North Bar

Bar, Eatery

24 New Briggate
Leeds, England, LS1 6NU
United Kingdom

0113 242 4540 | map

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toscanoigor from Brazil

4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Visit: Mar/2016

The bar's atmosphere is a little bit hipster, in a good way: modern and cozy. Great selection of beers, good service and exactly the place I was looking for to relax and enjoy some of the best selection from the tap.

Mar 16, 2016
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Stephen63 from Scotland

4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Had an hour to kill before heading for the train.

Headed straight for here after consulting the BA site. I was not disappointed!

They have a beer list and it is extensive. If I lived here it would take a while to work though this! Certainly the best I have seen in the UK, not filled with poor "exotic" foreign beers for the sake of internationalisation. It is filled with quality.

Helpful barman suggested a Notradamus (reviewed). Otherwise I'd probably have drooled for half an hour.

The place has a very continental feel with wooden tables and chairs, you could certainly feel you were in the low countries. Unobtrusive background music added to the atmopsphere. I was there mid-afternoon on a Friday, was not too busy expect it to be packed in the evening.

My only criticism was that my drink was served far too cold.

A definite must visit. A genuiune piece of Belgium in Leeds.

Apr 16, 2010
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futurefjp from England

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Lovely place in the Heart of England(Leeds)...spent so much hard earned dough on the broad selection. Actually I was broken in here (my first real experience of quality beer in the UK). Since 1997 its done its stuff, and since 1999 i've quaffed - aventinus, schenider weisse, duchess de bourg, goudenband, Achoffe, Quintine, Raison D'etre, Hercule Stout, karmaliet, Kastel bruin, Rauchbier, De Dolle Oerbier, faro, Gueuze, etc...

good sounds on a Friday and Saturday night too...

Food used to be absolutely fab...not so hot now(but they do do Pieminster Pies).


Apr 11, 2008
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clabaugh from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I visited North Bar while I was in Leeds for a few days this spring, and very much enjoyed it. The pub is long, narrow, and dimly lit, creating a casual and relaxing ambiance. The decor exudes an aspiration to trendiness, with some eclectic art ornamenting the walls. I was there while the university students were on break, and I don't know if North Bar is a popular student hang out, but I encountered a mature and down-to-earth clientele. Excellent atmosphere to spend an evening of conversation over some pints.

The selection at North Bar was ample. They had 9 or 10 beers on tap, and a moderately large selection of bottles from all over the world to supplement their tap list. English, Belgian, and German beers are in healthy supply, including some great English bitters and a few Belgian lambics (which seemed to be rare in North England). If you're an American looking for a taste of home, the pickings are a bit slim, but then again it is England, so why not take advantage of the local offerings anyway? Notably, I had Dark Star's Oatmeal Stout and Rooster's "Rooster's" bitter during my visit, both commendable brews.

The prices were reasonable considering the thrashing the dollar has been taking from the pound. Certainly not cheap if one branches out into the non-British sections of the menu, but it's not impossible to get a good value if one chooses appropriately. Overall, a fine establishment, and one to which I'd gladly return.

Apr 23, 2007
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Bcant from Michigan

3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

When I was a studen in Leeds (in 2003 and 2004) this was one of my favorate places to go out in Leeds. One of the reason is that North Bar is the only place in Leeds that resembles a good bar in the US and while a top-notch British pub can't be beat, sometimes I was craving a bit of America. The long-narrow pub is dimly lit, with usually interesting local art on display. They have 10-12 beers on tap (lots of good German and Belgin beers) and a big bottle selection that incldes American micros, a rariety in the UK. The main drawback to Nort Bar is that it is expensive, even for Leeds' standards.

Sep 18, 2005
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TheLongBeachBum from California

4.44/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

The North Bar is not exactly hidden, but it is easy to walk past it. I spent 3 drink-fuelled years in Leeds as a Student in the late 1980’s so I know Leeds well, but as this place has only been open for a few years, even I still managed to walk past it.

I arranged to meet to some friends here recently whilst I was back in the UK on vacation. This was our meeting point for a crawl of Leeds. At 5pm when I arrived on the Monday afternoon it was pretty quiet.

It is a long thin, single room, open plan corridor with the bar on your left. Tables run all the way down the right hand side. Spartan looking, with simple décor.

The Beer range though is absolutely excellent.

On Draft there are 9 Permanent Beers, including Lindeboom, Dortmunder Union (from Leeds twin town), Jupiler (!?), Erdinger Wheat and Dunkel, Liefmans Framboise and Kriek, Dentergems Wit and of course, the domestic ever-popular Guinness.

In addition to the above, there are 2 Guest Draft beers, one of which is always a UK Real Ale (Rudgate on my visit) and the other is usually a Belgium. I tried the Guest Belgium on my visit – Tripel Karmeliet – spicy, strong & stupendous!

The Fridges behind the bar contain yet more Bottled beers, about 50-60, from all over the world. Again there are Permanent & Guest Bottled Beers. But they are not the usual offerings. A very well thought out selection indeed, that occasionally alters. For instance, they removed the “Chinese” beer Tsing Tao when it recently started to be brewed in the Netherlands. Top Marks North Bar. As it was Easter time, the Guest Bottled Beers were predominantly Winter and Xmas beers. I tried the Erdinger Schneeweiss, a spicy monster of a beer.

The North Bar oozes character and is a very popular meeting place after work for a quick beer before heading home. Paintings from Local Artists adorn the walls, some of which is very good, Music is always playing but never intrusive, and the Staff are very knowledgeable about the beer, don’t be afraid to ask if you need help with your selection.

I wish we would have spent the entire night here, but the thick smoky atmosphere (do I sound like a whinging non-smoker? – ah, I don’t care) meant that I was glad to get out for some fresh air to be honest, great beer selection or not. Cancer mist is the only drawback for me, apart from that, it’s an excellent place to hang and chill out, and is probably the best beer bar in Leeds.
Cosmopolitan, European and Très Cool.

Last Visit: Monday 14th April 2003

May 03, 2003
North Bar in Leeds, GB2, United Kingdom
Place rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 6 ratings