Leeds is full of fabulous breweries, and these brewery taps are where you can sample their wares at their freshest.
If you’ve got a hankering for the hippest, hoppiest beers, you’re living in the right city. Leeds boasts a bounty of brilliant breweries and a whole host of tap rooms where you can try out their entire range. It’s a great way to experience your favourite brewery with one-offs and limited beers rubbing shoulders with their regular lines. You’ll also find food pop-ups and tours to take, all testament to the vibrant Leeds beer scene. It’s time to tap into it…
Northern Monk Refectory
Is there a finer way to spend an afternoon/evening/both than at Northern Monk Refectory? Here, the beer travels up from the brewery below to a room with an on-trend industrial vibe, perked up with some plants. And the beer? Oh, the beer! Sup on their stalwart brews, such as the Eternal Session IPA or the heavenly Hazy Faith, then see what else is on offer. You’ll find guest ales, but also drink-‘em-before-they’re-gone Patrons Projects and collaborations. Food is on hand to soak it all up, courtesy of pop-ups like Honest Burgers.
Northern Monk Refectory, Marshalls Mill, The Old Flax Store, Marshall Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 9YJ. Open every day of the week except Monday.
Tapped Brew Co.
You can’t miss where the beer comes from at Tapped Brew Co. in the heart of town – copper tanks line one side of the room, full of ale and promise. It’s a US-style brewpub that has hit on a superbly simple recipe – fresh beer and pizza. Yup, sometimes the best things in life are that easy. What’s to drink? Keg classics range from Veltins Pilsener through to Kirkstall’s crowd-pleasing virtuous. Cask ales from the likes of Saltaire, Vocation and Rooster’s keep things local. Pizza-wise, there are 12” and 18” options, classic and original toppings and dips for your crust. Bliss.
Tapped Brew Co, 51 Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5EL. Open every day of the week.
North Taproom: Sovereign Street
Beer and bao buns are a potent combination at the North Taproom on Sovereign Street. It’s one of the best and boldest brewery taps in Leeds, with a sleek interior and outdoor seating that comes into its own on those rare occasions when the sun pays us a visit. Work your way through the magnificent North Brewing Co. range, both on draught and in can, then sample the wonders of Bao Boys’ buns. If a beef brisket bao with a side of garlic salt fries and a pint of Piñata doesn’t do it for you, nothing will.
North Taproom: Sovereign Street, 3 Sovereign Square, Sovereign Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4BA. Open every day of the week.
This tap room punches well above its weight from its home in Sheepscar, just on the north side of Leeds city centre. Nomadic is a small, friendly brewery with just four staff, so the taproom is only open at weekends – they’re busy making the beautiful beer the rest of the time. Get your gums round their Another Perfect Day with its tropical notes, or their punchy stout. They host numerous events including tap takeovers and collaborations, while street food vendors change by the week. And if you love the beer, take some home!
Nomadic Beers, Unit 11, Sheepscar House, 15 Sheepscar Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 1AD. Open Friday and Saturday, 12-8pm.
Vocation Tap Room at Assembly Underground
Vocation & Co’s tap room is a real doozy. Descend the stairs into Assembly Underground, ignore the food offering – for now – and take your pick of a full 50 lines of ale. In addition to Vocation’s own brews, the cracking classic IPA Life & Death, the sessionable Heart & Soul and whatever fresh concoction they’ve just dreamed up, there are magnificent selections from around the world. Grab your pint and make a choice between the mouthwatering wraps from Falafel Guys or Slap & Pickle’s celebrated burgers.
Vocation Tap Room, Assembly Underground, 12 Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3AL. Open every day of the week.
Kirkstall Brewery Taproom & Kitchen
Tucked away on Kirkstall Road, the Kirkstall Brewery Taproom & Kitchen combines the best elements of a British boozer and a US-style tap room, but in Leeds. It goes without saying that it’s one of the best places in the city to sample all of Kirkstall’s wonderful wares, right where they’re made. Line up pints of Virtuous, Dissolution and Three Swords, as well as seasonal specials, and you’re off. There are cocktails too, regular quiz nights and really good pizza that includes plenty of one-offs and short-lived specials, just like the beer.
Kirkstall Brewery Tap & Kitchen, Kirkstall Brewery, 100 Kirkstall Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS3 1HJ. Open every day of the week.
Terminus Tap Room and Bottle Shop
Run by the Phillips brothers, Terminus is the home of The Meanwood Brewery, who’ve carved out a following for their fine beers and have the perfect place to showcase them. The Tap Room has three rooms, a decked beer terrace and, most importantly, 18 draught taps on the go. That gives you plenty of scope to try their brews – start with the Court of Horrors IPA or, if you want something a bit chewier, Purple Goddess, their plum and vanilla porter. They’re accompanied by guest ales, cocktails, wines, coffee and, blessedly, Seabrook’s crisps. If you need something more substantial, there’s pop-ups aplenty to keep you fed.
Terminus Tap Room & Bottle Shop, Stonegate Road, Meanwood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 4HY. Open every day of the week.
North Brewing Co., Springwell
Springwell is the home of North Brewing Co., their brewery HQ and also a damn fine place to sup beers in its own right. Grab a bench outside in the shadow of the beer tank and set the world to rights while you navigate 24 cask and keg lines. It’s the place for fresh-as-you-like North beers such as Transmission and – yes – Springwell, while food comes courtesy of Little Bao Boy and Kerbside Kids. The latter serve up smash patty burgers that make a good match with the beer, while Sunday sees Springwell’s recovery brunch from 11am-3pm.
North Brewing Co., Springwell, Buslingthorpe Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 2DF. Open 5pm-midnight on Friday, all day on Saturday and Sunday.
The Brewery Tap
The perfect place for a pre or post-train pint, The Brewery Tap is also a wonderful showcase for Leeds Brewery’s offerings, with plenty more besides. All the range are on tap, including the eminently suppable Leeds Pale, Yorkshire Gold, Leodis lager and Monsoon IPA, joined by an ever-changing range of guest ales. Nip upstairs and you’ll see where some of the beer is brewed, and head out onto the terrace if the sun is out. Big Buns take care of your burger needs, with addictively excellent smash patties.
The Brewery Tap, 18 New Station Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5DL. Open every day of the week.
A passionfruit gose called ‘My Horse Came Fourth’, a 6.4% IPA named Chaos Amid Disruption’ – Horsforth Brewery are not your boring types, and their taproom isn’t dull either. Pull up a seat and try their own American pale, wheat beer, lager, dark ale and more. They’ve got collaborations, guest beers that might come from other local stars, such as North and Kirkstall, and plenty of events. There’s a regular creatives market, film nights, heck, even tarot card readings.
Horsforth Brewery, 143 New Road Side, Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS18 4ZD. Open Tuesday to Sunday.
Amity Brew Co.
Farlsey’s finest, Amity Brew Co. didn’t take long to establish itself as one Leeds’ most popular tap rooms. Industrial decor, exposed bricks and a terrace make it a real looker, in keeping with the rest of Sunny Bank Mills, while the fabulously fresh beer is a reason to make a day or night of it. See behind the scenes at a tour and tasting, or kick back and sip on the likes of the Waterpistol juicy pale, Festoon Helles lager and feisty Sunnybank American pale. Quizzes, mini-festivals and visiting food vendors will keep you coming back.
Amity Brew Co., Sunny Bank Mills, 83-85 Town Street, Farsley, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, LS28 5UJ.
OK, so the beer is actually brewed in York, but this brill bar is still a shop window for all of the Brew York range of ales. They’ve been going since 2016, and opened this New Briggate HQ in 2021. 20 lines of the good stuff will keep you and your friends happy, with pun-happy core ales such as Rhubarbra Streisand, Juice Forsyth and Calmer Chameleon joined by collaborations and the odd guest beer. Keep your drinking energy up with street food from Yuzu, serving up bao buns, ramen, katsu curry, rice bowl, dumplings and Korean wings.
Brew York, 72 New Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6NU. Open Wednesday to Sunday.