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Where to Watch the Football in Leeds

· Joseph Sheerin · Food and Drink

Here they are, the best pubs, bars and outdoor spaces to watch the football in Leeds.

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Looking for the perfect spot to watch the big match in Leeds? We’ve rounded them up, all in one place…

Leeds has a slew of pubs, bars and outdoor spaces where you can watch the football. From the Premier and Football Leagues to European and international games, you can catch every big match that’s live on the telly. Throw in quality food and booze, and you’ve got every base covered. So, next time you don’t know where to go for the game, check out one of these tried and tested venues.

All the games, all the time

Whatever day of the week your team is on, you can watch them live at these pubs and bars.

The Brotherhood of Pursuits and Pastimes

Brotherhood of Pursuits and Pastimes, Leeds

With screens pretty much everywhere you look, The Brotherhood of Pursuits and Pastimes has made a name for itself as one of the best places to watch football in Leeds. They have all the channels from Sky and BT, so you’ll never miss a game. They also screen the big international games and tournaments. While you’re watching, you can treat yourself to a slew of beers on the bar and one of their cracking pies from the kitchen.

The Brotherhood of Pursuits and Pastimes, 54 New Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6NU.

Shooters

Shooters Sports Bar in Leeds

Shooters on Park Row is the perfect place to catch the match. They show everything from the Premier and Football League to the World Cup and European Championships. If there’s a game on the telly, chances are they’re showing it – and if you can’t see the one you’re after, just ask them to put it on. Speaking of which, it’s jam-packed with world beers, which will go well with one of their burgers, pizzas or hot dogs. Going all out? Book a table with a medley of beer and food from just a tenner.

Shooters, 123 The Headrow, West Yorkshire, LS1 5RD.

Toast

Toast

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Wondering where you can watch the football after work in Leeds? Toast is a great shout. Over in the business district, they show any and every game on Sky and BT with TVs in every corner. If the game is of particular importance, they might even bring out their two big screen projectors. All that action will go down well with their local real ales, world beers and cocktails – or why not treat yourself to a bite to eat? They serve up everything from steaks to burgers, pizzas and sandwiches.

Toast, Unit C, West Point, Wellington Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4JY.

O’Neill’s

O'Neills

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Famous Irish bar O’Neill’s is a great choice if you’re looking for a pub to watch the football in. Their tellies always have Sky or BT Sport on, so if there’s a live game on the box, you’ll find it here. They also pledge to show every game of international tournaments live too. Alongside a range of beers, including Guinness, they have a menu of hearty grub, which means there’s plenty to keep you fed and watered as you cheer on your favourite team.

O’Neills, 26 Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3DL.

The Griffin

The Griffin Leeds

Slap bang in the middle of Leeds city centre, The Griffin is the ideal pub to watch the football in. There are screens in every part of it, so wherever you are, you’ll always be able to see the game. They’ve got plenty of real ales and a menu of British classics to keep you going while the match is on. If there are a good few of you looking to make a day of it, you can even book their function room with booze and food to boot.

The Griffin, 31 Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5DF.

Wapentake

Wapentake Leeds

It’s probably not the first bar you’ll think of when it comes to finding a place to watch the football, but Wapentake is a well kept, footy-loving secret. Grab a local ale downstairs before you head upstairs to catch the game. The first floor is home to multiple screens showing whatever Sky Sports and BT Sport have on live, so it’s the perfect venue for Premier League, FA Cup and European football.

Wapentake, 92 Kirkgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7DJ.

The Box

The Box Sports Bars in Leeds

Headingley’s do-it-all venue, The Box loves a bit of live football, and they have the big screens to show it. They’ve got all the channels you need, whether it’s on Sky, BT or terrestrial. The Box goes all out for big events like Premier League, FA Cup and European competitions with special food and drink offers, as well as the chance the book a table for you and your mates with a package – expect a slew of beers, pizzas and burgers to keep you going for the full 90 minutes.

The Box, 8 Otley Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2AD.

The Original Oak

The Original Oak might look like just another old school pub in Headingley, but for the big games, especially Super Sunday, Champions League and international ties, they’ve got a secret weapon – their huge beer garden. That’s right, you can sit outside as they play the biggest matches on their big screen. If you prefer though, you can grab a pint, order some pub grub and stay indoors with each of the Oak’s many rooms decorated with football-obsessed TVs.

The Original Oak, 2 Otley Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2DG.

Live Bar

The latest football bar to arrive in Leeds is Live Bar. They have 12 HD screens above an eye-catching circular bar, so you’ll get to see all the goals fly in, even when you’re getting a drink. That’s not even the best bit though – their main screen is the biggest in Leeds. It’s 32 foot wide and made up of 21 55-inch screens, so you won’t get a better view anywhere else. It can be split to show multiple games too, so you can watch the big Premier League clash at the same time as The Championship. No matter the game or the channel, Live Bar will have you sorted.

Live Bar, Victoria Gate Casino, Victoria Gate, Eastgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7JL.

Brudenell Social Club

Brudenell Social Club, Sports Bars in Leeds

The Brudenell loves its football almost as much as its music, and they’ve always got Sky Sports and BT Sport on for live matches in the Bar and Games Room. They sometimes put special games on the big screen in the gig room too, like cup finals and England games. Grab a local ale, tuck into a Pieminister tea and take in all the action.

Brudenell Social Club, 33 Queen’s Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1NY.

Aire Bar

Aire Bar, Leeds

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Aire Bar has long been one of the best pubs to watch football in Leeds, with screens dotted all over the venue. They have both Sky Sports and BT Sport, so you’ll be able to see everything from the Premier League to La Liga, and everything in between, particularly international football. They have a slew of local ales and craft beers to get you through the game, with The Yorkshire Burgaire Company there to help you soak it all up. You can also book ahead with big groups, and get treated to table service.

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

Billy’s Bar

Billy's Bar, Elland Road, Leeds United

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Although it’s at Elland Road, Billy’s Bar isn’t just for Leeds United fans to watch the Whites play when they’re on the telly. Named after United legend Billy Bremner, it’s open throughout the week in the South Stand, with loads of screens showing both Sky Sports and BT Sport. It’s not your usual city centre sports bar, but it’s got decent beer, a lively atmosphere and all the footy you could want to watch. There’s even a pool table, darts board and a menu of pub grub classics.

Billy’s Bar, Elland Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 0ES.

Special venues for special games

These Leeds venues don’t have the game on week in, week out, but when the big international tournaments come around, whether it’s the World Cup or the European Championships, they have a special atmosphere that makes the Home Nations worth watching.

O2 Academy Leeds

O2 Academy Leeds

O2 Academy Leeds don’t show every match, but it’s certainly one of the best places in Leeds to watch the big England games. It’s home to one of the biggest screens in Leeds, so you can follow the Three Lions all the way to glory (or despair) by taking a seat on their balcony and cheering them on.

O2 Academy Leeds, 55 Cookridge Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 3AW.

Millennium Square

Football Millennium Square

Whether it’s the World Cup or the European Championships, Millennium Square comes alive when there’s a big international tournament on. It’s worth checking ahead because they work around their event calendar, but they aim to show all of England’s big matches, so you can catch most of the game out in the sunshine, with an incredible atmosphere.

Millennium Square, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 3AD.

The Faversham

The Faversham is best known for its clubnights, but they’re more than happy to get in on the live football action too, at least when it comes to the big international tournaments. As long as England games don’t clash with one of their normal events, they show the games live, with special drinks offers to boot.

The Faversham, 1-5 Springfield Mount, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 9NG.

Belgrave Music Hall

Belgrave Feast

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Belgrave Music Hall doesn’t usually show the football, but when it comes to international tournaments, they go all out with guaranteed screenings of England, Wales, Scotland, Northern and Republic of Ireland, as long as they qualify. It’s either shown inside in their first-floor gig venue, or weather permitting, on their roof terrace where they put up a big screen with a bar and street food to boot.

Belgrave Music Hall, 1-1a Cross Belgrave Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JP.

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