What’s up guys? Welcome back to Vagabrothers. Our road trip through the north of England continues, this time with a stop in Leeds. Leeds is a major student town, and back in the day, it was the cradle of the Industrial Revolution. So we’re going to be learning a little bit of history while we go on a pub crawl. Favorite way to learn. But we’d better not drink too much because tomorrow morning we are learning how to play rugby with the Leeds Rhinos. Probably going to get our butts kicked. You ready? I’m ready to do it. Let’s go. I’m super excited right now. I don’t know if you guys have figured this out , but I’m kind of a dork. I studied Leeds and the whole north of England a lot in my political economy class because this is where the Industrial Revolution really started. Anyway, we’re going to learn more about that later. First we’re going to Friends of Ham a really good craft beer bar that was recommended to us by our friend, Johnny at the Craft Beer Channel. So thanks for the tip, Johnny. We’re going to go check it out and have some lunch. I consider a celebration of all things that are good in life: beer, ham, cheese, meats. It’s a celebration of culture and cuisine. You’ve got to choose some salamis and cheeses, and some of our specials and then we’re going to pair it with beers. All right guys. We have a six beer tasting. All of these look really good. They smell incredible. There’s pale ale. Looks like they have a barley wine and a couple of dark beers, as well. The mochaccino, which I’ve heard of before. And this is not coming from Starbucks, guys. This is the good stuff. Marko’s happy. I am a friend of ham, and we have so much in front of us. We’ve got the Italian plate, the French cheeses, the Spanish plate, and I’m very excited about this little thing right here. It’s called Pata Negra. I used to live in an area of Spain around Salamanca, and Pata Negra has a ham they grow there where the pigs are only fed acorns. So it makes just the most exquisite cured meats and we’re going to have some good food right now. Ready? This is just going to be ham overload. But what I think I’m most excited about is this open-faced sandwich of melted back lard. Lard. Yes All I’ve got to say is good thing we’re working out tomorrow morning with the Rhinos. I hope they kick our butts to burn all this back fat off of us. Nice. Cheers. Thank you. God damn Friends of Ham. Oh my goodness. That was so delicious. I really like it because it brought together not just local beers, because we covered a lot of local food, but also the best of other countries around the world. And to bring it back to the history side of things, that was really one of the tenets of the Industrial Revolution: the idea that some places could do certain things better than others. So we’re going to go see what’s up at the Victorian Market, which was kind of the product of all that, bringing foods from around the world that people could shop and buy. Vamanos! Nice This place is crazy. Super awesome. You hear the people like the vendors calling out their wares. Four strawberry a pound Come and have a luck. Pork chops and ribeye. Eight for a ten-er Eight for five pounds today. It almost reminds me of Oliver Twist. Like a little paper boy. “Get your paper.” “Two quid for a bonnet.” I don’t even know. This is so cool. I love it. See what I mean? The voices of the market really make it special. Now we are in Kirkgate Market, which is the largest covered market in Europe. And although the current structure dates back to the early 1900s, the original market was built in the 1800s. And I do think it’s really symbolic for the impact of the Industrial Revolution because I think the largest single impact of that time period was prosperity: was the ability for people to purchase more goods from farther away than ever before. And essentially the idea of an ever-expanding market I’m just trying to imagine what it would have been like to be here as someone, only a couple generations before, lived in a rural village, and then suddenly being able to purchase for the first time fruits from the tropics and foods from all over the world. So next step we’re going to go to Marks and Spencers, which is now a British institution, but it started off here as another one of these market stalls. It’s time for some coffee. Thank you All right so now we are in the corn exchange, which is a beautiful building. Check it out. It’s got an amazing vaulted ceiling. It’s a wonder of architecture. It looks great. This is like symmetrical heaven. Just walking along the River Aire right here. And actually, one of the most important innovations of this time was the invention of the canal system. Originally, canals were pulled by horses before trains existed, and it really allowed everthing that was being produced here on the interior of the country to be shipped out to ports, and then from there, all around the world. Pretty crazy the things that you stumble upon when you’re traveling. This little plaque behind me says that a guy named Louis Le Prince came here in 1866 where he experimented with a one lens camera to shoot that view, which was probably the first movie. So pretty cool. Look at that. Right. Well now we are at Northern Monk Brew Co. and it’s in this old flax store, this huge awesome brick building. It smells like hops. It smells like beer. I’m ready. Let’s do it. You start in our home which is a a former mill building where we produce around 120 barrels of beer a week. We’ve got a tap room on site here. Our kind of “raison d’etre” about the best of what came before us and looking at how we move that forwards, but we take our inspiration from northern British heritage and brewing traditions and looking back as far as a monastic brewing as well. We take a lot of our influence and inspiration from west coast beer scene. Woooo My god, there’s barley flying everywhere here. Time to go try some of this beer. Yes. IPA times two. Double IPA This is my happy place. I really love tracing the craft brew scene around the world and hitting up all these different breweries because this is a trend that is global in scale but is local. Every brewer makes a similar recipe but in their own unique ways. That is definitely true. You have to think that back in the day this building would have been full of huge mass-scale machines. The thing about craft beer is that they’re bringing the scale back to something more manageable Gentlemen. To the next place. Not to bed. To the next place We’re going to the Midnight Bell for dinner and more drinks. Guys, one of the cool things about the Midnight Bell is that the majority of the food that is cooked here is actually cooked with the beers that they brew. So for dinner tonight, we have ordered beef brisquette, which is cooked in their porter. Mark ordered a steak and ale pie, which is cooked in their midnight ale. It’s time to eat. It’s time to eat. it’s time to eat. Let’s go! This was our first showcase. This is where we could present our beers to people. This was always meant to be the best pub that we ever did. Cheers, guys. Thank you very much. Pastry flake in the windpipe. Ok guys. It’s early in the morning. We are at the stadium of the Leeds Rhinos who are the current reigning champions here in the UK. So basically, Mark and I are half Kiwi. Our dad’s from New Zealand. We know a bit about rugby, but we’ve never played it. And today, some of the players are going to give us a Rugby 101. Jimmy George Buchanan, JGB. That’s right. We’ve got Rob here. Hi guys. You going to be teaching us how to kick? Yep, that’s right. I think there might be a kicking competition involved??? It’s the best of three. Best of three. Best of three. Ready? All right. Best of luck. Best of luck, my brother. I’m feeling pretty good about this Back in high school, I was the 112 pound JV [wrestling} champion for a couple of weeks It’s going to be putting those skills to the test right now. JV champion. What’s that? An electrical make? [Laugh} Let’s go…go…go…go Like a grenade launcher in front of ya! Yeah He just threw that right at my head. He just hit me on the forehead! Did that go in? 0 for 1 Good try. 2 for 2 Feeling the heat. He’s got that beginner’s luck going forward. I’d just say I’m generally more coordinated. No comment. Oh. He’s got it there. I need Alex to miss this shot in order to have a chance at winning this petty competition. But being brothers, petty competitions are all we’ve got. You’ve got it? I don’t know. I guess so. Oh…….yo..yo…yo To the victor goes the spoils of just generally bragging right now. That’s why you’re such a spoiled brat. That was an awesome time in Leeds: pub crawl, bit of history, bit of rugby. Yeah. Fun times. Stay tuned. Next stop is the Lakes District. Make sure that you’re following us on social media. Subscribe to Vagabrothers if you have not already. Like this video, and share it with your friends. In the meantime, remember to stay curious, keep exploring, and we’ll see you guys on the road. Peace and out of the locker room. Let’s go.


  1. Am i the only other person watching this from Leeds, that is thinking WHERE ARE THEY? the brewery…where even?!

  2. great video about Leeds! Though a proper pub crawl should hit a few more bars., go on for a bit longer and you probably shouldn't feel like getting up before noon if you do it properly ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Nice visit to Kirkgate Market where I started my first real job as a chicken cutter 50 years ago. Late afternoon our front saleswoman would leave and I had funย ย  and replacing her barking to sell the "last" chickens..Kirkgate Market is where I first got lost aged four and found my way home which was maybeย  seven miles away. It was also where I got my first "Beatle cut" ย  at the barbers by theย  underground toilets ย instead of the usual back and sides.

  4. Born in Leeds, but it never looked this good, nice piece of film. Might even go back for a visit, you make it look really tempting.
    Well done .

  5. I'm glad the two lads survived Leeds, I was born there in 1979 back when all the buildings were still black with soot and nobody had even heard of 'craft beer'..! Tetleys was always the order of the day…and Samuel Smith's. After emigrating to Perth in Western Australia for the last few years…I am going back 'home' in three weeks, for a few months. And you know what…I cant wait!!! Leeds has always been a rough old hole…and as a native I can say that lol…but it does have a charm of its own. I like how complete strangers will just always come and speak to you (whether you want it or not) which I have missed over here. The people of Leeds are certainly down to earth…and although it can be a bit chavvy at times, it's also very inclusive in it's own way. They don't do snobs…as they will often remind you! And yes as the guys said in the video, you may get a feeling of 'Oliver Twist'. Leeds has a working-class culture and does lack the cultural finesse of cities like York and Cambridge…but in its own way it is beautiful….it is also a city which likes to have a good time. A great place to visit is Otley…for a slice of old-style Yorkshire…dont forget the Otley delicacies… hot pork pies, and beef and dripping sandwiches! I have dreamed of these in Australia

  6. Honestly, how long did you film in Leeds? How come you always have sun and sky?!?!

    BTW g8 vids mate. Really make me miss my University time!

  7. Bradford is a segregated shithole! No wondor everyone`s pissin themselves laughin their fuckin arses off!! Just throw a ring around it and set fire to the whole thing and put it out of its rotten misery once and for all.

  8. Funny thing is the guy making the noises doesn't even work on the market he just walks past has a chat with everyone on the stalls and then makes the noises to get more people over

  9. I visit Leeds quite often been to all of the places showcased here ( Friends of Ham Leeds and Ilkley lovely places) – it's a much improved city and that's my point I've never been to Harehills or any of the housing estates and probably never will neither will any other tourists – same with Hull Liverpool and Newcastle we only cherry pick the best bit and that's the centre

  10. I lived in Leeds for 10 years, went to university there and never left until las year. One of the BEST experiences.

  11. I just found out about this city called Leeds in England – and I absolutely fell in love with it! It's astonishing, beautiful! I'm definitely visiting it when I go to the UK.

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  13. Interesting to see some of the newer bars in my home town. Seems to be a lot of these springing up. And a shame you missed some of the older classics (but Iยดll keep secrets like Whitelocks, the oldest pub in the city, to myself.. itยดs a real gem, but too small for lots of tourists ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) But a small correction regarding what you said about the Victorian markets and how the enabled people to buy "fruits from around the world".. this increase in product diversity didnยดt really occur until well after WW2, after rationing was reduced and transport improved… my own parents, who were born at the beginning of the war, often tell stories of not know what bananas were, and how they were rationed, how fruit such as oranges was considered a luxury item, given at Christmas as gifts. Before that, and certainly in the industrial revolution, what would be available would be mostly home grown local produce. Itยดs nice to see the city I grew up in presented in a positive, modern way though, so a I think you did a good job here.

  14. Absolute bullshit 'how much did the drinks cost at the bar? I wonder how many times these two yanks were asked for cash by beggars and what about a trip to one of the many food banks in Leeds middle class high school bullshit

  15. Statistically, Leeds has a higher crime rate than Bradford, but bradford is the bigger shit hole! ah ha ha!!ย  but, having been there recently, i noticed how similar leeds is looking to bradford.

  16. Leeds is a great city but somehow the locals don't seem to appreciate it. We visit a lot and there is so much to see and do… It's changed so much since the turn of the century and is Very underrated.

  17. Very nice size city, how many miles wide and long? I was wondering where nice flats would be to rent for a couple of weeks.

  18. I live in the uk and am British and everyone knows Leeds is not shite it's a great city along with Liverpool , Newcastle, Birmingham the list goes on visit the North it has tons to offer ..I do love London but the North has more Britishness about it than London which is so cosmopolitan give or take a few enclaves of real cockneys left there !

  19. As a proud "Loiner" i have to say that this film was impressive, i loved watching it and would like to thank you for portraying Leeds in a good way! It is a great city with great people, an outsiders positive perspective is very refreshing, Thank you and please come again….

  20. Best pub in Leeds is North Bar. Best beer selection and it's unpretentious. Corn Exchange used to be good before they kicked out all the small alternative vendors.

  21. How REALLY refreshing to see Americans (esp of the Highly Intelligent variety) getting into – and genuinely appreciating – some of the FANTASTIC range of real ales that we do in the UK now.

    Bravo, Chaps !!!

  22. Wow – nice to see you guys had such a good time in my mum's home town! You should definitely do a road trip across the south of England too!

  23. Leeds has changed in all the time that I have known it.All these "craft beer,hipster joints"I remember when Tetley was king and You could still buy Capstan cigarettes.

  24. You should start a reality show of travel, just like the U Tube video you show.ย  So "enchanted" with your videos and commentary.ย  I'm visiting England summer of 2018 (5th time) and will now enjoy these areas because of your experiences!ย  Thank you.

  25. Thanks for your look at Leeds. I've only been there once, and it was just a day trip. I didn't see most of what you've shown.

  26. Itโ€™s so refreshing to see people visiting the North of England, especially my home county of Yorkshire. I watched your Liverpool video too, where I went to university and the last place I lived in England before I moved to Mexico five years ago. I usually look for videos of home but none are as well informed, interesting and beautifully edited as yours. Thanks for killing off the homesickness for a while longer ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. Well Brothers id like you to know I like not only the editing of your videos but also the no set rules as to how you you make them so interesting!!!!!!

  28. Sorry but how are you gonna make Leeds look so nice, it is one of the biggest cities in England but it's still a shithole, I know cause I live here. But don't get me wrong, it's still my home and I will always love it here

  29. If you ever come back to Leeds get in touch with me and I will show you the other places, there are places you can go only if you know about it

  30. Would have loved to have seen you go to spencers on match day!!!!! That would have been a bit of an eye opener for you lads

  31. I was born in Leeds back in the day with outside toilets and tin baths. Some how I ended up in the USA but still miss my old town. Find myself surfing the net for the old leeds I knew. When I go back home I always make sure I have a pint in Whitelocks and take my american wife around the market. She loves the vendors shouting out their deals on produce. You can take the lad out of Leeds but you cant take the Leeds out of the lad. ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. Iโ€™ve been visiting Leeds for 17 years now and it is always amazing for its food such as Fish and chips and the market itself!

  33. They have some good drag bars down by the railway line. I think one's called the Showbar, and as a straight white male I can honestly say I've never had so much fun on a night out.

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