk-ins.

The Brew Society. This cool cafe-bar near Leeds Station is full of vintage chic charm. It serves up speciality coffee and sandwiches during the day, before switching to craft beer and hand-picked wines at night. It reopened on Saturday 4th July 2020 with table service to help maintain social distancing. They’re accepting walk-ins.

Wapentake. This Yorkshire-loving bar on Kirkgate has started to slowly reopen. You can get all the craft beer, real ale and cocktails you desire, but food isn’t available yet and only the downstairs bar and beer garden are open for the time being. It reopened on Saturday 11th July 2020 with table service to help maintain social distancing. They’re accepting walk-ins.

Sheaf Street

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Sheaf Street. This cool cafe-bar has used lockdown to make some changes. They can’t host live music for the time being, so they’ve added more seating throughout. You can still get coffee, craft beer and cocktails, but The Grub and Grog Shop residency has ended so they’re revealing a new food menu and welcoming Itza’s Pizzas on weekends. It’s reopening on Monday 27th July 2020 with table service to help maintain social distancing. They’re accepting walk-ins.

Lazy Lounge. A laid-back watering hole that’s furnished with chunky Chesterfield sofas and dark wood tables, Lazy Lounge is the perfect spot for a few drinks. They have over 350 gins, 100 whiskies and 30 wines for you to choose from. It’s reopening on Friday 31st July 2020 with table service to help maintain social distancing. You can book ahead online, but they’re also accepting a limited number of walk-ins.

The Tetley. An independent art gallery and bar, The Tetley is a must-visit. You can enjoy a slew of Tetley’s beer, alongside an extensive collection of wine, spirits and cocktails. It’s reopening the outdoor beer garden on Friday 24th July 2020 followed by the galleries, bar and kitchen on Friday 7th August 2020 with table service to maintain social distancing. You need to book ahead online.

Craft Asylum

Craft Asylum #1. This Granary Wharf bar is the first of the two Craft Asylum venues in Leeds to reopen. You can look forward to their own Salt Beer Factory brews and a host of UK craft gins in a cool, industrial-chic setting. It reopened on Friday 17th July 2020 with table service to maintain social distancing. Booking details are to be confirmed.

Neighbourhood. This New York-inspired party bar is one of the liveliest haunts on Greek Street. You can expect Instagram-worthy cocktails, indulgent small plates and sparklers in your champers in a venue lit up by neon signs and funky artwork. It reopened Thursday 9th July 2020 with table service to maintain social distancing. You need to book ahead online.

Kirkstall Brewery Taproom. Freshly-brewed real ale, served yards from where it’s made – the Kirkstall Brewery Taproom is the stuff of dreams. You can get all their favourites, like Three Swords, Dissolution and Virtuous, and soak them up with stone-baked pizza. It reopened on Thursday 15th July 2020 with table service to maintain social distancing. You can book ahead online, but they’re also accepting a limited number of walk-ins.

This list is ever-growing – the situation is changing so fast that it’s hard to keep track, so if we’ve missed somewhere, let us know!