Best Pubs in Leeds

Best Pubs in Leeds

There are over 500 bars and pubs in Leeds, with the vast majority being in the city centre. Being a highly popular student city, you can expect a wild party scene and plenty of choice when it comes to the local boozers.

From traditional British and Irish watering holes to the trendy modern breweries, Leeds isn’t exactly short on choice when it comes to pubs. On the big stag weekend however, you’ll be wanting spend time boozing in the right places rather than wasting time guessing which places are good or risk visiting somewhere dingy or unwelcoming. The whole point of the stag do is for the groom to have a whale of a time and we’re here to help. Here’s what we believe to be the 8 best pubs in Leeds.


1. Tapped

Kick off your stag do by paying a visit to Leeds’s award-winning microbrewery! There’s an impressive 13 cask lines, 14 keg lines and over 200 bottles and cans of your favourite European and American beers amongst your other boozy favourites like spirits and ciders. What makes this place extra special though is the pizza kitchen, where you can grab your own delicious stone-baked treats to compliment your pale ales.

51 Boar Lane | Website

The Adelphi

2. The Adelphi

Enter the doors to this grand looking Victorian tavern and be greeted by plenty of character and traditional features with plenty of wooden panelling and draught beers! The old Tetley Brewery offers a classic British pub grub menu complimented by a huge choice of beers. The pub has recently undergone a huge £250,000 overhaul which has modernised and cleaned up the interior but still proudly serves the same sports, cask ales and draughts everyone loves.

3-5 Hunslet Road | Website

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Whitelock's Ale House

3. Whitelock's Ale House

Welcome to Leed’s oldest pub. That’s right, the oldest which means you can rely on this place if you’re after a traditional British pub experience with the group. Upon stumbling through the doors to this 1715 built pub, you’ll likely be flabbergasted by the strange yet mesmerising stained glass features which really brings the pub to life and shows off its 300-year-old age. There’s real ales, ciders and seasonal food on offer which can be enjoyed both indoors by a log fire in the colder months or outside in the beer garden during the warmer ones.

Turk’s Head Yard | Website

The Alchemist

4. The Alchemist

If you’re wanting somewhere classy, upmarket and prefer cocktails over beer, then it has to the Alchemist. Within the luxurious and exquisitely presented surroundings, you can enjoy professionally made cocktails that look as good as they taste. Every cocktail is uniquely created with aesthetically pleasing finishes made to every glass. Groups small or large can indulge in delicious food to help wash down their drinks all while being wrapped up in comfort and class.

Yorkshire House, Greek Street | Website

O'Neill's Leeds

5. O'Neill's Leeds

The renowned chain of Irish pubs has a home in Leeds as well as other cities in the UK and welcomes you and the lads for some cheeky relaxed pints together. It offers something far from a party vibe but is more than good enough to get you and the guys in the stag do zone. What O’Neill’s is brilliant at is providing comfort, a great looking environment and a good choice of booze at reasonable prices. Aside from the beers, spirits and cocktails, there’s some amazing food on offer too.

49 Boar Lane | Website

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Brewdog Leeds

6. Brewdog North Street

With two bars now gracing this party-loving city, BrewDog North Street is situated right in the heart of the city, just a stones' throw away from the iconic Corn Exchange. Known for its independent and eclectic range of craft beers, this chain is also popular for its delicious pub grub... so if you're feeling peckish after a pint or two then this place is worth paying a visit to.

North St | Website

The White Swan

7. The White Swan

Located right next to the world-famous City Varieties theatre, it’s very easy to find and even easier to walk through the doors. When you do, you’ll be greeted to a very visually pleasing space with a nice mix of clean and modern with traditional and welcoming. The White Swan take pride in their homemade meals which go brilliantly with their extensive choice of American and European beers. There’s plenty of choice of unique ales on tap, spirits and the usual favourites.

5 Swan Street | Website

The Dry Dock

8. The Dry Dock

Saving the best to last shall we say? This has got to be the quirkiest “pub” in the entirety of Leeds city centre and would have you and the lads hopping onboard an old docked boat in the middle of Woodhouse Lane. There’s space to go above deck and chill out in the sun in the outdoor section as well as below deck where the bar lies. Food and drink are served throughout the day so kick back, relax and enjoy a chilled-out atmosphere. Due to the narrow nature of boat, we’d recommend this only to smaller groups.

Woodhouse Lane | Website 

Get planning the greatest stag do today! Whether you just need some free games to take with you, some inspiration from our articles or need help planning a series of exciting activities, we can assist you every step of the way. If you’re interested in Leeds in particular, then why not peruse through our amazing stag do activities in Leeds? Alternatively, you can use our site to look through thousands of activities both at home here in the UK and abroad.

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