Reckon you can beat your mates at pool? These are the best bars in the city to do it.
Pool is one of this country’s great pub pastimes – and Leeds is chock full of bars where you can have a game. You can play classic UK 8-ball, have a go at American 9-ball, or even try your hand at snooker. So text your mates, put a few hours aside and choose red or yellow because these are the best places to play pool in Leeds.
Roxy Ball Room
Whether you’re at their Boar Lane bar or their new Merrion Street addition, Roxy Ball Room is a great place to play a game of pool in Leeds. You can take your pick of 4 state-of-the-art Sam K Leisure pool tables – and it’ll only set you back £6 for 30 minutes. Follow that with beer pong and table tennis at both venues, shuffleboard at Merrion Street and mini golf on Boar Lane.
Roxy Ball Room, 58 Boar Lane, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HW & 9A Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PQ.
Northern Snooker Centre
The Northern Snooker Centre is one of the most renowned cue sports centres in Leeds. Over the years, they’ve welcomed everyone from Steve Davis to Ronnie O’Sullivan to play there – and you can too. They have 26 full size snooker tables from BCE Westbury and Riley, including the 2006 World Snooker Final Table. Prefer pool? There are 17 American 9-ball tables and six 8-ball UK tables. Whatever you choose to play, it’ll cost between £7.50 and £9 an hour. There’s also a full bar of lager, wine and spirits, and if you get hungry, they do everything from burgers to steaks.
Northern Snooker Centre, 92 Kirkstall Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS3 1LT.
The Box is Headingley’s go-to sports bar and it’s home to two American-style Sam K pool tables, both of which have it’s logo emblazoned onto the baize. It’s £3.75 for 30 minutes or £7.50 for an hour, but you do have to put down a £10 deposit to get your cues and balls. There are screens in every corner, so you won’t miss the game while you play, and the bar is chock full of lager, craft beer and cocktails.
The Box, 8 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2AD.
Walkabout has dedicated a massive section of its bar to pool. There are four bright blue baize American-style Supreme Winner tables in the centre of the Aussie-themed room. Whether you go red or yellow, it will set you back £1.50 a game. They also have all the big live sporting events on big screens and you can sup a decent range of lager, cocktails and shots while you’re there.
Walkabout, 3 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3HQ.
Brudenell Social Club
The Brudenell is one of the best live music venues in Leeds, but it’s also a great place to play pool. They have five Supreme Winner pool tables, which only cost 50p per game, and if you pop in before 5pm from Monday to Friday, you can play for free. They also have a single Riley snooker table which costs £5 an hour. While you’re there, take your pick from one of the best craft beer and real ale selections in Leeds.
Brudenell Social Club, 33 Queens Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1NY.
Toast is a great choice for after-work games of pool – this popular sports bar has two Supreme Winner pool tables ready and waiting. They’re just 50p a go and all you have to do is ask for the cues at the bar. While you’re there, they have real ale, world beers and cocktails behind the bar as well as live sports on their big screens.
Toast, Unit C, West Point, Wellington Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4JY.
It’s not just bowling at Roxy Lanes – they also have two American-style Sam K Leisure pool tables ready to play. It’s £6 for as many games as you can fit into 30 minutes. While you’re there, you can play beer pong or book out one of the 4 bowling lanes. And if you get thirsty, they’ve got craft beer and cocktails to keep you going.
Roxy Lanes, 1 Bond Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5BQ.
East Leeds Snooker Centre
East Leeds Snooker Centre is a cue sports utopia. They’ve got 17 top-of-the-range Riley snooker tables, but if you fancy a quicker game, there are also four American pool tables and six English pool tables, both made by Supreme Winner. You have to be a member to play, and that’ll set you back £3, but then there are some real bargains to be had. Snooker costs £6.50 an hour or £14 for the whole day, while pool is £7 an hour or £15 for the day. If you fancy a break, you can throw arrows at six dart boards or enjoy live sports on the big screens.
East Leeds Snooker Centre, Sandleas Way, Crossgates, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS15 8AW.
Parkside Tavern is the perfect bar to play a game of pool in Leeds. They have four 7-foot Sam Leisure tables and one 9-foot Sam K Steel table. After 5pm from Thursday to Saturday, it’s £5 for 30 minutes, the rest of the time it’s just £4. You can work your way through the 11 real ales on tap as you play, and treat yourself to something from their pizza menu to refuel after proving who’s best.
Parkside Tavern, St Johns House, Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JE.Cover © Copyright Leeds-List 2018 by Contakt Photography.