Looking for the perfect spot to watch the big match in Leeds? We’ve rounded them all up 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.
The Brotherhood of Pursuits and Pastimes
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 show the big international games and tournaments. While you’re watching, you can treat yourself to a whole host 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.
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 everything from steaks and burgers, to pizzas and sandwiches.
Toast, Unit C, West Point, Wellington Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4JY.
The Beck & Call
The Beck & Call is a family-friendly, sports-loving pub in Meanwood from the folk behind Belgrave Music Hall and Headrow House. You can watch all the big matches here because they have BT Sport and Sky Sports on their huge screen in the Tap Room and on screens dotted around the rest of the pub. Get down early to enjoy a bite of their refined pub grub menu, order a pint of local real ale and enjoy the game.
The Beck & Call, Stainbeck Road, Meanwood Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 2NP.
Famous Irish bar O’Neill’s is now called Shenanigans and it’s still 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 serve a menu of hearty grub, which means there’s plenty to keep you fed and watered as you cheer on your favourite team.
Shenanigans, 26 Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3DL.
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 too. 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.
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 loves a bit of live football, and they have the big screens to show it, whether you’re in the city centre or Headingley. They’ve got all the channels you need, Sky, BT or terrestrial. It 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 load of beers, pizzas and burgers to keep you going for the full 90 minutes.
The Box, 15 Infirmary Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2JS and 8 Otley Road, Headingley, 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-focused TVs.
The Original Oak, 2 Otley Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2DG.
Live Bar is one of the best places to watch football in Leeds. 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 one of the biggest in Leeds. It’s 32 feet 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 a Leeds United game in 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.
Want to try somewhere different? Head to Sid’s the next time there’s a football match you need to watch. It’s a bar of two halves – upstairs is a cool craft beer and gin bar, while downstairs is lively sports bar. There’s a 65” TV, two 55” TVs, two 50” TVs and a 42” TV. And if that’s not enough for you, they put up a massive projector screen for big matches like finals or England matches in the World Cup and Euros.
Sid’s, 24-32 Bridge End, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4DJ.
Roxy Lanes is well known for its bowling alley, but it’s also a fully-fledged sports bar. You can catch all the must-see football games live here, like the Premier and Champions League. They’ve decked out the venue with six 60-inch HD TVs, two gigantic 3-metre projection screens and a private screen above every bowling lane, all showing Sky Sports and BT Sport. Want to make a big game even more special? Hire out one of their private booths and you can pick the channel. With craft beer, pizza and burgers to boot, Roxy Lanes has all bases covered.
Roxy Lanes, Bond Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5BQ.
Brudenell Social Club
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, Leeds United matches and England ties. 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.
If there’s a big game of football on, you can guarantee Walkabout will have it on. The Aussie-inspired bar is one of the best places to watch the match in Leeds, with Sky, BT Sports and oodles of big screens spread out across two floors. Going all out? Book one of their booths – they come with their own built-in telly. While you’re there, you can tuck into a menu of classic pub fare, including a few Aussie dishes, and wash it down with a range of lagers, cocktails and, one of their specialities, shots.
Walkabout, 43 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3HQ.
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 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.
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.Feature image © Copyright Leeds-List 2018 by Contakt Photography.