Football’s coming home at Leeds’ many sports bars

24th July 2020

The World Cup is on its way to Qatar this winter and Leeds’ wide variety of sports bars are gearing up for the occasion. No matter who you’ll be cheering on, you’ll be spoilt for choice with where to enjoy the drama and excitement unfold with our selection of sports bars.

Some bars in Leeds may require a booking for major events, which will be done on a first-come, first-served basis, with others offering walk-ins. Please plan ahead, book in advance where possible and drink responsibly.

Those looking for a great sports bar in the heart of the city can’t go wrong with The Brotherhood of Pursuits and Pastimes. Full to bursting with screens, you won’t have to worry about missing any of the action when you head down for a drink on matchday.

Don’t want to miss any of the action? We’ve got you covered!

Whether football, rugby or cricket is your bag, enjoy sport around the clock while sampling a global selection of wines and beers at Walkabout. Alternatively, The Box makes the unmissable matches truly unmissable this summer – known for its vast number of screens, you’re guaranteed a great view of every late winner or penalty shootout.

Exterior of the Brotherhood bar, Leeds

(The Brotherhood of Pursuits and Pastimes)

A few streets away, check out Toast, home to outdoor facing screens perfect for enjoying the action in the sunshine while sampling their selection of world beers and cocktails.

Want to enjoy the city’s renowned passionate atmosphere on gameday? We’ve got a few places in mind!

Wander down the side streets of Briggate to find The Packhorse, the perfect spot for a pie, a pint and the big game, or head towards famous Brewery Wharf to check out Aire Bar, a picturesque riverside bar perfect for enjoying the all the action on a sunny afternoon.

Looking for a viewing experience with a difference? Then check out Roxy Lanes, a bowling alley doubling as a fully-fledged sports bar. Gather some friends to enjoy all the action and keep the good times rolling with full-sized bowling lanes, shuffleboard and beer pong.

Nestled next to our universities, you’ll find some great options for enjoying all the sporting action this summer. Check out The Dry Dock, a popular spot housed inside a docked boat, and The Library, a lot livelier spot than its name suggests, perfect for big screen sports!

Our city’s sporting passion isn’t contained to the city centre, with great bars for catching the action to be found all across Leeds.

Out by Hyde Park, Brudenell Social Club has entertained music lovers for many years, but did you know it’s a hidden gem come matchday? When bands aren’t rocking the venue, enjoy the big game while basking in its lively atmosphere – and be sure to head down early to enjoy a delicious Pieminster creation!

It should come as no surprise that Headingley, home of decorated sides like Leeds Rhinos and Yorkshire Vikings, is a popular sports bar destination. The Original Oak is a local’s favourite on a sunny day – check out their much-loved beer garden and soak in the rays while watching the football, cricket or rugby on their massive outdoor screen.

The action is all around you at The Box, whether you’re meeting friends in lively Headingley or sampling a signature pizza at their new Chapel Allerton venue.

Shuffleboard table at The Box Leeds City Centre

(The Box, Leeds City Centre)

Connecting stunning Meanwood with vibrant Chapel Allerton, Beck and Call is well worth a trip out of the city centre. From the team behind local favourites Belgrave Music Hall and Headrow House, you won’t want to leave this relaxed local after the final whistle blows. Watch the match on their large outdoor screen while sampling beers from their taproom.

With football (hopefully) coming home, a new season of Premier League action on the horizon and Headingley hosting plenty of elite sport this summer, we hope you can join us in one of our city’s many great sports bars.