A well-known and well-loved institution in Leeds; Whitelock’s is claimed by many to be the oldest pub in the city. Whilst it’s location is no secret to locals, visitors to the city may struggle to find it, nestled up a narrow alleyway just off Leeds main shopping street. If it’s a cosy, traditional pub with a wide range of beers that you’re looking for then Whitelock’s should certainly be on your radar.
Find it here: 4 Turks Head Yard, Leeds LS1 6HB
Calls Landing is a lively (but not overly so) pub-come-bar, situated just shy of the hectic nightlife of Call Lane. Offering a wide selection of cask ales, bottled craft beers, a large wine list and an outdoor terrace looking directly over the river Aire, Calls Landing is the perfect place to unwind with friends on a sunny afternoon.
Find it here: 36-38 The Calls, Leeds LS2 7EW
Leeds’ Northern Quarter has been growing increasingly popular in recent years, which has seen several new bars popping up in the area; The Brunswick being one of them. The pub offers a great food menu and three stories of space, including a bar area, dining room and even an arts space on the top floor. If you’re looking for something a little different then The Brunswick has got you covered.
Find it here: 82 North Street, Leeds LS2 7NP
Tall Boys Beer Market
Tall Boys Beer Market is located in the beautiful Thornton’s Arcade and is perhaps not strictly a pub in the conventional sense. This is definitely one for the real ale fans, who can enjoy a large selection of both locally brewed ales and imported craft beers, served up at shop prices to take out and enjoy at home, or drink in for 50p corkage. Having only opened in late 2015, Tall Boys is already making a name for itself amongst Leeds’ beer aficionados.
Find it here: 17 Thorntons Arcade, Leeds LS1 6LQ
Just outside of the city centre, in Headingley, you can find Arcadia; a cosy, two floor, real ale pub with friendly regulars (including a large bulldog, who can often be found snoozing next to the bar) and staff; not to mention a huge selection of cask ales which change each week. It’s advisable to get here pretty early in the evening on weekends as it tends to fill up quickly and there can often be long queues for the bar, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing as you’re more than likely to make some new friends while you wait.
Find it here: 34 Arndale Centre, Headingley LS6 2UE