West Yorkshire drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Brewery in Leeds

Northern Monk

So successful has this craft brewery become that its beers are now stocked in UK supermarkets. But it's best drunk at the source, in the brewery's Grade II–listed taproom just south of Leeds city centre in the regen…
Top Choice Bar in Leeds

Headrow House

A former textile mill and one-time grotty dive pub, the historic building that now houses Headrow House was given a hefty makeover to transform it into the four-floor nightlife venue it is today. The ground-floor be…
Top Choice Brewery in West Yorkshire

Magic Rock

Magic Rock is in the student town of Huddersfield but worth the half-hour train ride from Leeds or Manchester. There are excellent tours and a cavernous exposed-brick taproom, with 10 taps and five cask lines, plus …
Top Choice Coffee in Leeds

North Star Coffee Shop & General Store

This minimalist cafe and coffee emporium is attached to the production facility of Leeds' first independent roastery, near the Royal Armouries. Watch the daily grind through giant glass doors and inhale the aromas w…
Top Choice Coffee in Leeds

Laynes Espresso

Locals have Laynes to thank for the complete reinvention of the Leeds coffee scene; when it opened in 2011 there was nothing else like it in the city. Now expanded and serving excellent all-day brunch – buckwheat pa…
Top Choice Craft Beer in Hebden Bridge

Vocation & Co

A goldmine for hopheads, the first taproom from local craft brewer Vocation Brewery is housed in an imposing Victorian building overlooking Hebden Bridge's marina. Inside it's quite a contrast: an ultramodern, minim…
Craft Beer in Leeds

Water Lane Boathouse

Watch canal boats chug into Granary Wharf from the floor-to-ceiling windows or generous outside seating area at this beer bar, occupying a prime historic spot on the water close enough to clink glasses with boaters.…
Craft Beer in Leeds

North Bar

This narrow bar has long been an institution in Leeds as a haven of international craft beers. It now brews its own under the banner North Brewing Co, and they're rather good. Drink them here, or visit the brewery t…
Pub in Leeds

Whitelock's & Turk's Head

You get two for one in Turk's Head Yard: first up there's the lovely old Whitelock's pub, which dates to 1715 and is all dark wood, gleaming copper and stained glass inside. Next door, there's Turk's Head, which is …
Club in Leeds

Bar Fibre

In the heart of Leeds' LGBTIQ area, spilling out onto the cheekily named Queen's Court, this is the city's most popular gay bar although it's not just the gay crowd that loves its party atmosphere. This is where the…