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The Best Sports Bars in Leeds

· Joseph Sheerin · Food and Drink

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There’s nothing quite like heading down to the pub and watching the game with a beer in hand, so we’ve rounded up the best sports bars in Leeds to help you do it. Whether you’re heading out for the Premier League, finding somewhere for the Six Nations or settling in for Fight Night, you can catch all the action. But, a word of warning, space is limited, especially at the moment, so we highly recommend booking in advance.

BOX Leeds City Centre

BOX, Leeds city centre

There’s no doubt that BOX is one of the best sports bars in Leeds. You can watch all the Premier, Champions and Europa League matches here, but that’s just that start. With 18 HD screens streaming Sky, BT and Box Office, they show everything from boxing to UFC, rugby and cricket. In between games, you can play shuffleboard and stock up on tank-fresh Budvar – they even do 2-for-1 cocktails Sunday to Thursday. Hungry? Check out the new menu. Their pizzas are smothered in San Marzano tomatoes and fior di latte mozzarella, then flash cooked for 90 seconds. Try the All Day Breakfast! Or why not get a burger? Hand-formed British beef patties, fillet of fish or 100% vegan Beyond Burger – you decide.

BOX Leeds City Centre, 15 Infirmary Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2JS.

Live Bar

Live Bar World Cup

Live Bar is home to one of the biggest screens in Leeds. It’s 32-foot wide, made up of 21 55-inch interconnecting screens and right in the centre of the bar. The result? You can see every flick of a boot and flash of a red card. From Sky to BT Sports, At the Races and Box Office, they have all the channels you could want. If there’s football on, they’ll show it, and the same goes for everything from rugby to horse racing. It’s open 24 hours a day, so you can catch all the late-night and American sports like boxing, UFC and NFL. At the bar, you can choose from craft beer, cocktails and wine. You can even order a bite to eat, with a menu of British classics and Asian-inspired treats served from V Restaurant next door.

Live Bar, Victoria Gate Casino, Victoria Gate, Eastgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7JL.

The Brotherhood of Pursuits & Pastimes

Brotherhood of Pursuits and Pastimes, Leeds

HD screens, everywhere you look. Above the bar, upstairs, by the entrance – you never have to miss a kick. They show all the live football on Sky and BT, as well as favourites like cricket and rugby. But what sets them apart is the fact that they play NFL, WWE and UFC. You can even watch multiple events at once if there are clashes. Craft beer, real ale and an endless selection of spirits will quench your thirst. Hungry? You can get a right good feed from their menu of American bar classics – we’re talking burgers, sarnies and hot dogs. If you want to make a proper day of it, why not book a booth with your pals?

The Brotherhood of Pursuits and Pastimes, 54 New Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6NU.

Brudenell Social Club

Brudenell Social Club, Sports Bars in Leeds

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It might be famous for live music, but Brudenell Social Club is just as good for live sports. They have four flat screen TVs in the bar and pool room, showing football, rugby and NFL games. But if it’s a major sporting event, like a Leeds United game or a cup final, they’ll put it on the big screen in the main gig room, assuming there isn’t a show on. If the weather’s good, they’ve got an outdoor screen in the car park, so you can still enjoy the sunshine while the game is on. As you watch, make the most of their impressive selection of craft beer and real ale. Hungry? They serve Pieminister pies until 9pm daily.

Brudenell Social Club, 33 Queens Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1NY.

BOX Headingley

The Box

If you want to watch live sport in Headingley, make a beeline for BOX. They show all the games on Sky and BT. But it’s not just football. From rugby to cricket, horse racing and Formula 1, you’ll never miss a minute of the action. Clashes need not be a problem, because they’ll play both events simultaneously. While you’re there, you can sup draught beers or go for one of their oh-so-tasty cocktails. They have a new menu too. Ever tried a Katsu Chicken Pizza? Now’s your chance! Want to turn up the heat? Order the Green Chilli Burger and watch as they load spicy chilli onto two juicy beef patties. Keeping it meat-free? Try the Hoisin Vegan ‘Duck’ or their 100% plant-based Oumph! Vegan Kebab.

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

Roxy Lanes

Roxy Lanes

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Roxy Lanes is more than just a bowling alley – it’s a fully-fledged sports bar, so you can watch all the big football, rugby and cricket matches on Sky and BT. They have six 60-inch HD TVs, two 3-metre bowling projection screens and a private screen above every bowling lane. It’s a hit for late-night sports like boxing, WWE and UFC, for which they host special watching parties. Want to bag a booth in advance? You can beat the crowds and choose the channel for yourself. While you’re there, enjoy craft beer and cocktails, paired with loaded burgers, massive pizzas and sticky wings.

Roxy Lanes, Bond Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5BQ.

Toast

Toast Bar

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Nestled in the city’s business district, Toast is a great find for sports fans. It’s only small, but with TVs in every corner and two projection screens reserved for big games, you’ll never miss a minute of the action. Football’s the go-to here, on both Sky and BT, but you can catch everything from rugby to cricket, Formula 1 and boxing. Want the latest updates? They show Sky Sports News all day between live events. And to wet your whistle? Head to the bar and choose from an impressive line-up of lager, craft beer and cocktails. Hungry like the wolf? They serve burgers, pizzas and pasta all day long.

Toast, Unit C, West Point, Wellington Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4JY.

The Pit

Popcorn Chicken, The Box and The Pit

The Pit is the go-to sports bar in Chapel Allerton. You can watch Champions, Europa and Premier League football on picture-perfect HD screens. But that’s not all. Boxing, cricket, NBA – you name it, they show it. Draught beer is the order of the day, with signature cocktails and aromatic G&Ts keeping things interesting. Hungry? Their new menu is a must-try. You can get small plates to share, like popcorn chicken, cheesy dough balls and buffalo chicken wings. Want to go solo? There are loaded fries, kebabs and sandwiches, but their burgers steal the show. Try The Pitster. It stacks two hand-formed beef patties on a brioche bun with smoked pancetta, diced onions and more.

The Pit, 8 Steinbeck Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 3QY.

Walkabout

Walkabout

Walkabout is one of the best sports bars in Leeds. Wherever you’re sat in this Aussie-inspired watering hole, you can watch the game on one of their HD screens. They have BT, Sky and Premier Sports, which means you can choose from a wondrous selection of sports, whatever tickles your fancy. And if the game you’re looking for isn’t playing, just ask and they’ll switch the channel. Want to beat the crowds? Book ahead and bag a booth with your own built-in TV. Draught lagers and classic cocktails are the order of the day here. You can pair yours with a menu of loaded burgers and unusual mains like their Aussie twist on the Italian classic, the Parmi.

Walkabout, 43 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3HQ.

The Beck & Call

The Beck & Call

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The Beck & Call is a sports-loving pub in the heart of Meanwood from the folk behind Belgrave Music Hall and Headrow House. This family-friendly local has a huge projector screen in the Tap Room where they show all the live football, cricket and rugby on Sky Sports and BT Sports. But that’s just the beginning. They have HD screens dotted around the pub, so you’re never far from the action. The menu is outstanding – you can line your stomach with pub classics done well. You can’t go wrong with the giant honey-glazed ham hock. Thirsty? Choose from an impressive selection of real ale and craft beer or go for one of their classic cocktails.

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

Aire Bar

Aire Bar

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With HD screens in every corner and cracking views across the river, Aire Bar is a picturesque spot catch the match. They play Sky and BT Sports simultaneously, so you can get your fix of Champions, Europa or Premier League football. But that’s not all – cricket, rugby, Formula 1, you name it, they show it. You can even book ahead to get a prime spot in front of the TV. Local ales rule the roost here, but they have plenty of wines and spirits if you fancy something different. The food menu comes in the form of Yorkshire Burgaires – think juicy patties loaded with toppings, fries smothered in goodies and massive hot dogs, served all day long.

Aire Bar, Sparrows Wharf, 32 The Calls, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7EW.

The Griffin

The Griffin Leeds

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An old school pub in the heart of the city, The Griffin is one of the best sports bars in Leeds. There are HD screens everywhere you look, so you can see all the action from no matter where you’re sat, but they also have a massive projector screen by the bar playing the biggest live events of the day. Sky, BT and Box Office, they have them all, so whether you want to watch the football, rugby or boxing, you’re in safe hands. They have real ale, wine and cocktails on-hand to cheers the win or commiserate the loss. If you fancy a bite to eat, their menu of pub classics is a sure-fire hit, from pie and mash to loaded burgers.

The Griffin, 31 Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5DF.

Wapentake

Wapentake

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Tucked upstairs on the first floor, Wapentake has created a haven for sports-addicts. Their HD screens show Sky and BT Sport all day, so you can catch every minute of the Premier, Champions and Europa League or settle in for the big rugby, cricket and golf tournaments. Downstairs, the bar celebrates all things Yorkshire, so whether you fancy real ales, locally-made spirits or classic cocktails, you’re in for a treat. If you get peckish, they have a menu of good old-fashioned snacks that will tide you over. Think crisp butties, filled Yorkshire puddings and loaded potato wedges.

Wapentake, 92 Kirkgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7DJ.

The Original Oak

The Original Oak

The Original Oak is an iconic Headingley pub with HD screens in every room. They show all the major games on Sky and BT Sports. Football, cricket and rugby take the fore, but you can catch NFL and NBA games if they’re on during opening hours. Want ‘em to change the channel? Just ask, they’re nothing if not accommodating. The real crowd pleaser here is the beer garden. On sunny days, you can head outside and watch the biggest games on their huge HD screen. It gets busy, so get down there early to bag a seat. The bar is best for beer, but they have a hearty selection of wine and spirits too. They also have a menu of pub classics if you get hungry.

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

Shenanigans

Shenanigans

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A classic Irish pub with a passion for live sport, Shenanigans is a great shout for rugby fanatics. It’s got a bustling atmosphere, particularly when major events are on, and you can rest assured that they’re as obsessed with rugby as you are. Of course, it’s not just rugby. They show Sky and BT Sports on multiple HD screens, so you can also catch everything from football to cricket, golf and NFL. For big matches, like the Six Nations, they bring out the projector screen. This is a no frills pub, so you can choose from a selection of draught beer, spirits and wine. Couple your drinks with a menu of classic pub grub, with everything from burgers to sandwiches.

Shenanigans, 26 Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3DL.

Union Square

Union Square

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This New York-inspired bar has sports on the brain. They show Sky and BT on HD screens across two floors, so it’s the perfect place to watch the footie. Prefer rugby, cricket or NFL? They show them all and more. Head to the bar to stock up on craft beer, cocktails and wine before kick off. Peckish? They serve a menu of epic New York-style pizzas that are tasty as they are messy – big portions, made for sharing, mean it’s worth rounding up your mates. If you want to go all out, take advantage of their Sports Bottomless offer, which gets you a sharing platter, a main and free-flow drinks during games for £25 each.

Union Square, 19 Merrion Way, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8NG.

Mr Schnapps Sports Bar

Beer, ale

Mr Schnapps shows just about every sport under the sun. This football-loving watering hole has HD screens spread across two floors. Sky, BT, Premier Sports and Box Office – they have it all. Whether it’s English or European football, major competitions or minor leagues, they’ll have it on. But it’s not just football. Golf, NHL, Speedway, snooker, darts, it’s all fair game. When you’re not watching the match, you can make the most of the pool and foosball tables. With beer on draught, cocktail shakers at the ready and a fridge full of wine, there’s something for just about everyone here.

Mr Schnapps Sports Bar, 619-621 Roundhay Road, Oakwood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 4AR.