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Here are some the most popular student friendly pubs and bars in Leeds and Headingley:
The Angel

Old-fashioned real ale pub. Good atmosphere, very reasonably priced drinks and a great beer garden make this one a must.

The Arc

Classy, top notch food and a young crowd make The Arc a hugely popular student haunt. If you're over 22 though you may feel old.

Art's Café Bar

Mellow drinking spot in Call Lane near the Corn Exchange. Tends to be quiet and chilled out. Good date venue.

The Box

Upscale bar in Headingley. Interior resembles a Bond villain's lair, but drinks are reasonable, and food is good quality with the added bonus of square plates. Has a very heavy security contigent to rival Fort Knox, so behave yourself!

Bar Room Bar

Trendy surroundings, decent music and excellent food.

Café Seine

Continental style bar with resident DJs, beer garden and air conditioning. Good drink offers frequently available.

Carpe Diem

A unique and popular cellar bar next to Millennium Square. Well respected live music venue.

Neon Cactus

Chilled out bar in Call Lane, serving up ice cold beer and over ninety 100% agave tequilas! Food is inspired by the streets, markets, bars and cantinas of Mexico.

The Dry Dock

Pub located inside a converted canal barge, The Dry Dock is situated on grounds just off campus. Open until 1am weeknights. Can get very loud. Skate gear and multiple piercings welcome.

The Eldon

Great selection of beers and good place to meet after lectures. Decor is equal parts Victorian parlour room to British Columbian log cabin.

FAB Café

Great bar filled with horror and sci-fi ephemera. Minimal lighting is provided by UV tubes, lasers and a selection of old school coin-ops such as the original Galaxians and Star Wars. Relive the early 1980s! Mullet optional.

The Fenton

Local favourite and proving ground for up and coming bands. Plus some on their way down.

The Reform

Chilled out bar located next to Mojo. Good tunes, great cocktails, and superb decor that has echoes of the Playboy mansion. Definitely worth a visit.

The Library

Converted library just off campus. Range of guest beers and unpretentious atmosphere.


Small but perfectly formed bar. Trendy but friendly.


Cool hangout filled with tasteful rock and pop memorabilia. Arrive there very early on a weekend or you will be queuing for ever. You might see Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles in there, but don't let that put you off. Nicest door staff in Leeds.

The New Inn

Quiet local situated in Headingley. It's famous visitors have included Jack Charlton and Monica Lewinsky (!)


Massively popular with an interior straight out of Clockwork Orange. Can get very overcrowded so arrive early. Unique selling point is a door made out of toast. Honestly.

The Original Oak

The Hugely popular student pub with friendly staff, plenty of atmosphere and a massive beer garden standing on a former bowling green. Eerie green exterior lighting brings to mind classic Hammer horror films. Sightings of Christopher Lee are unsubstantiated.

Quilted Llama

Unusual name and venue to match for this bar housed inside a converted church. Range of drinks promotions and snack menu.


Experience all things South America at this lively bar and eaterie. Features cool DJs on a weekend playing a mix of house, world and a bit of everything else.

The Packhorse

Live music pub very close to university. Good range of beers, and they even show films using their home cinema setup.

The Skyrack

Perhaps the most popular student pub in Headingley, with a good range of beers and tables to sit out on during summertime.

Three Horseshoes

Local's favourite but student friendly pub in Headingley. New heated beer garden and plush interior.


One of Headingley's quieter pubs with a more traditional flavour. Good meeting place. Challenging pub quizzes.
The Skyrack, Leeds
The Original Oak, Leeds
The Dry Dock, Leeds
Art's Café Bar, Leeds
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