Outdoor seating at Water Lane Boathouse


Beer Gardens and Outside Dining Opening from Monday the 12th April in Leeds City Centre

26th March 2021

The long wait will soon be over and we can don our favourite glad rags to enjoy a meal, cocktail, or favourite drink outside in the company of friends or family in groups of up to six people. Most venues require pre-booking so please do check and book in advance.
Listed below are just a few of many of the pubs, restaurants and bars that are opening up their gardens and outside areas to help ease us out of lockdown.
We can’t wait!

The Outdoor Bar at Water Lane Boathouse

(The outdoor bar at Water Lane Boathouse)

Waterfront & Southbank
The staff at the Water Lane Boathouse are waiting to welcome you back. Relax next to the riverside with a craft beer or maybe an artisan Gin whilst tucking in to their famous pizzas.
A warm welcome awaits you at The Lock at DoubleTree by Hilton with plenty of outdoor seating available. Take in the views of the historic canal whilst enjoying a refreshing drink and scrumptious food too!
Serving a mix of great food, fabulous cocktails and Ossett Brewery’s very own world-class range of beers, head over to Archie’s Bar & Kitchen where there’s plenty of outdoor seating available.

The outdoor terrace at Issho restaurant in Leeds - credit Will Stanley

(Issho, credit Will Stanley)

Roof Top Retreats
Enjoy a cocktail or two at Angelica situated above Trinity Leeds. What better way to view Leeds than from their wonderful terrace with a drink in hand.
Enjoy fine Japanese Sashimi with the trendiest cocktails at Issho, with their stunning, south facing roof top terrace and cosy sofas this is the place to be seen post Lockdown.
With a rooftop terrace located in Trinity Leeds and the outdoor seating on Greek street, the staff at the The Alchemist are excited to get mixing again for faces both new and old for drinks and small food dishes.
The fabulous large outdoor rooftop will be open once again at the Belgrave Music Hall. Relax in good company and enjoy the cool laid-back vibe.
Headrow House with two large sun terraces is the ideal place to enjoy a few drinks in the sunshine in the company of family and friends.
With their impressive outdoor terrace the staff at East 59th are keeping their fingers and toes crossed for sunny weather. The terrace will be available for drinks and cold light bites from the 13th April.

Banyan outdoor seating, restaurant in City Square Leeds - credit Carl Milner Photography

(Banyan, credit Carl Milner Photography)

Sunshiny spots
Situated on City Square, The Restaurant Bar and Grill has plenty of outdoor seating available for drinks and dining. Watch the world go by with a cold glass of champagne in hand.
Or just next door there’s the ever popular Banyan, open for brunch, lunch or dinner there is something for everyone including their 2-4-1 mouth-watering cocktails available from 6pm daily!
Just around the corner, you’ll find Chaophraya; their revamped second floor terrace is just calling out for an afternoon spent sipping cocktails and tucking into tasty Thai dishes.
The perfect little Courtyard at the Midnight Bell awaits your presence. This lovely little sun trap where you can enjoy a pint of Leeds Brewery’s very best. An excellent menu of pub classics will be available too.
From Friday the 16th April the terrace at The Tetley will be reopening every weekend for brunch and lunch and of course their wonderful roast dinners are delicious!
Only a five minute walk from Leeds train station overlooking Greek Street, Dakota Leeds is now taking bookings for al-fresco dining and drinks. And be sure to check out the rest of Greek Street’s bars and restaurants including Gusto, Alchemist, All Bar One, Bar Soba and Liquorice.
With its spacious outdoor terrace and its wide range of craft beers and street food head along to a Nation of Shopkeepers. They have plenty of long tables easily able to accommodate up to six.

The rooftop at Cuckoo, bar on Call Lane, Leeds


Cool catch-ups
A night out at Neon Cactus on Call Lane makes its long awaited return, doing everything they do best: from local craft beers to the most refreshing cocktails or why not try their amazing tacos.
Cuckoo on Call Lane is calling and getting ready to restart the party! Make your table reservation now for a memorable catch up with friends.

Whether it’s enjoying a signature cocktail on the roof top terrace or in their courtyard, Roland’s on Call Lane will be ready and waiting from the 12th.

The bars on Merrion Street are teaming up to put a 50m canopy over Merrion Street, creating the city’s largest covered outdoor drinking area! Opening from 12th April, the street party vibe is available for bookings now.
It’s been a long wait but the staff at the Mean Eyed Cat Bar are longing to see you again! A Deep South sling, Dark and Stormy or Smokey ‘n’ the Bandit are just a few of the delectable cocktails the staff are waiting to serve you.
The count is on at Mojo’s Merrion Street for a Rum in the Sun! They are even launching a brand new cocktail menu especially for you.
From the 17th April everyone at the Verve Merrion Street will be at the heart of the party atmosphere once again, with plenty of outdoor seating to hang out and meet up with friends.

Chow Down 2020 - credit Jo Ritchie

(Chow Down, credit Jo Ritchie)

Chow Down
Chow Down is back with a bang, getting the city centre buzzing with its biggest ever lineup! The outdoor destination, hailed for its incredible selection of food, drink, and music is returning bigger and better with the addition of street art, new seating areas and huge collaborations, with confirmed dates throughout the summer right through till September. Chow Down opens on 12th April and tickets are on sale now for May and June. They get booked up quickly so be sure to book your tickets ASAP.

* note some are pre bookings only please check direct with the establishment*

*Many photos taken pre-COVID*

Check out our A-Z Guide of Visiting Leeds for handy tips and hints when planning your visit to our wonderful city.


If you’re looking for somewhere to go but haven’t booked yet, here is a list of pubs, bars and restaurants that do not require a booking:


Archie’s Bar & Kitchen, Neville Street, LS1 4BR

Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen, Cross Belgrave Street, LS2 8JP

BrewDog, Crown Street, LS2 7DA

Call Lane Social, Call Lane, LS1 6DT

Distrikt, Duncan Street, LS1 6DQ

Kirkstall Bridge Inn, Bridge Road, LS5 3BW

Kirkstall Brewery Taproom, Kirkstall Road, LS3 1HJ

Jigger and Jar, Main Street, Garforth, LS25 1AA

Lamb & Flag, Church Row, LS2 7HD

Neon Cactus, Call Lane, LS2 7HD

North Bar, New Briggate, LS1 6NU

North Brewing Co. Taproom, Buslingthorpe Lane, LS7 2DF

Oporto, Call Lane, LS1 7BT

Parkside Tavern, Merrion Street, LS2 8JE

Piglove Brewing, Cross Green Lane, LS9 8LJ

Power, Corruption & Lies, Call Lane, LS1 6DT

Revolution Electric Press, Cookridge Street, LS2 3AW

Roland’s, Call Lane, LS1 7BT

Sheaf Street, Sheaf Street,

The Alchemist, Greek Street, LS1 5SH and Trinity Leeds, LS1 6HW

The Assembly, Main Street, Garforth, LS25 1AF

The Duck and Drake, Kirkgate, LS2 7DR

The Fleece, Westgate, Otley, LS21 3DT

The New Conservatory, Albion Place, LS1 6JL

The White Swan, High Street, Yeadon, LS19 7TA

Water Lane Boathouse, Water Lane, LS11 5PS

Verve, Merrion Street, LS1 6PQ