Fin (1146) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | May 19, 2015
Not quite sure what happened here but I am convinced that I had reviewed this place in the past, so a little confused. I have been here on two occasions with Loz, in February 2014 and again the same month this year, also visited about 3-4 years ago with dad and Barry. This is a great little bar, it was smaller than I expected, it’s narrow but longish. The bar is ahead on the LH side as you enter with seating all down the RH side, the layout reminds me a little of a diner. It has a great selection of beers on keg, cask , and bottle and you can see why this has been the top entry for Leeds now for a few years. I have been here both during the day and late at night and if coming at night be prepared to stand as it’s popularity means it gets very busy. The staff are top notch, knowledge, friendly and chatty added to that they play some great tunes. Jackson C Frank on my last visit as well as some other corking tunes. I seem to recall that we were drinking Kernel and Anarchy beers on our last visit. I guess this is a little further up town from Friends of Ham, Bundobust Tapped etc, but with Belgravia Music Hall just a very short walk away you have even more reason to go here, both are great venues, if this is busy then go to Belgravia Music Hall as it is huge in comparison and you should be fine there, come back here afterwards. Really like this venue, decor wise I haven’t ever taken much notice and it’s often quite a dimly lit place, but it always appears tidy. A great bar you should definitely seek out.
Cozy night-time and quite modern night-time bar. It’s all about modern ale here, both on keg and cask. Great breweries from England and abroad, really good choices of beer, certainly in the top 3 in the city. Prices are a bit higher than usual in town, but you do get quality stuff. Staff is well versed in the subject matter and luckily there is enough of them since it can get busy. Bottle prices are high, but the tap list is sufficient. Perfect for an afternoon tasting stop. Not a place for food, though.
It was unsurprisingly a packed house on a visit during the evening. Solid tap list with a mix of US and Euro offerings. Cask and bottles are also here with the handpulls given over to regional breweries. Energetic vibe in this place.
Great place to come for a varied taplist of British craft beers - likely the best in the city. Bottle list is good too, but the prices are absurd on those - prices are reasonable for draught. Service is very friendly and the establishment is very cozy. Highly recommended place to come to in Leeds.
This is where it all began! Craft beer in Leeds found its home at North Bar over 16 years ago. One of the first places to have Sierra Nevada on tap in the UK, one of the first to have Brooklyn on tap in the UK. If you’ve been drinking great beer at any point in the last 16 years North Bar were the first places in Leeds to stock it. Trailblazers!
Great line up of kegs even if the cask offerings can be surprisingly dull at times.
Tap Takeovers, meet the brewer and other events along with annual festivals celebrating US beer, Lowlands (Belgium and Neatherlands) and Orval Day.
Simple bar food, pie and peas and stunning cheese, meat and bread boards.
Great atmosphere but some can some be a bit of sauna when its jam-packed.
My only issue is the price. When they were the only show in town you can have insane prices but now there are a number of other great beer bars I’m baffled they haven’t brought the prices down.
KJB27 (17) Lille, France | August 27, 2013| Updated December 1, 2013
Best range of beers in Leeds. Local and foreign on tap, pricey rarities in the fridges. Constant change in beer selection, always very well varied types of beers on tap. Beautiful lively place, awesome music, knowledgeable staff.
Nice place, very low key chilled vibe and decor. It is quite expensive, with some bottles priced higher than London but some cask ales and keg beers for 4 quid or less. A super selection - deffo worth a trip. Food wasn’t that amazing.
One long room, definitely not a traditional pub. Decent mix of foreign and domestic taps. Nice music, played at a reasonable sound. Reasonably priced, informed staff. Lots of spirits . The selection was pretty surprising, lots of gems, like Salty Kiss, Holy Cow, Croucher Val Am on tap. The more I hang out at this place the more I love it. I guess it feels too much like a bar in N America when I first arrived so I had a negative basis, as I am looking for an English pub, but really this place is cool as fuck. Loved the music, chilled out staff and laid back vibe. Rate initially 76, then 82, but this has to go higher. One of my favs in the UK, which really surprises me as when I arrived I would have never thought so.
I’ve been going to North Bar since it opened about 16 years ago.
A real trailblazer in the craft beer scene and still going strong. Expect the best of British, Europe and some real exciting specials from America. They put on some great events, meet the brewer, tap takeovers and themed festivals (Oktoberfest, Lowlands, US) and I do love Orval day.
One of North Bar’s strengths is their staff, welcoming, friendly, knowledgeable and passionate about beer.
Yes it’s pricey and you may need a second mortgage if you want anything from the fridges. Always ask how much something is before you order.
As for as Leeds (if not West Yorkshire) this is where it all began!