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Real Ale

Leeds has been at the centre of the real ale and craft beer revolution that has taken over the UK in recent years, with almost every bar in the city offering something more than a simple pint...Leeds is now a Purple Flag accredited city, indicating the nightlife in Leeds is entertaining, diverse, safe and enjoyable.


Going back to centuries old methods of brewing and fermentation, the culture behind real ale and craft brewing in Leeds is that of experimentation.

Tapped collaborate with breweries from across the world to create unique concoctions you won’t find anywhere else, made with their in house brewing kit.

For a more local flavour, Leeds Brewery has a number of traditional pubs throughout the city, including The Lamb and Flag, The White Swan and Crowd of Favours.

Not to be outdone, Northern Monk Brewery has made Leeds their home, serving 20 draft beers brewed on site. They also run tours of the brewery and have tasting sessions throughout the year.

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Leeds International Beer Festival at Leeds Town Hall - Credit Phil Faulks


But you can even enjoy the best beers in the world at home. Tall Boys Beer Market and the Little Leeds Beer House, sell bottles ready for you to take home. But if you just can’t wait, simply take a seat and enjoy it straight away.

Pork scratching and a pint have also become a thing of the past, with Friends of Ham, Bundobust and Black Swan pairing their booze with some of the best charcuterie and street food in Leeds.

Yet, the best example of the cities love affair with real ale and craft beer has to be the Leeds International Beer Festival. Held at Leeds Town Hall, it’s a true celebration of the humble pint, with special brews and bottles that you won’t find anywhere else.