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Dog friendly pubs Leeds - Dining and drinking in the city centre

No disrespect to my husband or my children, but the warmest, most constant, happy faced, ‘pleased to see you’ greeting that I receive in our house is from my dogs!

No matter what time, day or night they are always overjoyed to see me.

I have two Viszlas, I don’t know if you know the breed, but they are bonkers, they wag their tails so hard from side-to-side that their entire bodies waggle with it. I love my dogs and it’s clear that my dogs love me. I’m not alone, they are said to be the most popular pet in the UK, with an estimated 33% of households owning one, so many of us rely on our furry friends for company.

Owning a pet is good for us, studies have reported that dog ownership provides a wealth of health benefits, with owners reporting fewer minor health problems compared with non-pet owners. Regular walking or playing with pets can decrease blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and triglyceride levels. They can increase opportunities to exercise, get outside, and socialise. And they are so CUTE! No wonder we can’t get enough of them!

In the last couple of years many of our dogs have got used to us being home more than ever as working from home continues to be a trend, even after the pandemic. We’re returning to a place of work, and while some firms are happy letting us take our dogs into the office, there are still many of us who are having to leave our dogs at home.

It feels like such a wrench, so when the weekend comes, do we really want to go out and leave the poor doggies moping at home again? Not me, no way!

In Leeds we’re lucky enough to have a wealth of dog-friendly pubs and bars, so if you want to get out and about and have a drink over the weekend, without leaving the dog sad and lonely at home check out this round up of places to grab a drink and enjoy socialising with human and canine pals!

So, when it comes to dog friendly pubs in Leeds – where first?

I’ll start at the waterside, Leeds Dock and Granary Wharf – these bars and restaurants are perfect for enjoying a drink outside, especially in the summer. Ideal if you fancy a wander along the canal, you can stretch your legs and come back for a delicious bite to eat.

Sally
April 30, 2022

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Archie's Bar and Kitchen

Nestled in the arches under the railway station Archies bar and kitchen has a great vibe, plenty of outdoor seating and amazing pizzas! A great place to watch the world go by and relax in the sunshine.

Vegan options – Yes (Food available Wed to Sun)
What else – Archies is a great venue for a private party and there’s often live music, check Instagram for details.

Open Hours
Monday to Saturday 12noon to 1am
Sunday 12noon to 9pm

LIVIN' Italy

Family run, traditional Italian restaurant. The food here is something else! Authentic Italian artisan recipes that you won’t find anywhere else in the city, and you can enjoy them with your beloved doggo at your feet! Awesome cocktails as well, there’s a nice collection of alcohol-free options on the list too.

Vegan options – Yes
What else – They have a great kids menu, and if you work in Leeds you should check out the Aperitivo Hour (probably best enjoyed without the dog!)

Open Hours
Monday to Thursday 12noon to 11.30pm
Friday 12noon to 12.30am
Saturday 10am to 12.30am
Sunday 10am to 10.30pm

SALT

Award-winning craft beer paired with fantastic falafel is on offer here, along with a friendly welcome for your pooch. I really can’t rave about the Falafel Guys food enough. I have days when I crave their falafel wrap, seriously, like pregnancy level cravings! Try them, tell me I’m wrong.
Order a wrap and a nice cold pint, sit back and enjoy.

Vegan options – Yes
What else – If the promise of delicious falafel and SALTs award-winning brews isn’t tempting enough already, there are 7 different cocktails ‘on tap’ on a 2 for £12 all day, every day offer.

Open Hours
Mon – Thu, 12pm – 11pm
Fri – Sat, 12pm – midnight
Sun – 12pm to 9pm

Water Lane Boathouse

Right on the waterfront, with a huge outdoor space and in a gorgeous old building, this place is a total sun trap on a fine day. These guys are so dog-friendly that their canine visitors get a mention on their own Instagram account – @waterlanedoghouse! Get your dog spruced up to enjoy an afternoon in the sun and be sure to send them a photo for the ‘gram.

Vegan options – Yes
What else – 50% off pizzas on Sundays, cocktail offers and buy one get one for £1 on the Water Lane gin!

Open Hours
Mon – Sun, 12pm to 11pm

The Midnight Bell

Across the road from Granary Wharf on Water Lane the quaint, unassuming on-street frontage of the Midnight Bell is charming. This is the flagship pub for Leeds Brewery, step inside for a super-cosy interior, or go through to the fantastic beer garden to enjoy a cold one in the sun. The menus are packed with first rate local food and there is always a warm welcome for pooch patrons.

Vegan options – Yes
What else – Fizz Fridays!

Open Hours
Mon, 12pm -10pm
Tue – Thu, 12pm – 11pm
Fri & Sat, 11am – 12pm
Sun, 12pm – 9pm

The Cross Keys

The Cross Keys is also on Water Lane, it’s a wonderful building, teeming with history & has been serving drinks for the last 200 years! There is a great size beer garden, and they are super dog-friendly. The beer garden is great for catching the sun, but I also have really fond memories of ending a busy day of Christmas shopping here in a cosy alcove with an amazing Sunday lunch. It’s a pub for all seasons, whether you’re laden down with bags, or just taking the dog for a walk.

Vegan options – Yes
What else – One of my favourite things about the Cross Keys is that you can order champagne by the glass! How cool is that?

Open Hours
Mon – Thu, 12pm – 11pm
Fri & Sat, 12pm to Midnight
Sun, 12pm – 10pm

The Canary

Opened in December 2021, ‘new kid on the dock’, Canary is just fantastic! Super dog-friendly, the interior of these stacked, refurbished shipping containers has laid back cosy booths with waterfront views. The food is absolutely delicious – I have to recommend the vegan mezze, mouth-watering and a great portion size too. Leeds City & Suburbs black card can be used for offers here, to get yours see the Handy Links at the bottom of this page.

Vegan options – Yes
What else – Regular quiz nights and live music

Open Hours
Open Daily 9am – 11pm

Doghouse Bar & Bagel Shop

Kirkgate, is a haven of dog-friendly venues and where better to start than the Doghouse Bar & Bagel Shop. Here you will find hand-made bagels with just the right ‘chewiness’ (you know what I mean) paired with regular DJ sets. Weekdays there is a really relaxed vibe, great for catching up on work with your best friend sitting at your feet in the super-cute beer garden.

Vegan options – Yes
What else – There’s a language exchange here every Thursday evening!

Open Hours
Mon – Thu, 11am–12am
Fri, 11am–12:30am
Sat, 10am–12:30am
Sun, 10am–12am

Wapentake

Immerse yourself in all things Yorkshire at Wapentake! They pride themselves on offering local food fresh from Kirkgate Market, and there is great news for vegans. Pretty much every single dish has a vegan alternative! (If you know where to find a vegan version of black pudding do let them know). Dogs are given a wholehearted welcome – treats at the bar.

Vegan options – Yes
What else – Ask them what ‘Wapentake’ means.

Open Hours
Mon, Closed
Tue, 9am – 10pm
Wed, 9am – 12am
Thu, 9am – 10pm
Fri & Sat, 9am – 12am
Sun, 9am – 8pm

Outlaws Yacht Club

Outlaws Yacht Club is super dog-friendly, the bar is another great space for working, and there’s all the free Wi-Fi that you could ever need. Bar snacks are available if you’re a bit peckish & there are plenty of board games and toys for the younger members of the family.

Vegan options – Ask for details
What else – They have an incredible line-up of past events, check their website for what is coming up in the future.

Open Hours
Mon – Thu, 11am – 11pm
Fri & Sat, 11am – Midnight
Sun, 12pm – 10pm

More options ...

The Brewery Tap – New Station Street

Stew & Oyster – The Calls

Lamb And Flag – Church Row

Adelphi Leeds – Hunslet Road

Head of Steam – Park Row or Mill Hill

The New Conservatory – Albion Place

A Nation of Shopkeepers – Cookridge Street

Follow the links at the bottom of this page for more details

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If you want to go further afield...

If you want to go for a dog walk, rather than out for drinks, check out the link below to read my blog of great walks within an hour of Leeds city centre. It includes a link to printable maps as well, so you’re not reliant on your phone!

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