Where to watch football in Leeds: 8 independent places

14 Apr

Football has power. It has the ability to mobilize football lovers, create brotherhoods between team supporters and to transform an stadium into a community for 90min. It has the ability to make people live, to make people feel. Some even say that football might have become part of the Western European culture. Some might not understand the passion, but football lovers travel and plan their journey keeping in mind that next Wednesday is Champions League. Leeds is one of those places where brotherhoods come to light on football days. The city offers many places where to enjoy a beer while watching the match. Places like Yates, Shooters or Walkabout are usually the most busy places on football days; however, there are other hidden and not that hidden places around City Centre that offer uniqueness, since these places, besides offering the ideal football atmosphere combined with great food and beverage deals, are places that solely exist in Leeds. Desktop1

1. THE LIBRARY PUB

Address: 229 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds LS2 3AP Tel:0113 244 0794 Opening hours: Mon-Sat: 11am-1am Sun: 11am – 12:30am

The Library Pub

The Library Pub

This red brick building presented by the name “Library” might seem the reader’s paradise; however, it is the paradise of another type of passion. The Library Pub is not filled with bookshelves and tables; it is furnished with two screen projectors and over a dozen of TVs visible from any spot of the pub. The Library Pub, which belongs to Stonegate and can only be found in Leeds, is ample and has a large people capacity; however, the ceiling is meters away from the client’s heads, eliminating the distress feeling on football days when the place gets fully crowded. The pub offers great deals on drinks, shots (5x£10) and food. In addition, the pub comes with two pool tables available for those who do not love football but like to feel the warmth of the ardent football supporters.

2. ELDON

Address: 190 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds LS2 9DX Tel: 0113 245 3591 Opening hours: Mon-Thurs: 12am – 12:30am Fri & Sat: 12am – 1pm Sun: 12am – 11:30pm

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Young audiences embrace the Eldon’s essence of traditional pub on football days. The bar, furnished with beer barrels as tables and wood stools giving it a classic but at the same time overwhelming feeling, has no music on. This might come as a surprise but according to them, any football fan would rather hear, cheer on, agree or disapprove any of his or her mates’ comments because the spoken word is also part of the match. The pint, which costs £2.05, is almost a must on football nights and the beer barrels rapidly are filled up with empty cups. Despite this, throughout the years, the Eldon as well as having become one of the stops for the famous pub-crawl Otley Run, has become the foreigners’ meeting point on Tuesday’s nights.

3. DRY DOCK

Address: Woodhouse Lane, Leeds LS2 3AX Tel: 0113 391 2658 Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 11am – 12 midnight

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Dry Dock gives shelter to those who miss the ocean and to those who somehow love boats but feel ill when sailing in open seas. This boat offers the possibility of leaving any sea sickness aside, since Dry Dock is ashore and anchored. Dry Dock invites you to get on board and enjoy £1.5 pints watching football in any of their many prow or stern’s TVs. This pub, which belongs to the pub company Stonegate, is unique on shape providing exclusive features. It is well known how football’s intensity warms the atmosphere up, that is why the deck can be used as a scape gate to take a breath of fresh air or to have a cocktail on summer days. Dry Dock is the boat to be to watch football with quality and economic beverage and food deals surrounded by yours.

4. THE OLD BAR

Address: 2 Lifton Place, Leeds, LS2 9JZ Tel:0113 380 1316 Opening hours: Mon – Thurs: 11.00am to 12.00midnight Fri: 11:00am – 1.00am Sat: 11.00am – 12.00 midnight Sun: 12.00noon – 12.00 midnight

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One of the most hidden but overwhelming and ideal places to watch football might be The Old Bar. The bar, which is located on the ground floor of Leeds Uni Student Union, is spacious and well equipped on football evenings: the place counts with several screens and a main projector. Football fans have an affair with the projector during 90min since it provides quality image in a large scale. People stand and sit surrounding the projector by the hand of any of the delicious dishes that Leeds Uni offers such as the beloved breaded chicken. The Old Bar welcomes not only students, but people from any age that share the passion of the ball.

5. AIRE BAR

Address: 32 The Calls, Leeds, LS127EW Tel:0113 245 5500 Opening hours: Mon-Thu 11:00-01:00 Fri 11:00-01:00 Sat 10:30-01:00 Sun 10:30-12:00

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Aire Bar is located in the heart of Leeds City Centre. Behind the small entrance in 32 The Calls is hidden a friendly lounge furnished with comfortable sofas that seem to have been built solely to comfortably watch football in the two large screens. The bar’s basement is converted into a cosy terrace with views to the River Aire becoming the ideal place to relax after the intense 90min match. In addition, the bar offers above 20 different types of red and white wine and beer that can be accompanied with the traditional English dish fish and chips. If two matches are being broadcasted at the same time, the possibility of keeping updated with a phone or a PC is now possible since the Aire Bar offers free wifi to all their costumers.

6. THE HOURGLASS

Address: 157-158 Lower Briggate, Leeds, LS16BG Tel: Opening hours: Monday – Friday 10am – Midnight Saturday – 10am – 2am Sunday – 10am – Midnight

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The hourglass is situated in the lively zone of Leeds where all pubs and restaurants are located. The two-floor bar, which perfectly fits the definition of an English traditional bar with its wood tables, chairs and parquet, counts with several TV plasma screens and projectors that simultaneously broadcast different type of live sports at the sound of live music. The bar in Lower Brigatte welcomes people of any age that want to enjoy live sports in a warm environment by the hand of a £4.45 buffet. Besides, if the match takes places on a Saturday night, costumers at the Hourglass will be able to start their night-out at the rhythm of a professional DJ.

7. 1871

Address: 7-8 Boar Lane, Leeds, LS15DD Tel: Opening hours: Mon-Sunday: 10am – 1am

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The 1871 has a great amalgam of clientele. The bar-lounge is part of The Marriot’s Hotel but the doors are open for any football fan. This bar’s atmosphere is quite different from the ones presented in this page since 1871 is filled with Art Deco radios and toy robots adopting a fancy, trendy and modern aesthetic. Costumers can enjoy one of their famous cocktails at the same time that they watch football in a more relaxed, quiet and chilled environment. The bar is easy to find since it is located in between Call Lane and the Train Station and opens its doors for people not staying in the hotel every day of the week.

8. PIN

Address: 24 Street, Leeds, LS101JF Tel: Opening hours: Mon – Thurs: 16:00-23:00
Fri – Sat: noon- midnight
Sun: noon – 22:00

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The active life and the noise of the City Centre might become tiring at some point, that is why PIN is located only 2 minutes away from the City Centre in a more calm zone. The bar, situated on the other side of the river, offers the possibility to make a table reservation on football evenings. Besides, customers’ stomachs will be satisfied by the delicious “PIN Pies” which can be differently build and cooked according to own tastes. The PIN Bar is another option to watch live sports surrounded by yours in a more relaxed part of the city.
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