It’s fair to say your authors spend a lot of time in the pub. And, in our opinion, Leeds city centre has the best variety of pubs and bars of anywhere either of us have lived.
So… one day we decided to review them all. Every single drinking establishment in Leeds city centre. We counted 123 of them on the first count, although no doubt this number will change slightly [edit: make that a lot – we got up to 199 when we finally finished] during the course of our quest.
Our definition of a drinking establishment is pretty loose. Karaoke bars are in, casinos are out. Hotels and restaurants are in only if they make an effort to attract the local drinking population.
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Obviously these reviews will be biased toward our own personal tastes, so we thought it best to say up front what they are.
Our Number One Criterion is beer selection. We like a wide selection of real ales and rotating guest ales are always a plus. We also love Belgian imports, American microbrews and all kinds of unusual and international beers.
As for atmosphere: spots that are quiet enough to hold a good conversation without shouting turn us on, and rooms with giant TVs wall-to-wall turn us off. We’re not really sports enthusiasts, so we usually steer clear of places that are rammed with football and rugby fans on the day of the match.
And there’s always the unquantifiable x-factor: something special that just gives a place unique character which will have us coming back again and again.