28 of the Best Beer Gardens in Leeds
Leeds plays home to its fair share of beer gardens, those glorious outdoor spaces in which to eat, drink and spend time with friends. But sometimes the sheer amount of choice can be overwhelming. That’s why we have put together this guide on the best beer gardens in Leeds. Every venue on our list comes tried, tested and approved, so whether its sprawling gardens, rooftop views, or kid-friendly offerings, we have you covered. Just grab your suntan lotion, gather your mates, and start making your way through these pubs before the cold weather sets in again, cheers!
Best Beer Gardens in Leeds City Centre
Restored from a crumbling 19th-century building, the ‘Lamb’ mixes warm exposed brickwork with big open windows and one of the best beer gardens in Leeds. Expect the full range of Leeds Brewery beers alongside an extensive range of draught lagers, wines, spirits, soft drinks and a menu of locally sourced, freshly cooked food. If you’re looking for lively courtyard vibes just a stone’s throw from the centre of town, this is it.
1 Church Row, Leeds LS2 7HD – 0113 243 1255
When it comes to alfresco dining and sunshine drinks, the team behind Headrow House, Belgrave, et al, have most definitely raised the bar, quite literally. Their rooftop ‘beer garden’ is one of the go-to destinations when the sun makes an appearance. With a stellar selection of craft beers and cocktails together with 2020’s foodie revelation ‘Spitz Kebabs’ from Ox Club. Made using free-range Yorkshire meats, house-made sauces and salads + vegan kebabs from Doner Summer.
19a The Headrow, Leeds LS1 6PU – 0113 2459370
With spectacular views over the city’s rooftops, Harvey Nichols Leeds Fourth Floor Brasserie and Bar is one of the city’s favourite dining destinations. Join them on their heated terrace for a seasonally changing menu showcasing Yorkshire’s finest produce, delicious cocktails, Champagnes and fine wines.
107-111 Briggate, Leeds LS1 6AZ – 0113 204 8000
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One of the stars of Leeds South Bank, Northern Monk Old Flax Store brewery beer garden is the perfect place to soak up the rays and a few pints of their world beer cup winning Eternal Session IPA. There’s an ever-changing selection of kitchen takeovers from the area’s best street food traders to soak up all the drinks, not to mention the train station is only minutes away. One of our favourite spots on this side of town.
Marshalls Mill, The Old Flax Store, Marshall St, Leeds LS11 9YJ – 0113 2430003
The oldest pub in the city has possibly one of the best beer gardens in Leeds. A favourite for anyone looking for an escape from the Saturday afternoon shoppers without straying too far from the centre, it’s literally down an alley off Briggate. Enjoy a wide selection of real ale and craft beers – many from Yorkshire breweries – alongside a menu of fresh, home-cooked and locally sourced food available seven days a week.
Turk’s Head Yard, Leeds LS1 6HB – 0113 2453950
Take a stroll down past Leeds train station, under the arches of Granary Wharf, and you will find LIVIN’Italy. This little slice of Italy serves probably the best Aperol Spritz in the city, fresh Italian pasta, pizza, deli treats and an incredible Italian Afternoon Tea. Their outdoor area is small but charming, and if there are no seats available, there is an expanse of a grassed area with canal side views just out the front, perfect for a little alfresco picnic with items from the deli counter.
Granary Wharf, Leeds LS1 4BR – 0113 2430090
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From the same team behind Headrow House comes Waterlane Boathouse. With canal-side views and a sprawling cobbled beer garden, there are few better places to catch the rays than this stunning spot. With a vast array of beers, wines and cocktails, and a menu of wood-fired pizzas and mouthwatering burgers. Grab a pint and bed in for a long day of sunbathing and people watching. They’re dog friendly too as if you needed any more of a reason to visit!
Canal Wharf, Holbeck, Leeds LS11 5PS – 0113 2460985
The 1930’s art deco, former headquarters of Tetley Brewery is a pioneering centre for contemporary art. Also, a great place to kick back, enjoy a selection of cask ales, wines, spirits and soft drinks, together with a Yorkshire inspired menu showcasing the very best ingredients. Their sun trap of a beer garden is the perfect place to enjoy a pint of Tetley’s, right on the spot it was born more than 200 years ago.
Hunslet Rd, Leeds LS10 1JQ – 0113 3202323
This much-loved huge drink and dining space is hailed for its incredible selection of food, booze, music and street art. Located on Globe Road, a 5 minute walk from Leeds train station, expect mouthwatering eats from some of UK’s best street food traders, all washed down with top tipples from local indies.
Temple Arches, Leeds LS11 5QG
Nestled in the centre of Leeds industrial quarter sits gastropub The Cross Keys. Whilst it’s interior boasts exposed brick, plush leather booths and flagstone floors that scream cosiness, it’s the beer garden you’ll want to flock to come the warmer months. Wooden decking and picnic tables adorn the rear of the pub, creating a blissful sun trap to enjoy the locally sourced food menu or one of the many regional craft ales.
107 Water Ln, Holbeck, Leeds LS11 5WD – 0113 8313156
Yet another hard hitter from the Headrow House family (these guys seriously have the monopoly of the best beer gardens in Leeds), is Belgrave. Touting itself as a music hall and canteen, the cavernous multi-storey venue hosts regular gigs, indoor food markets and events. Head up to the astroturf and bright furniture-adorned roof bar to wet your whistle, and whilst you’re there, grab one of the in-house burgers from Patty Smiths or pizza slices from Dough Boys.
Cross Belgrave St, Leeds LS2 8JP – 0113 2346160
Located in Holbeck’s atmospheric Urban Village lies The Midnight Bell. One of Leeds longest loved pubs, with food served all day, and a dazzling array of local and craft beers, wines, and everything in between. The courtyard beer garden to the rear is spacious and charming, surrounded by hanging baskets and picnic tables. Grab a spot early to avoid disappointment, this place fills up fast.
101 Water Ln, Holbeck, Leeds LS11 5QN – 0113 2445044
This much-beloved watering hole is the sister bar to one of Leeds’ oldest pub, Whitelocks. Whilst the former is the place to head for the more classic ales, Turks Head is the more modern choice, with a plethora of interesting craft ales, gins, and cocktails. The beer garden which sits in the alleyway just off Briggate is lively and atmospheric all year round, with plenty of seating, and canopies with heaters for those unpredictable British summer days.
4 Turk’s Head Yard, Leeds LS1 6AH – 0113 2453950
If you want to know where all the beautiful people of Leeds head when the sun shines, then take a trip to Angelica. Located in Trinity shopping centre, this rooftop bar and garden is the closest you’ll get to Ibiza without hopping on a plane. With panoramic views of Leeds, plush white furniture, and a stunningly curated cocktail list, Angelica brings the glamour. Just get here early, seats are limited and sought after!
Level 6, Trinity, 70 Boar Ln, Leeds LS1 6HW – 0113 8970099
Sitting at the top of beautiful shopping destination Victoria Gate, is East 59th rooftop restaurant, bar and terrace. Oozing laid back Manhattan style, East 59th offers contemporary dining and cocktails. The outdoor terrace is a little haven in the city, surrounded by greenery, wooden furniture and decking. Head there for a real New York-style al fresco brunch, washed down with a mimosa or two, and pretend you’re really on holiday!
Victoria Gate, 3rd Floor Rooftop, George St, Leeds LS2 7AU – 0113 4265050
From the team behind one of Leeds’ best music venues-cum-bars The Domino Club, is Rolands. Located on the infamous drinking destination Call Lane, Rolands has a vintage, laid back feel, and serves some of the best cocktails, and craft beers in Leeds. Head out back and upstairs for their quaint hidden sun trap of a roof terrace, for al fresco drinking at its best.
39 Call Ln, Leeds LS1 7BT – 0113 318 2964
Playing host to several bars and restaurants on this now pedestrianised walkway, Greek Street is the best beer garden in Leeds for when you can’t decide which bar to visit. Take your pick from Manahatta, All Bar One, The Lost & Found and more, with all venues offering outdoor space. The electric atmosphere when Greek Street busies up in the warm weather isn’t to be missed.
Greek Street, Leeds, LS1 5RW
Head upstairs in the opulent Dakota Hotel, to find Salon Prive, Greek Street’s only terraced bar. With an expansive cocktail, spirits and wine list, and serving light bites all day, this is the perfect place to head for a spot of people watching. Perch atop one of the leather stools, order a glass of something decadent, and while away those warm summer evenings with friends.
8 Russell St, Leeds LS1 5RN – 0113 3226261
The Green Room
Part rooftop bar part plant-based eatery, The Green Room is Wellington Street’s newest addition. Located a stone’s throw away from Leeds City Station, there is a focus on sustainability, wellbeing, and plant-based dining. The impressive south-facing rooftop terrace will be the ideal place to head in the warmer months, for al fresco dining, sunset cocktails, pop up parties and summer BBQs.
36 Wellington Street, Leeds, LS1 2DE
A favourite haunt of Leeds locals, Stew & Oyster’s riverside location makes it an easy pick for one of the best beer gardens in Leeds. Surrounded by trees, this idyllic spot is the perfect location to enjoy a round of oysters, washed down with a range of craft ales, wines or cocktails. Look out for the bright yellow Leeds river taxi tootling past, and give those onboard a wave whilst you quaff.
36-38 The Calls, Leeds LS2 7EW – 0113 2425299
Another bar located in Victoria Gate, Issho brings sumptuous design and impeccable service together with Japanese cuisine, to offer a really special experience. Its stunning terrace is a real hidden gem, with wooden decking, cloud-like pillowy seating, and Japanese style lush greenery adorning the space. Enjoy one of their signature cocktails, beers, or an alfresco lunch here.
Victoria Gate 3rd Floor Rooftop, George St, Leeds LS2 7AU, 0113 4265000
One of Leeds most historic boozers, The Duck & Drake serves up well-kept cask ales, live music, friendly staff, and the relaxed and old school décor of a proper pub. Head out the back to one of the prettiest beer gardens in Leeds, with flowers covering every wall, picnic benches, and the odd dog, if you’re lucky.
43 Kirkgate, Leeds LS2 7DR – 0113 2455432
The Rooftop at East Parade is so secret, we really shouldn’t be telling you! Grab the password from the bar on East Parade, then take the five-minute walk around the corner, punch in the code, and head up the stairs. If this seems like a lot of work for a beer garden, trust us, it’s worth it. Fairy lights, comfy seating, and panoramic views of Leeds are the perfect setting to grab a beer, camp out all day and catch those rays. Just keep it on the down-low, yeah?
Best Beer Gardens in the Leeds Area
Venture out to the leafy suburb of Meanwood, and you may just stumble upon one of the Best Beer Gardens in Leeds. One of the more child-friendly venues on this list, with a dedicated play area, The Beck & Call is the perfect place to bring the little ones to enjoy some time outdoors, whilst mum and dad grab a well-deserved beer from their expansive list. The food on offer spans pub classics, burgers, salads and a cracking Sunday roast, with a separate kids menu to boot. What more could you need when the sun shines?
Stainbeck Rd, Meanwood, Leeds LS7 2NP – 0113 2661192
Take a stroll along the Leeds Liverpool canal, and perched on the edge of the River Aire, you will find Kirkstall Bridge Inn. Easily one of the best beer gardens in Leeds, and adored by locals and visitors alike, the Inn has all the charm of a proper old school boozer, with open fireplaces, flagstone floors, and embossed mirrors advertising ales from back in the day. Head out back to the idyllic beer garden when the sun shines, and while away the hours riverside with a pint of Kirkstall pale.
12 Bridge Rd, Kirkstall, Leeds LS5 3BW – 0113 2784044
Equally as inviting in the cold winter months – with its outdoor heaters and warm, cosy interior – as the summer ones, The Mustard Pot sits just back from Stainbeck Lane in the peaceful suburb of Chapel Allerton. The beer garden itself is surrounded by trees and greenery, with picnic benches and trellis-canopied seating. It sits far enough back from the road that there is no traffic noise at all, and the gardens sprawling size makes it perfect for children to play in too.
20 Stainbeck Ln, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3QY – 0113 2695699
Locals and student flock to this pub come the warmer months, and it’s easy to see why. Cheap booze, food served all day, and probably the biggest beer garden in Headingly ensures that when the sun shines, there’s rarely a table free for al fresco guzzling. Outdoor pool tables, and a huge screen that regularly shows sports just add to the appeal. On that note, we’ll see you there.
2 Otley Rd, Headingley, Leeds LS6 2DG – 0113 2751322
Located a short journey away from the city centre in Methley, is The Boundary House. The huge classic standalone exterior hides what is one of the best beer gardens in Leeds. A raised terrace, well-kept grassed area and cushioned rattan seating means this might just be the comfiest of the gardens on our list. Full of families and groups of revellers on sunny days, The Boundary House boasts a wide range of local beers, and real ales, and serves fresh, local, seasonal food all day.
24 Church Side, Methley, Leeds LS26 9EE – 01977 551101