Looking for the best sports bars in Leeds? We’ve rounded them all up in one place.
Whether you’re after a big screen, a spot of table service or the rare opportunity to watch the game out in the beer garden, Leeds has a sports bar for every occasion. So next time you’re looking for somewhere to watch the big game, with a few pints and maybe even a pie, check out one of these cracking sports-obsessed establishments.
The Brotherhood of Pursuits and Pastimes
One of the most popular sports bars in Leeds, The Brotherhood has won an army of fans since opening in 2014. From football to boxing, NFL and UFC, they bring together the finest sports action with an endless array of screens across two floors. If you’re lucky enough to bag a booth (you can book one in advance with table service), you can watch the game on screens at the end of your table. And while you’re there, you can take advantage of great beers and a food menu with everything from pies to wings – you might never want to leave!
The Brotherhood of Pursuits and Pastimes, 54 New Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6NU.
Brudenell Social Club
You might not know it, but when Brudenell Social Club isn’t bringing us the best live music, it’s the perfect bar to watch live sport in Leeds. It has three flat-screen TVs in the bar and the pool room for your usual live sports, but when there’s a particularly big game on the TV, providing there’s no gig on that day – you can watch it on a big projector in the original gig room. It certainly goes down very well with one of their real ales and Pieminister pies.
Brudenell Social Club, 33 Queens Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1NY.
Wapentake might not be the first bar you think of when it comes to catching the match. But if you take the stairs to the first floor, after grabbing a local ale on your way in, you’ll find a secret sports haven that’s home to multiple screens. You can watch whatever big event is on terrestrial telly, Sky Sports or BT Sport in a cracking hideaway that’s unlike any other sports bar in Leeds.
Wapentake, 92 Kirkgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7DJ.
The Original Oak
The Original Oak is an iconic Headingley pub that’s absolutely sports crazy. You’ll find a multitude of screens in each of its rooms, showing every big sports event on the telly – and if you want to watch a game that’s not on one of them, just ask. The jewel in their crown is outside, though. On sunny days, you can watch the biggest live matches on an absolutely massive screen. Folk pour in to get a good seat, which isn’t hard, given that they’ve got such a big beer garden.
The Original Oak, 2 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2DG.
Roxy Lanes isn’t just a bowling alley anymore – it’s a fully-fledged sports bar and it’s up there with the best of ’em. You can watch all the big games live on Sky Sports and BT Sport on six 60-inch HD TVs and two massive 3-metre projection screens – they even have a private screen above every bowling lane. If you want to go all out with your mates, you can reserve one of their private booths and choose the channel. Topped off with craft beer, pizza and burgers, Roxy Lanes has the lot.
Roxy Lanes, Bond Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5BQ.
Toast is a great find for sports fans, especially if you’re looking for a welcoming post-work venue in the city’s business district. It’s got TVs in every corner, with Sky Sports News on throughout the day, and if there’s a big live game on, they have two big screens they bring down especially. Get to the bar before kick-off and take your pick of local real ales, world beers and cocktails. And if you need to line your stomach, they serve up everything from steaks to burgers, pizzas and sandwiches.
Toast, Unit C, West Point, Wellington Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4JY.
Live Bar is one of the city’s best sports bars. 12 HD screens sit above the statement circular bar, so you’ll never miss a goal, even when you go up to get a drink. The best bit, however, has to be the venue’s main screen – it’s 32 feet wide and made up of 21 55-inch screens, so you can watch multiple sports simultaneously. With all the channels from Sky to ESPN, BT Sports and At The Races, and table service to boot, this is going to be your new go-to sports bar, 24 hours a day.
Live Bar, Victoria Gate Casino, Victoria Gate, Eastgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7JL.
The Beck & Call
If you’re looking for a sports-loving pub in Meanwood, head to The Beck & Call. It’s a family-friendly local from the folk behind Belgrave Music Hall and Headrow House. They have a huge screen showing all the live games from Sky Sports and BT Sport in the Tap Room, as well as loads of smaller screens dotted about the venue. While you’re there, why not try something from their menu of refined pub grub and enjoy a pint of local real ale?
The Beck & Call, Stainbeck Road, Meanwood Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 2NP.
If you’re looking for a decent sports bar, The Box in both the city centre and Headingley will do the job. They have screens in every corner showing all the major sporting events. It’s perfect if you’re looking for football or rugby in particular, with Sky Sports and BT Sport on the telly constantly. You can choose from a fine selection of craft beer, cocktails and burgers to keep you fed and watered while you’re cheering on your team.
The Box, 15 Infirmary Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2JS and 8 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2AD.
Sid’s is a little-known sports bar on the south side of the River Aire. Upstairs you’ll find a cool gin and craft beer joint, but head downstairs to discover an underground sports-mad haven. It’s decked out in an array of screens always showing live sports – we’re talking a 65” TV, two 55” TVs, two 50” TVs and a 42” TV. Look out for the huge projector screens they put up on both floors for the most popular games too.
Sid’s, 24-32 Bridge End, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4DJ.
With multiple HD screens in every corner of the venue showing Sky and BT Sport, Aire Bar is much more than just a picturesque riverside watering hole. It’s committed to putting on the biggest and best sporting events, so you’ll never miss a goal, try or touchdown. You can book ahead if you’ve got a large group and take advantage of table service – they have a great selection of real ales you’ll want to try, as well as burgers from the Yorkshire Burgaire Company.
Aire Bar, Sparrows Wharf, 32 The Calls, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7EW.
The Griffin is a modern take on an old school pub in the heart of Leeds city centre and they love their sports. You’ll find screens in every nook and cranny of the pub and they’ll show whatever big game is on, from any and every sport. If you’re going all out with a few pals, you can even book their function room all to yourself with table service, and make the most of their real ales and classic pub grub.
The Griffin, 31 Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5DF.
After a few years away, Walkabout is back and it’s still as mad about sports as ever. The Aussie-inspired watering hole has screens all over its two floors showing whatever big game is on, with a focus in particular on football, cricket and rugby, but they’ll show whatever you want if you ask nicely. You can even book ahead and bag yourself a booth with a built-in TV. While you’re there, you can indulge in a decent array of lagers, cocktails and shots, and pair it with a menu of burgers and Aussie-themed mains.
Walkabout, 43 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3HQ.
Fans of Leeds United will know all about Billy’s Bar from game days, but did you know that the sports bar dedicated to Whites legend Billy Bremner is open to the public throughout the week? You’ll find it in the South Stand where you can take advantage of the multiple screens showing both Sky Sports and BT Sport. They’ve also got a pool table, darts board and table football if you fancy a game too, and you can tuck into their menu of British pub classics while watching the game.
Billy’s Bar, Elland Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 0ES.
Shenanigans, formerly O’Neills, is a no-frills pub with a bustling atmosphere which lives up to its Irish theme. It’s well known for its live sports – you’ll find TVs in all four corners of the venue, including a big screen hanging from the ceiling, and they always have the big game on, whether it’s football or rugby. Couple that with a decent range of beers behind the bar, including Guinness of course, and a menu of pub grub, for a leisurely afternoon of sport.
Shenanigans, 26 Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3DL.Feature image © Copyright Leeds-List 2018 by Contakt Photography.