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Leeds Wembley pubs: Full details for fans ahead of the Play-Off Final

Leeds are heading back to Wembley for the first time in 16 years after beating Norwich 4-0 in the Championship Play-Off semi-finals. The Whites now have a match with Southampton at the home of football for a place back in the Premier League after both clubs were relegated from the top flight last season.

A lot has changed in the 16 years since their last visit to the stadium, including the drinking options around the ground. For all the information on Leeds Wembley pubs for the Play-Off final, here is everything you need to know.

Leeds Wembley pubs
Leeds fans will be hoping for a happier return to Wembley after losing to Doncaster Rovers in the 2008 League One Play-Off final – Photo by Icon Sport

Leeds Wembley pubs: Where can Leeds fans drink pre-match?

Brent Council are enforcing a No Street Drinking Zone on Olympic Way and the surrounding areas, so the Leeds Wembley pubs and official fan zones are the only place to enjoy an alcoholic drink.

Leeds fans have been allocated the east side of Wembley Stadium for the Play-Off final. The east side is generally considered the worst of the two sides but that is unlikely to ruin the day for Leeds fans who will just be excited to be back at the national stadium.

The most popular pre-match watering hole on this side of Wembley is the Torch which is around 0.7 miles east of the stadium. It isn't the biggest pub in the world and will unquestionably reach capacity early on so arrive as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

The full list of pubs on the east side of Wembley is as follows:

  • The Blue Check, 12 -13 Empire Way, Wembley, HA9 0RQ
  • Wembley Tavern, 121 Wembley Park Dr, Wembley Park, HA9 8HG
  • Stadium Sports Bar, 125 Wembley Park Dr, Wembley Park, HA9 8HQ
  • The Torch, 1-5 Bridge Rd, Wembley Park, HA9 9AB
  • Crock of Gold, 23 Bridge Road, Wembley, HA9 9AB

Alternatives to Leeds Wembley pubs

If it's going to be sunny in London this weekend, then fans might want to consider checking out the fan zones around the stadium. Organisers are putting on a fan zone for both Leeds and Southampton with Leeds' situated on the east side of the stadium.

The fan zone will be open at 11am and close 30 minutes before kick-off, the Fan Zone will serve food and drinks and will include a resident DJ for fans to enjoy. Alcohol drinks will stop being served an hour before kick-off.

In order to enter the fan zone, you must have a valid match ticket and the stadium bag policy applies.

Other pubs around Wembley for Leeds fans

For Leeds fans getting the train to London, there will be the temptation to drink elsewhere for a few hours before heading to Wembley for kick-off.

One popular drinking destination nearby the stadium is Kilburn High Road which is six stop down the Bakerloo Line from Wembley. The High Road is effectively one long strip of pubs with each one getting progressively quieter the further away from the station you get. The Old Bell is typically one of the most popular pubs with football fans.

Inside the stadium

Wembley Stadium is a cashless arena so fans will need to have their card on them to buy food and drink inside.

Supporters with tickets in the lower tier will be able to take advantage of the new frictionless Tap Bar which provides access to refreshments quicker and more efficiently. Fans will just be asked to tap their card on entry, pick up what they have ordered and then walk away, all without getting stuck in a queue.

Andy Delaney

Andy is a freelance sports writer with ten years of experience covering major sporting events across Europe. He has also been a season ticket holder at Old Trafford since 2008 and has visited over 40 football stadiums in the United Kingdom and abroad following the Reds.

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