You don’t have to spend much time in Leeds to realise that this is a city that loves a good pint. In the few weeks that we’ve been here we’ve had many, many chances to explore and sample the local scene, and it’s been outrageously fun. We’ve tried to visit different establishments in all four corners of the city, but there are a few that just keep us coming back for more.
So, to kick off this week, here are my top choices for grabbing a pint in Leeds:
North Bar has quickly become one our favourite haunts, and not just because it is within a stone’s throw of our flat (but that does help). It’s a bar with a great atmosphere: it’s lively and fun, but it’s also very relaxed. They have an awesome selection of beers, including one of the best porters I’ve ever sampled, and are often showcasing a local pick or two.
The bar staff are beyond friendly and very knowledgeable about their craft. We’ve had many great chats with them about Leeds and beer, and it’s pretty clear that they love what they do. The more we visit, the more we fall in love with North Bar.
While Parkside Tavern might not have the largest selection of beers in town, what it lacks in labels it makes up for in a wicked rooftop patio. Nestled away in the north centre of Leeds,Parkside Tavern can be found in an old wooden house, but walk through the doors and it’s anything but old. Welcoming you with its rustic charm,Parkside Tavern is a great bar to grab a pint at and practice your billiards skills. On warmer nights and sunny days, head out back and enjoy your pint on the rooftop patio, which overlooks a relaxing green space. It’s easy to forget that you’re in the centre of the city when you’re sitting at Parkside Tavern.
Nation of Shopkeepers has it all: great beer, awesome music, delicious food and old school Nintendo games. It’s one of the first bars we tested when we arrived in the city and we just keep finding ourselves going back for more. They have a wide selection of beers available; almost something for every taste.
Whether it is to grab a beer or snack on their mac ‘n’ cheese (more on that tomorrow), we just can’t seem to stay away from Nation of Shopkeepers.
It was a rainy Friday afternoon and we couldn’t think of anything better than grabbing a pint and playing a little shuffleboard (or table curling, which is what I was attempting to play that afternoon), so we made our way to BrewDog/ShuffleDog and were immediately blown away. The pub features a unique lineup of beers, able to cater to any pallet. The bar staff were also really knowledgeable and helpful when I was stumped on what to order, providing samples, recommendations and insights all to help me pick the perfect beer to accompany my epic shuffleboard defeat.
While we’ve only been to BrewDog/ShuffleDog the one time, it left quite the impression and I know we’ll be making our way back soon.
From north to south, east to west, Leeds is the perfect city for any beer fan. There are bars and pubs that cater to every taste, age, demographic and more – if you want it, you can find it in Leeds. We’ve done a good bit of sampling these past few weeks, and I can’t wait to do more.
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