Ask any football fan and they'll tell you that, if you can't get a ticket for the match, the best place to be is in the pub watching it on a big screen with a few friends and some good beer.
But with so many pubs and bars in Leeds showing all the games and the new season just around the corner, the big question is: which one should you choose to spend your hard earned cash in?
Here are our top five:
Looking for a sports bar with a view? Look no further, because Aire Bar's views across the River Aire (obviously) are the stuff Yorkshire dreams are made of. And that's not all! Nestled in every corner of this surprisingly well-kept secret of a pub are HD screens showing every major football game, as well as cricket, rugby, F1 and anything else a sports fan could wish for.
With local and guest ales aplenty, a good wine list and a food menu that includes burgers from the Yorkshire Burgaire Company, hot dogs and paninis, this little establishment is a great place to watch the Whites.
Aire Bar, 32 The Calls, Leeds. LS2 7EW.
The most traditional of our favourite local sports bars, The Griffin is resolutely old school, with classic decor, real ales, pub classics like pie and mash on the menu and a slap-bang-in-the-city-centre location.
Don't think its sport offering is an afterthought though - The Griffin has HD screens everywhere you look, as well as a huge projector screen right by the bar that shows all the biggest events, and a sports package that guarantees you'll be able to watch as much live football as you can handle. If it's a matchday experience with no nonsense you're after, this is the place for you.
The Griffin, 31 Boar Lane, Leeds. LS1 5DF.
Not only does this Aussie-inspired watering hole offer Sky Sports, BT Sports and Premier Sports on its numerous, massive HD screens that enable you to enjoy the footy as part of a crowd, it also has booths with TVs built in for those that prefer a more living-room feel when watching the match.
That being said, with its extensive food and drinks menus, late licence and beer garden (perfect for the first and last few months of the season), there's not much chance of you getting much peace or quiet once you cross Walkabout's threshold - every night's a party and it's one you'll want inviting back to time and time again.
Walkabout, 43 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds. LS1 3HQ.
It may be more famous for its bowling alley, ice-free curling and shuffleboard tables but Roxy Lanes is a truly brilliant place to watch the match thanks to six 60-inch HD TVs, two 3-metre projection screens and private screens above every bowling lane.
With both group bookings and private booths available to book in advance, a ridiculous cocktail menu, loads of beers to choose between and a cracking pizza menu, Roxy is undoubtedly the best place in the city to watch Leeds as part of a proper night out. As you'd expect from a place that calls itself 'an adult playground', matchdays are an absolute riot.
Roxy Lanes, The Light, 44-48 The Headrow, Leeds. LS1 8TL.
With four locations in and around Leeds, BOX is clearly onto a good thing and it only takes one visit to understand why. The city centre site is our favourite, with action from Sky Sports, BT Sport and Box Office events all showing across 18 HD widescreen TVs, all day, every day. Needless to say, every available Leeds game will be shown but supporters of all football teams - and every sport - will be just as well catered for. They've even got private hire spaces available for large groups or special occasions.
Chuck in an ever-changing selection of craft beers, 2-for-1 cocktails that are available almost every day and a huge selection of wines, shots and spirits to quench your thirst, not to mention an extensive food menu that includes a £6 lunch menu and a bottomless brunch option and it's easy to see why BOX is so popular among Leeds' sports fans.
BOX, 15 Infirmary Street, Leeds. LS1 2JS.
To be honest, if we picked our top five places to watch Leeds again tomorrow, we'd probably come up with a completely different list - we really don't know how lucky we are to have so many top class venues to watch football in around here.
Obviously we'll have missed some people's favourite bars out so let us know where you'll be watching this season's games on our social media channels.
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