Tall Boys Beer Market, situated in Leeds’ Thorntons Arcade, is a craft beer shop like no other. It’s cool, it’s quirky and you’ll most definitely fall for its charm.
When I took my first trip to Leeds over a year ago, I had just been introduced to the beauty of craft beer. I was already aware of Brewdog and its classic Punk IPA, as well as a few others, but I was becoming interested in what more there was to offer.
Enter Tall Boys. A wonderfully unique beer shop hidden within Thorntons Arcade. It’s decorated with distinctive illustrations in its windows, including the words ‘good beer’, a phrase associated with the shop. Through looking in, you also get a good view of the delicious sandwiches they sell daily. What makes Tall Boys special is that it is not just your average beer place. It’s somewhere to drink, eat and socialise with friends.
Once inside, you’re greeted with a friendly face, someone who is always willing to help you out if you have a particular type of beer in mind. Craft beer can seem overwhelming at times. There are an endless amount of beers out there coming from an equally endless amount of breweries. But the guys at Tall Boys make your decision easy for you. They know exactly what they have on their shelves and exactly how each tastes. I have visited this shop several times over the past year and now that I am a fully-fledged lover of craft beer, it’s great to go in there and be surrounded by people who feel the same.
After you’ve chosen your beer (or several) you can sit upstairs in a wonderful space decorated with local artists’ work. It’s a bright room filled with lots to look at, as well as a plant or two. The room is always changing, with artwork being switched every few months, so it’s exciting to see what’s new every time I visit. My last visit was only a few weeks ago and they had filled one of their walls with wooden planters and beautiful greenery, as you can see above. It feels fresh and makes for a perfect spot to drink your beer.
At a time when supermarkets are cashing in on the craft beer movement, we now more than ever need to think about independents when it comes to buying our beer. Tall Boys regularly use the hashtag ‘support your local beer gaff’ on Instagram. It’s a wonderful statement to live by and if I had Tall Boys on my doorstep, I would definitely be in there as much as possible. It’s a charming little place that, like me, you will absolutely fall in love with!