While we wait patiently for the next set of lockdown restrictions to lift, Leeds’ finest beer gardens are proving to be welcome places to chill, hang out and have a laugh together again.

So, whether it’s sunshine or showers, here’s our pick of the best beer gardens in Hyde Park and Headingley. Just remember to bring a jumper and brolly!


The Original Oak

No list of the best beer gardens in Headingley would be complete without mentioning this institution. The Original Oak has long been a student favourite and for good reason. With a ginormous beer garden and lively atmosphere, including a big screen to catch the sporting action, it’s a mecca for those who want to kick back and enjoy themselves. Cooking up pub favourites such as southern-fried chicken, pizza and burgers, you can wash it all down with a great selection of beers, wines and cocktails.

Where? The Original Oak, 2 Otley Road, LS6 2DG

Do I need to book? It’s recommended. You can do so via their website


Brudenell Social Club

Whether you’re searching for a student home in Hyde Park or you’re already living there, you’ll know doubt know this iconic music venue. It’s a key player in the area’s cultural scene and people flock here to listen to up-and-coming and world-famous bands. The live music is sadly on pause for now, but you can still enjoy some of that inimitable Brudenell atmosphere in their large outdoor area to the front of the venue. With covered seating, reasonably-priced drinks and award-winning pies from Pieminister, you really can’t go wrong.

Where? Brudenell Social Club, 33 Queens Road, LS6 1NY

Do I need to book? No



Student living in Headingley isn’t just about its pubs. If cocktails are more your thing then head to Manahatta to sample their delicious creations in their inviting outside spaces. Whether you sit out on the balcony overlooking bustling Ash Road or relax on the glamorous terrace banquettes, it’s the place to dress up and be seen! Offering 2-4-1 cocktails, all day every day, it will certainly get drinks with friends off to a bang. They’ll be serving their famous bottomless brunches again from 17th May too.

Where? Manahatta, 19 Ash Road, LS6 3JJ

Do I need to book? Booking is recommended via their website, but they also keep some tables free for walk-ins


Woodies Craft Ale House

Cask ale aficionados should settle in at Woodie’s charming outside courtyard, with its fairy lights and mismatched furniture. They’ve even got a large covered area and heaters if the elements are proving too much. Enjoy a selection of their craft ales from local producers including Leeds Brewery and Kirsktall Brewery and watch the big game on their outdoor screen if you feel so inclined.

Where? Woodies Craft Ale House, 104 Otley Road, LS16 5JG

Do I need to book? No, but recommended to guarantee a table. Book here


The East Village

Serving up delicious cocktails and funky tunes, this ‘New Wave dive bar’ has a small, but perfectly formed outside space. Located right in the heart of Hyde Park, it’s known for its friendly and chilled-out vibe. They offer 2-4-1 on selected cocktails as well.

Where? The East Village, 47-49 Brudenell Grove, LS6 1HR

Do I need to book? Recommended via their website


As you’ve seen, when it comes to student pubs in Headingley and Hyde Park with great beer gardens, you’re really spoiled for choice. The only solution might be to try them all!