Fancy a night at the local pub quiz? You’ve got plenty to choose from in Leeds, so start working your way through them all…
From remarkable facts about the city’s history to current affairs, pop music and that tricky picture round, a trip to the pub quiz is the perfect opportunity for you and your mates to test your know-how against a bunch of Leeds locals. And best of all, you can do it with a pint in hand…
Nation of Shopkeepers
Nation of Shopkeepers is a long-time Leeds favourite thanks to its decent food and drink and that famous courtyard, but another reason why it’s so popular is its Monday night quiz. It starts at 7.30pm every week, costs £1 per person and promises a different theme every Monday – one week, they’ll test your knowledge of The Simpsons, and the next, they’ll see what you know about The Lord of the Rings. There are prizes for the winners, depending on that week’s theme and how many people are playing.
Nation of Shopkeepers, 29 Cookridge Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 3AG.
LS6 Cafe always has something going on, and on the last Thursday of every month, it’s all about their Netflix and Quiz night. Get your mates together and form a team to see who comes out on top. They have questions on just about everything, with themes changing for each one, but they always do a round on TV shows and movies. There’s also a Play D’oh round and spot prizes. It kicks off at 8pm and if you manage to win, you’ll get a cash prize and half a gallon of beer.
LS6 Cafe, 16 Headingley Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2AS.
Tucked away under the arches of Granary Wharf, The Hop is home to one of the best quizzes in Leeds. Popular for its real ale and live music, Tuesday nights are quiz nights, with free entry and even a free supper – that’s right, they cook up everything from pies to chip butties for everyone who takes part. The quiz covers all aspects of general knowledge, and if you manage to come out on top, you’ll get a gallon of Ossett Brewery beer.
The Hop, Granary Wharf, Dark Neville Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4BR.
Water Lane Boathouse
You’ll find one of the best pub quizzes in Leeds at Water Lane Boathouse. It starts at 7pm every Monday night and it’s £5 per team. You’ll be grilled on all sorts of topics, from general knowledge to sport, music and films – and if you win, you’ll get a £50 bar tab. They also do play your cards right, and if there’s no winner, the cash rolls over to the next one. And just to top it off, there’s free pizza for every team that takes part.
Water Lane Boathouse, Canal Wharf, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 5PS.
The Chemic Tavern
The Chemic Tavern is a popular haunt for real ale and music fans, but don’t forget their Monday Night Quiz. Quizmasters Harry and Laurin get it going from 8.30pm every week, when your knowledge and creative skills will be put to the test. Expect your standard questions and answers, interspersed with creative group challenges that will earn you extra points throughout the quiz. It’s 50p per person, with free sandwiches for brain power and a £15 prize for the quiz winners. Keep an eye out for their monthly film and TV quiz too hosted by Beyond the Box Set podcast, which takes place at 7pm on the last Sunday of every month.
The Chemic Tavern, 9 Johnston Street, Woodhouse, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2NG.
You don’t have to be a student to make the most out of Leeds University Union’s Old Bar pub quiz on Thursday nights at 8pm sharp. It’s 50p per person to enter, with a maximum of eight people per team – be careful with your team names, however, as the bell of shame will be rung for the worst. Most quizzes are general knowledge with a few special nights throughout the year when it’s themed – think US election, Superbowl and Yorkshire. If you come in the top three, you get a prize – 1st gets £50 in vouchers to use in the Union, 2nd gets £20 and third gets £10.
Old Bar, Leeds University Union, Lifton Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 9JZ.
Arcadia is not just renowned for its amazing selection of craft beer, but its Monday night pub quiz too. It starts at 8pm every week, with a £1 entry fee – but all proceeds go to the Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice, so you can be as generous as you like. The quiz is a straightforward affair, 30 questions followed by a 10 picture image round. If you manage to beat the rest, you’ll get a gallon of beer to cheers your victory.
Arcadia, 34 Arndale Centre, Otley Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2UE.
The Head of Steam
Get over hump day with a Wednesday night pub quiz at The Head of Steam in Headingley. You’ve got oodles of craft beer to choose from and a menu of burgers to dig into, which will give you the energy to make sure you’ve got the fastest fingers first – this is a smartphone quiz on all kinds of different topics and there’s a 10 second limit per question. It’s free to enter and winners will get a bar tab.
The Head of Steam, 11-13 North Lane, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 3HG.
The White Swan
The historic White Swan pub runs its popular pub quiz on Thursday nights from 8pm. Grab one of the real ales behind the bar and pay your 50p entry – all fees are totted up and given to the Jane Tomlinson Appeal. Between the rounds of general knowledge questions, the quizmaster, Jacob Savage (who is also their pianist), gets on the keys for their music round. You’ll get a gallon of beer if you win and a bottle of wine if you come second.
The White Swan, 5 Swan Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LG.
Northern Monk Brew Co.
Northern Monk is just that little bit different from the rest. It takes place every Wednesday night from 7.30pm and it’s free to play. It’s run by the quizzical duo, A Tribe Called Quiz, who like to mix it up a little bit. They have the regular question and answer rounds, but they’ll also spin the wheel to pick ridiculous topics like Jurassic Park, mime and earotica. That’s right – earotica. You won’t just be thinking of answers, there will be drawing and general tomfoolery required. Winners will bag themselves some of Northern Monk’s finest cans.
Northern Monk Brew Co., The Old Flax Store, Marshall Mills, Marshall Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 9YJ.
Love rock & roll? Put your knowledge to the test at Howl’s weekly musical pub quiz. This straightforward dive bar is the ideal place to prove you know your AC/DC from your Led Zeppelin and your Black Sabbath from your Metallica, so get over there at 7.30pm every Tuesday. It’s a mix of questions and music rounds, with a bar tab for the winners, as well as spot prizes to be won throughout.
Howl, 112 Vicar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7NL.
Kirkstall Bridge Inn
Kirkstall Brewery’s Bridge Inn offers up one of the best pub quizzes in Leeds every Wednesday evening. Head there for 8pm and take a seat in their downstairs bar. The Kirkstall Quizmaster hosts what they describe as ‘an evening of intellectual entertainment’ that will really put your brain to the test. Expect questions covering general knowledge, music, pictures and specialist subjects which change up every week. It’s free to play and if you win, you’ll get to celebrate with a £30 bar tab. Wednesdays are also their wings nights, just to top it off.
Kirkstall Bridge Inn, 12 Bridge Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS5 3BW.
End the week at student favourite The Library for one of the most unconventional pub quizzes in Leeds. It starts at 8pm every Sunday and it’s £1 per person – they have questions on everything from Game of Thrones to sex, drugs and rock’n’roll. Winners get a £50 bar tab and a chance to have a go at winning the cash jackpot by unlocking the box, with second place bagging a bottle of vodka and third place taking home a tenner in cash. There’s also a chance to win a sharing platter by taking on one of their challenges mid-quiz – the rest of the pub will decide who the winner is.
The Library, 229 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 3AP.
Crowd of Favours
Crowd of Favours end their Sunday Funday with an interactive pub quiz. It’s £1 to enter and it all takes place on your smartphone in a fastest-finger-first battle, which will make Googling those answers that little bit harder. It kicks off at 7.30pm and you can win a gallon of ale if you beat the rest. Why not get down there early for one of their epic roasts and a pint of real ale and really do Sunday right?
Crowd of Favours, Harper Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7EA.
A Chapel Allerton favourite, the Seven Arts Sunday Quiz takes place every weekend at 8pm. It’s free entry, but there’s an optional £1 raffle to try your luck at. Quizmaster Rog Hunter will test your general knowledge, with special rounds to keep things interesting. Prizes change up every week, but what makes it extra special is the fact that it also coincides with their Sunday jazz performances, which will soundtrack your evening, before, during and after the quiz.
Seven Arts, 31A Harrogate Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 3PD.
Outlaws Yacht Club
One of Leeds’ coolest hangouts, Outlaws Yacht Club loves a good pub quiz. Theirs takes place every Monday night from 8pm and it’s free to have a go. This isn’t your normal quiz – they have a theme for team names each week, and the funniest wins some cake. The quizzes are themed too, and in between their general knowledge rounds, they have a round dedicated to questions about Yorkshire and a music round which sees the quizmaster sing songs incredibly badly, so good luck with that. The team that loses gets the chance to come up with the guest round for the following week and the winners get £20, with the runners-up bagging £10.
Outlaws Yacht Club, 38 New York Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7DY.
Kith & Kin
Kith & Kin has hosted a Wednesday night pub quiz in Chapel Allerton for over 5 years and it’s still one of the best in Leeds. Get down there for 8pm sharp, or if you arrive even earlier, you can treat yourself to a few drinks and a bite to eat. The quiz changes on a regular basis, from general knowledge to special themes like comedy tv shows, but you’ll always need your phone, as you answer on an app. It’s free to play and you can win a £50 bar tab.
Kith & Kin, 16/18 Stainbeck Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 3QY.
The Adelphi’s Tuesday night pub quiz is a great one to try out. It starts at 8pm and entry is £1 per person, half of which goes to charity. The prizes are handed out early, with a bottle of wine going to the team with the best name. That’s followed by the quiz itself, which covers all kinds of topics and the winner gets a £30 bar tab for food or drink. In between, they also have a jackpot round, which gives you the chance to win £100.
The Adelphi, 3-5 Hunslet Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1JQ.
Get down to The Stew and Oyster at Calls Landing every Monday night from 8pm and start the week with a cracking pub quiz in Leeds. They run your typical general knowledge quiz, covering everything from sport to music and movies. It’s free to enter, with a £40 bar tab to share between your team of eggheads if you beat the competition. That’s not all – they keep you on your toes with a series of spot prizes to win throughout the evening.
Calls Landing, 36-38 The Calls, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7EW.
The Cardigan Arms
It starts with Kebab Night at 5pm at The Cardigan Arms, but that’s followed by their famous weird and wonderful quiz from 9pm every Tuesday. So grab your pals, tuck into a lamb doner and pick the most cringeworthy team name you can think of. It’s strange here – rounds could include anything from narrated charades to badly drawn pictures and blind beer tasting. But it’s free to play, and you’ve got a chance to win a £30 bar tab. Quiz-tina Aguilera, assemble!
The Cardigan Arms, 364 Kirkstall Road, Kirkstall, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2HQ.
The Pit host their free pub quiz every other Thursday and they keep it interesting by giving it a different theme every time. Head over at 8pm and you could be faced with anything from teasers about the 90s to toughies on Friends, The Simpsons or The Lord of the Rings. Keep an eye on their calendar to see which quiz is up next and make sure your phone is charged as it’s all done on an app – you could end up winning serious boozy booty from behind the bar.
The Pit, 9 Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PQ.
The Royal Park
The Royal Park is a student favourite that runs two pub quizzes. There’s a speed-round mobile quiz at 8pm on Thursdays nights as well as a more traditional one on Sunday nights hosted by Will, a real-life Eggheads winner. The latter is called Universally Challenged – it starts at 8pm, and costs £1 to enter. There are prizes for the top 3 teams, as well as for the worst team and the best name. You can also take part in a jackpot round – four really hard questions that win you the jackpot if you get them right, if not it rolls over. If you go to one of Leeds’ unis, do the quiz every week for a chance to battle it out in their end-of-term finals which could bag you £200.
The Royal Park, 39 Queen’s Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1NY.
The Dry Dock
Get down to The Dry Dock every Thursday from 9pm for their free-to-enter speed quiz. Get your phones ready and download their smartphone pub quiz app, ready for quizmaster Phil Clay to run through some tough general knowledge teasers that you have to answer within 10 seconds. If you manage to finish in the top three, you’ll get a big block of More Card Points which you can use in the pub afterwards.
The Dry Dock, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 3AX.
The Mustard Pot
The Mustard Pot has a pub quiz that starts at 8pm every Sunday night. It’s £1 to enter and is incredibly popular with the local community. You’ll have to work your way through a themed picture round, 10 questions on general knowledge, 10 questions on sport and 10 questions on entertainment. If you win, you’ll get drinks from the bar. Most people head down early to grab one of their roast dinners, which are served until 8pm, so why not join them?
The Mustard Pot, 20 Stainbeck Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 3QY.
The Box in Headingley offers a varied pub quiz, with rounds tackling TV, sport, film and music. It takes place at 9pm every Monday and costs nothing, though you will need a smartphone to take part as it’s all done through an app. Answer the questions as they pop up on your screen – but be warned, you have just 10 seconds to select the right answer. You could win a £100 bar tab to share if you come first.
The Box, 8 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2AD.
The Eldon has gone the cheat-free route with their pub quiz, which takes place at 8.30pm every Monday night. It’s a speedquiz, so you download the app on your phone and you’ll get just 10 seconds to select your answer – the pressure is really is 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 throughout the night. Winners will be able to win booze and cash.
The Eldon, 190 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 9DX.
West End House
West End House is a welcoming boozer that hosts two quiz nights every week, with all but one of its games free to play. From 9:30pm on Tuesday nights, you can play their general knowledge quiz with picture rounds, anagrams and music trivia – the top prize is £20 in bar vouchers. Then from the same time on Thursday nights, they host Noughts and Crosses, Our Survey Says and Play Your Cards Right – the latter is £1 to play for a chance to win the jackpot of £300.
West End House, 26 Abbey Road, Kirkstall, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS5 3HS.
Stew and Oyster
Much like its sister venue in Leeds city centre, the Stew and Oyster in Oakwood is a smart little bar to visit for a pint and a night at the pub quiz. Theirs takes place from 8pm every Tuesday and it’s free to enter. The team with the best general knowledge will walk away with a £40 bar tab that will see you celebrating a hard-earned win with well-deserved drinks – you can even win boozy spot prizes during the quiz too.
The Stew and Oyster, 488 Roundhay Road, Oakwood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 2HU.
On Thursday nights, The Fenton hosts its Unconventional Quiz, which can get a little bit crazy. You have 20 questions to answer, and after every five questions, one member of your team will have a chance to do something extra to win points – so it’s not all about brains. They do a themed quiz regularly, like Star Wars or Quiz Against Humanity. If you win, you get a gallon of beer, and if you need more booze, they hide free shots around the pub, which you have to run around and find. You even get free nachos halfway through and they do mini-games and spot prizes too.
The Fenton, 161-165 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 3ED.
The Palace take their pub quizzes very seriously, so much so, that they offer two every week. Their Monday night quiz starts at 9.30pm and their Wednesday one starts at 10pm. Each quiz is led by their quizmaster who’ll take you through a slew of general knowledge questions, as well as a picture round. If you’re brainy enough to beat their regulars, you’ll walk away with a gallon of beer, but be warned, they have a few expert pub quiz teams in here on a regular basis.
The Palace, Kirkgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7DJ.
The Old Peacock
The Old Peacock has a cracking pub quiz to go alongside its abundance of real ales and traditional British food menu. It kicks off at 5.30pm on a Sunday, but it’s free to take part, so why not nip down and test out your general knowledge after a Sunday lunch? You might win a gallon of Ossett Brewery’s finest for your troubles. There are free snacks for those taking part in the quiz, and a raffle jackpot every week, you just have to get the answer in the envelope right to win.
The Old Peacock, 251 Elland Road, Beeston, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 8TU.
The Griffin offers one of the best free pub quizzes in Leeds city centre, and it kicks off at 7pm on Wednesdays. Get creative with your team names because the best gets a bottle of wine, and they also ask an introduction question, which gives you the chance to bag a free plate of nachos for your team. Once you’ve worked your way through the main general knowledge questions, you’ll know whether you’re in with a chance of winning the £30 bar tab. They encourage you to get down early as they often run out of quiz sheets.
The Griffin, 31 Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5DF.
The George welcome the Leeds chapter of Amnesty International on the third Tuesday of each month for their Pub Quiz and Raffle Night. It starts at 7.45pm and costs £1 per person, all of which goes to the charity PAFRAS, who support destitute refugees in Leeds. You’ll have to tackle a host of general knowledge questions, from geography to sport, as well as picture and music rounds. The winners take home cash and beer prizes, which change every time.
The George, 67-69 Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3BB.
Make a beeline for Parkside Tavern every Tuesday night for Let’s Get Quizzical. You can grab a local ale at the bar and order one of their pizzas before it kicks off at 7.30pm. It’s a smartphone general knowledge quiz, so make sure your phone has enough juice before you start playing. It’s just £2 to enter or £1 for students and newbies, and if you come out on top, you can win a bar tab to celebrate with.
Parkside Tavern, St Johns House, Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JE.
The Original Oak
Monday night is quiz night at The Original Oak. Get down there for 8pm, or earlier to guarantee a seat and maybe grab a bite to eat. It’s generally a traditional setup with general knowledge teasers for £1 entry per person – teams are restricted to 8 people. You get free buffet-style food at halftime, and if you manage to win, you’ll get a gallon of ale, equal to eight pints, to share with your team.
The Original Oak, 2 Otley Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2DG.
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