The Best Pub Quizzes in Leeds

· Joseph Sheerin · Food and Drink

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There are loads of wonderful pub quizzes to choose from in Leeds, so it’s time to work your way through them all, one by one…

Ah, the Great British pub quiz – there’s nothing quite like it. Picture rounds, music trivia, jackpot games, this age-old pastime is one of the best nights out you can have – and Leeds has an absolute load of them. In fact, you can almost do one every night of the week, so catch up on current affairs, sharpen your celebrity knowledge and reach into the recesses of your mind to show off your smarts, all with a pint in hand.

The Beck & Call

Beck & Call

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This Meanwood pub runs one of the best pub quizzes in Leeds every Wednesday night from 7pm. It’s free to enter, but you want to get down early to grab your quiz sheets as it does get busy. It kicks off with a picture round before they test your general knowledge with 40 tricky questions – keep an eye out for special themed quizzes throughout the year. You can win a £50 bar tab or a cash rollover and have a go at their jackpot games to win gig tickets, vouchers and more.

The Beck & Call, Stainbeck Road, Meanwood Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 2NP.

Water Lane Boathouse

Water Lane Boathouse

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Mondays at 7pm, that’s when the Water Lane Boathouse pub quiz kicks off. It’s £5 per team to enter, with a maximum quiz team size of six people. You’ll be grilled on all kinds of topics, from general knowledge to sport, music and films depending on the whims of the quizmaster. Come out on top? Winners will get a £50 bar tab to celebrate their supremacy, but you also have a chance to win their jackpot cash rollover each week. Oh, and there’s free pizza too – yum!

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

The Chemic Tavern

The Chemic Tavern

The Chemic Tavern’s Monday night pub quiz has been running for years and it’s still one of the best in Leeds. Quizmaster John gives the picture rounds out from 8pm, followed by the main quiz which is often themed, but there’s a few surprises here as they’ll also put your creativity to the test with group challenges to earn you extra points. It’s £1 entry per person with a £20 cash prize for the winners. Finish last? You’ll have to tackle the booby prize of mystery shots!

The Chemic Tavern, 9 Johnston Street, Woodhouse, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2NG.

Old Bar

Old Bar at Leeds University Union, The Otley Run

You don’t have to be a student to play Leeds University Union’s Old Bar quiz. It takes place on Thursday nights – get down before 7.30pm to get your sheets for an 8pm start. It’s 50p each with a maximum of eight per team – just make sure you pick a good name, as they ring the bell of shame for the worst and give special prizes for the best. Expect general knowledge with a few surprises – first gets £50 SU vouchers, second gets £20 and third £10.

Old Bar, Leeds University Union, Lifton Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 9JZ.

Arcadia

Ilkley Brewery

It’s a craft beer haven, but you should also pay Arcadia a visit if you love pub quizzes – theirs takes place every Monday night at 8pm. There’s a suggested £1 entry fee, but feel free to be as generous as you like as all proceeds go to Sue Ryder’s Wheatfields Hospice. The quiz is a straightforward one – 30 general knowledge questions followed by a testing 10-picture image round. If you beat the rest, you’ll be awarded a grand prize of a gallon of beer.

Arcadia, 34 Arndale Centre, Otley Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2UE.

The Head of Steam Headingley

Head of Steam Headingley

Hump Day need not be a problem with The Head of Steam’s Wednesday night pub quiz. It kicks off at 8pm every week and you don’t have to worry about any cheaters because this is a smartphone speed quiz – you’ll have no time to Google because it’s fastest fingers first on a host of topical and general knowledge questions with a 10-second limit. It’s free to play and winners will get a gallon of house lager or cider or a bottle of wine to share.

The Head of Steam, 11-13 North Lane, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 3HG.

Green Room

Green Room Winter Terrace

Kicking off at 6.30pm every Monday night, Green Room’s weekly quiz is walk-ins only and entirely free to attend, making it perfect for those last-minute after-work plans. There’s a £50 bar tab up for grabs that you can spend on their beloved all-day brunch, coffee and tipples. So, get your strongest team together, conjure up your best team name and head over to this cool-as Leeds city centre venue and prepare to get way too into it.

Green Room, 36 Wellington Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2DE.

The Meanwood Tavern

The Meanwood Tavern

The Meanwood Tavern boasts not one, not two but three entirely different pub quizzes across the week. First up, say so long to the Monday blues with a speedy pub quiz that’ll test your general knowledge for £1 each, with cash, food and drink prizes. If music’s more your thing, the Thursday night music quiz ends with rock & roll bingo. You can end your week with Phil’s Sunday Quiz from 6.30pm – it’s free to enter and the winners will get a gallon of beer.

The Meanwood Tavern, 607 Meanwood Road, Meanwood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 4HQ.

Headrow House

Headrow House Mural, JackOfAll Studio, Leeds BID Art Trail

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The weekly pub quiz at Headrow House is hosted by quizmaster Tim in this trendy Leeds city centre beer hall. It starts at 6.30pm every Tuesday and you’ll need to book in advance, but it’s completely free to enter with a maximum number of six players per team. It’s your chance to win all sorts of marvellous prizes, from Super Friendz gig and cinema tickets to cash prizes and free shots, with a special wheel of fortune round thrown into the mix too.

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

The White Swan

The White Swan

Liven up your Thursday with a night of challenging trivia at the historic White Swan at 8pm. Their popular pub quiz is £1 per person and all fees are donated to the Jane Tomlinson Appeal. This is no ordinary quiz, however – between rounds of general knowledge questions, the quizmaster, Jacob Savage (who is also their pianist), gets on the keys for their music round. It’s a gallon of Leeds Brewery beer for winners – but book a table beforehand, it’s a regular sell out.

The White Swan, 5 Swan Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LG.

Kirkstall Bridge Inn

Kirkstall bridge Inn

Kirkstall Brewery’s Bridge Inn offers up one of the best pub quizzes in Leeds every Wednesday (which is also their wings night). It’s free and starts at 9pm, so you have plenty of time to bag a table and a quiz sheet in their downstairs bar. The Kirkstall Quizmaster hosts what they describe as ‘an evening of intellectual entertainment’ that will challenge you with topics like general knowledge, music, pictures and a weekly-changing picture round. Winners bag a £30 bar tab.

Kirkstall Bridge Inn, 12 Bridge Road, Kirkstall, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS5 3BW.

The Library

The Library

Why not end the week at a pub quiz? The Library is one of the most popular student pubs in Leeds and it runs a corker every Sunday from 8pm. It’s £1 each to enter and cheats will not prosper – this is an app-based quiz with questions tackling everything from popular TV shows to sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll. They do themed quizzes regularly too. Second place will get you a bottomless lunch, while the first placed team will take home the jackpot cash prize.

The Library, 229 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 3AP.

Crowd of Favours

Sunday is Funday at Crowd of Favours and it ends with their interactive pub quiz. It’s £1 per quizzer to enter and all the questions are given in a speed-style format on your smartphone for a fastest-fingers-first battle. Google holds no weight here. It starts at 7pm every week and, if you’re a winner, you’ll get a £30 bar tab with a bottle of wine for the runners up. If you really want to make the most of it, get down early for one of their epic Sunday lunches.

Crowd of Favours, Harper Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7EA.

Seven Arts

Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton

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The Seven Arts Sunday quiz is a Chapel Allerton favourite. It closes out their weekend at 7pm and it’s £5 per team for entry, although teams lose one mark for every team member above four. This quiz will test your general knowledge every week, with ever-changing special rounds to keep things interesting. First place will win kudos galore as well as a bottle of vino or a box of chocs. Get down early for their Sunday jazz sessions.

Seven Arts, 31A Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 3PD. The quiz takes a 6-7 week break through July and August.

The Adelphi

The Adelphi

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Tuesday night is quiz night at The Adelphi. This historic Leeds pub gets busy so get down early – quizmaster Jack starts his challenging questions from 8pm. It’s £1 to play per person and you’ll get to tackle all kinds of topics to be in with a chance to bag £30 to spend at the bar. They also run a jackpot round that rolls over every time it’s not won – that could mean big bucks! And they also run special themed rounds with their own prizes on a monthly basis.

The Adelphi, 3-5 Hunslet Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1JQ.

The Cardigan Arms

Cardigan Arms

You get two for one at The Cardigan Arms on Tuesday nights – their famous Kebab Night starts at 5pm and that’s followed by a weird but still very wonderful pub quiz at 9pm. So grab your pals, gorge on a lamb doner and pick the most god-awful team name you could think of because you’re in for a strange old quiz. Rounds can be anything from blind beer tasting to singalongs – it’s free entry and you can win a £30 bar tab. Sweet.

The Cardigan Arms, 364 Kirkstall Road, Kirkstall, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2HQ.

The Royal Park

Royal Park Pub

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This student favourite loves a quiz – and they’ve only gone and made it uni-themed. Their Universally Challenged quiz kicks off at 9pm on Sundays with £1 entry per person. This is a more traditionally-formatted quiz that’ll really test your knowledge, and yet it keeps you coming back for more. There’s different prizes each week, but their term-time league tables culminate in a £250 grand final. Big bucks!

The Royal Park, 39 Queen’s Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1NY.

The Mustard Pot

The MUstard Pot

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The Mustard Pot’s Sunday night pub quiz kicks off at 8pm but it’s always a popular one, so you’re advised to be in there by 7.30pm to make sure you can play. Throw a quid into the pot to play and then work your way through an epic quiz of 40 questions, including a themed picture round alongside puzzlers from general knowledge, entertainment and sport. If you come in first place, you’ll bag yourself a crate of beer to share between your team.

The Mustard Pot, 20 Stainbeck Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 3QY.

BOX

BOX, Leeds city centre

Both BOX bars in Headingley and Leeds city centre put on an epic pub quiz, with rounds tackling everything from TV to sport, film and music. It takes place at 9pm every Monday and costs nothing, but you will need a smartphone to answer all the questions through an app. The questions will pop up on your screen – but be warned, you have just 10 seconds to select the right answer. You could win a crate of beer and £50 bar tab to share if you come first.

BOX, 8 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2AD & 15 Infirmary Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2JS.

The Eldon

The Eldon, The Otley Run

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The Eldon has gone the cheat-free route with their pub quiz, which takes place at 8.30pm every Tuesday night. It’s a speed quiz, so you download the app on your phone and you’ll get just 10 seconds to select your answer – the pressure is really on here. It promises general knowledge, music and keypad rounds and all for just £1 per player, with extra chances to win with spot games. Winners will be able to win booze and cash, and rock ’n’ roll bingo follows after!

The Eldon, 190 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 9DX.

West End House

West End House

A friendly local pub that loves its pub quizzes, West End House offers two every week and they’re both free to play. The first is from 9pm on Tuesday and features everything from general knowledge to music rounds – if you win, you’ll bag some thirst-quenching beer tokens. The second is at the same time on Thursdays, with regular questions mixed up with games like Fun Fortunes and Play Your Cards Right which could see you win £200.

West End House, 26 Abbey Road, Kirkstall, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS5 3HS.

The Fox & Newt

The Fox and Newt

If you’re looking for a traditional pub quiz in Leeds, The Fox & Newt is ready and waiting every Tuesday from 8pm – but their top tip is to get down early, because the place is usually full to bursting. It’s £1 each to enter with all proceeds donated to St Gemma’s Hospice. It’s your classic quiz format of picture rounds and testing general knowledge, but don’t be surprised if they throw in a few themed rounds. If you win, you’ll get free beer from the pumps – result!

The Fox and Newt, 9 Burley Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS3 1LD.