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The Beginner’s Guide to the Otley Run

· Joseph Sheerin · Food and Drink

Get the lowdown on the famous Otley Run, a mammoth 16 venue pub crawl through Leeds.

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If you’re yet to tick The Otley Run off your Leeds bucket list, now’s the time to do it – we have all the info you need to make it a pub crawl you’ll never forget.

You can’t come to Leeds for an extended period of time and not do The Otley Run. The famous pub crawl stretches all the way from Woodies in Far Headingley to The Dry Dock at the edge of the city centre – there are sixteen stops in total and you’re supposed to have a drink in every single one. Just add amazing fancy dress and the friends you’ll make along the way, for a memorable day out you can only do here in Leeds.

Woodies Craft Ale House

Woodie's Ale House

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Woodies is the only place to kick off The Otley Run. A proper Yorkshire pub in Far Headingley, it buzzes with anticipation as folk gather to start the pub crawl into Leeds city centre. It serves a huge range of craft beer, real ale and spirits so you can get the ball rolling straight away. If the sun’s out, head out back to the beer garden, where you can compare who’s got the best or most ridiculous outfits.

Woodies Craft Ale House, 107 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS16 5JG.

The Three Horseshoes

Next up is The Three Horseshoes. It’s one of Headingley’s oldest pubs and an integral part of The Otley Run. It’s got a cosy, local feel to it, but when the throngs of fancy-dressed groups arrive, you can expect a lively atmosphere. There are plenty of quality local ales behind the bar, including a host of Leeds Brewery’s finest, or you can choose from an extensive selection of lager, wine and spirits if you’d prefer.

The Three Horseshoes, 98 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS16 5JG.

The New Inn

The New Inn, Headingley

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Stop three is The New Inn, just a few doors down. It’s by no means massive – in fact, those over 6-foot might want to duck – but this old school favourite manages to build up quite an atmosphere when all The Otley Run groups bound in. You can get decent pub grub in here should you need a fill, but if it gets busy, head straight to the bar which is chock-full of quality local ales. Want to mix it up? They’ve got a vast spirits collection too.

The New Inn, 68 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 4BA.

The Headingley Taps

Headingley Taps

You’ll have a bit of a walk to the fourth stop, but The Headingley Taps is one of the biggest pubs on your pub crawl and makes for a cracking atmosphere as locals and students mingle freely. Plenty of groups will end up here at the same time, so it’s the perfect chance to make a few friends and sink a few beers or mixers as you do so. Oh and they have all the sports on, so even when you’re on The Otley Run, you won’t miss the big game.

The Headingley Taps, Bennett Road, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 3HN.

Manahatta

Next up, Manahatta is just across the road and it’s a bit different to the other bars on The Otley Run. This is a cool New York-inspired venue where creative cocktails rule the roost so you can mix up what you’re drinking, but don’t worry, there’s plenty of craft beer on tap too. While you’re here, challenge your mates in the shuffleboard zone or watch live sport on one of their 14 HD screens.

Manahatta, 19 Ash Road, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 3JJ.

The Box

Leeds Rhinos x The Box, pool tables

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You’ll head back on to Otley Road to reach The Box. This is a popular spot, especially with younger crowds. It’s got a quality food menu and pizzas are a particular highlight. There’s a cracking sound system too that comes into its own at nighttime. It also has full-size pool tables and live sports to go with your lagers, spirits or fruity cocktails, so whoever’s in your group, there’s something for everyone.

The Box, 8 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2AD.

The Skyrack

The Skyrack, The Otley Run

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It’s one of the most famous pubs in Headingley and The Skyrack is a cornerstone of The Otley Run. The venue is nicely spread out, so those on the pub crawl can revel while other folk make the most of the food menu. It creates a welcoming setting for everyone as you’re making inroads towards Leeds city centre. Oh, and you won’t be stuck for your drink of choice, whether it’s a lager, ale, spirits or even wine if you want to push the boat out.

The Skyrack, 2-4 St Michael’s Road, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 3AW.

The Original Oak

Original Oak

Across the road, The Original Oak is another of Headingley’s famous drinking spots, which is largely down to its humungous beer garden that’s always packed out when the sun’s shining, and even more so when there’s folk on The Otley Run. Regardless of the weather, The Oak is a cracking spot for a pint or a mixer, and if you haven’t managed to line your stomach properly yet, take your pick from a menu of British pub classics.

The Original Oak, 2 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2DG.

The Hyde Park

Hyde Park Pub

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You’ve got a bit of a walk now or you can catch the bus – it’s straight down Headingley Lane to The Hyde Park, which stands proudly at the corner of the same name. Marking the halfway point, it’s often here that day turns to night and you might start feeling the eight bars already behind you. It’s also where the party atmosphere kicks in – pick from the usual fare of ale, lager and spirits at a decent price, before you hustle one of the pool tables for a few games.

The Hyde Park, 2 Headingley Lane, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2AS.

The Library

The Library

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It’s another five-minute walk down from Hyde Park Corner to The Library, and if you’ve not grabbed a bite to eat yet, there’s plenty of places around here to do just that, from takeaways to Chinese restaurants. It’s at the southern tip of Woodhouse Moor, in an eye-catching building where you can get a decent selection of alcohol that covers all bases, as well as an impressive menu of burgers. If you’re doing the pub crawl at the weekend, they’ll usually have a DJ or karaoke going too, so get your dancing shoes on.

The Library, 229 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 3AP.

The Packhorse

The Packhorse, The Otley Run

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Just over the road from The Library is another iconic pub on The Otley Run. The Packhorse is known for its dedication to Leeds’ DIY music scene, but your visit will be to enjoy their old school bar. You can expect a diverse range of local ales which change on a regular basis in a traditional pub setting that’s chock-full of old-school charm. They keep an eye out for rowdy groups though, so you won’t be admitted if you’re acting the goat – keep your wits about you.

The Packhorse, 208 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 9DX.

The Eldon

The Eldon, The Otley Run

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The Eldon is next and it’s just a few doors down. You might notice numbers dwindling by this point as people split up or go home after overdoing it. But that doesn’t stop this from being a great stop off on your way into Leeds – they truly embrace The Otley Run and all its eccentricities. Expect a welcome with open arms and loads of decent value booze, from ales to ciders, lagers and spirits.

The Eldon, 190 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 9DX.

LUU

Terrace Bar, Leeds University Union

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It’s a bit of a detour but there are two bars for you to pick from at Leeds University on The Otley Run, as long as you’re taking it on during term-time. It’s well worth a visit as drinks are very good value here. Old Bar is a long time favourite and ale fans will want to pop in as it serves great local beers from Kirkstall and Ilkley. Terrace is more modern and is always a lively place for a pint.

Leeds University Union, Lifton Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 9JZ.

The Fenton

The Fenton

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Back on the well-trodden path, The Fenton is a traditional pub with a centrepiece bar that wraps around the middle of the venue. You’ll find a wide range of local ales and craft ciders that won’t cost the earth, which is why it’s equally popular with locals and students. Take your pick and then head into one of their many different rooms. Each one is chock full of character and decorated with classic mahogany furniture and old beer mirrors.

The Fenton, 161-165 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 3ED.

Strawbs

Strawbs

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Named after The Beatles’ ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’, Strawbs is right next door to The Fenton and it’s a long-time student favourite. It’s not your most traditional-looking bar, with an unusual layout and 3D strawberries on the walls, but it always offers a warm welcome. You can mix it up since they specialise in cocktails that start at just £3.99, but there’s plenty of lager and cider too. They pride themselves on being part of The Otley Run and urge folk to use it as a meeting place if groups get split up.

Strawbs, 159 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 3ED.

The Dry Dock

The Dry Dock

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What better way to end The Otley Run than by reaching its pinnacle at the world-famous (ish) Dry Dock pub? It’s a pub that’s at home on a boat which has been plonked at the start of Woodhouse Lane, and if you’ve never been before, it might just blow your mind. Grab a beer or a mixer, and head up to the top deck if the weather’s nice, or stay on the bottom deck and finish up with a few games of pool – either way, you deserve it, because you managed to get to the end of this mammoth pub crawl. We’ll drink to that!

The Dry Dock, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 3AX.