For me, the University I went to had to have good nightlife. Where better than Leeds? Endless clubs and bars to explore, with DJ’s from all over the world coming to Leeds to play each week. There is no doubt that in Leeds we are spoilt for choice. As I’m sure we all miss going out, this post will rank my favourite places for a night out in Leeds with some honourable mentions at the end.
5. Headrow House
Headrow house has featured in previous posts as a great place to go for a cheap steak and chips and a pint on the terrace, but it also ranks highly for a Leeds night out! With it previously being home to infamous Bobby’s Disco people began to love Headrow for a night out. Reasonably priced drinks, easy to get to, two large rooftop terraces up above the Leeds city centre, what more could you want? As Bobby’s Disco relocated to The Warehouse it became a less frequently visited venue but is known for bringing in some big names. With a Leeds based duo Prospa having a residency at Headrow this year it was a great cheap Thursday night which was hard to say no to. In recent years Headrow house has had the likes of Leon Vynehall, Nightmares on Wax, Folamour, Crazy P, Mall Grab and others play.
Reasonably priced drinks/tickets
Centre of town
Needs more nights!!!
Beaverworks is a venue which a lot of people describe as you either love it or you hate it. It features so highly for me because it has provided some of the best nights I have had at Uni. If you are going to Beaverworks you are most likely gearing up for a big night, with a large pres, and a guaranteed huge night ahead whether you like it or not. It is undoubtably an iconic Leeds nightclub and a cultural experience. With 6 unique rooms with quality sound systems and a massive capacity it is no wonder so many big artists play here and so Beaverworks manages to bring in some of the best lineups in the city. Whether it is a Goodlife, Cirque, Highrise or Boombox Circus you can always guarantee you’ll see people you know at Beaverworks on a Friday or Saturday. So long as you go to Beaverworks in moderation, and get a good group together it will provide a good night but be wary of the Uber prices and losing your friends!
Plenty of rooms
Large smoking area
Losing your friends
Can get Repetitive
3. Mint Warehouse
This is another iconic Leeds venue that if you do it right, will guarantee a good night! Mint Warehouse, like Beaverworks is notorious for bringing in massive names and hosts some unforgettable nights. After recently having a massive refurb it is looking like it will continue to be one of Leeds top venues, with a new terrace area looking great for summer events. The new bespoke sound system will make it louder than ever and see it hosting some of the best future events Leeds has to offer.
Great sound system
Nice smoking area
2. Sheaf Street
Sheaf Street Cafeteria is one of Leeds’ most distinctive clubs, loved by me and many students. The infamous wall of screens behind the decks give it a special feel and this is matched by the tunes which will not disappoint. If you asked most students who’d been to Sheaf Street they will most likely tell you they’ve never had a bad night there, with popular events being Hyde House where DJ’s such as Laurence Guy, Adryiano and Harrison BDP all have played. At number two its definitely worth a visit for fun night and something a bit different to your usual Leeds vibe.
Nice smoking area
Far from student area
Without a doubt my number 1 would have to be Wire. There’s a number of reasons why this venue is the one which we go to the most. Not only is it a unique nightclub experience but week in week out there are top-end DJ’s from who play a range of music, all coming to Wire. As one of Britains premier underground venues it hosts quality nights with an intimate environment which you cannot get anywhere else. The club has hosted nights from some of the world’s best DJ’s such as Four Tet, Peggy Gou, Ben UFO, Hunee and many others. As a student in Leeds you can almost guarantee Wire will be bringing in some of the greatest talent and showcase your favourite music live, in such a small venue which makes it extra special. Keep a watch out for who’s playing because its worth a visit!
Intimate, unique venue
Reasonably priced drinks
Good price tickets
Smoking area on street
Can be warm
Burst eardrums – you can get earplugs there
Obviously, being Leeds there is so many more clubs and nights out which are quality and deserve honourable mentions.
Canal Mills – Gone but not forgotten, bring back the Garden Party!
Walkabout – Classic Wednesday night, you will not get any better value than this!
Distrikt – One of the best bars/clubs you will find. Worth a visit for sure.
Freedom Mills – Great venue, rarely has events. Take your earplugs
Dominoes Bar/Club – See for yourself.
Those were my top Leeds clubs! Each of them have so much to offer and will not let you down. I hope that I haven’t made you miss going out too much but I’m sure we will be back out enjoying our great venues as soon as possible! Lets hope they can all stay open as it would be sad to see any of them go.
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