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The Best Pubs & Bars in Headingley

· Darcie Hewitt-Dudding · Food and Drink

Glam cocktail bars, traditional pubs and craft beer havens.

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Whether you’re up for a night out or just a casual drink, Headingley is the place to be.

Headingley is one of the most vibrant suburbs Leeds boasts. Why? Because it’s packed with cracking pubs and bars, that’s why. You can party with a creative cocktail in hand, chill out with the latest craft beers or watch the match with a decent pint and a plate of traditional pub grub – all while watching those infamous Otley runners head out on an epic run.

The Original Oak

The Original Oak

If it’s an afternoon in a classic pub you’re after, it has to be The Original Oak. It’s huge, for starters. Whether you want to watch sports inside or bask in the sunshine outside, there’s plenty of room for you and your mates in a cosy corner or on one of the many picnic tables. The food menu is full of tasty pub grub, like ale-battered cod & chips, steak & Guinness pie and creamy raspberry torte. To drink? They’ve got all the usual suspects with craft beer, cocktails and a selection of spirits.

The Original Oak, 2 Otley Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2DG.

Bottle Chop

Bottle Chop

From the same people behind Fika North, Bottle Chop is a wine and beer bottle shop, a micro deli and a cosy wine bar all in one. There are shelves and shelves of vegan, organic and natural wine, as well as oodles of craft beers. They pride themselves on selling a great selection of wines from small batch makers and their staff really know their stuff. So grab a glass of something delicious, pair it with a cheese board or a sausage roll and take a seat. You can even bring your dog as they don’t half love a pooch.

Bottle Chop, 14 Weetwood Lane, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS16 5LX.

The Skyrack

Skyrack

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The Skyrack is another one of the best pubs in Headingley. It’s friendly and welcoming with lots of space for bigger groups, including a beer garden. At the bar, they cater for everyone. You can order a pint of real ale, a glass of wine or a cocktail – they’ve got a bit of everything. Soak it all up with a plate piled high with buttered mash and a trio of sausages or a hearty beef, malbec & pancetta lasagne with garlic ciabatta. They’re a Greene King pub, so there’s plenty for veggies and vegans too.

The Skyrack, 2-4 St Michael’s Road, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 3AW.

Manahatta

When it comes to classy bars in Headingley, Manahatta might just be the queen. It’s New York-inspired – think glamour meets industrial with neon signs on graffitied walls, teal-coloured leather booths and metal light fittings. Creative cocktails are always the main event, with the 2-4-1 deal running all day every day. You can munch on a loaded hot dog, a 100% vegan Beyond burger or an Empire State-themed tower of chicken and waffles. Plus, play shuffleboard, grab a bottomless brunch or watch the game.

Manahatta, 19 Ash Road, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 3JJ.

The Box

Leeds Rhinos x The Box

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The Box is one of the best sports bars in Headingley. It’s light, airy and modern, with loads of TV screens showing your favourite sports all day long. You can play table football or pool, grab a pint, a cheeky shot or a 2-4-1 cocktail and refuel with something off the menu – we’re talking marvellously massive extra large eighteen-inch pizzas, burgers stacked to the heavens and messy-but-delish sharing platters. You can even get a big breakfast here before heading out to watch the cricket or the rugby.

The Box, 8 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2AD.

Arcadia

Ilkley Brewery

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Arcadia is a haven for craft beer lovers. They have up to eight hand pulls and four keg lines all dedicated to the best brews in the country, including unusual sours, lambics and more. The fridges are filled with familiar local faces, like North Brewing Co and Abbeydale, as well as a hefty selection of gluten-free beers. If you’re not sure, the friendly staff can talk you through their ever-changing selection. They hold a quiz night on Mondays and dogs are always welcomed with open arms (literally).

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

The New Inn

The New Inn, Headingley

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The New Inn is one of the best pubs in Headingley to observe the Otley runners. It’s got big bay windows where you can see them all dolled up in their best fancy dress. But that’s not all this cosy pub has going for it. Behind the bar, they’ve got great beers, ciders and ales on tap, a range of wines and spirits, as well as a selection of classic cocktails. Hungry? You could grab a chicken strip sharer among friends, a couple of bao buns to snack on or a hearty plate of gammon, eggs and chips.

The New Inn, 68 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 4BA.

The Three Horseshoes

The Three Horseshoes is one of the oldest pubs in Headingley – and another watering hole that’s an Otley Run stalwart. Outside, it’s a traditional stone-built building, set on a corner plot. Inside, it’s cosy and atmospheric. Dark-wood panelling, stone flag floors and tiled walls, it feels a bit like stepping back in time. You can rely on them to serve classic beers, like Tetley’s Bitter, Old Speckled Hen and Timothy Taylor. Not a beer drinker? They’ve got a variety of wines and spirits to sup too.

The Three Horseshoes, 98 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS16 5JG.

Woodies Craft Ale House

Woodies' Ale House

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Woodies Craft Ale House is one of the most popular pubs in Headingley and for good reason. It’s roomy, without being too cavernous, so you’ll feel just as cosy going for a solo pint as you might do with a big group of friends. They have an incredible craft beer and real ale selection, from American pale ales to IPAs. It’s the perfect place to watch the game, as they have ample TV screens all around the pub. Hungry? Tuck into a pile of Dirty Fries smothered in pulled pork, cheese and gravy.

Woodies Craft Ale House, 104 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS16 5JG.

Head of Steam

Head of Steam Headingley

The Head of Steam is a well-known and much-cherished pub. They have locations up and down the country, all serving brilliant beer and more. Their Headingley home has a really friendly atmosphere with staff who know what they’re talking about. They’re always on the look out for the best brews, with their kegs and fridges full of exciting craft beer to try. Cocktails, wines and spirits are par for the course. You can grab yummy burgers, kebabs and pizzas here too, with loads of veggie and vegan selections.

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