Treat yourself to a Sunday afternoon on the town with this pub crawl around seven of Leeds’ best bars.
Ah, Sundays – the day of rest. That doesn’t mean staying in the house and doing absolutely nothing though. You can spend an equally relaxing day cosying up in some of Leeds’ best bars and pubs, treating yourself to a Sunday roast without the cooking, playing board games and maybe even entering a pub quiz – it’s what Sundays were made for.
Where better to begin than at one of the oldest pubs in Leeds city centre? Whitelock’s is a local favourite and it’s easy to see why – it’s a throwback to a past generation. Its traditional charm isn’t the only reason to start here though, they’re also home to one of the best roasts in the city. Pick from beef, pork, chicken, lamb or a roasted nut & herb loaf served with all the trimmings, washed down with a pint of brilliant local ale. Sunday just got off to a winner.
Whitelock’s, Turk’s Head Yard, Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HB.
Take a wander down Briggate and then The Calls before coming to Aire Bar for a pint by the riverside. Their balcony overlooks the River Aire, but if it’s too cold to go outside, you can easily cosy up on their leather couches inside. They also have a pool table if you fancy a game, and show live sports on big screens. Couple all that with a slew of local beers, and a range of spirits, and you’re all set for an extended Sunday pitstop.
Aire Bar, 32 The Calls, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7EW.
Crowd of Favours
Order a pint of real ale at the bar, maybe a roast too if you haven’t eaten, and head downstairs – because Sundays at Crowd of Favours are all about live music. Speak Easy starts at 2pm and brings in a slew of local musicians, so you can sit back and enjoy the show on their cosy couches. It’s the perfect way to while away the afternoon with a pint in hand.
Crowd of Favours, Harper Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7EA.
Outlaws Yacht Club
At this point you might be glad to learn you don’t have too far to go to your next stop. Outlaws Yacht Club is just around the corner, and it’s made for Sundays. Long couches around the perimeter are perfect for kicking back on, and you won’t be short of things to do while you’re taking advantage of their craft beers and rare spirits. They’ve got oodles of board games, from Connect 4 to Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit and Battleship that will see time fly by.
Outlaws Yacht Club, 38 New York Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7DY.
Okay, since the last one was quite close, the next one is a bit of a walk, but North Bar is always worth the extra effort. Especially at the end of the week, for their Recovery Sundays, which will see you delve into the ultimate craft beer offering, or even better, forego it in favour of one of their 7 celebrated Bloody Marys. They also do you a deal if you get one with a toastie or their Belgian waffles with all the trimmings.
North Bar, 24 New Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6NU.
Belgrave Music Hall
If you can peel yourself away from the Bloody Marys, it’s only a quick walk up to Belgrave Music Hall where there are three floors of fun to make the most of on Sunday afternoons. Downstairs there’s an incredibly well-stocked bar of ales, craft beers and spirits, which is sandwiched between Dough Boys and Patty Smith’s if the Sunday lunch has worn off. They sometimes couple that with film screenings or special themed quizzes on the first floor, while the roof terrace is worth visiting if the temperatures are up.
Belgrave Music Hall, 1-1a Cross Belgrave Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JP.
The last stop on our Sunday pub crawl is just down the road on North Street at The Reliance. It’s an informal pub filled with rustic charm and it has an almighty offering, from quality craft beers to charcuterie boards and British classics if you’re hungry. Sundays, however, are important for another reason – their famous pub quiz. It starts at 8pm, is free to enter and there are plenty of prizes to be won.
The Reliance, 76-78 North Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7PN.