It may be known as the start of The Otley Run, but with so many pubs and bars to choose from, you don’t have to leave Headingley for a great night out.
One of Leeds’ most popular suburbs, it will come as no surprise to find that Headingley is home to an array of quality pubs and bars. So where should you go? From cocktail bars to craft beer hangouts and traditional boozers, let us introduce you to the best of Headingley, at least when it comes to drinking…
The Original Oak
The Original Oak is an iconic pub that’s something of a local institution. You’ll find a host of ales, lagers and spirits behind the bar, so grab a drink and find a seat in one of the many nooks and crannies – they have loads of seating, with cosy snugs, big tables for groups and one hell of a beer garden. It’s great for watching sports, they even have a big screen outside for sunny days, and you can mop up all those celebratory beers with a menu of pub grub.
The Original Oak, 2 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2DG.
If you’re looking for a proper local pub, The Skyrack is just the ticket. It’s the favourite local of many a student, tempting folk in with its welcoming atmosphere. Behind the bar, they’ve got a decent selection of real ales, as well as wine and spirits – you can soak it all up with a menu of classic British eats if you get hungry and the burgers go down a treat. Sports fans will feel right at home here, they’ve got screens in every corner, but you can always escape the footy outside in their beer garden.
The Skyrack, 2 St Michael’s Road, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 3AW.
Manahatta is a New York-inspired bar with a cool, industrial decor – it’s the perfect setting to try one of their creative cocktails or knock back a few craft beers. Their food menu also takes its cues from across the Atlantic, with everything from burgers and pizza to tuck into. You can watch all the big games on their HD screens or beat your mates at shuffleboard, and come the weekend, they have DJs and live performers to get the party started.
Manahatta, 19 Ash Road, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 3JJ.
The Box is a cool modern bar that always packs ’em in. In the summer, the whole frontage folds away to create a sense of outdoors indoors, while in the winter, it’s all cosy and enclosed. They open from morning through to night, so you can see off those hangovers with coffee and breakfast, before getting back on it with burgers, pizzas and beer. They’re big on their sports here, with screens on both floors for the big games and they’ve got plenty of pool tables too. After dark, it becomes Headingley’s liveliest venue with music blaring into the early hours.
The Box, 8 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2AD.
If you love craft beer in all its guises, Arcadia is the bar you have to visit in Headingley. They have eight cask ales, with pumps home to Timothy Taylor’s, Black Sheep, Elland and Roosters – you’ll always find a mild or dark beer on the taps too. In the fridges, they have a handpicked selection of the best craft and fruit beers from around the world, but if you prefer spirits, their gin selection is almost as impressive. If you have no idea where to start, just ask one of their experts behind the bar. Oh, and it’s fervently not on the Otley Run, so you can get a bit of peace and quiet here.
Arcadia, 34 Arndale Centre, Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2UE.
The New Inn
The New Inn is one of those classic, old-school pubs with low ceilings, snug rooms and traditional furniture, which makes it a very welcoming boozer. They have some of the finest local real ales on the taps, with a range of spirits and wines if that’s not your thing. You can also have a bite to eat here – the menu promises fuss-free pub classics that will fill a hole. The front terrace is a nice spot to have a pint if you can bag one of their benches too.
The New Inn, 68 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 4BA.
The Three Horseshoes
The Three Horseshoes is one of Headingley’s oldest pubs and in turn, one of its most popular. Pay them a visit and work your way through the impressive selection of local real ales behind the bar, which includes a vast selection from Leeds Brewery. If you prefer, they do a decent selection of wine and spirits. Hungry? Order something from their menu of stone-baked pizzas, burgers and gourmet hot dogs, while you watch the game on one of their big screens.
The Three Horseshoes, 98 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS16 5JG.
Growlers is a craft beer bottle shop where you can stop for a drink. They have four rotating beers on draught from a host of local breweries, or you can search the shelves and fridges where you’ll find over 200 brews in bottles and cans. Expect names you know, like Magic Rock, Northern Monk and Beavertown. They also have a hand-picked selection of gin and wine.
Growlers, 29 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 3AA.
Woodies Craft Ale House
Guess what Woodies is famous for? That’s right, it has a huge selection of craft beer and real ales. There’s always something new for you to try, whether it’s an American pale ale or a local IPA. It’s not just beer though – keep an eye out for their impressive gin offering too. Aside from the drinks, which are surprisingly easy on the purse strings, they have TVs showing the match, a cracking beer garden and a menu of burgers, sandwiches and salads if you get hungry.
Woodies Craft Ale House, 104 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS16 5JG.
The Head of Steam
The Head of Steam is a name you may well know – they have pubs all over the UK, and they are famed for their beers. They hunt out the best from all over the world to serve on draught and what they can’t put on the taps, they keep in the fridges, so you can try an exceptional selection of beers. If you get hungry, they run their own Smokehouse restaurant upstairs where you can tuck into plates of ribs, wings and steaks.
The Head of Steam, 11-13 North Lane, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 3HG.