When it comes to craft beer in Leeds, you can’t go wrong with this quintet of quaffing excellence.
Leeds city centre is crammed full of quality craft beer bars. Belgrave Music Hall and Bundobust, The Head of Steam and The Brunswick – we’ve got them coming out of our ears, but if you had to narrow it down to just five, which would you choose? We’ve put together our list, and they’re absolute blinders, but it might not have everywhere you’d expect – when you’re sticking to just five, the perfect quota for a mini bar crawl, you have to be ruthless.
Northern Monk Refectory
Northern Monk are one of the most popular craft breweries in the UK, so their Refectory tap room is an obvious bar to visit when you’re on a craft beer hunt in Leeds. They’re made mere metres away and taste divine, but that’s not the only reason they made the list. These guys know beer as well as anyone, so you can be sure every beer behind the bar is a stone cold classic or a limited edition you need to try before it runs out. There are 16 keg lines, a couple of cask pulls and plenty of fridges, so there’s always something new and exciting to try.
Northern Monk Refectory, The Old Flax Store, Marshalls Mills, Marshall Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 9YJ.
Huge copper tanks, endless taps and packed fridges – one glance at Tapped Leeds and you know you’re in craft beer heaven. This is an American-style brew pub, where they make their own Mittle Pils and Dea Latis Pale right in front of you and send it to the taps. There are up to 13 cask and 14 keg beers on offer any one time, changing on a regular basis. One visit it could be To Øl, the next Kirkstall, the third Anarchy Brew Co. It doesn’t stop at the taps, though, they have over 100 bottles and cans waiting in the fridges if you fancy mixing it up.
Tapped Leeds, 51 Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5EL.
North Bar is a Leeds institution. It’s been around for over 20 years and was one of the first craft beer bars in the country, let alone the city. It’s been a must-visit for beer lovers ever since – they have over 150 beers to choose from at any one time! Keg, cask or bottle, they’re all catered for and offer you the chance to explore. You can keep it close to home with their own brewery’s tipples, made just up the road, or travel to far-flung shores with brews from America, Japan and Australia. Don’t know where to start? Just ask, they’re experts!
North Bar, 24 New Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6NU.
Vocation & Co Tap at Assembly Underground
One of the best craft beer bars in Leeds takes a bit of finding. Vocation Brewery’s Leeds taproom is hidden in the back of Assembly Underground’s street food haven. Their bar is fitted with a staggering 50 lines, so you can sample their entire range, from the Life & Death IPA to the Breakfast Club stout. They also hand-pick treats from breweries across the UK and beyond, so new discoveries are only ever a sup away. Coupled with tasty eats in an incredible Grade-II listed building, and you’ll find it hard to leave Vocation behind.
Vocation & Co, Assembly Underground, 12 Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3AL.
North Brewing Co. Tap Room
North Brewing Co’s city centre tap room is a must-visit for craft beer lovers. It’s open all week long, unlike Springwell, and is the go-to venue to try all their own brews, from favourites like the Transmission IPA to their new small-batch creations you’ll only find here. There are 24 taps in total, so it’s not just North you get to try, they showcase beers by other breweries that change up on a regular basis. Like what you taste? All the cans and bottles you can drink in are also available to take away. Just leave room for Little Bao Boy’s Asian treats.
North Brewing Co. Tap Room, 3 Sovereign Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4BA.