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82 Leeds Bars & Restaurants Now Taking Reservations

· Joseph Sheerin · Food and Drink

Don’t hang about, get booked in now!

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Many of the city’s bars and restaurants are now taking reservations for April outdoors and May indoors. Here’s everything you need to know…

With a couple of very important (albeit provisional) dates in the diary, you can finally start planning your return to the city’s pubs and restaurants. In fact, you might have to because they’re already taking reservations! Luckily for you, we’ve rounded up all the bookable venues in Leeds, all in one place, so you can get those long-awaited catch-ups booked in.

More pubs and restaurants are announcing their reopening every day, so if you know something we don’t, tell us in the comments so we can add them to the list!

Book outdoors & indoors

Kirkstall Brewery Taproom

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Kirkstall Brewery Taproom. Locally made craft beer and delicious pizza – what’s not to love about Kirkstall Brewery Taproom? Three Swords paired with a Brie & Fig pizza will go down a treat. You can book a table outdoors from Monday 12th April 2021 and indoors from Monday 17th May 2021. No deposit necessary.

Amici. Alwoodley’s finest Italian restaurant, Amici has been a longtime local favourite and it’s almost ready to welcome back diners for homemade pasta and pizza, alongside a few classic mains. You can book outdoors from Monday 12th April 2021 and indoors from Monday 17th May 2021. No deposit necessary.

The Botanist. It’s coming back! The Botanist is your go-to for a good time, whether you’re sat in their sunken beer garden with a few cocktails or inside tucking into their global menu of tasty eats. You can book outdoors from Tuesday 13th April 2021 and indoors from Monday 17th May 2021. No deposit necessary.

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Restaurant Bar & Grill. This popular City Square gem is prepping its comeback. Get ready for beer, wine and cocktails aplenty, which you can pair with their delectable menu. You can book outdoors from Monday 12th April 2021 and indoors from Monday 17th May 2021. No deposit necessary.

Banyan. The world is your oyster, whichever of the five Banyan bars in Leeds you choose to visit when they reopen. Creative cocktails, craft beers and globally-inspired dishes, inside or out in their spacious beer gardens, you can’t go wrong. You can book outdoors from Monday 12th April 2021 and indoors from Monday 17th May 2021. No deposit necessary.

El Gato Negro. The inventive, refined tapas of El Gato Negro is back on the cards – pair classics like patatas bravas with inventive dishes like morcilla scotch eggs. You can book outdoors from Thursday 15th April 2021 and indoors from Monday 17th May 2021. No deposit necessary.

Beck and Call

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The Beck and Call. This family-friendly gastropub in Meanwood will soon reopen its huge beer garden for craft beers, twists on classic cocktails and a menu of modern pub grub. You can book outdoors from Monday 12th April 2021 and indoors from Monday 17th May 2021. No deposit necessary.

Piccolino. A familiar face in the heart of Collingham, Piccolino is preparing to serve its Italian fare once again. There’s pizza and pasta of course, but they specialise in steak and risotto. You can book outdoors from Monday 12th April 2021 and indoors from Monday 17th May 2021. No deposit necessary.

The Reliance. This rustic, laid-back bar and restaurant is planning its long-awaited return. Get ready for local ales and handpicked wine, paired with their refined twists on classic British food. You can book outdoors from Friday 16th April 2021 on a weekly basis and indoors from Wednesday 19th May 2021.

Water Lane Boathouse

Water Lane Boathouse. Whether it’s craft beer and burgers by the river, or artisan gins and pizza inside, you’ll soon remember why Water Lane Boathouse is one of the best bars in Leeds. You can book outdoors from Monday 12th April 2021 and indoors from Monday 17th May 2021. No deposit necessary.

Black Sheep Tap & Kitchen. Their first Leeds taproom is here and Black Sheep’s Chapel Allerton home is perfect for a post-lockdown get-together with Yorkshire-made beers and pub grub. You can book outdoors from Monday 12th April 2021 and indoors from Monday 17th May 2021. No deposit necessary.

Sabroso Street. Farsley’s go-to Mexican street food eatery, Sabroso Street is now open for reservations so you can tuck into everything from Barbacoa Beef Tacos to Pico Salsa Nachos. You can book outdoors from Monday 12th April 2021 and indoors from Monday 17th May 2021. No deposit necessary.

Manahatta. The cocktails are glorious, the fizz is plentiful and the food is divine – welcome back to Manahatta! All three Leeds venues are ready to reopen, so which one will you pick? You can book outdoors from Monday 12th April 2021 and indoors from Monday 17th May 2021. No deposit necessary.

Cuckoo. A bar that very much lives up to its bonkers name, Cuckoo’s raring to reopen. They get very creative with their cocktails, but you can get the classics too, and they have plenty of craft beer. You can book outdoors from Monday 12th April 2021 and indoors from Monday 17th May 2021. No deposit necessary.

The Cow & Calf. Sitting in sight of the landmark that shares its name, you can head to The Cow & Calf knowing you’re in for great beer, quality food and incredible views whether you’re inside or out. You can book outdoors from Monday 12th April 2021 and indoors from Monday 17th May 2021. No deposit necessary.

Northern Monk, Leeds Indie Food

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Northern Monk Refectory. A nice cold pint of Faith sounds incredible, doesn’t it? You can look forward to that and even more Northern Monk goodness when their Refectory reopens. You can book outdoors from Wednesday 15th April 2021 and indoors from Monday 17th May 2021. No deposit necessary.

Mean-Eyed Cat Bar. A Deep South-inspired dive bar on Merrion Street, Mean-Eyed Cat Bar is the place to go for boozy iced teas, whiskey cocktails and craft beer. You can book outdoors from Monday 12th April 2021 and indoors from Monday 17th May 2021. No deposit necessary.

Toast. This sports-loving city centre bar is ready to return. Toast has screens both inside and outside, so you can watch the big game while you enjoy craft beer, wine and cocktails. You can book outdoors from Monday 12th April 2021 and indoors from Monday 17th May 2021. No deposit necessary.

Mojo wings

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Mojo. The original rock & roll dive bar is back – first with its outdoor area, then inside. They’ll have all the global beers and endless spirits we love them for, as well as a brand new cocktail menu. You can book outdoors from Monday 12th April 2021 and indoors from Monday 17th May 2021. No deposit necessary.

Jigger & Jar. This Garforth gem is now taking reservations for its reopening. They love their craft beer, with a focus on local favourites, and they’re just as good when it comes to cocktails. You can book outdoors from Tuesday 13th April 2021 and indoors from Monday 17th May 2021. No deposit necessary.

The White Swan. Just minutes from Yeadon Tarn, The White Swan is a proper local pub with a massive beer garden. They serve quality Yorkshire beers, hand-picked wines and great pub grub. You can book outdoors from Monday 12th April 2021 and indoors from Monday 17th May 2021. No deposit necessary.

Grumpy's

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Grumpy’s. This family-run pizzeria-cum-bar is now taking reservations. Their Roman-style pizzas are a must-try, and go perfectly with their well-stocked bar of craft beer, wine or cocktails. You can book outdoors from Monday 12th April 2021 and indoors from Monday 17th May 2021. No deposit necessary.

Everybody’s Social. This all-day bar and restaurant in Guiseley is a lively hub where you can enjoy craft beer, wine and creative cocktails paired with seasonal pub favourites. You can book outdoors from Monday 12th April 2021 and indoors from Monday 17th May 2021. No deposit necessary.

The Old Ball. A popular Horsforth local, The Old Ball is reopening its big beer garden with a new marquee. So come rain or shine, you can settle down for real ales, great wines and delicious pizza. You can book outdoors from Monday 12th April 2021 and indoors from Monday 17th May 2021. No deposit necessary.

The Marley Mojito at Turtle Bay

Turtle Bay. If you’ve been dreaming of tropical cocktails and Caribbean food, get a post-lockdown trip to Turtle Bay in the diary. How does jerk-pit baby back ribs and a Koko Kalada sound? You can book outdoors from Monday 12th April 2021 and indoors from Monday 17th May 2021. No deposit necessary.

East 59th. Whether you’re on the leafy roof terrace or inside this stylish bar and restaurant, you can enjoy East 59th’s extensive cocktail offering and their menu of American classics. You can book outdoors from Monday 12th April 2021 and indoors from Monday 17th May 2021. No deposit necessary.

The Station House. This Garforth restaurant is home to two outdoor areas and a charming little indoor space where you can tuck into Southern Italian classics.You can book outdoors from Monday 12th April 2021 and indoors from Monday 17th May 2021 by calling 0113 286 6322. No deposit necessary.

Roxy Lanes Pizza

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Roxy Ball Room & Lanes. You can look forward to ping-pong and pool at the Ball Room or bowling at Lanes when Roxy reopens its bars. You can book outdoors on Merrion Street from Monday 12th April 2021 and indoors at all venues from Monday 17th May 2021. No deposit necessary.

Alley Cats. Local craft beers and creative cocktails are the name of the game at Alley Cats. This cool-as-heck cafe bar in Chapel Allerton also does a fine line in grilled cheese sarnies. You can book outdoors from Monday 12th April 2021 and indoors from Monday 17th May 2021 by calling 0113 345 1820. No deposit necessary.

Angelica. Take a pew by the floor-to-ceiling windows or head onto the terrace as you enjoy creative cocktails, fine wines and a menu of dishes cooked on Angelica’s Josper grill. You can book outdoors from Monday 12th April 2021 and indoors from Monday 17th May 2021. No deposit necessary.

Neighbourhood. This New York-inspired party bar is now taking reservations. One of the liveliest spots on Greek Street, you can look forward to Insta-worthy cocktails, indulgent small plates and plenty off fizz. You can book outdoors from Monday 12th April 2021 and indoors from Monday 17th May 2021. No deposit necessary.

The Lock. This ground-floor bar and restaurant at DoubleTree on Granary Wharf is now taking reservations. Expect global beers and classic cocktails, alongside a scrumptious food menu. You can book outdoors from Monday 12th April 2021 and indoors from Monday 17th May 2021. No deposit necessary.

Issho. Not just one of the city’s finest restaurants, Issho also has one of the best rooftop terraces in Leeds. Whether you’re inside or out, you can enjoy creative cocktails and Japanese small plates. You can book outdoors from Monday 12th April 2021 and indoors from Monday 17th May 2021. No deposit necessary.

Whitelock’s. Rejoice, this legendary Leeds pub is getting ready to reopen. This old fashioned throwback is the perfect place to enjoy local real ales and a menu of British classics. On Thursday 25th March 2021, you’ll be able to book outdoors from Monday 12th April 2021 and indoors from Monday 17th May 2021. No deposit necessary.

Book indoors

Shears Yard

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Shears Yard. The trials of the past year calls for a little indulgence, so why not enjoy the fine dining flair of Shears Yard once again? They’re reopening with a brand new menu of contemporary British cuisine made using fine local produce. You can book indoors from Monday 17th May 2021. A £10 deposit is required.

Salvo’s. This local legend has been serving incredible Italian cuisine for over 40 years and they’re still going strong. From pizza and pasta to classics like spicy pork polpette, you can try their delicious wares again once they reopen. You can book a table indoors from Monday 17th May 2021. A £20 deposit is required.

The Maven. If you love cocktails, get a night booked in at The Maven. You’ll find all kinds of weird and wonderful cocktails at this cool-as-heck speakeasy, and they’re all originals, so it’s the perfect place to try something new. You can book indoors from Wednesday 19th May 2021. A £20 deposit is required.

Tattu, Sweet and Sour Iberico Pork

Tattu. One of the coolest Chinese restaurants you could ever visit, Tattu is back with a brand new menu. Expect unusual twists on Chinese classics, like the Szechuan Rock Shrimp and the Surf and Turf Shumai. You can book indoors from Monday 17th May 2021. No deposit necessary.

The Boundary House. This inviting country pub in Methley really celebrates the best Yorkshire has to offer. From great local ales to classic pub food made using the finest Yorkshire ingredients, you’re in for a treat. You can book indoors from Monday 17th May 2021. A £20 deposit is required.

Tharavadu. This is your chance to tuck into Tharavadu’s incredible Keralan cuisine once again. They don’t serve the ‘usual’ Indian fare here, it’s an opportunity to find new favourites like the traditional Kozhi curry. You can book indoors from Monday 17th May 2021. No deposit necessary.

Chai Iced Tea The Alchemist

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The Alchemist. With its vibrant mix of experimental cocktails and globally-inspired food menu, the return of The Alchemist’s Greek Street and Trinity bars is not to be missed. You can book indoors from Monday 17th May 2021. No deposit necessary.

Revolución de Cuba. Get ready for a lively Latino-inspired night out when Revolución de Cuba reopens. Rum is at the heart of their extensive cocktail menu, but don’t forget about their Cuban-inspired tapas menu too. You can book indoors from Monday 17th May 2021. No deposit necessary.

Jake’s Bar. This mainstay of Call Lane will soon be ready to return. Jake’s are well known for their cocktails, made using their very own spirits and liqueurs, but you’ll also find great beers here too. You can book indoors from Monday 17th May 2021. No deposit necessary.

Kendells Bistro

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Kendells Bistro. If you’ve missed fine French dining, get booked in to Kendells Bistro. This Leeds gem is a romantic favourite with a breathtaking menu of refined dishes like steak au poivre and confit de canard. You can book indoors from Monday 17th May 2021. No deposit necessary.

Ten Bar. This buzzing city centre hotspot brings together good vibes in a cool, industrial-chic venue. Cocktails are the order of the day here – you can stick with the classics or try one of their more unusual concoctions. You can book indoors from Monday 17th May 2021. No deposit necessary.

My Thai. While their takeaway service kept running throughout lockdown, there’s nothing quite like enjoying a Pad Thai or Green Curry in My Thai’s vibrant Leeds restaurants – and you’ll soon be able to. You can book indoors from Monday 17th May 2021 by calling 01274 231785. No deposit necessary.

The Potting Shed, Guiseley

The Potting Shed. With its cool indoors-outdoors vibe and a menu of tantalising favourites, The Potting Shed in Guiseley is the perfect post-lockdown pitstop. Loaded burgers, epic pizzas and botanical cocktails – they’ve got it all. You can book indoors from Monday 17th May 2021. No deposit necessary.

La Taberna. This little tapas restaurant serves up Spanish small plates with big flavours all night long. From chorizo al vino to padron peppers, these authentic dishes are cooked to perfection. You can book indoors from Monday 17th May 2021. No deposit necessary.

Pixel Bar. Video game lovers, Pixel is reopening! It’s the city’s only dedicated gaming joint, where you can play the biggest games on the latest consoles, including PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, as you enjoy craft beer and burgers. You can book indoors from Monday 17th May 2021. No deposit necessary.

Sukhothai Pad Thai

Sukhothai. One of the most popular Thai restaurants in Leeds, Sukhothai is now taking reservations for their South Parade and Chapel Allerton venues. Pad Thai, Weeping Tiger or Massamam Curry, take your pick. You can book indoors from Monday 17th May 2021. No deposit necessary.

Fazenda. Meat, glorious meat! Fazenda is back with their delicious Brazilian-style barbecue fare. From fillet steak to chicken hearts, you can enjoy an endless supply of cooked meat straight from their churrasco BBQ. You can book indoors from Tuesday 18th May 2021. No deposit necessary.

The Roundhay Fox. A rustic country pub right next to the park, The Roundhay Fox is a charming spot for a few post-lockdown treats. There are oodles of craft beers and hand-picked wines, which go perfectly with their British pub grub. You can book indoors from Monday 17th May 2021. No deposit necessary.

Catch Seafood

Catch Seafood. You can’t beat proper fish and chips and Catch do it as good as anybody in Leeds. Whether it’s their Headingley or Roundhay restaurant, they do the staple alongside a host of seafood favourites. You can book indoors from Monday 17th May 2021. No deposit necessary.

Dirty Martini. This lively cocktail joint is dusting off the shakers and racking up the spirits ready for your return. Of course, you can expect martinis – they have 16 of them, in fact – but there are 50 other cocktails for you to choose from too. You can book indoors from Monday 17th May 2021. No deposit necessary.

7 Steps. A rustic yet modern bar and restaurant, 7 Steps is a popular haunt in Pudsey. It’s got oodles of craft beer from local breweries, as well as wine and cocktails, which you can pair with a delicious menu of locally-sourced grub. You can book indoors from Wednesday 19th May 2021. No deposit necessary.

Dough House

Livin’Italy. Both their Granary Wharf and Cloth Hall Street restaurants are reopening, so if you’ve missed Livin’Italy’s authentic Italian eats, here’s your chance to reserve a table. You can book indoors from Monday 17th May 2021. No deposit necessary.

Revolution. Both of Revolution’s city centre bars are gearing up for reopening. That calls for the perfect combination of beers, cocktails and tasty global eats. You can book indoors from Monday 17th May 2021 (Electric Press is reopening in April for walk-ins only). No deposit necessary.

Tailors Gin. This traditional gentleman’s tailors will once again transform into a 1920’s speakeasy from May. You can look forward to trying their own-brand of gin as old dancehall hits play in the background. You can book indoors from Saturday 22nd May 2021. A £5 deposit is required.

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Sky Lounge. Perched on DoubleTree’s 13th floor, the views from Sky Lounge are breathtaking – and the signature cocktails are just as good. You can even reserve a table for afternoon tea or bottomless brunch. You can book indoors from Monday 17th May 2021. No deposit necessary.

Tavassoli’s. Ready for authentic Greek gyros and bottomless drinks? Get your reservations in for Tavassoli’s. They’re reopening with a new bottomless brunch service, alongside their regular offering. You can book indoors from Monday 17th May 2021. A £10 deposit is required.

The Inn at Scarcroft. Surrounded by oodles of Yorkshire countryside, The Inn at Scarcroft will be a perfect post-lockdown watering hole this summer. Their classic pub grub pairs perfectly with local ales and extensive wine list. You can book indoors from Monday 17th May 2021. No deposit necessary.

Kir Royale, Thewlis

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Thewlis. A sumptuous cocktail lounge where incredible concoctions are just part of the attraction, the ever-stylish Thewlis is now taking reservations. Get ready for twists on classics and their own unusual creations. You can book indoors from Monday 17th May 2021. No deposit necessary.

The Wardrobe. This thriving hub of music, craft beer and good times is now taking reservations. Get ready for bottomless brunches, supper clubs and Sunday lunches, alongside oodles of craft beer. You can book indoors from Monday 17th May 2021. No deposit necessary.

Yo! Sushi. If you love sushi, there are few better places than Yo! This national favourite serves treats like their signature Yo! Roll with fresh salmon, avocado and mayo in orange masago. You can book indoors from Monday 17th May 2021. No deposit necessary.

Gusto

Gusto. This luxurious Italian restaurant in Cookridge and the city centre is known for its refined take on classic dishes. Take your pick of mains like honey-glazed duck with balsamic or keep it simple with their pizza and pasta. You can book indoors from Monday 17th May 2021. No deposit necessary.

The Decanter. This small but perfectly formed bar has something for everyone. They have an extensive array of handpicked wines alongside a massive selection of global craft beers. Pair yours with one of their charcuterie boards. You can book indoors from Monday 17th May 2021. No deposit necessary.

Estabulo Bar & Grill. This meat-crazy restaurant in The Light will soon be back open. It’s all about Brazilian barbecue here, with an endless supply of meat brought to your table when you want it, from file mignon to contrafile. You can book indoors from Monday 17th May 2021. No deposit necessary.

Crafthouse Tasting Menu

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Crafthouse. Creative dishes, artfully presented and cooked over the Josper grill, Crafthouse is a must-visit. Get ready to tuck into dishes like buffalo mozzarella, sirloin steak and sticky toffee pudding in a stunning restaurant. You can book indoors from Monday 17th May 2021. No deposit necessary.

Aagrah. If you want a taste of authentic Kashmiri cuisine, get your reservation at any of Aagrah’s Leeds restaurants now. From the lamb rogan josh to the baltic chicken, you can choose from a host of curries to dunk their enormous naans in. You can book indoors from Monday 17th May 2021. No deposit necessary.

Brasserie Blanc. Scallops provençale, chateaubriand or grilled rock lobster tail? Take your pick! All that French goodness is back on the menu at Brasserie Blanc when this riverside restaurant reopens. You can book indoors from Monday 17th May 2021. No deposit necessary.

Book outdoors

The Mustard Pot Beer Garden

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The Mustard Pot. There are few things better than a warm day spent in the spacious beer garden outside The Mustard Pot. You can enjoy real ales and hearty grub in a country-style pub. You can book outdoors from Monday 12th April 2021. No deposit necessary.

The Headingley Taps. A legend of The Otley Run, The Headingley Taps is getting its outdoor area prepped for reopening. Local ales, global lagers and classic cocktails, they do it all. You can book outdoors from Monday 12th April 2021. No deposit necessary.

The Midnight Bell. This rustic pub has one of the biggest beer gardens in the city, where you can sup Leeds Brewery’s finest creations, as well as a few guest ales, and tuck into traditional British pub food. You can book outdoors from Monday 12th April 2021. No deposit necessary.

Headrow House

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Headrow House. There’s not one, but two roof terraces for you to choose from at Headrow House. Whether you’re up on Kennedy Meadows or on the lower terrace, expect craft beer and cocktails in the sunshine. You can book outdoors from Monday 12th April 2021. A £150 pre-order is required for Kennedy Meadows booths. No deposit necessary on the lower terrace.

Heaney & Mill. Local real ales, fine wines and delicious food – sounds tempting, right? Well, that’s exactly what’s on offer when Heaney & Mill reopen their Headingley outdoor area. You can book outdoors from Monday 12th April 2021 by calling 0113 278 1640. No deposit necessary.

The Calverley Arms. A charming country pub with a massive beer garden, The Calverley Arms is planning its comeback. You can look forward to great local ales paired with proper pub grub. You can book outdoors from Monday 12th April 2021 and indoors from Monday 17th May 2021. No deposit necessary.

Nation of Shopkeepers

Nation of Shopkeepers. It’s almost time to spend a night in Nation’s famous courtyard as this famous bar prepares its reopening. You can look forward to local beer and classic cocktails paired with delicious burgers and fried chicken. You can book outdoors from Monday 12th April 2021. No deposit necessary.

Myrtle Tavern. This charming Meanwood pub is a proper local favourite. Nestled by the park, you can enjoy real ale, wine or cocktails in Myrtle Tavern’s massive beer garden under their spacious marquee. You can book outdoors from Monday 12th April 2021. No deposit necessary.

Kirkstall Bridge Inn. Kirkstall Brewery’s flagship pub is a traditional watering hole with a riverside garden where you can sup all their wonderful beers and pair them with a menu of classic pub eats. You can book outdoors from Monday 12th April 2021. No deposit necessary.

Lamb & Flag Outdoor Area

Lamb & Flag. This Leeds Brewery favourite is a cosy little pub in the shadow of Leeds Minster that dates back to the 19th century. Settle down for quality local beers paired with a menu of seasonal pub classics in the spacious beer garden. You can book outdoors from Monday 12th April 2021. No deposit necessary.

Salute at The White Swan. This refined yet rustic Italian restaurant in Rothwell comes blessed with a massive outdoor area that will reopen from April. Enjoy alfresco dining with dishes like lobster ravioli and penne pollo. You can book outdoors from Monday 12th April 2021. No deposit necessary.

Springwell. The brand spanking new North Brewing Co. HQ is gearing up for opening and you can book in. They’ll have the freshest North beers in the city as well as cocktails and Little Bao Boy’s street food. You can book a table outdoors from Monday 12th April 2021. No deposit necessary.

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