Leeds in the summer is a very beautiful thing indeed. The city boasts some of the best bars in God’s Own Country as well as some of the best beer gardens in Leeds. That makes for a perfect combination if you ask us. Imagine after the year we’ve had sipping a nice cold pint in a busy beer garden with all your pals while the sun beats down on you and the tunes are playing. We can feel it as well, it’s giving us goosebumps at the thought of being able to get out into the beer gardens this summer. Whether you’re out for cocktails down Greek Street, or chillin’ with a few mates at Belgrave we’ve got you covered for fun in the sun this summer.
1. Headrow House
One of the coolest places in Leeds city centre, Headrow House, has two roof terraces that have a chilled rooftop garden vibe. There is always a great atmosphere, plenty of seating and a mixed crowd of people. There will be more than a few Aperol’s being drunk in one of the best beer gardens in Leeds this summer.
2. Belgrave Music Hall
Belgrave is a hipster’s paradise and great pale ales and real ales on offer. It has a fantastic beer garden that has sun loungers, great tunes and a beach hut. It also has outdoor seating down the side of the venue – so is a great place to venture to when the Yorkshire weather is at its best. They’re also famous for the pizza, so make sure you treat yourself to a slice when you visit.
3. Water Lane Boathouse
Brought to you by the team that brought you Headrow House & Belgrave Music Hall is Waterfront Bar & Beer Garden. The venue has outside tables with a beautiful view out onto the canal. Their beer garden is the perfect place to chill out with friends this summer. The idyllic spot is very cool, and the views are best viewed with a beer or two. They do a variety of pizzas – which are absolutely delicious.
4. Nation of Shopkeepers
A Nation of Shopkeepers has a great selection of beers and a varied and tasty food offering. Their huge outdoor beer garden is a beautiful secluded square that is spacious and offers benched seating or tables. Situated near Millenium Square, it’s perfect for those heading into town this summer to enjoy a few drinks with friends.
5. Mustard Pot
The first on the list to be in one of the suburbs, Chapel Allerton’s Mustard Pot, has a beautiful and spacious beer. The Georgian-style gastropub serves a variety of real ales that fit with its country-chic, open-fire style. If you’re just visiting Leeds or a resident, it is worth going out your way to visit this super cool venue. Get there early and soak up the sun with a few ciders this summer.
6. Northern Monk Refectory
Northern Monk Refectory is the beer drinkers beer garden, and our idea of heaven. Northern Monk is fast becoming one of the most popular breweries in the Yorkshire area thanks to the fantastic beer selection that is served with passion and knowledge. They have a lovely beer garden that is very spacious and is in a great area just on the outskirts of town. If you’re wanting to chill out in a beer garden with some of the best beer Yorkshire has to offer, hit these guys up.
One of the first things you’ll see when you step out of the train station – Banyan has the perfect location for city centre drinking. Their beer garden is great for just sitting and watching the world go by in a busy city centre. It always has a buzzing and vibrant atmosphere and sits in the picturesque City Square. They do a range of fantastic beers, ciders and cocktails that will make your summer that much better.
Set on the sixth floor in Leeds Trinity, Angelica is a stylish and modern bar that looks out over the city of Leeds. It has a beautiful roof terrace that has amazing views, which people can enjoy while sipping on the high-quality range of beverages that Angelicas provide. It is one of the coolest places to visit if you love getting dressed up and getting on the cocktails with the gals.
The Alchemist on Greek Street is one of our favourite cocktail bars to visit. Greek Street is pretty much one huge beer garden these days, through a stone, and you’ll hit a great bar. But, we have also been a sucker for a smokey Old Fashioned at Alchemist. They always seem to put so much thought into everything they do. From the showmanship of their cocktail making to the glasses that they come in – it is also one extravagant experience that we’ve never get tired of.
10. Original Oak
One for the sports folk here, Headingley’s Original Oak has a huge screen in its beer garden that is always playing whatever sport is on. Set on the famous Otley Run, it is usually a very popular choice – and with good reason. Its beer garden is very spacious and always a really good laugh. Always busy and always fun is how we’d describe this great venue.
11. Chow Down
An open-air dining and drink venue in Leeds city centre. Set at Temple Arches it’s making its return this year. It very much like a chilled out pop-up DIY feel to the place that just embodies summer. It’s the perfect venue where you turn up and drink the day away with your friends while soaking in the sun. We are very excited about its return this summer. It’s one of the newest, but best beer gardens in Leeds.
12. North Brewing Co. Tap Room
Another beer drinkers paradise, North Brewing Co’s taproom in the city centre, has 24 taps that showcase incredible breweries as well as their own amazing beers. They have a range of wines and cocktails too and the perfect bao buns to go with them. Sit out in the sunshine with some amazing street views and watch the world go by in one of the best beer gardens in Leeds by one of Yorkshire’s best breweries.
Feature Image Credit: Headrow House