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The Best Bars for Day Drinking in Leeds

· Katie Wells · Food and Drink

Fancy a spot of day drinking? This is where you need to go.

Water Lane Boathouse

With oodles of beer, stomach-lining grub and plenty of space to relax, these bars have everything you need for a spot of daytime drinking.

When the weekend rolls around, there’s nothing better than a long day of drinking with your favourite people – but where should you go? From easy-going pubs with more beer than you could ever want to laidback bars that keep you entertained, you’ve got plenty of options. You can even stave off those mid-session munchies with everything from pizza to proper pub grub.

Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen

Belgrave Music Hall roof terrace

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Belgrave Music Hall’s laidback atmosphere makes it the perfect spot to kick back and relax with a drink. You can enjoy one of their frozen cocktails on the roof terrace or grab a craft beer and sink into the comfy sofas in the main bar. When the mid-afternoon hunger pangs strike, you barely need to move because they serve Dough Boys’ pizza and Patty Smith’s juicy burgers in house.

Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen, Cross Belgrave Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JP.

Outlaws Yacht Club

Outlaws Yacht Club

An exhibition space, a record shop and a European-style café bar all rolled into one, there’s something for everyone at Outlaws. They have a vast selection of drinks, from Belgian fruit beers to North Star martinis, but that’s not the only reason to go. With a delicious charcuterie menu and even a range of retro board games, you’ll never want to leave.

Outlaws Yacht Club, 38 New York Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7DY.


Pint at Tapped Brewery Co., Leeds

Tapped is designed in the style of an American brewpub, with huge copper tanks and endless taps lining the walls. It boasts 27 varieties of draught beer and over 100 bottles, so you can sample a vast array of worldwide beers from noon to night. Pink grapefruit IPA rubs shoulders with a hefty 11.3% Rochefort beer, so you’ll never have to drink the same thing twice.

Tapped, 51 Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5EL.

Whitelock’s Ale House

Whitelocks Leeds

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One of the oldest pubs in Leeds, Whitelock’s is hidden down a narrow alley just off Briggate. The pub’s Edwardian heritage has been kept alive through the generations with traditional beer mirrors, stained glass windows and a mahogany bar. It’s the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, so why not treat yourself to a delicious plate of pub grub and stay all day?

Whitelock’s Ale House, Turk’s Head Yard, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HB.

The Reliance

The Reliance

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With huge windows and a vintage-chic decor, The Reliance offers a bright and airy space where you can enjoy Yorkshire’s best beers. From Kirkstall’s Virtuous to their own Reliance Best Bitter, there’s plenty of choice. And to complement their top notch beer, they serve up some of the best bar snacks in the city. Their twice-cooked chips are legendary and not to be missed.

The Reliance, 76-78 North Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7PN.

The Cross Keys

The Cross Keys

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The Cross Keys prides itself on serving up the best real ales in the country. A traditional and homely pub, you can enjoy a pint cosied up next to the fire or take advantage of their vast patio in the summer. Their menu is packed full of British grub, ranging from homemade soups to loaded burgers, so you have everything you need to stay all day.

The Cross Keys, 107 Water Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 5WD.

A Nation of Shopkeepers

A Nation of Shopkeepers has the ultimate combination of great music, great food and great drinks. Their iconic courtyard is the place to be on a sunny afternoon, and when the weather isn’t your friend, you’ll find a slew of comfy booths inside. While you’re there, why not treat yourself to one of their many craft beers? They have everything from no-nonsense pilsners to fruity IPAs. To mop up all the booze, you can tuck into some of the best fried chicken in town.

A Nation of Shopkeepers, 26-27 Cookridge Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 3AG.

Water Lane Boathouse

Water Lane Boathouse Summer Series

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For a relaxing place to drink all day, head to Water Lane Boathouse. It has an amazing outside area and it’s just as impressive inside with a Scandi decor and huge windows that overlook the canal. You’ll be spoiled for choice at the bar as they offer an excellent selection of artisan gin and craft beer. Hungry? Small Victories serve burgers, sarnies and proper Neapolitan-style pizzas.

Water Lane Boathouse, Canal Wharf, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 5PS.

Calls Landing

Calls Landing Beer Garden

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Nestled on the edge of the River Aire, Calls Landing is a glorious place to enjoy an ever-changing selection of draught beer. The drinking terrace offers spectacular views, but if the weather’s not up to scratch, head inside where it’s warm and cosy. Peckish? Share one their cheeseboards or be a little more adventurous with their famous oysters.

Calls Landing, 36-38 The Calls, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7EW.

The Social

The Social

There are few better bars for cheap and cheerful boozing than The Social. With jigsaw-effect wood panelling, exposed brickwork and retro posters, it’s an undeniably cool hangout. Take a pew and kick back with a pint of Carlsberg for only £3 or try a can of Punk IPA for £3.75. There’s even a free foosball table, so you can challenge your mates to a game or two.

The Social, 21 Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8GJ.

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