Hop from one bar to the next with this beer garden pub crawl and make the most of the summer sun.
This is the ultimate beer garden pub crawl. It’ll take you from the Northern Quarter down to the South Bank, stopping at 10 of the city’s best beer gardens along the way. From rooftop bars tucked away from the streets below to pubs nestled on the waterfront, each has its own unique charm. As you move from one to the next, you can sup on real ales, vino or cocktails and line your stomach with tasty fodder. Round up a group and get cracking.
Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen
Our beer garden pub crawl kicks off at Belgrave Music Hall, where you’ll find one of the city’s most popular rooftop bars. It’s a mish-mash of plants, decking and astroturf, dotted with brightly coloured umbrellas and bunting. After you’ve chosen your craft ale, couple it with a slice of Dough Boys pizza or a Patty Smith’s burger and head up to the roof to catch some rays in one of the city’s best sun-traps.
Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen, 1A Cross Belgrave Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JP.
Just down the road, you’ll find Parkside Tavern and it has a cracking beer garden. They have a raised decking area with a leafy view over Merrion Gardens and secluded terrace to pick up the overflow. But what will be your tipple of choice? They offer 16 different beers, including local brews by Ilkley and Saltaire Brewery. Prefer cocktails? Don’t miss their two for £12 deal. And if you’re peckish, they do a selection of flatbread pizzas.
Parkside Tavern, St John’s House, Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS2 8JE.
From here, take the five minute stroll down to Headrow House, a four-storey pub with an outdoor terrace spread across two levels. You’ll step out into a world of steel tables, cosy benches and neon signs, but venture upstairs to Kennedy Meadows for astroturf and unimpeded views. As for drinks, you can choose from a vast array of craft beers in the ground floor beer hall or pick up a cocktail from Redondo Beach, their rooftop cocktail bar.
Headrow House, Bramleys Yard, 19 The Headrow, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PU.
Lamb and Flag
Lamb and Flag is up next and you can get there in less than 10 minutes. Their famous courtyard is the place to go on sunny days – not only can you enjoy the summer weather, but you can also look out over Leeds Minster while you sup your beer. They have a terrace upstairs too, if you want a change of scenery. They pride themselves on serving a full range of Leeds Brewery beers, alongside a mix of spirits, wines and soft drinks.
Lamb and Flag, 1 Church Row, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7HD.
Next up is Calls Landing and it’s just a hop, skip and a jump away. Head for the waterfront and make the most of their south-facing terrace next to the River Aire. They have an envious and ever-changing selection of real ale on the bar, so pile inside and pick your first pint – but remember to leave someone outside to snag a table as soon as it becomes available. Hungry? They have cheese boards perfect for sharing, but the more adventurous among you will surely want to try the oysters.
Calls Landing, 36-38 The Calls, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7EW.
Cross the river to reach The Tetley, a pub-cum-gallery with a humungous outdoor space. They have a small courtyard where you can relax, but on sunny days, the fun spills out onto the opposite field. You can honour the venue with a pint of Tetley’s or choose from a selection of draught beers, wines or spirits. Kick back and relax, with the iconic building as a backdrop.
The Tetley, Hunslet Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1JQ.
Water Lane Boathouse
Time to head back to the riverfront with a trip to Water Lane Boathouse. Nestled on the Leeds Liverpool Canal, it has one of the best beer gardens in Leeds. Not only does it boast cracking views, but it also has loads of seating, so everyone can squeeze in. Drinks-wise, you’re looking at a hefty collection of craft beer and a dedicated gin menu – couple it with a sourdough pizza or a club sarnie from Small Victories.
Water Lane Boathouse, Water Lane, Canal Wharf, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 5PS.
The Midnight Bell
Head down Water Lane to seek out The Midnight Bell. Tucked away around the back, in the maze of Holbeck Urban Village, their beer garden feels a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. They’ve got plenty of tables and a cheeky hatch to shortcut your trip to the bar. You’ll find Leeds Brewery’s finest here, including Leeds Pale and Midnight Bell, alongside guest ales and ciders. Not into beer? Go for wine or spirits instead.
The Midnight Bell, 101 Water Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 5QN.
The Cross Keys
Mere steps away is The Cross Keys. This cosy country-style inn doubles as an equally charming summer venue thanks to its hidden outdoor area. This quiet, enclosed space is decked out in traditional picnic tables, with umbrellas if you want to escape the midday sun. At the bar, they have a dedicated North Brewing Co. pump alongside loads of bottled, cask and keg beers. Feel like a change? Cast your eye over their craft gins and wines.
The Cross Keys, 107 Water Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 5WD.
Finally, head round the corner to Northern Monk. Out the front, you’ll pass their verdant beer garden, where plants add a pop of colour. It’s a great little sun trap and the perfect choice for your final pint of the night (assuming you made it this far). They brew their beers on-site and The Refectory is kitted out with 16 keg lines, 2 cask lines and fridges filled to the brim with cans, so you’ll never run out of options.
Northern Monk, The Old Flax Store, Marshall Street, Saw Mill Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 9YJ.Cover image credit: Helena Dolby