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The Search for a Cheap Pint in Leeds

· Joseph Sheerin · Food and Drink

Change from a fiver for a pint? You betcha.

The Angel

These city centre pubs will pour you out a quality pint for a bargain price.

It’s a search that seems tougher than finding a needle in a haystack, but believe it or not, you can get a cheap pint in Leeds city centre. And to prove it, we’ve rounded up the best bargain boozers in the city for when you want to get change back from a fiver for a pint – heck, you might even be able to squeeze two pints out of that one note.

The Hop

The Hop

If you like Ossett Brewery beers, head to The Hop. You’ll get them for a snip here because it’s one of their own pubs – they have all their main ales on offer and you’ll like the price. It’s just £3.40 for Yorkshire Blonde or Yorkshire Brunette, while the likes of Silver King is £3.55 and Excelsior is £3.80. Prefer lager? They do a pint of Carlsberg for £3.80 and Coors for £4.10.

The Hop, The Dark Arches, Dark Neville Street, Granary Wharf, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4BR.

North Bar

North Bar

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Ah, North Bar – this is Leeds’ ultimate craft beer bar. They’ve been educating the city on good beers for over 20 years. It’s probably not the first place you think of when you’re looking for cheap beers, but they’ll surprise you – their North Brewing Co. pale ale, NB20, will set you back just £3.60, which is an absolute steal for a pint for top quality craft beer.

North Bar, 24 New Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6NU.

Strawberry Fields

If you’ve ever done The Otley Run, you’ll have passed through Strawbs. This Beatles-loving bar is rather unusual with giant strawberries adorning the walls, but it guarantees you a warm welcome and a couple of decently priced beers. You can get a range of lagers, from a pint of Carlsberg to a bottle of Peroni or Corona for £3.50. Into your cider? Go for a pint of Magners for the exact same price.

Strawberry Fields, 159 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 3ED.

The Angel Inn

The Angel

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The Angel Inn is a no brainer if you’re looking for a cheap pint in Leeds. This Samuel Smith’s pub is a little gem, tucked away in an alley off Briggate – expect a chilled out vibe and a vibrant atmosphere. Believe it or not, you’ll get change out of a fiver for two pints here – a pint of Sovereign Bitter will set you back just £2.04 and the Double Four lager is only £2.08. Want something else? The rest of their offering isn’t much more.

The Angel Inn, 1 Angel Inn Yard, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LN.

Mr Foley’s

Mr Foley's

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Mr Foley’s is an impressive place to enjoy a cheap pint in Leeds. It’s in a grade-II listed building and has a cosy, traditional feel about it. This is a York Brewery pub, and they do a selection of their beers for just £3 between Monday and Thursday, which is a nice discount on the usual price of £3.55, although that won’t break the bank too much either. You can look forward to tipples like Guzzler, Knuckle Dragger and Centurion’s Ghost.

Mr Foley’s, 159 The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5RG.

The Dry Dock

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The Dry Dock is one of Leeds’ most famous pubs – it’s a boat on a strip of grass at the top of the city centre. But it’s also worth visiting if you fancy a cheap pint. Sit below deck and sup on a pint of Carlsberg for just £3.10, or if the sun’s out take it up the top deck and bask in the rays. If ale’s more your thing, they have an ever-changing selection of ales for £3.60.

The Dry Dock, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 3AX.

The Social

The Social

The Social is a popular haunt, with a cool, laid-back atmosphere and a busy beer garden on sunny days. They do some very good beer, which you can enjoy at a very good price. Their own Session Lager is the cheapest at just £3, but you can also bag one of their ever-changing real ales for less than £3.50 – expect to see the likes of Ilkley or Kirkstall on the taps.

The Social, 21 Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JE.

The Fenton

The Fenton, Leeds

Bargain hunters should make a beeline for The Fenton. You’ll get an amazing deal on pints in this classic pub, which is just as popular with students from the nearby universities, as it is with the older crowd. You can sit back and sup a Carlsberg for £2.10, or for the same price, you can try The Fenton Pale Ale – it’s their own special beer brewed with Ridgeside Brewery.

The Fenton, 161-165 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 3ED.

The George

The George

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The George is an old school boozer that doesn’t get the attention it deserves. It’s off the beaten path, but seek it out and you’ll find a traditional pub where you can easily while away the hours over a few pints. Throughout the week you can bag a pint of John Smith’s bitter for just £2.50, while the cheapest pint of lager they do is Carling for £3.50.

The George, 67-69 George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3BB.

The Duncan

The Duncan, Sam Smith's

The good ol’ Duncan – this is a popular haunt for locals with a lively atmosphere and a proper Yorkshire feel. It’s a Samuel Smith’s pub, so you’re in luck if you like value-for-money beers. You can enjoy a pint of Sovereign for £2 and Double Four for £2.08, but that’s not actually the cheapest – their Light Mild comes in at no more than £1.50.

The Duncan, 22 Duncan Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DL.


Devil's Backbone at Wetherspoon's

We couldn’t talk about cheap pints, without mentioning Wetherspoon’s could we? Whichever you choose you can expect a bustling atmosphere throughout the day, and it’s no surprise when you consider the prices. Each of their Leeds pubs have slightly different prices, so let’s take the Hedley Verity for example. A pint of Ruddles Best is just £2.15 or you can get Bud Light lager for £2.59 and the Shipyard Pale Ale for £2.75.

Hedley Verity, 43a Woodhouse Lane, LS1 3HQ, Becketts Bank, 28-30 Park Row, LS1 5HU, Stick or Twist, The Podium, LS2 8PD, The Cuthbert Brodrick, 99 Portland Crescent, LS2 3AD, Wetherspoons Train Station, North Concourse, Leeds Station, LS1 4DY.

Cover image © Copyright Leeds-List 2018 by Joseph Sheerin. All prices correct at the time of publishing.