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The Best Sun-Trapped Alfresco Venues: Leeds

Leeds is a renowned bustling and vibrant drinking hub within the country. They hold the best indie business on a pedestal where there is always live music to catch to ignite your night. Whilst the sun is bearing down, there is an eclectic mix of city centre hideaways, suburban gems, cocktail soirées and stellar locally brewed beer all with the sun blazing down, perfect to soak up those late evening rays or post-work bevs whilst the summer is in full swing.

The Boundary House 24 Church Side, LS26 9EE

Step foot into The Boundary House and be met with one of the most outstanding beer gardens Leeds has to offer. With rolling greenery, festoon lights illuminating the space well into the night and comfy cushioned rattan chairs to create one of the comfiest and cosiest areas in Leeds has surely sparked your interest. Once settled, their bar is incredibly well stocked with local real ales and a quality wine list all to be washed down with their speciality - Boundary Kebabs. It is a true haven to bask in the sun.

Green Room 36 Wellington St, LS1 2DE

The Green Room is al fresco dining at its finest. A glorious oasis for sun worshippers which is one of the largest outdoor watering holes in Leeds. The impressive rooftop terrace is the ideal place for sunset cocktails, pop-up parties and summer BBQs. This lively area boasts a fantastic atmosphere fuelled by local DJs who are as impressive as their drinks lineup. Come the winter, the heaters and parasols get wheeled out, which further cements their place to be one of your favourite haunts all year round.

Northern Monk Refectory The Old Flax Store, Marshall St, LS11 9YJ

The invitation to sip on one of the most popular independent breweries in the country should be enticing enough. However, The Northern Monk Refectory boasts one of the coolest outdoor spaces in the city with the impossible task of choosing between 20 taps of their finest beers which are brewed mere metres away from where you’re sat. With a frequently changing kitchen championing Leeds’ best street food traders, we couldn’t think of anywhere better to enjoy an award-winning crafted beer and soak up the sun.

Rolands 39 Call Ln, LS1 7BT

To avoid the bustling streets of one of the busiest nightspots in Leeds whilst tippling on some magnificent cocktails then Roland’s should be on your horizon. Their rooftop is a quaint wooden garden and is a hidden suntrap for those after a more relaxed drink. This hideout is most impressive in the summer with its lawn, long oak tables, festive lighting, and exposed bricks. After being ranked in UK’s Top 50 Cocktail Bars in 2022 you can expect some magnificent mixology to be going down in this speakeasy.

Nation of Shopkeepers 26-27 Cookridge St, LS2 3AG

Nation of Shopkeepers truly knows how to spoil their guests for choice with two stunning outdoor areas. Their undercover heated terrace is a bustling vibrant spot come the winter, and in the summer their courtyard has pristine decking in a beautiful secluded square. With craft beers from a whole host of local breweries accompanied by some proper hearty grub for carnivores and herbivores. After the sun has set, their venue transforms into one of the most sought-after party destinations to affirm their place as a truly special gem.