Six of the Best: Students’ guide to best bars in the city

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Some 30,000 new students have just arrived in Leeds and over the coming weeks and months will be getting to know our great city. Here’s a brief guide to six of the best water holes Leeds has to offer.


6 April 2016 .......        The Dry Dock on Woodhouse Lane. Picture Tony Johnson

6 April 2016 ....... The Dry Dock on Woodhouse Lane. Picture Tony Johnson

Based in Leeds City Centre, Shooters is the ultimate sports bar. Thursdays bring Wing and Pool night, with 20 wings for £9 and £2 bottles of Budweiser all night.

All sports are 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.

It’s city centre location makes it popular with the university and it is especially busy during large scale sports social events. Shooters is a firm student favourite and a guaranteed purse friendly pint.


Fancy something different? Like listening to oompah music and table dancing while drinking beer from huge stein glasses?

Leeds’ own authentic Bavarian beer bar, Bierkeller, has all three, which means you are pretty much guaranteed a memorable night out (with or without your parents).

This place is always popular with students but can often be busy, so if you want to bag a spot on one of the wooden benches, get yourself down as early as possible. Tables can also be booked in advance via their website, if you are planning on holding a party.


15 September 2015.......  Pub of the Year, Arc, Headingley. Picture by Tony Johnson

15 September 2015....... Pub of the Year, Arc, Headingley. Picture by Tony Johnson

A firm student favourite, Arc has become par of the fabric of the area. The visually stunning bar is situated just behind the old cinema (where Sainsbury’s now stands) and brings all the buzz of the city centre to this suburb.

With their Sunday night quiz and new Bottomless Brunch men, there’s constantly something on offer no matter what your preference.

Their 2-for-1 cocktail menu is available all day, every day and they have a purse-friendly Meal Deal available Monday to Friday from 10am-6pm.


Another Headingley favourite and owned by the same company as Arc, The Box offers 2-4-1 cocktails Sunday to Thursday and £12.50 sharer cocktails all day every day.

If you can’t make the Arc’s Sunday night quiz there, is always a Monday night quiz every week at The Box. They also offer cocktail masterclasses, with prices starting from £21.95, perfect for a birthday present, social gathering or of course just to start your night out.

They also do great homemade burgers and a range of other food.


Handily located just opposite Leeds Beckett city campus, this authentic docked boat serves £3 pints, bottles of beer and cocktails from 5pm every Thursday. The place has legendary status as the finishing point for the infamous Otley Run.

It also has the largest roof top space in the city, with a spectacular view of Leeds. Expect a relaxed atmosphere in the daytime, serving tasty, reasonably priced food from 11am-10pm. It’s a perfect venue to make the most of rare good weather and also make the most of the drinks deals until 2am many evenings.


For a treat (or somewhere to go when the parents visit) head to The Botanist. It is relaxed enough to chat and enjoy the surroundings but their innovative cocktail menu is always guaranteed to impress, not least their espresso Martini, which is likely to leave you feeling stirred rather than shaken.

With a live music every night and various events including a pub quiz and bingo night, this botanically themed drinking venue provides the perfect combination of high quality service, innovative cocktails, good quality beer and a student friendly laid back atmosphere.