14 of the Best Beer Gardens in Leeds

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Beer Garden | © Matt Brown / Flickr
Emma Lavelle

Sunny day? Warm night? Looking for the best spot in the city to drink outdoors? You’re in luck; Leeds has a huge array of beautiful beer gardens and quirky outdoors drinking dens to enjoy. Here are 14 of the very best – make it your mission this summer to visit them all!

1. Headrow House

Bar, Restaurant, Pub Grub, British

We’d class Headrow House’s outdoor space as a roof terrace rather than a traditional beer garden, but that’s all part of the appeal of this stylish set-up. You’ll have to head back downstairs to sample all of the beers on offer, but there’s a smaller bar and a kitchen up on the terrace, so once you’ve found a table you won’t have to head back indoors until the sun sets.

2. Parkside Tavern

Cocktail Bar, Pub, Wine Bar, British

If you want to ensure that you’ll find an outdoor seat, Parkside Tavern is a good first stop thanks to its three beer gardens that can also be hired out for private parties. Food, wine, cocktails and an extensive beer menu beckon, drawing in those who like plenty of choice. Even if the sun fades, the interior of the pub is just as nice, offering cozy seating and a couple of pool tables.

3. The Cross Keys

Pub, Gastropub, Pub Grub, British, Wine, Beer

If you prefer a more traditional pub, The Cross Keys is one of the best in the city, with a peaceful beer garden that hides the busy street from view. It’s so tranquil in fact that you’d almost think you were drinking in a country pub. You’ll find a wide selection of local beers here along with one of the best Sunday lunches in Leeds.

4. The Duck & Drake

Bar, Pub, Pub Grub, British

Another more traditional pub, The Duck & Drake has a blissful beer garden filled with quirky features such as statues, guitars on the walls and even a piano that occasionally attracts players. Grab yourself a quality pint of local ale and a few packs of crisps and spend a sunny day sat outdoors soaking up the sun.

5. Sheaf Street Cafeteria

Cafe, Craft Ale Bar, Coffee Shop, Coffee, Tea , British, Vegetarian

Boasting one of the hippest beer gardens (aka the Yarden) in Leeds, Sheaf Street Cafeteria is where the cool kids hang out on summer’s days. Keep your eyes peeled for a rotating series of residencies by local favourites such as Layne’s and Grub & Grog to enjoy some of the best street food in the city along with your craft ale.

6. Mr Nobody

Bar, Restaurant, British

If you’re seeking a secret beer garden to impress your friends (but don’t mind somewhere a little dingy with not much sun), make a beeline to Mr Nobody. This hidden bar has a small beer garden out the back that may be squeezed between the surrounding buildings, but is a great place if you’re seeking somewhere quiet to enjoy a great cocktail.

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