Leeds' Best Pubs and Bars 2022

By Leeds Credit Union

Beer Day Britain, also known as National Beer Day, takes place every year on June 15th and is designed to celebrate beer in all its forms, from traditional ales to mass-produced lagers and all the craft beers in between. 

Beer aficionados tend to be a straightforward bunch who like beer and pubs and aren't afraid to admit it, so it's no surprise that National Beer Day is a similarly uncomplicated affair. There really aren't any rules to the day, all the organisers ask is that you:

  • enjoy a beer or two 
  • get involved in the celebrations on social media using the hashtag #CheersToBeer if you like, and 
  • toast the nectar of the Gods by proclaiming "Cheers to beer!" at 19:00 if you remember.

With local residents lucky enough to have hundreds of pubs and bars to choose between when they fancy a pint, there are sure to be plenty of people scratching their heads and wondering where to go to celebrate this thirst-quenching day. If that sounds like you then don't worry, be hoppy, because we've taken it upon ourselves to rate the city's hostelries. Here are our five favourite pubs and bars in Leeds.

5. The Brunswick

With an excellent range of beers and ales - not to mention a Sunday roast worth getting out of bed for - this modern take on a classic pub makes The Brunswick one of Leeds' coolest bars.

Boasting nine kegs, six cask lines and more than 50 beers in the fridge, there's something for everyone, especially as the selection of beers and ales changes daily. Spread over two floors, The Brunswick is the perfect place to catch up with friends and let your hair down this National Beer Day.

The Brunswick, 82 North Street, Leeds. LS2 7PN.

4. Brew York

If you like good beer, authentic Asian food and dog-friendly pubs, start spreading the news - Brew York is the place to go.

In addition to the 20 lines of craft beer, limited-edition collaborations, guest ales and beer cocktails, the bespoke metal bar in the heart of the venue makes it one of the city's most aesthetically pleasing bars. Chuck in a few friendly pooches happy to be tickled behind the ear and you've got yourself a pub for the ages that should be on any self-respecting pub-goers 'to-visit' list.

Brew York, 72 New Briggate, Leeds. LS1 6NU.

3. Whitelock's

Leeds' oldest public house needs no introduction but, for the uninitiated, it's a traditional pub slap-bang in the city centre that serves up a wide range of craft beers and real ales and the best fish finger sandwiches!

If you're looking for a pub where you can enjoy a good pint with old pals in a vibrant atmosphere with friendly, chatty bar staff, look no further. Stepping into Whitelock's is like stepping back in time to an era when pubs were full of character, characters, beer mirrors and brass finishes. In other words - it's bloomin' brilliant.

Whitelock’s, Turk’s Head Yard, Briggate, Leeds. LS1 6HB.

2. The Hop

Located under Leeds' famous Dark Arches sits The Hop, an Ossett Brewery-run, live music-loving pub that's the ideal destination for fans of proper beer.

Alongside a wide array of cask ales spread across 10 pumps that includes all of the brewery's award-winning tipples, such as the always-popular Yorkshire Blonde and the super pale White Rat, The Hop also does a mean pie and mash for less than a tenner and has a seriously impressive pizza menu. The only problem with The Hop is how hard it is to drag yourself away from it.

The Hop, Dark Neville Street, The Dark Arches, Granary Wharf, Leeds. LS1 4BR.

1. North Bar

If you only have time to visit one bar in Leeds this National Beer Day, we recommend making it this one. It has more than 150 beers on tap and in fridges behind the bar. It has eight pumps pouring out real ales. It has numerous keg lines, not to mention legendary Bloody Marys and a signature tequila which is made in-house daily. We could go on…

One of the city's first craft beer bars, North Bar has been a Leeds institution for more than 20 years thanks to the sheer number of beers on offer. Even the most experienced drinkers are pretty much guaranteed to find one they've never tried before as soon as they get inside. Why are you still reading this and not halfway there already?!

North Bar, 24 New Briggate, Leeds. LS1 6NU.


Whether you agree with our top five or not, let us know where you're celebrating this National Beer Day on our social media channels!