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The Waterfront Pub Walk

· Joseph Sheerin · Food and Drink

The Leeds waterfront provides the perfect setting for the ultimate summer pub crawl.

Candle Bar

Make the most of the sunshine by taking a stroll along the waterfront, stopping off at some ace bars along the way.

A walk along the waterfront is a great way to spend a day – but why not take it to the next level? That’s right, we’re talking pub stops, and enough of them to turn your waterfront walk into a mini pub crawl. You’ll still get to stretch your legs, from Kirkstall to the city centre, but you’ll be rewarded for your hard work at six waterfront boozers.

Kirkstall Bridge Inn

Kirkstall Bridge Inn

Let’s start just north west of the city centre at the Kirkstall Bridge Inn. Owned by the suburb’s finest brewery, it has a cracking riverside spot, with a huge beer garden that looks out across the River Aire. Inside you’ll find a traditional boozer, that’s all mahogany furnishings and old school decor, with a bar that’s well stocked with Kirkstall favourites like Dissolution IPA and Three Swords. Take yours outside to enjoy the sunshine as the river rolls by.

Kirkstall Bridge Inn, 12 Bridge Road, Kirkstall, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS5 3BW.

Candlebar

Candle House

From here, cross the bridge and make your way to the Leeds-Liverpool Canal footpath. You’ve got a bit of a walk ahead of you – it’s 30 minutes to Granary Wharf, where you’ll find another brewery owned bar. This time it’s Candlebar, and it comes from the folk behind Ossett Brewery. You’ll find it in Candle House. It’s perfectly situated next to the water, with outdoor seating where you can enjoy their exceptional selection of wine, with beer to match. You can even line your stomach here, because Sheffield-favourite Edo Sushi are now dishing up a menu of Japanese street food.

Candlebar, Candle House, Granary Wharf, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4GJ.

Water Lane Boathouse

Water Lane Boathouse

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Your next stop is a mere hop, skip and a jump away – because Water Lane Boathouse is just across the river. The folk behind Belgrave and Headrow House have transformed the old Pour House into a trendy waterfront bar with exposed brick work and minimalist furnishings. It’s all about craft beer and artisan gins here, all of which will go down a storm in their huge beer garden. Not eaten yet? Go alfresco with pizzas, salads and sarnies from Small Victories.

Water Lane Boathouse, Water Lane, Canal Wharf, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 5PS.

Oracle

Your next stop is Oracle at Brewery Wharf so head over the River Aire, along Sovereign Street and the cut through to the waterfront path by Brasserie Blanc all the way along to Leeds Bridge where you’ll cross onto Dock Street. Oracle is a lively venue, with a bustling atmosphere – and it’s never better than when the sun comes out. There’s plenty of space out on their huge patio, which looks out over the River Aire. Enjoy a pint of beer, a bottle of prosecco or one of their specialist cocktails – and if you’re getting the six drink nibbles, they’ve got Italian street food from Bocca to keep you going.

Oracle, 3 Brewery Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1NE.

Calls Landing

Calls Landing Beer Garden

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From Oracle it’s just a short walk across Centenary Bridge and onto The Calls for bar number five. Calls Landing’s reputation precedes it. This is one of the best waterfront bars Leeds has to offer. They’ve got great craft beers and cask ales on tap, as well as loads of bottled favourites from around the world, which will go down a treat as the sun shines over their beer garden. These are front row seats across the water, and if you get hungry, there’s a selection of stews, oysters and cheeseboards to pick from.

Calls Landing, 36-38 The Calls, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7EW.

Aire Bar

Aire Bar, Leeds

To get to the final bar, it’s a quick walk just a few doors down The Calls to Aire Bar. Step down into the historic arches of the former warehouse where you’ll find a jam-packed bar full of local real ales and all the spirits you could want. If you can drag yourself away from the live sports and pool tables inside, take a pew on their overhanging balcony which gives you a great view of the River Aire, hence the name.

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