Six of the Best: Sporting Spots in Leeds

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Sports fans are spoilt for choice this weekend with Wimbledon and Euro finals and a British grand prix - Joe Burn looks at six of the best hangouts to catch all the action, or not if you like your weekends a little quieter...

The Potting Shed, Bingley

With a brand new menu, giant screen and recently refurbished outdoor terrace featuring a retractable roof and outdoor heaters, this out of town gastro pub is an ideal place to catch this weekend’s sporting action come rain or shine.

If the weather is unforgiving you’ll feel like you’re sitting in an English country garden with The Potting Shed’s quirky interior design and green house feel.

Situated on Main Street in Bingley with an idyllic view over the town centre, The Potting Shed offers a wide range of cocktails and beers along with carefully selected guest ales.

Shooters Bar, Leeds

Date: 10th June 2016. Picture James Hardisty.
Preparation working in Millennium Square for the 2016 ITU World Triathlon Leeds.

Date: 10th June 2016. Picture James Hardisty. Preparation working in Millennium Square for the 2016 ITU World Triathlon Leeds.

With the inevitably unpredictable British weather, Shooters Bar provides a back-up plan to open air viewing.

The bar is offering discounts on a number of drinks from each nation competing in the competition and the final will be shown on their huge 3m x 2m screen as well as four projector screens and 20 HD flat screens televisions - so plenty of opportunity for front row viewing.

The bar is known for its buzzing atmosphere during sporting events so it might be a good idea to head down with a group of your most sport loving pals.

Millennium Square, Leeds

30 August 2012.....   The Skyrack and Original Oak on Otley Road in the centre of Headingley

30 August 2012..... The Skyrack and Original Oak on Otley Road in the centre of Headingley

Surrounded by plenty of bars for a half -time refreshment, Millennium Square is always packed for international tournaments. Head over on Sunday for a brilliant atmosphere and great surroundings. Then pop into Revolution, All Bar One or Wetherspoons for either a celebratory or conciliatory post game drink.

The Cuthbert Brodrick Wetherspoons offers outdoor seating just incase summer finally shows up. If summer doesn’t show up they also have a few parasols so you can pretend it’s summer for a few hours.

Original Oak, Headingley, Leeds

Situated on Otley Road, the Original Oak boasts a huge beer garden perfect for the biggest sporting weekend. With a laid back old school pub vibe, you’re guaranteed a great atmosphere and a purse friendly pint.

8 October 2014.......     The Belgrave Music Hall in Leeds which is also celebrating its first birthday. TJ100549b Picture Tony Johnson

8 October 2014....... The Belgrave Music Hall in Leeds which is also celebrating its first birthday. TJ100549b Picture Tony Johnson

If you bag a bench outside you can also enjoy some of their sharer plates like nachos with all the trimmings to keep the troops happy, even if the game isn’t going their way.

Get here early for a seat though, this is a very popular outdoor drinking venue with a regular crowd.

Belgrave Music Hall, Arena Quarter, Leeds

A somewhat unexpected addition to the list, but their 200-capacity indoor gig venue shows most international games, as does their quirky rooftop terrace - weather permitting, of course.

The upstairs gig venue also provides some of the comfiest seating arrangements in Leeds but arrive early to secure a spot.

With two bars and two kitchens, The Belgrave offers craft ale and pop up street food vendors as well as Dough Boys, the in house pizza slice bar serving classic flavours and some delectible new twists.

Oliver: The Botanist at trinity Centre in Leeds. Pictured is the bar area.
picture mike cowling april 10 2013

Oliver: The Botanist at trinity Centre in Leeds. Pictured is the bar area. picture mike cowling april 10 2013

And for those who want to avoid sport...

The Botanist, Trinity, Leeds

For those wishing to avoid the weekend’s abundance of sporting activity, this botanically-themed venue tucked away on Boar Lane is the perfect place. Having recently launched a new cocktail menu that aims to create fresher, more natural flavours, The Botanist is perfect for summer drinking without any sporting activity in the background. Some of the quirky concoctions include the Kiwi and Sage Martini, while their recently introduced summer food menu offers lighter summer salads alongside classic home comforts and the Botanist classics such as the deli board.

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