Best places to drink in Leeds if you really hate clubbing

Not everyone likes Canal Mills, y’know?

One of the first things that most students will tell you about Leeds is how “lit” the nightlife is, but will often limit this to the likes of Canal Mills, Fruity and HiFi. However, not everyone is a huge fan of clubbing, and Leeds nightlife is certainly not only limited to it. Here are some of the best places you can go in Leeds to get drunk, that’s not a club.

Belgrave Music Hall

An obvious choice for a list of this kind, Belgrave Music Hall hosts a range of events including live bands, comedy nights, and some of the more niche nights out. The three floors, including a wonderful roof terrace, make up this lively and sociable venue, perfect for those who don’t fancy hitting a club.


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Outlaws Yacht Club

Tucked into the side of New York Street, Outlaws Yacht Club’s unique retro design and selection of board games and craft beers make for a really chilled environment for having a few drinks. They also frequently host guest DJs so you know you’re always listening to some of the hottest upcoming Leeds talent.

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North Bar

This one’s for the beer lovers. Having always been on the forefront of bringing exciting beers into Leeds, North Bar’s constantly changing selection of 150 beers mean that you’re never getting bored. A friendly and welcoming environment to drink your way around the world of beer.

Northern Monk Refectory

The Refectory is a brilliantly sociable venue on Marshall Street. The knowledgeable and friendly staff alongside the rustic interior make it a wonderful place to get together with a few friends, with a wide choice of beers on draught and by the bottle you’re spoilt for choice.

The Alchemist

Right in the city centre, better for those not too enthralled by the beer side of things, the Alchemist has been famed worldwide for its unique approach to cocktails and cocktail making. You can get all the classics in addition to a wonderful menu of unique and exciting cocktails. Although a bit on the pricier side, this alternative to a messy Leeds night out is definitely worth the money every now and again.

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Fox & Newt

A bit different from the remainder of the items on this list, the Fox & Newt is a traditional pub on Burley Road. It’s warm, cosy and homely feel makes it one of the most inviting locals in Leeds, and they’re always inviting in the younger student population.


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