Roxy Lanes, Leeds - credit Paula Brown at Ollievision

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Sports Bars in Leeds

24th July 2020

With decorated sides like Leeds United and Leeds Rhinos, and a slew of international sporting events calling Leeds their home, we are a city known for our passion for world-class sports. So, whether you’re looking to enjoy Leeds United being back in the Premier League, watch international rugby and cricket, or stay up late for the big fight, our selection of fantastic sports bars will have you covered.

Most bars currently require a booking, which will be done on a first-come, first-served basis, and many will be operating a reduced capacity, as well as tweaked operating hours. Please always plan ahead, book in advance and drink responsibly. View further guidance here.

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

Looking for a private viewing experience with a difference? Check out Roxy Lanes, a bowling alley doubling as a fully-fledged sports bar. Gather some friends, grab a few craft beers, maybe a pizza or two, and bowl the night away while enjoying the big game on your own private screen!

The city centre is also home to The Box, known for its vast number of screens and diverse selection of tasty beers and cocktails. It makes the unmissable matches truly unmissable. And you can enjoy a game of shuffleboard there too!

For those looking for a great drinking spot to enjoy the football and the city’s renowned passionate atmosphere, we have a few places in mind. Wander down the side streets of Briggate and unwind with a pie, a pint and the big game at The Packhorse, or enjoy sport around the clock while sampling a global selection of wines and beers at Walkabout.

Nestled next to our universities, you’ll find The Dry Dock, a popular spot for watching the action inside a docked boat, and The Library. A livelier venue than its name suggests, this is a great choice for enjoying big screen sports, with a wide assortment of beers and spirits.

If you’re looking for an afternoon of great food and intense sporting action, our city has a number of fun options you simply have to check out. Head over to the Corn Exchange and discover the nearby hidden sporting gem that is Wapentake. Grab a pint of local cask ale on your way in, settle into their upstairs sports den, and make sure to try their Yorkshire pudding burger – one of the most unique and delicious dishes in the city!

Exterior of the Brotherhood bar, Leeds

(The Brotherhood of Pursuits and Pastimes)

Alternatively, head over to The Dugout at Trinity Kitchen, and pour yourself a pint courtesy of Beer Hawk’s self-service tap and extensive selection of craft beers. At half time, construct your dream burrito at Tortilla, get a taste of India with the unique delights of Rola Wala or check out one of their regularly rotating street food eateries.

For fans looking for a relaxed spot to enjoy the action, head towards famous Brewery Wharf, where you’ll find hidden gems on either side of the River Aire. They don’t come much better hidden that Sid’s, a cool artisan gin and craft beer bar with a downstairs sports viewing haven that comes alive for the big games.

Across the river, you’ll find Aire Bar, a great option for sports fans on a sunny afternoon. More than just a picturesque riverside bar, their team are committed to bringing you an unbeatable atmosphere for the biggest and best sporting events. Book ahead, sample one of their tasty real ales and grab yourself something off their expansive food menu.

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. Head out to the city’s business district to check out Toast, where big screens in every corner will guarantee you can always enjoy the action while sampling their selection of world beers and cocktails.

Out by Hyde Park, Brudenell Social Club has been entertaining music lovers for many years, but did you know it’s also a great choice come matchday. When bands aren’t rocking the place, they transform their famous gig venue into a sports hall perfect for catching the big game – be sure to head down early to enjoy some pool and a tasty Pieminster creation.

It should come as no surprise that Headingley, home to Leeds Rhinos and Yorkshire Vikings, is a popular sports bar destination. The action is all around you at The Box, with screens everywhere meaning a great view is guaranteed, and The Original Oak is a local favourite on a sunny day. Check out their revered beer garden, and soak up the atmosphere and rays as you watch the football, cricket or rugby on their massive outdoor screen.

Shuffleboard table at The Box Leeds City Centre

(The Box, Leeds City Centre)

Connecting stunning Meanwood and 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, family-friendly local after the final whistle blows. Watch the match while sampling beers in their taproom and check out their menu of exceptional pub grub.

With Leeds United now back home in the Premier League, and world-class sport set to return all summer long, we hope you can join us in one of our city’s many great sports bars.

Things may look a bit different right now, so be sure to plan ahead and follow the latest guidance to make sure your next visit to Leeds a safe and enjoyable one.

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