If you’re looking for the best beer gardens in Leeds, you’ve come to the right place…
Beer gardens across the city have reopened, giving us lots of lovely options to choose from, but which ones should you single-out for your next get-together? From proper pub gardens to rooftop terraces, city centre hideaway and suburban gems, we’ve hunted out the best outdoor drinking spots, so you can reunite with your favourite people and your favourite brews.
Whitelock’s & The Turk’s Head
One of the oldest pubs in Leeds, Whitelock’s is a local institution in the heart of the city. They share their long, narrow beer garden with sister bar The Turk’s Head. Picnic benches stretch all the way down the alley – the majority are covered and near heaters. If you love real ale and craft beer, this is the place to go – there are local favourites on cask and keg, with brews from the UK and beyond in the fridges. Come hungry, because they take classic pub grub to the next level with favourites like fish & chips and their iconic roast.
Whitelock’s & The Turk’s Head, 4 Turk’s Head Yard, off Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HB. You need to book online.
The Boundary House
The Boundary House is a gem of a pub with an incredible beer garden. Up on the patio, you can cosy up in their rattan chairs with parasols to offer shade from the summer sun. Meanwhile, out on the lawn, long benches offer even more space to enjoy a beer in the sun. Local real ales line the bar, but they also have an excellent wine list. The food is worth staying for too – spinach and butternut squash curry sits alongside a menu of steaks and burgers or you can try one of their speciality Boundary Kebabs.
The Boundary House, 24 Church Side, Methley, West Yorkshire, LS26 9EE. Walk-ins only.
Located near a War of the Roses battlefield, the Crooked Billet is a historic pub with a recently refurbished beer garden. They have a covered and heated pagoda patio with views across the nearby countryside. It leads out onto a grassy area full of picnic tables that have adjustable parasols. If you love beer, you’re well catered for with local brews on cask alongside European lagers and UK craft beer. They’re known for their giant filled Yorkshire puddings, but they also have a menu of pub classics like pies, steaks and burgers.
The Crooked Billet, Saxton, Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, LS24 9QN. Walk-ins only.
Nation of Shopkeepers
Nation is home to one of the best beer gardens in Leeds. It’s split in two – you can take a seat under their covered, heated terrace or head down the steps into the spacious courtyard which gets the mid-afternoon sun. There are four huts, each with their own heaters, next to a series of big benches and picnic tables where you can gather round with friends. Craft beers from local and national breweries are on the taps or you can sample a range of spirits and mixers. And to eat? Their menu of juicy burgers and fried chicken will fill a hole.
Nation of Shopkeepers, 29 Cookridge Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 3AG. Walk-ins are welcome or you can book online.
The Calverley Arms
Home to one of the biggest beer gardens in Leeds, The Calverley Arms is perfect for a few drinks and a bite to eat outdoors. The terrace is filled with garden tables, many of which come with collapsible parasols, or you can head out onto the grass, where oodles of traditional picnic tables await. Choose from an ever-changing line-up of local cask ales on the taps or go for one of their artisan gins. They’re perfectly paired with a menu of tasty pub classics – will it be chicken coconut curry, beef bourguignon or asparagus and ricotta ravioli?
Calverley Arms, Calverley Lane, Calverley, West Yorkshire, LS28 5QQ. You need to book online.
North Brewing Co. City Tap
North Brewing Co’s City Tap has a stellar beer garden. They have rows of covered and uncovered benches, some with heaters, some without, alongside a series of cool, colourful picnic tables that wrap around the front of the building. This is craft beer heaven – you can choose from 24 different taps, filled with North’s own fresh-as-you-like creations and their favourite guest brews. They even have three massive fridges full of cans. Little Bao Boy are on hand to sate any hunger pangs – their bao buns are a delicious match for all that beer.
North Brewing Co. City Tap, 3 Sovereign Square, Sovereign Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4BA. Walk-ins only.
There’s not one, but two incredible roof terraces at Headrow House. The first opens out from their top-floor cocktail bar. You’ll find long rows of benches tucked under heaters and collapsible parasols. On one end, lies the DJ booth, on the other, the stairs to Kennedy Meadows. Climb up to take in the views, before you sit at their open benches or covered huts. There’s craft beer and tank-fresh Budvar, alongside a small but tempting cocktail menu. Ox Club’s kitchen serves up their Spitz kebabs all day long, should you get peckish.
Headrow House, 19a The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PU. You need to book online.
Call Lane has been transformed into an alfresco paradise, so you can eat, drink and be merry on one of Leeds’ buzziest streets. There’s oodles of space, with covered seating and heat lamps at the various venues on the strip. On one side, you can enjoy crazy pizzas from Cuckoo, vegan junk food from Knave’s Kitchen and heaving tacos from Neon Cactus, while across the street, Power, Corruption & Lies serves up Asian small plates. Throw in drinks from Call Lane Social and Oporto for a fantastic night out all in one place.
Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DT. You need to book ahead at Cuckoo, walk-ins welcome at Oporto, Neon Cactus, Call Lane Social, Brooklyn and Power, Corruption and Lies.
Tucked away in the South Leeds countryside, The Needless Inn has a cracking beer garden. There’s a small covered terrace out front, but if you head round the back, you’ll find a two-level beer garden with spectacular views. They have a decked terrace with parasol-covered picnic benches at the top, above a grassy area with even more tables. Thirsty? Choose from a rotating line-up of guest cask ales, alongside a vast array of spirits. You’ll be well-fed too, with classics like Yorkshire lamb shank, beef burgers and a pie of the day.
The Needless Inn, Scotchman Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS27 0NZ. Walk-ins only.
Restaurant Bar & Grill
Best known for its high-end fare, Restaurant Bar & Grill also boasts a cracking beer garden. It stretches across the front of the former post office building, with rows of tables leading to a covered seating area. Heat lamps are dotted between the tables, parasols offer shelter and blankets are available on demand. You can stop by for drinks – they have an incredible wine list and a knack for mixology – but the real attraction is the food. From spaghetti carbonara to slow roast crispy duck, it’s simply exquisite.
Restaurant Bar & Grill, The Old Post Office, 3 City Square, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2AN. You need to book online.
The Royalty has one of the most impressive beer gardens in Leeds. Their vast, south-facing lawn gets the sun all day long and it’s covered in large picnic tables with space for up to six people. It’s slap bang in the middle of the Chevin Forest Park, so you can enjoy magnificent views across Wharfedale. The Royalty is a proper Yorkshire real ale pub. The pumps showcase a revolving door of great local ales from the likes of Black Sheep, Roosters and Ilkley. Pair yours with one of their famous homemade pies, pasties or burgers.
The Royalty, York Gate, Otley, West Yorkshire, LS21 3DG. Walk-ins are welcome or you can book online.
Nestled on City Square, a mere hop, skip and a jump from Leeds Train Station, Banyan has always been a popular choice for after-work drinks – and now, you can enjoy them under their heated tent-top. Sun seeking? Don’t worry, they’ve left a few tables uncovered so you can enjoy the afternoon rays. Banyan is famed for its cocktails, and from the salted caramel espresso martini to the mango margarita, they’re on 2-4-1 all day, every day. You might want to line your stomach with one of their burgers.
Banyan, 2, The Old Post Office, City Square, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2ES. Walk-ins are welcome or you can book online.
Perched at the top of Victoria Leeds, Issho is a high-end Japanese restaurant with an incredible rooftop terrace that looks out over the city. Their cosy sofas are covered by enormous parasols and they’ve got enough heat lamps to keep you toasty all through the night. They have an entire menu dedicated to Taittinger, and that should tell you a lot about the bar itself, but if you’re not up for that level of extravagance, you can enjoy Japanese-inspired cocktails while snacking on edamame beans and sushi.
Issho, Victoria Gate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7AU. You need to book online.
This family-friendly pub in the heart of Garforth is home to one of the biggest beer gardens in Leeds. The Lord Gascoigne has a sprawling outdoor area filled with picnic benches and garden tables, many of which have parasols to protect you from the summer sun. In the heart of it all, there’s a plastic dome with room for up to six people. While you’re there, you can sup real ales and continental lagers – they even do two-pint glasses! Hungry? It’s pub grub all the way, with all the burgers, pizza and steaks you could want.
Lord Gascoigne, 6 Aberford Road, Garforth, Leeds, LS25 1PX. Walk-ins welcome or you can book online.
Water Lane Boathouse
Nestled on the banks of the River Aire overlooking Granary Wharf, Water Lane Boathouse has one of the best beer gardens in Leeds. Big benches stretch out beside the river with vast waterproof parasols you can put up or down. Heaters go on as the temperatures go down, but no one would blame you for putting your beer jacket on. After all, they have Kirkstall, Northern Monk and Five Points on draught. The G&T menu is exceptional too. And if you’re hungry, you can get loaded burgers or proper Neapolitan pizzas.
Water Lane Boathouse, Canal Wharf, Water Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 5PS. Walk-ins are welcome or you can book online.
The Chequers Inn
The Chequers Inn is a characterful country pub with a charming beer garden. There’s a heated marquee at the top, which sits above a patio terrace – both have a mix of rattan furniture and parasol-covered wooden tables. This is a pub that prides itself on showing off the best of Yorkshire. There’s beer from Theakstons, Bradfield and Leeds Brewery, alongside local gins. You can pair yours with a menu of locally-sourced dishes like fillet steak, Yorkshire charcuterie platters and goats cheese & caramelised red onion tart.
The Chequers Inn, Park Lane, Ledsham, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS25 5LP. Walk-ins are welcome or you can book online.
Belgrave Music Hall
The roof terrace at Belgrave Music Hall is not to be missed. It’s lined with covered huts, each adorned with a translucent roof, so you can feel the sun’s rays. And in the middle? Coloured picnic tables with big collapsible parasols. Craft beer fans are well catered for – beers from Kirkstall and Five Points are staples, alongside local and global favourites. You have every reason to line your stomach too – choose from Patty Smith’s gloriously dirty burgers or Dough Boys’ irresistible pizzas.
Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen, 1a Cross Belgrave Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JP. Walk-ins only.
A modern steakhouse with one of the best beer gardens is Leeds, Chophaus simply has to be tried. They’ve got room for 80 people on their new heated terrace, which was designed by the award-winning Nanu Soda. Cocktails and wine are the order of the day here, paired with light bites like truffle puffs and Korean cauliflower, but if you’ve got time, it’s worth staying for dinner. Their new menu was created by award-winning chef Lee Murdoch and includes a sushi bar, alongside a selection of vintage aged beef. Wagyu fillet anyone?
Chophaus, Louis House, Princes Avenue, Oakwood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 2FA. You need to book online.
It’s one of the hottest nightspots in Leeds and now Merrion Street has been transformed into one big beer garden. They’ve created a big strip of covered seating that runs from end to other and includes eight fantastic bars and restaurants on the strip. You can look forward to Thai street food from Zaap, fried chicken from Yard & Coop and hot-as-heck wings from Mojo. Roxy’s pizzas and Manahatta’s burgers are also up for grabs. Meanwhile, Verve, Mean-Eyed Cat Bar and Liv Bar are all on hand for drinks.
Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JE. You need to book ahead at Mojo, Mean-Eyed Cat Bar, Manahatta and Roxy, walk-ins welcome at Verve, Liv Bar, Yard & Coop and Zaap Thai.
The Cross Keys
If you’re looking for pubs with beer gardens in Leeds city centre, look no further than The Cross Keys. Their sun-trap of a courtyard has just been refurbished. It’s enclosed by a long wooden bench that wraps around the perimeter with heaters above and picnic tables in the middle. They specialise in craft beer, with local favourites like North and Kirkstall on the taps, but you can also choose from a fine selection of hand-picked wines. In the week, pair your drinks with smash-style burgers, then on Sundays, tuck into giant roast sandwiches.
The Cross Keys, 107 Water Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 5WD. You need to book online.
The Original Oak
The Original Oak is a Leeds institution. Why? Because of that massive, sprawling beer garden out back. It’s hugely popular in the summer, so you need to get in there early, but you’ll be rewarded with all-day sun at one of their many picnic tables. Don’t worry, collapsible parasols offer much-needed respite. They have craft beer on tap and in the fridges, alongside classic cocktails and a vast selection of spirits. If you get peckish, their menu of classic pub dishes will fill a hole – take your pick from stone-baked pizzas and staples like cod and chips.
The Original Oak, 2 Otley Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2DG. You need to book online.
Kirkstall Bridge Inn
The riverside beer garden at Kirkstall Bridge Inn is one of the best in Leeds and it just got bigger. It runs right along the River Aire, with picnic tables stretching from the back of the pub right into their magical, fairy-lit woodland area. They now have a covered tipi seating area where you can enjoy a drink or two, even on the rainiest of days. Since it’s a Kirkstall Brewery pub, you can look forward to classics like Three Swords and Dissolution IPA, alongside guest brews. Pair it with their menu of pub favourites, from chicken wings to fish and chips.
Kirkstall Bridge Inn, 12 Bridge Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS5 3BW. Walk-ins are welcome or you can book online.
Tucked away behind Call Lane, you’ll find Roland’s understated beer garden. It’s so detached from the main strip that you’d never even know you were in one of the busiest nightspots in Leeds. There’s only space for 30 people on the terrace, but if you bag a place, you’ll have the sun all afternoon. And if you want a little shade? The downstairs courtyard is covered. Craft beer fans are well looked after, with rare and unusual tipples on offer, but they also have a hand-picked collection of spirits, ready to team with a mixer.
Roland’s, 39 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BT. You need to book online.
When one beer garden isn’t enough, head to Myrtle Tavern. They have two – the first is a leafy, fairy-lit marquee filled with picnic tables in front of the pub, while the second is grassy knoll in the rear filled with picnic benches. Book the little Guinness booth for extra privacy! They specialise in real ales, with local favourites like Kirkstall on tap, but if that’s not your thing, they have plenty of artisan gins. Hungry? Their street food vendors change on a regular basis, so you can try something new on every visit.
Myrtle Tavern, Parkside Road, Meanwood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 4NE. Walk-ins are welcome or you can book online.
At Angelica, drinks come with a view. Take a seat at one of their swish metal tables, complete with parasols and heat lamps, or head round to the lavish outdoors sofas to look out over the city with a drink in hand. Wine is the order of the day – their handpicked collection worships at the altar of champagne. Taittinger, Lois Roederer, Dom Perignon – you name it, they’ve got it, alongside everything from Merlot to Sauvignon Blanc. And if you’re eating, you can do anything from padron peppers to lobster and chips.
Angelica, Level 6 Trinity Leeds, 70 Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HW. You need to book online.
The Chevin Inn
This historic 18th century inn minutes away from the Otley Chevin has a vast beer garden well worth visiting. There’s a raised patio full of metal garden tables, where you can sit and take in the breathtaking countryside views. Alternatively, you can head down to the spacious lawn which is filled with parasol-covered picnic benches. Local cask ales like Timothy Taylor’s are available on the taps, but wine lovers will be well looked after too. You can choose from an eclectic pub menu, with steak pie sitting alongside moules marinière.
The Chevin Inn, West Chevin Road, Menston, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29 6BE. Walk-ins only.
The Beck & Call
From the team behind Belgrave and Headrow House, The Beck & Call is a family-friendly pub with a massive beer garden. Parasol-covered picnic tables stretch all the way round the pub, from their multi-level terrace at the front to the spacious lawns round the back. Craft beer is what they do best, with an ever-changing array of local favourites on tap, but you can also get wine and cocktails. Their food offering is worth the visit in itself – tuck into a delicious menu of old fashioned pub grub, from fish finger sarnies to juicy burgers.
The Beck & Call, Stainbeck Road, Meanwood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 2NP. You need to book online.
Right at the heart of the city’s nightlife, Greek Street is an absolute winner for outdoor merriment. From top to bottom, this buzzing hub has oodles of space and plenty of tables, often with parasols and heaters scattered. It’s a cocktail lover’s dream – you can enjoy twists on classics at Manahatta, The Liquorist and The Lost & Found or dabble in Insta-worthy creations at The Alchemist and Neighbourhood. Hungry? Sample delicious Italian fare at Gusto, pan-Asian eats at Bar Soba or Indian street food at Indian Tiffin Room.
Greek Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5RU. You need to book ahead at The Lost & Found, Gusto, Manahatta and Neighbourhood, walk-ins welcome at The Alchemist, Bar Soba, The Liquorist and Indian Tiffin Room.
There are two outdoor areas with room for up to 120 people at The Woods. The jungle-like ground floor terrace has a translucent roof, so the sun still gets in, or you can head up to the top floor roof terrace, where you’ll find a bar and a medley of parasol-covered picnic tables. If you’re after vino, take a look at their extensive collection of hand-picked wines. Prefer beer? Choose from the impressive selection of real ales. Their sourdough pizzas are delicious, topped with everything from pepperoni to aubergine, feta and olive.
The Woods, 5 Stainbeck Corner, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 3PG. Walk-ins are welcome or you can book online.
Lamb & Flag
Nestled in the shadow of Leeds Minster, Lamb & Flag is home to a sprawling courtyard. It’s sheltered by a massive tent-top complete with string lights and heaters to create a cosy spot to enjoy a few drinks and a bite to eat. They have wine and spirits, but beer is their speciality – you can choose from a host of Leeds Brewery favourites or try one of their guest cask ales. Hungry? There’s a tempting menu of pub classics, from their Yorkshire Dales steak burger to their vegan cottage pie, and if it’s a Sunday, their roast is a must.
Lamb & Flag, 1 Church Row, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7HD. Walk-ins are welcome or you can book online.
Springwell is the new home of North Brewing Co. Even better, their beer garden is almost as big as their 21,000-square-foot brewery. Rows of long benches line the courtyard, just yards from where the magic happens. There are 24 keg and cask lines, so you can sup the freshest Transmission and Piñata you’ve ever had, as well as trying their range of innovative one-offs and collaborations. Two converted shipping containers play host to street food legends Little Bao Boy, who serve up glorious bao buns, and Kerbside Kids’ dirty burgers.
Springwell, Buslingthorpe Lane, Meanwood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 2DF. Walk-ins are welcome or you can book online.
Square & Compass
Nestled on the border with Harrogate, The Square and Compass is a proper country pub with a spacious beer garden that looks out over Almsciffe Crag. There’s a raised patio with a heated marquee or you can head down onto the astro-turf garden to cosy up on one of their sofas, each with its own collapsible parasol. You’ll find the likes of Theakstons and Leeds Brewery on tap, but they also have handpicked wines and an extensive range of gins. Hungry? Langoustines sit alongside butter chicken and stone-baked pizza.
The Square and Compass, North Rigton, West Yorkshire, LS17 0DJ. Walk-ins are welcome or you can book online.
Nestled on the banks of the River Wharfe, The Fleece has incredible views, so you can sit down with a drink in hand and look out over the water to the countryside beyond. The beer garden is split across two levels – it has a patio area at the top and a grassy lawn below, both filled with picnic tables and parasols. You can sup local ales from Leeds Brewery, Timothy Taylor’s and Ossett or enjoy a G&T from their artisan gin selection – and if you’re hungry, they serve everything from burgers to veggie chilli and breaded scampi.
The Fleece, Westgate, Otley, West Yorkshire, LS21 3DT. Walk-ins only.
Parkside Tavern doesn’t just have one of the best beer gardens in Leeds, it has three of them. The first is a small area in front of the pub with picnic benches. The second is the courtyard and covered hut out back. And the third, is the roof terrace, which comes complete with fake grass and long benches. Wherever you sit, you can choose from a tantalising array of quality local ales on keg or cask, and if that’s not your thing, they have cocktails, wine and spirits too. Don’t go home hungry – their hand-stretched pizzas are the perfect stomach liners.
The Parkside Tavern, St Johns House, Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JE. Walk-ins are welcome or you can book online.
The Midnight Bell
The sprawling courtyard behind The Midnight Bell is one of the best beer gardens in Leeds. There are wooden garden tables at the front, with room enough for four, as well as long picnic benches towards the back. It gets the sun all through the afternoon and fairy lights brighten up the sky at night. You can sup real ales aplenty, with Leeds Brewery favourites on tap and UK craft beers in the fridges. They serve proper pub classics throughout the week, but if you happen to visit on a Sunday, why not try their knockout roast dinner?
The Midnight Bell, 101 Water Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 5QN. You need to book online.
Brewery-fresh beer in one of the city’s coolest outdoor spaces? That’s what awaits at Northern Monk. Outside the HQ, mere metres from where their beers are made, you’ll find a sea of picnic tables and benches, all sheltered by collapsible parasols. There are 20 taps to choose from, so you can try all their core brews, alongside guest beers, one-offs and collaborations you won’t find anywhere else. They have a pop-up street food kitchen, currently occupied by Chow Chow, so you can load up on colourful vegan dishes like loaded fries.
Northern Monk, The Old Flax Store, Marshall Street, Saw Mill St, Leeds, Yorkshire LS11 9YJ. You need to book online.
Stew & Oyster Calls Landing
Nestled on the waterfront with views over the River Aire, Calls Landing has an incredible beer garden. Most of their tables are covered by a canvas tent-top to protect your brew, come rain or shine, but if you want sunshine, there are a few tables at the end you can perch at. Their beer credentials are tip-top – you can get craft favourites like Beavertown and Camden, alongside a host of European bottles. Pair yours with bar snacks like their fiery Ajika-spiced chicken wings or fill a hole with their one pot dishes, like the no-beef stroganoff.
Stew & Oyster, Calls Landing, 36-38 The Calls, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7EW. Walk-ins are welcome or you can book online.
D&D’s second bar in Victoria Leeds is East 59th, a New York-style loft with a sun-drenched terrace. With a carpet of astroturf, an abundance of luscious plants and that modern wicker furniture, it’s the epitome of an urban jungle. Sit down under their huge parasols, warmed by the heat lamps, and enjoy a drink or two. It’s all about the cocktails here. Smokin’ Almond Old Fashioned? Soho Negroni? Midtown Sparkles? Pick your poison or break from tradition and scour the wine menu. When you get peckish, try the loaded nachos.
East 59th, Victoria Gate, George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7AU. You need to book online.
The Mustard Pot
The Mustard Pot is a country-style pub right in the heart of Chapel Allerton and it has a legendary beer garden. They have a massive, grassy lawn filled with picnic benches, all with their own collapsible umbrellas, or sit under the heaters on the patios. They also have a big, heated marquee, in case you want to take shelter. You can fill your boots with local cask and keg ales on tap, but if you’d prefer wine or G&Ts, you’ll be well looked after. Food comes in the form of old school pub favourites, from Shepherdess lentil pie to rump steak.
The Mustard Pot, 20 Stainbeck Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 3QY. Walk-ins are welcome or you can book online.Cover image © Copyright Leeds-List 2021 by Oliver Dixon Photography.