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The Best Beer Gardens in Leeds

· Joseph Sheerin · Food and Drink

Here’s where to go when the sun is shining.

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If you’re looking for the best beer gardens in Leeds, you’ve come to the right place, because this is the best the city centre has to offer.

You can’t take sun for granted in this country, so when it does come out to play, it’s only right that you make the most of it. And where better to do just that than at one of Leeds’ best beer gardens? Whether you want a spot on a rooftop terrace, a riverside setting or a sun-drenched courtyard, you’ll find them all in our go-to guide to the best beer gardens in the city centre.

Want to travel further afield? Check out our guide to the best beer gardens in the suburbs or country pubs worth leaving the city for.

Parkside Tavern

Parkside Tavern, Merrion Street

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Parkside Tavern is home to not one, not two, but three separate outdoor spaces. You can sit on the benches at the front along Merrion Street, but if you head through the pub, you’ll find a small area that connects to The Social and a south-facing terrace that’s a real sun-trap. Inside, they have local ales on tap from breweries like Saltaire and Ilkley, as well loads of craft beers, cocktails and spirits. They pair perfectly with their menu of flatbread pizzas and sharers, ideal for a summer’s day of drinking.

Parkside Tavern, St John’s House, Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JE.

Banyan

Banyan

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Banyan’s vast patio is slap-bang in the middle of City Square with plenty of tables for you to take a seat at. It’s perfect if you want to catch the afternoon sun, so make it your go-to for long, leisurely summer lunches. They have everything you could want behind the bar – keep it simple with craft beers, get creative with classic cocktails or dip into their vast array of G&Ts. And if you want to eat, Banyan’s eclectic menu takes you from salads to sandwiches and sharing platters in a flash.

Banyan Bar & Kitchen, The Old Post Office, 2 City Square, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2ES.

Roland’s

Roland's

Roland’s has a belter of a sun terrace. Head through their charming little bar and out back where a staircase leads up to a wonderful hidden sun trap. You’d never even know you’re on one of the busiest streets in the city centre as you sup one of their global craft beers in this secret hideaway. Prefer cocktails? They have a carefully curated menu that puts a new twist on the classics.

Roland’s, 39 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BT.

Lamb & Flag

The Lamb and Flag

The Lamb & Flag beer garden is a big and sprawling courtyard with loads of benches and a south-facing sun terrace. You can soak up the rays and enjoy the incredible views of Leeds Minster as you work your way through the hand-picked selection of ales from local breweries. Fancy something stronger? They have a vast liquor collection, which they whip up into tasty cocktails and an equally impressive wine menu. There’s no need to go hungry either, because you can tuck into a delicious menu of classic British pub grub.

Lamb & Flag, 1 Church Row, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7HD.

Angelica

Angelica Terrace

A south-facing roof terrace with incredible views in every direction, loads of seating and heaters after sunset, Angelica is a no-brainer on sunny days. If you love bubbles, you can enjoy an extravagant summer night on the terrace with a bottle of champagne. But they also have a vast array of red, white and rose wines, alongside creative cocktails which change with the seasons. And if you want to pair drinks with a meal, you can enjoy everything from brunch to afternoon tea and dinner.

Angelica, Trinity Leeds, 70 Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HW.

The Cross Keys

The Cross Keys

The Cross Keys is a traditional Yorkshire pub with a large garden out back where you can sup quality beers to your heart’s content. It’s tucked away off the street in its own courtyard, which gives it the feel of a peaceful country inn rather than a city centre pub. It’s a North Bar venue, so you can look forward to an extensive selection of beers from around the world, including their own North Brewing Co. brews. And you won’t go hungry – they serve a classic menu of pub grub and if you visit on a Sunday, their roasts are a must-try.

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

A Nation of Shopkeepers

Nation of Shopkeepers

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A Nation of Shopkeepers has one of the most popular beer gardens in Leeds. It’s an open courtyard split across three levels. At midday, you can enjoy the sun on your face, but most of the time it’s warm and shaded, so pull up a pew on one of the cool, colourful chairs and just enjoy being outside. You can choose from a seriously impressive line-up of real ales and craft beers or pore over their wide selection of spirits – they have a great menu of summery G&Ts like the Sevilla Spritz. Hungry? Their fried chicken, burgers and sharers will keep you going.

A Nation of Shopkeepers, 29 Cookridge Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 3AG.

Sky Lounge

Sky Lounge Beer Garden

Panoramic views in a luxurious setting await at Sky Lounge. Their 360° terrace is the perfect spot for drinks on hot summer days as you pull up a seat to look out across Leeds from high above Granary Wharf. They have a wide array of continental beers on tap, but a trip to Sky Lounge has to include one of their sumptuous cocktails, whether you go for a classic or their own unique creations. Why not try their luxurious afternoon tea experience with a glass of bubbly?

Sky Lounge, 2 Wharf Approach, Granary Wharf, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4BR.

The Social

The Social Beer Garden

The Social is a gem of a pub in the Northern Quarter. Their beer garden is hidden down an alley off New Briggate, but it opens up into a surprisingly big space. When the sun goes down, the fairy lights and heaters come on, so you can stay out for even longer. They have an ever-changing collection of local cask ales to choose from, as well as plenty of craft beers on keg (and all for an incredibly reasonable price). You can get even more from their favourite breweries in the fridges, but if you don’t want beer, they have plenty of spirits and a small cocktail menu too.

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

Everyman Cinema

Everyman Cinema Terrace

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If you’re looking for a secret sunspot, make a beeline for Everyman Cinema. Up in their first-floor bar, the huge sliding doors lead out onto an east-facing sun terrace with incredible views across the rooftops. Come earlier in the day for sunshine with a coffee or later to escape the crowds and enjoy the warm weather with a drink. You can get a bottle of wine, indulge in a few beers or choose something from their cocktail menu – they have all the classics, with everything from Mojitos to an Aperol Spritz.

Everyman Cinema, Trinity Leeds, Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5AT.

Greek Street

Greek Street

Greek Street has become one big beer garden. In the summer months, the bars of the strip spill out onto the streets with tables, chairs and a real party atmosphere. From 11.30am to midnight, revellers can zig-zag in and out of the bars, hopping from The Liquorist to The Alchemist and on to The Lost & Found. Each bar has its own unique personality, so you can slip between experimental cocktails, spontaneous dance parties and botanical brilliance without wearing down your heels.

Greek Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5SX.

Calls Landing

Calls Landing

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Nestled on the waterfront with views over the River Aire, Calls Landing has one of the best beer gardens in Leeds. There are plenty of seats, but it does get busy on the sunny days, so you might have to send scouts ahead to bag you a table while you go to the bar. They have tip-top beer credentials here. You can choose from a wide range of local cask and keg ales on draught, or work your way through the continental brews in the fridge. Peckish? Their stews might be out of season in the summer, but their oysters are well worth a try.

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

Belgrave Music Hall

Belgrave Music Hall

Belgrave Music Hall has one of the best roof terraces in Leeds. The top floor which opens out into a leafy urban paradise – there’s tables, booths and benches everywhere you look, split up by big plants and cracking views. Before you get up there (and if their little rooftop beer hut isn’t open), head to the bar on the ground floor where you can get American craft beers, European lagers and local cask ales. Why not get a bite while you’re here? Patty Smith’s burgers and Dough Boys’ pizzas are the stuff of legend.

Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen, 1A Cross Belgrave Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JP.

Northern Monk

Northern Monk

Northern Monk has a proper little Leeds sun trap outside the brewery and it gets the sun all day long. You’ll find it in the maze that is Holbeck Urban Village, where you can escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a long day of drinking. There are 20 taps to choose from in The Refectory, including all of Northern Monk’s core beers, their one-offs and their collaborations which you can only try here. And there’s a pop-up kitchen which hosts a rotating cast of local street food traders.

Northern Monk, The Old Flax Store, Marshall Street, Saw Mill St, Leeds, Yorkshire LS11 9YJ.

Water Lane Boathouse

Water Lane Boathouse

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Water Lane Boathouse is perfect for sunshine-drenched drinks in Leeds. It’s right by the water at Granary Wharf, so you can soak up the rays in their roomy pub garden, which is absolutely crammed full of benches and tables. Inside, you’ll find a well-stocked bar with craft beer from a mix of UK and American breweries, as well as a seriously impressive list of gin and tonics. Pair your drinks with a stomach-lining treat from the Small Victories kitchen – you can tuck into Neapolitan pizzas, loaded burgers and heaving sarnies.

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

East 59th

East 59th

The plant-covered roof terrace at East 59th is blessed with south-facing views that look out over the city’s skyline. If the temperature drops, they have heat lamps and blankets to keep you warm right into the early hours. East 59th is known for its extensive cocktail menu, which brings together classic concoctions and their own experimental creations – Apple Crumble Sour anyone? When you’ve got a hole to fill, you can try their menu of Manhattan-inspired cuisine, which includes steaks, sandwiches and salads.

East 59th, Issho, Victoria Gate, George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7AU.

The Tetley

The Tetley

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The Tetley has an awesome beer garden. They have a small, enclosed terrace out front where you can relax with a drink or play a game of pétanque, but on sunny days, the fun spills out onto the field opposite. Of all the bars in Leeds, this is the most family friendly, so don’t be surprised if the patrons space two or three generations. Needless to say, you can get all Tetley’s beers here, but they also have a menu of cocktails, wine and spirits, including an extensive G&T menu. Don’t forget to get some grub – The Tetley’s seasonal British classics go perfectly with a few drinks.

The Tetley, Hunslet Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1JQ.

The Duck and Drake

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If you’re looking for one of Leeds’ most underrated beer gardens, pay a visit to The Duck and Drake. It’s an old school pub where you can enjoy quality ales and a friendly welcome. Couple it with a traditional pub garden with plenty of tables where you can chill out in the sun and you’ve got a winner. This is a pub for beer lovers. You can choose from six different cask taps with favourites like Timothy Taylor’s, Ossett and Saltaire, as well as nine keg taps. Pair it with their straightforward menu of pie and peas.

The Duck & Drake, 43 Kirkgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7DR.

North Brewing Co. Tap Room

North Brewing Co.

The second North Brewing Co. Tap Room has it’s own little outdoor space, right on the street. If you struggle to get a seat on their 8-person benches, there’s plenty of room to stand with a beer in hand. They have 24 taps in total and many are dedicated to their own brews, with favourites like Transmission IPA alongside their latest one-off beers. When hunger sets in, join the queue in front of Little Bao Boy’s hatch to try their tasty Asian street food.

North Brewing Co. Tap Room, 3 Sovereign Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4BA.

The Alchemist

The Alchemist

The Alchemist in Trinity Leeds is one of the most popular bars in the city, and when the sun comes out, their roof terrace comes into its own. It’s a south-facing sun trap that wraps around the side of the bar, so you can people-watch to your heart’s content. They have a great selection of craft beer, wine and spirits, but it’s the cocktails that keep people coming back. Alongside the classics, you can try experimental creations like The Colour Changing One, which transforms from clear to purple in front of your eyes.

The Alchemist, Trinity Leeds, Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HW.

Sheaf Street

The Yarden Party at Duke Strudios

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Sheaf Street is a hidden gem with two secret beer gardens. There’s the Yarden, a small courtyard at the back that captures the evening sun and hosts DJs every Friday. But when summer’s in full swing, they also open their floor-to-ceiling sliding doors and put out benches in front of the bar. This is a beer-centric bar, where you can try the wares of top breweries like Magic Rock, Beavertown and North Brewing Co. The Grub and Grog Shop run the kitchen, so you can also tuck into delicious plant-first brunch and lunch dishes.

Sheaf Street, 3 Sheaf Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1HD.

Oracle

Oracle

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Nestled by the river on Brewery Wharf, Oracle has one of the biggest beer gardens in Leeds. It wraps round the front of the bar with stunning views across the water that you can enjoy from one of the many tables out front. You can indulge in wine, beer and sprits, as well as all kinds of cocktails – they have a menu of classic cocktails and spritzers too. And you can line your stomach while you’re there, thanks to the tasty Italian eats from their in-house street food whizzes, Bocca.

Oracle, 3 Brewery Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1NE.

East Parade Social

East Parade Social Roof Terrace

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The roof terrace at East Parade Social is one of the best summertime discoveries in Leeds. You can soak up stunning views of Leeds Town Hall in a leafy, wood-panelled garden that gets the sun from all directions. It’s only open from Thursday to Sunday when the weather is good, so plan your visit wisely. While you’re there, you can enjoy quality local beers, with taps dedicated to Northern Monk and Magic Rock. If you’d rather a few cocktails, they’ve got a menu of favourites, from an Old Fashioned to Pimm’s on tap.

East Parade Social, 10-12 East Parade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2BH.

Craft Asylum #1

Craft Asylum #1

Tucked away on the ground floor of the iconic Candle House, Craft Asylum #1 is a gem of a find on sunny days. You can take a seat in their riverside beer garden and enjoy the views across the water with a few drinks. They have 14 keg taps – seven are dedicated to Salt Beer Factory, but if you fancy something different, the rest play host to an ever-changing selection of local guest breweries like. Not a beer fan? Take your pick of artisan Yorkshire gins.

Craft Asylum #1, Candle House, Granary Wharf, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4GJ.

The Palace

The Palace Beer Garden Leeds

The Palace has one of the most underrated beer gardens in Leeds. They put tables in front of the pub, so you can people watch over a pint, but they also have an enclosed garden out back with loads of benches and a sheltered area if the heat gets too much. Inside, it’s as traditional as pubs come, with a wide selection of real ales on the bar from proper Yorkshire breweries. You won’t go hungry, with a menu of proper pub classics, which means you can set up stop here for the whole day.

The Palace, Kirkgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7DJ.

The Midnight Bell

The Midnight Bell

A traditional country-style pub surrounded by the city’s industrial heritage, The Midnight Bell is worth crossing the river for. It’s home to one of the biggest beer gardens in Leeds where you can enjoy the sun all day long in a picturesque courtyard. They serve cider, wine and spirits, but beer is what they do best – you can expect Leeds Brewery’s finest creations, as well as an ever-changing selection of guest ales. In the mood for food? They have classic pub grub made using fresh local produce to sate those tummy rumbles.

The Midnight Bell, 101 Water Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 5QN.

Dry Dock

The Dry Dock

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It’s a boat in the middle of a landlocked city, so it’s hard to miss Dry Dock. Enter through the stern and head up the steps to the deck which has been converted into a super-cool pub garden. When it gets busy, the fun spills over onto the nearby grass, so get down early to grab a seat. It’s cheap and cheerful inside – you can get a decent value pint of lager or go for one of their classic cocktails. The food is just as affordable with a menu of pub classics that ranges from burgers to loaded chips.

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

Issho

Issho

Issho has a 700-square-foot, south-facing terrace at the top of Victoria Gate, so you’ll never be short of sun and you can admire the views across Leeds. They offer a range of seasonal cocktails at their Kori Bar, as well as one of the biggest spirit selections in the city. While you’re there, you can try out their modern menu of Japanese small plates. Dishes like Spicy Pork Bao Buns, Salmon Nigiri and Yakitori will pair perfectly with their drinks menu.

Issho, Victoria Gate, George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7AU.

Lower Merrion Street

Merrion Street

Lower Merrion Street has become one of the best outdoor drinking spots in the city. It’s a smorgasbord of day drinking potential, as some of the city’s most popular bars spill out onto the street to catch the summer sun. From the sports-centric antics at Brotherhood to the cocktail-obsessed serves at Manahatta and the rock & roll vibes of Mojo, Verve and Mean Eyed Cat Bar, there’s something for everyone at this end of town.

Lower Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PQ.

Brasserie Blanc

Brasserie Blanc

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Brasserie Blanc’s riverside location makes their quiet, hidden beer garden an absolute must-visit. It’s a little off the beaten track, but trust us, it won’t disappoint because you can enjoy sun-drenched drinks and delicious food with views over the water. Get a bottle from their exceptional wine list, go for one of their beers or indulge in a cocktail, then pair your tipple with a seasonal menu that includes dishes like Duck Leg Confit, King Scallop Brochette and Smoked Pork Belly.

Brasserie Blanc, Victoria Mill, Sovereign Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4BJ.

Restaurant Bar and Grill

Restaurant Bar and Grill

When the sun is shining over City Square, Restaurant Bar and Grill becomes one of the most in-demand sun spots in the city centre. They have plenty of tables outside and you can even get food ordered to their terrace to go with your drinks. You’ll find lagers, ciders and cocktails on their drinks menu, but it’s the wine that steals the show – red, white, rose or sparkling, you’re spoilt for choice.

Restaurant Bar & Grill, The Old Post Office, 3 City Square, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2AN.

Headrow House

Headrow House

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Headrow House has one of the best beer gardens in Leeds – it’s home to two rooftop terraces where you can soak up the rays over a few drinks. The second-floor terrace has oodles of seating or you can head up to the leafy Kennedy Meadows, which boasts incredible views across the Victoria Quarter’s rooftops. You can grab quality craft beers from the Beer Hall on the ground floor on head straight up to the second floor Redondo Beach cocktail bar. And if you get hungry, they have a street food hut that opens on busy days.

Headrow House, Bramleys Yard, 19 The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PU.