The five best pubs in Leeds

January 11, 2016

In one of the UK’s top cities for nightlife here are five must visit Leeds pubs.

by Leeds Hacks


Northerners are well known for their affinity for drink, food and fun and Yorkshire’s largest city, Leeds, is host to a diverse range of people and pubs. Thriving with students, businesses and culture Leeds offers something for everyone from cheap pints to hand crafted beers. Even pubs located in the midst of the bustling city centre create an atmosphere that makes you feel like you’re at your local. And these are the best of them…

North Bar – 4.5*

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Over 18 years of business, North Bar has established itself as the most popular pub in Leeds. It is located in the City Centre’s shopping quarter offering over 50 whiskies, 10 gins, 30 rums and a huge selection of American craft beers to thirsty shoppers. The “friendly and welcoming” staff create the perfect atmosphere for “a laid back afternoon or a mid-week catch up” according to Yelp users, making it the finest place to be.


The Adelphi – 4.5*

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The Adelphi, situated a short stroll from the River Aire boasts a contemporary interior but continues to entice locals and tourists alike with its original Victorian features. Once Tetley Brewery’s original flagship pub, it prides itself on its “homely” presence in the community and special local and guest ales. For visitors looking for a taste of Yorkshire this “real British pub” offers regionally sourced pub grub and an “insanely chilled” atmosphere.


The Chemic Tavern – 4.5*

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This atmospheric pub certainly captured the love of its locals, described as a “home away from home” providing an establishment “far from the chain pub nightmare”. It hosts a range of unique events including Irish Folk Sessions and a monthly Word Club alongside a traditional weekly quiz night. Despite being located outside of the city centre a Yelp user named it “the friendliest pub in Leeds” making it definitely worth the walk.


The Grove Inn – 4.5*

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The Grove Inn is one of Leeds’ oldest drinking establishments, founded in 1832. Tucked away behind the obtrusive Bridgewater Place, it’s almost like a village pub dropped into the city. It hosts regular music nights, including the world’s oldest single-venue folk night. The bar serves a variety of real ales that rotate regularly, and the numerous rooms with open fires give the place a homely vibe. Definitely worth a look amongst the skyscrapers and offices.


Arcadia – 4.5*


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Situated on Otley Road, in Headingley, Arcadia is simply one of many pubs in the Leeds area that boasts a sterling reputation, both in terms of quality of service and a wide variety of beers and craft ales. Although Arcadia is one of the pubs along the famous ‘Otley Run’ route, it’s one of very few that refuses service to anyone taking part in the renowned student drink-a-thon. Great beer, great staff and great atmosphere.


Rank Restaurant Post Code
1. North Bar LS1 6NU
2. The Adelphi LS10 1JQ
3. The Chemic Tavern LS6 2NG
4. The Grove Inn LS11 6HB
5. Aracadia LS6 2UE

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This article was created by Holly Beattie, Philippa Challis, Lukas Coxall, Oliver Dixon and Stephen Garvey



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