The Best Bars in Headingley

Headingley is known for its vibrant atmosphere and being the starting point to the infamous Otley run. As one of the most popular suburbs in Leeds and the home to one of Leeds many university campuses, it comes as no surprise there is a host of busy bars and pubs in Headingley. With so many to choose from we’ve put together a list of the best spots for a pint or a pinot in Headingley.

Manning Stainton


As part of the Arc Inspiration Giant, Manahatta is a Headingley hot spot. Weekdays or weekend you can expect a great atmosphere and even better selection of drinks. The cool industrial style décor creates a relaxed environment, whilst their selection of cocktails is something to make your way through bit by bit!

Head of Steam

If you’re looking for craft beers, live music and a shuffle board, Head of Steam is a must. Set over 2 floors, Head of Steam has a unique atmosphere bringing together the residents of Headingley. Expect a social night of darts, American pool, games consoles and much more!

The Original Oak

When the summer months come around expect to find half the population of Headingley in the beer garden of the Original Oak. The traditional pub offers a good range of drinks and the good atmosphere you would expect in a Great British boozer. With live sport played regularly it’s easy to see why it’s such a popular spot!

Sky Rack

Nearing towards the end of the Headingley leg of the Otley Run, The Sky Rack is everything you could expect from a local pub. The lively atmosphere and good selection of real ales, wines and spirit is what makes it a real winner when looking for a no non-sense night out.

The Box

It’s impossible to mention bars in Headingley and not mention The Box. On weekends expect to find crowds of revellers, enjoying the great atmosphere that Box offers. With great music, a range of signature cocktails and live sport, it’s safe to say a Headingley night out wouldn’t be the same without The Box.

Three Horse Shoes

An oldie but a goldie, The Three Horseshoes is one of the oldest pubs in Headingley, taking its corner plot and the starting point of the Otley Run. The local favourite serves a selection of local ales, wines and spirits to satisfy all tastes. The friendly pub feel is what keeps the locals returning.

Woodies Craft Ale House

Just a little further down from the Three Horse Shoes you’ll come across Woodies Craft Ale House, an equally popular and traditional pub in the heart of Headingley. As the name suggests, Woodies serve an ever changing selection of Craft Ales, alongside an impressive list of spirits and wine. If the sun is shining, head out into the yard at the back to bask in the sun whilst you enjoy your bev.