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. Bottoms up!
Ah, North Bar – this is Leeds’ ultimate craft beer bar. They’ve been educating the city on good beers for over 20 years and that shows no sign of changing. 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. blonde ale, Vanishing Point, will set you back just £3.70, which is an absolute steal for a pint of top quality craft beer.
North Bar, 24 New Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6NU.
The Dry Dock
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 £3.25 all week long, 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 for less than £4, or just £3.50 on Thursdays.
The Dry Dock, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 3AX.
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 Carlsberg is the cheapest at just £3.50, but you can also bag one of their ever-changing cask ales for around £3.50 depending on what’s on the pumps – expect to see the likes of Ilkley or Kirkstall on the taps.
The Social, 21 Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JE.
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 pint of their house Fenton lager for £3, or for the same price, you can try Tetley’s or The Fenton Bitter – it’s their own special beer brewed with Ridgeside Brewery.
The Fenton, 161-165 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 3ED.
The lovely, oft-forgotten Eagle Tavern – 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 and Double Four for little over £2, but that’s not actually the cheapest – their Light Mild comes in pennies under that magic £2 mark. We’ll have two, barkeep, thank you very much!
Eagle Tavern, 122 North Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 1AF.
The search for a cheap pint in Leeds isn’t always a straightforward one, but the Parkside Tavern makes it easier. This Merrion Street watering hole is a popular spot for pool, darts and live sport, so you can get your game on while you sup for less. Their cask ales land at around £4 throughout the week, which is competitive enough in Leeds city centre, but visit on a Wednesday and you can get them for just £2.50.
Parkside Tavern, Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JE.
The Pack Horse
If you like your pubs old and your beers cold, The Pack Horse is ready and waiting. This city centre boozer dates back to the 17th century, and although the prices aren’t what they used to be you can enjoy a gosh-darned good pint for a pauper’s price. John Smith’s is just £3, Carling and Fosters are £3.65, but it’s their cask offering that will please your pockets – Doom Bar is a change-giving £2.45, with rotating ales starting from the same.
The Pack Horse, Pack Horse Yard, Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6AT.
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 £1.69 or you can get Bud Light lager for £2.69 and Doom Bar or other local cask for £2.39.
Hedley Verity, 43a Woodhouse Lane, LS1 3HQ, Becketts Bank, 28-30 Park Row, Leeds Yorkshire, LS1 5HU, Stick or Twist, 16 Merrion Way, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8PT, The Cuthbert Brodrick, 99 Portland Crescent, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 3AD.
The Angel Inn
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 pennies over £2, as will their Double Four lager, which 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.Cover image © Copyright Leeds-List 2022 by Joseph Sheerin. All prices correct at the time of publishing.