The Otley Run is a Leeds tradition and one of the most famous pub crawls in the country. Leeds has a huge amount of pubs to choose from and it can be tricky knowing exactly where to start. So, whether you’re taking part in the famous pub crawl or just want to know what’s hot, we’ve put together a list of the best pubs in and around the city centre so that you can easily make the most of yourstag weekend in Leeds.
Woodies Craft Ale House
This traditional English pub has everything you need to truly experience that pub feeling - and we’re not just talking about sticky tables. It offers BT Sports, Sky Sports, loads of proper pub grub, a beautiful beer garden and not a massive range of lagers, ales, ciders and more. Based in Headingley, it’s the perfect place to begin your bender.
The Three Horseshoes
After a little makeover, The Three Horseshoes now combines a traditional pub atmosphere in modern, stylish surroundings. With great live entertainment, a range of quality local ales and popular food dishes, this is one pub that you don’t want to miss out on. Did we mention the pub is known for its homemade pizza?
The New Inn
In the heart of Headingley since 1842, The New Inn is not only home to fantastic food, sports and bundles of booze, but also has loads of drinks deals that will start your night off nicely. However, in typical English pub style, the roof here is low so tall lads and ladies in skyscrapers, may want to duck.
The Headingley Taps
As one of the biggest pubs in the area, The Headingley Taps official website says that they’re not into being fancy, so you know it’s going to be a great boozer. Close to Yorkshire’s cricket ground and great for rugby fans too, this sports pub has a wide range of drinks offers and a pretty tasty menu. Cheers.
Bringing a taste of New York to Headingley, Manahatta offers an electric cocktail menu, with plenty of craft beer on tap too. With a shuffleboard zone and screens to watch sport there is something for everyone.
Home to delicious pizzas and juicy burgers, this modern bar is the perfect place to order some food (with a drink of course). With pool tables, Sky sports, great music and a range of alcohol, The Box has something for everyone. And, if a 20” pizza isn’t enough to get you through the doors, we don’t know what will.
As you make your way to Leeds city centre, stop off in The Skyrack for great British bar snacks, good music, sports and a huge range of drinks. The options are endless. Even better, the interior is spread out so your fancy dress pub crawl doesn’t need to get too close to a family dinner. It’s a win-win situation.
The Original Oak
Popular for its huge beer garden (seriously, you haven’t seen anything like it), great atmosphere and live sport, The Original Oak is a favourite amongst many - pub crawl or not. Plus, if the alcohol munchies are setting in, there’s loads of choice - from nachos, wings, burgers and more. Who cares if you just ate. Alcohol cancels calories, right?
Don’t worry - we haven’t gone completely off track. We’re talking about The Hyde Park pub in Leeds and, unlike London’s famous spot, you don’t have to worry about stepping in something peculiar. At least, not before midnight. By now, you’re halfway through the Otley Run and the boys will have been separated from the men. Whose round next?
This eye-catching building is anything but quiet inside. By the time you reach The Library on your Otley run route, you’ll find the house DJ dropping bigger hits than Sean Paul Temperature. Just us? Even better, when your partner rings to check up on you, just say you’re at the library. Sweet.
This diverse ale house is next on your list and highly regarded as one of Leeds most iconic pubs and bars. With a bigger choice of ales than pat butcher’s earring collection, you’ll certainly be spoilt for choice and they’ve recently paired up Pieminster, bringing you a selection of good old Yorkshire grub.
The Eldon is all about great food at even better prices and boasts different deals everyday of the week. And if you’re complaining that a traditional pub is for booze not food, then we’ll remind you that you’ve still got another 4 bars to go! The team here welcome pub crawls with open arms, yet how many will still be standing?
The Fenton is a classic British boozer with new owners who using locally sourced beers to get you ‘locally sauced’. Brilliant. With a whole host of live events taking place and an endless list of craft ales, cider and lager, when it comes to this stage of the Otley Run, you’ll really begin to see who can handle their drinks.
Named after the classic Beatles song, Strawbs may not look like your average pub but the team here are all for the Otley Run. With punchy cocktails at just £3.99, they even urge you to use Strawbs as a place to meet if your group gets split up during the pub crawl.
Not only have you reached the end of the Otley Run, but it’s a pub on a boat - need we say more? Grab a drink and head up to the top deck taking in the views of Leeds’ skyline (if you can still see straight that is). After 16 bars and endless drinks, you’re guaranteed to have a story or two. Now, who wants a kebab?
So, if you’re heading to Leeds, you’ve got to try the Otley Run. With 16 pubs and a drink in each, you’re bound to have a good time. Finish the night with a VIP booth and drinks package at one ofLeeds top nightclubs. Looking for something different? Explore all that Leeds has to offer for daytime and nighttimestag do activities.