Blood, sweat and tears spilled last week as clubs and live venues in Leeds and Manchester went head to head. This time we’re looking for the best pubs and bars for you to visit while on your city break or business trip, and the competition is just as tight.
Round 2- Drink
Dr Wu’s, 35 Call Lane, LS1 7BT
Hidden amongst the brash drinking haunts of Leeds’ busiest booze-street, Dr Wu’s is an intimate, relaxed and unpretentiously cool gem.
A Nation of Shopkeepers, 27 Cookridge St, LS2 3AG
A Nation marries traditional pub with contemporary bar, and offers a wonderful selection of ale and events- from live bands to film festival hosting.
Sela, 20 New Briggate, LS1 6NU
Small but beautiful, quality lagers and pizzas match sleek décor giving you very few reasons to leave before last orders are called.
Sandinista, 5/5a Cross Belgrave Street, LS2 8JP
Explore this South American canteen for mouth-watering cocktails, and then moderate the effects with a few bowls of delicious tapas.
Smokestack, 159a Lower Briggate, LS1 6LY
This speak-easy style bar smacks of sophisticated cool, while the upstairs music hall keeps things New Orleans with jazz and blues.
Cloud 23, Beetham Tower, 303 Deansgate, M3 4LQ
Head up the highest point of living in Western Europe to enjoy stunning views from the Beetham Tower’s Hilton bar. Champagne, anyone?
Sinclair’s Oyster Bar, 2 Cathedral Gates, M3 1SW
The history behind this old public house in the heart of Exchange Square is worth the trip alone. Oh, and you can still get a pint for £2.50.
The Marble Arch, 73 Rochdale Road, M4 4HY
Escape the city centre to visit the Marble Brewery’s own, critically acclaimed beerhouse. Award winning ales and local food abound.
A Place Called Common, 39-41 Edge Street, M4 1HW
The bar of choice in the effortlessly cool, artsy Northern Quarter offers live electronic music, European lagers and stylish locals.
The Old Nags Head, 19 Jackson’s Row, M2 5WD
Used in the series Cold Feet, one of the busiest pubs in town dates back to 1880 and offers roaring fires, a rooftop patio and real beers.
It’s been a grueling test of endurance, and as they cross the line it’s looking distinctly like a photo-finish. Let us know your thoughts on which city has the best pedigree in pint pulling establishments, and then we might have a better idea which town should take the trophy.