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The Best Bars in Leeds for Beer Drinkers

· Joe Holdsworth · Food and Drink

Thirsting for after best craft beer in Leeds? Walk this way.

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Whether you’re into IPAs, oatmeal stouts or a good old bitter, Leeds’ craft ale bars have something to whet your appetite.

With one of the country’s most vibrant beer scenes, Leeds has become a real destination for dedicated hop-heads. Nestled in amongst the city’s snickets and ginnels, you’ll find the craft beers you love – and those you’ve never even heard of. From the juicy sours to the laid-back real ales, these Leeds bars have got it all.

The stuff of local legend

North Bar

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North Bar has been bringing the world’s most eclectic beers to New Briggate for 25 years. 16 keg taps boast everything from Liefmans’ fruity Belgian ales to potent imperial stouts and North’s famous Sputnik pale ale. It’s also one of the only places you’ll get to sample North Brewing Co’s exclusive, limited-edition releases and collaborations. But those tasty special brews tend to move fast, so make sure that you do too.

North Bar, 24 New Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6NU.

Over 300 years of brilliant beer

Whitelocks

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Home to one of the biggest cask ale selections in town, Whitelock’s is an absolute must for fans of pales, bitters and porters. Despite being one of the city’s oldest bars, it still shows the youngsters how it’s done with an ever-changing lineup of special edition one-offs and bags of character. Expect pints from Kirkstall, Five Points, Anthology and Saltaire, along with dozens of guest breweries – all in a truly unique setting.

Whitelock’s Ale House, 4 Turk’s Head Yard, off Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HB.

A taproom worth a pilgrimage

Hop City, Northern Monk

Northern Monk’s world-renowned beers aren’t just available in the Refectory, they’re brewed on site for some of the freshest beer in Leeds. From their hazy IPAs to bold, fruity combinations and creamy, toasty dark beers, there’s something new to try every time you visit. Coupled with a handpicked selection of their favourite guest beers from around the world, it doesn’t get much better than a session at the Refectory.

Northern Monk Refectory, Marshall Street, Holbeck, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 9YP.

Sup like an American

Tapped Leeds

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Styled after the seriously well-equipped beer houses of the US, Tapped serves up over two dozen keg and cask ales from Brew York, Vocation, Omnipollo – and too many others to count. Flanked by the stunning copper tanks that produce their moreish house beer, and fuelled by their delicious stone baked pizzas, you’ll while away hours working through one of the best craft beer libraries in Leeds. Cheers to that.

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

Best kept secret? Not anymore

Brownhill & Co.

Brownhill & Co is an effortlessly cool indie bar just a stone’s throw from the Corn Exchange. Packing 10 keg lines and a cask into an intimate venue, you’ll keep coming back to this gem thanks to their ever-changing, handpicked lineup. A clear labour of love, you’ll find a laid-back vibe and beers representing Brasserie de la Senne, Donzoko, Finback and so many more that you won’t find anywhere else in Leeds.

Brownhill & Co, 30 Central Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DE.

Come for the okra fries, stay for the IPAs

Bundobust

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Bundobust is famous for its outstanding veggie Indian street food, but they also serve some of the best craft beer in Leeds. This is the only place in the city that you can get beers from the new Bundobust Brewery, but that’s not the only thing worth drinking here. With four regularly-changed casks and exclusive local collabs with the likes of Kirkstall, North Brewing Co. and DEYA, Bundobust is a must.

Bundobust, 6 Mill Hill, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5DQ.

Lighting up the dark arches

The Hop Leeds

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Ossett Brewery’s The Hop brings live music and lively real ales to Granary Wharf. As well as all their signature favourites, like Yorkshire Blonde and White Rat, you’ll find nine taps hosting local guest breweries like Thornbridge, SALT and Brass Castle. Whether you’re looking to try a bevvy or a band, you’ll find something new to love at The Hop. Fancy a bite? The Hop’s £7 pie, mash and a pint deal is a stone-cold bargain.

The Hop, Dark Arches, Dark Neville Street, Granary Wharf, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4BR.

Small but perfectly formed

The Brunswick

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The Brunswick is a love letter to local beer, hosting beers from Ilkley, Cloudwater, Five Points, Magic Rock and more. With limited-run beers, over a dozen taps and a lineup that changes daily, you can try something new every time you visit. For proper beef aficionados who want to try the latest word in craft beer, The Brunswick is a no brainer – one-offs, collabs, rare finds, you name it, they’ve got it.

The Brunswick, 82 North Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7PN.

One for the adventurous types

Friends of Ham

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Friends of Ham is one of the city’s most diverse craft beer bars with a selection as varied and irresistible as their charcuterie boards. From Belgium’s Delirium Red and Duchesse de Bourgogne to Anthology’s American-style pales, your tastebuds will love every minute. If you fancy making an evening of it, their well-trained staff will help you find the perfect beer pairing for their savoury specialties.

Friends of Ham, 4 New Station Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5DL.

Over 30 draught beers? Better get started

Head of Steam

Head of Steam’s Park Row flagship might just have the biggest tap selection in Leeds. Featuring beers from Brooklyn, Yeastie Boys, Vault City, and so, so many more, even the fussiest fanatics will be in hop heaven. If it’s Belgian beer you’re after, this is your go-to, with the likes of Leffe, Duvel and Delirium in the fridges. And if you’re still learning your TIPAs from your DIPAs, the friendly staff are always happy to help out.

Head of Steam, 6-7 Park Row, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5HN.