Briton’s seem to be like magpies, as soon as the sun drags itself out of the clouds, we all seem to flock to the beer gardens and gather as many pints as our belly’s can handle.
Leeds happens to have some of the best beer gardens in the country. Although these hidden treasures seem to not gather as much attention as you may think – we are ready to blow off the dust and uncover these little diamonds in the rough.
Someone has to take on this not-so-terrible task, so we took it upon ourselves to accept the challenge and hit three Leeds pubs: sunglasses and purses in hand.
Forget eating and drinking in a dingy, dark pub – it’s that time of the year when the beer gardens are the place to be. The city may feel built up, but venture to a pub with a well lit outdoor space and you’ll feel like you’ve escaped to the country and hanging out in someone’s garden.
Open up our app ‘Welcome City’ and follow our guide to the very best of getting sloshed indie style in Leeds.
First up was Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen: it ticked all the boxes. Hidden away, unsurprisingly, on Cross Belgrave Street this is a unique three floor venue fit for live gigs, comedy, film and art including a roof terrace. However, it is currently under renovation, sprucing up the already too-cool venue, just in time for summer. This 1930’s dive is true to its time, though times have moved on slightly from the nursery, now people nurse their drinks instead. The walls are plastered with band memorabilia to take in while you wait for a cocktail or a piece from the Slice Bar. This is the place where the understated crowd gather for their Instagram-worthy shots. A trip to this hidden dime will set you back roughly £2.75 for a pint and just over a fiver for a cocktail. Sold out live music events in the concert hall brings the people closer to the music, with bands such as: Waves and Fall.
A small stumble round the corner and just a little down the street you’ll find Mojo was next on the agenda. Just three minutes down the road but a whole different take on the world of independent bars. This place had names on the back of stools, photos of rockstars on the walls, bottles everywhere and heavy rocker waiting staff. Even at midday this place had an atmosphere; a certain feel of danger and rock. This wasn’t somewhere you bought a date but maybe somewhere you went to get over a failed one. Let’s call this Leeds very own heart-break hotel. The bar has been here since 1996 and shows no signs of moving, the heartbeat of rock n’ roll for Leeds, next year is the big twenty-first for this place – so watch this space and join in the party. Every couple of weeks a taster session graces the venue and provides shots for all those who participate, visit the website for more details…….
Just a stone’s throw away from our last destination is The headrow house, an old textile mill that has been brought into the 21st century with three bar, one resteraunt, a beer hall and three outdoor areas, teamed with a cocktail bar and a purpose built music space. Brought to Leeds by the clever clogs behind the Belgrave Music Hall, The Headrow provides a wide range of artisan brews from around the world, allowing the everyman to travel the globe in a glass. Level Two of the house opens up into a relaxed terrace with access to flowing cocktails and space to listen to the resident DJ’s on a Saturday night. To keep your finger on the pulse of upcoming acts, make sure to check the events section of the website for more information.
Our drinks and journey came to and end with the last bar on our list, each bar different and unique. All hidden in the industrial revolution in which Leeds has took place in showing how there still is some hidden beauty within. A bar to match every taste, style and genre.