The pub quiz is a British institution that feels like it’s as old as the pub itself. In truth, the pub quiz came to prominence in the 1970s and quickly grew in popularity. Now, in towns, cities and villages all over the UK, there are quizzes in pubs every night of every week. Leeds is no exception, and in the centre and the suburbs you’ll find various pub quizzes of varying levels. From serious competition between regular teams to frivolous fun for entertainment, there is a pub to suit every quizzer. Here are six of the best pub quizzes in Leeds.

Water Lane Boathouse
Canal Wharf, Holbeck, Leeds LS11 5PS

There aren’t many nicer ways to start a week than by sitting beside the water in a stylish bar with a drink, pizza and good vibes. Add to that a fun pub quiz and Water Lane Boathouse becomes the ideal place to spend a Monday evening. This popular Canal Wharf venue invites teams to enter at 7 for a chance to win a £50 bar tab, and even if you don’t, you’ll have had a lovely time in this scenic city setting.

The Mustard Pot
20 Stainbeck Ln, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3QY

The Mustard Pot is a long-standing favourite local for the people of Chapel Allerton. This Georgian style building atop a huge beer garden provides everything a traditional neighbourhood pub should, which extends into a great weekly pub quiz. Every Sunday from 8pm you can warm up your brain for the week ahead, or perhaps try it again if you win the prize of booze vouchers. This mixed bag of questions in a comfy social atmosphere is friendly and welcoming of visitors and regulars, and is always a popular and enjoyable way to end a week.

Crowd of Favours
4-12 Harper St, Leeds LS2 7EA

One of a handful of Leeds Brewery pubs in the city, Crowd of Favours is a perfect spot to hunker down on a Sunday and settle in for a roast dinner, a real ale, and top it off at 7pm with their pub quiz. Its smartphone based, fastest finger first approach adds a unique twist, and the gallon of beer prize adds a tempting incentive. It really is Sunday Funday at Crowd of Favours.

Headrow House
19a The Headrow, Leeds LS1 6PU

This popular and hip city centre venue doesn’t immediately bring to mind a pub quiz, which makes their fun weekly quizzing all the more impressive. Head down to the beer hall on any Tuesday and from 7pm question master Tim tests your knowledge of all things sports, music and current affairs to win a £50 bar tab. More massive prizes are also on offer through a spin on the wheel of fortune in a relaxed and vibrant setting that makes the pub quiz cool again. I mean, what else are you going to do on a Tuesday?

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

Northern Monk, on Leeds’ revived south bank at the edge of the city centre, is a striking building in which delicious beer is created in their brewery and enjoyed in their tap room. On a Wednesday, A Tribe Called Quiz hosts a wonderfully weird quiz at 7:30 in the refectory, where you’ll be challenged on your general knowledge, artistry, theatrical skills and blind tasting. A win and the beer vouchers prize means you’ll have a reason to sup even more of the local brew. 

LS6 Cafe
16 Headingley Ln., Headingley, Leeds LS6 2AS

In the student hotspot of Hyde Park and on the busy Otley Road, LS6 Cafe provides regular quizzes that attracts students and locals alike. There is a weekly general knowledge quiz every Thursday at 8pm, plus the themed Netflix & Quiz, which focuses on a different specific subject each time, from a favourite film network to a cult tv series or a popular comedy show. It’s interactive fun, and a great way to connect with like-minded folk. And better still, the prize is everybody’s favourite: cash.