It’s mid-May. Exam season is nearly over, assessments have been handed in and the sun is shining…so what’s the best way to chill out with your mates? That’s right, head out to your favourite beer gardens! Here’s our top five spots to enjoy a drink and catch some rays (Leeds style!).
Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen
Belgrave has a rooftop terrace that’s open all year round, and is filled with stylish and chilled seating areas for you and your mates. The venue boasts two bars, two kitchens, free WiFi and a 300 capacity event space too. Enjoy a beer or cocktail accompanied by live music and comedy, or take a trip downstairs and order canteen style street food from their resident chefs at Dough Boy pizzas or Patty Smith’s burgers!
Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen, 1A Cross Belgrave Street, Leeds, LS2 8JP
The Dry Dock
Leeds’ Dry Dock is a real boat converted into a bar and eating area complete with glass roof on the starboard side, with spacious outside seating on the top deck and garden behind. Situated between Leeds’ two main universities (rivals Uni of Leeds and Leeds Beckett), this bar is a firm favourite for students, emphasised by its location, cheap prices and good food. If you want a great example of this, head over on Wednesdays, which Dry Dock has coined ‘Wing Wednesdays’; 25p per chicken wing with an accompaniment of various tasty sauces! This bar is also the last calling point on the famous pub crawl, the Otley Run. So don’t be surprised if you turn up for a quick pint and see an array of weird and wonderful fancy dress costumes!
The Dry Dock, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, LS2 3AX
A Nation of Shopkeepers
Nestled in the heart of Leeds, A Nation of Shopkeepers is one of the self-expressed finest bar, venue and restaurant hybrids in the city. The beer garden has been recently refurbished and looks better than ever, offering a relaxed, up-market atmosphere, complete with colourful furniture in the courtyard’s centre, and rows of shaded benches in the surround. Enjoy tasty and freshly prepared bar meals accompanied by some of the regions best craft ales and cocktails. The bar venue also welcomed world famous bands such as Two Door Cinema Club, The xx, and Palma Violets in 2009. So who knows, you might even catch a glimpse of the world’s next up and coming indie rock band whilst ordering your drink!
A Nation of Shopkeepers, 26-27 Cookridge Street, Leeds, LS2 3AG
The sister bar to Belgrave Music Hall, Headrow House offers spacious and contemporary outdoor seating on their second floor roof terrace, and the third floor terrace ‘Kennedy Meadows’ which supplies views over Leeds’ stunning Victoria Quarter. They even have a connecting bar and roof terrace called Redondo Beach. Here you can find pint-sized cocktails and craft ales to suit every taste. Have a bite to eat whilst you’re visiting; their Ox Club Restaurant serves the finest Yorkshire produce, and offers a brunch and evening menu to be sampled in its entirety.
Headrow House, Bramleys Yard, 19 The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 6PU
The Lamb and Flag
The Lamb and Flag’s restored 19th century building offers timeless class and character, with its courtyard beer garden, bar and balcony, and cosy snug area. The garden view is arguably the most impressive; it offers a view of Leeds Minster, the perfect backdrop for a drink with friends and family on a warm summer’s evening. An extensive range of Leeds Brewery beers are supplied at the bar, in addition to wines, spirits, draught lagers and cocktails. Pair this endless choice of drinks with a food menu of locally sourced and freshly prepared meals, and you’ve got yourself a summer day to remember.
The Lamb and Flag, 1 Church Row, Leeds, LS2 7HD
Still can’t spot your favourite watering hole? Why not write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know which bar is your number one?