Why Leeds is great if you're looking for nightlife

The nightlife in Leeds is something that draws many people to the city – and for good reason! There really is a little bit of something for everybody, no matter what your interests, or what night of the week it is.

Whether you’re into fancy cocktail bars, craft ale houses, intimate jazz bars or clubs with seemingly never-ending floors of music, we’re confident that you’ll find your new favourite hangout right here in Leeds.

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Large nightclubs in Leeds

The Warehouse club is stuff of legend in Leeds. It’s been going for over 30 years, and has hosted artists such as Oasis, The Stone Roses and Frankie Goes to Hollywood. Pretty cool, right? It’s now known for its weird and wonderful retro-themed events, which often run until 6am. 

The Warehouse

Located at the top end of the city centre, close to our City Campus, Pryzm is known for its size, and its good value student nights. It has different music playing in each of its five rooms, meaning you can have a totally different type of evening each and every time you visit. Celebrity guests and well-known DJs often visit here too, making it a firm favourite with students in Leeds.

Pryzm Leeds
Mint Warehouse was grown from the world-famous 'Mint Club' - a small venue but mighty in terms of club nights and DJ bookings. Mint Warehouse gives the house and techno music lovers a place to flock to, every night of the week. Well known in Yorkshire, it attracts plenty of big name DJs and famous acts just like its smaller sibling. 
Mint Warehouse

Located at the bottom of Leeds’ famous nightlife street, Call Lane, this 1920s themed cocktail bar and nightclub is incredibly popular with fans of R&B. Open on a Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, the Backroom is perfect for if you fancy dressing in your finest outfit and dancing the night away to artists such as Drake, Usher and Beyoncé.

Backroom
This huge space just outside of the city centre hosts epic music, food and arts events. Music-wise, you’ll see plenty of famous DJs gracing the decks in this large former mill. Come along and enjoy music such as drum and bass, garage, house and techno. They also host ‘Bongo’s Bingo’, which is an event that needs to be seen to be believed. It’s half bingo, half rave, complete with loud music, hilarious prizes and dancing on tables!
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The Warehouse club is stuff of legend in Leeds. It’s been going for over 30 years, and has hosted artists such as Oasis, The Stone Roses and Frankie Goes to Hollywood. Pretty cool, right? It’s now known for its weird and wonderful retro-themed events, which often run until 6am. 

Located at the top end of the city centre, close to our City Campus, Pryzm is known for its size, and its good value student nights. It has different music playing in each of its five rooms, meaning you can have a totally different type of evening each and every time you visit. Celebrity guests and well-known DJs often visit here too, making it a firm favourite with students in Leeds.

Mint Warehouse was grown from the world-famous 'Mint Club' - a small venue but mighty in terms of club nights and DJ bookings. Mint Warehouse gives the house and techno music lovers a place to flock to, every night of the week. Well known in Yorkshire, it attracts plenty of big name DJs and famous acts just like its smaller sibling. 

Located at the bottom of Leeds’ famous nightlife street, Call Lane, this 1920s themed cocktail bar and nightclub is incredibly popular with fans of R&B. Open on a Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, the Backroom is perfect for if you fancy dressing in your finest outfit and dancing the night away to artists such as Drake, Usher and Beyoncé.

This huge space just outside of the city centre hosts epic music, food and arts events. Music-wise, you’ll see plenty of famous DJs gracing the decks in this large former mill. Come along and enjoy music such as drum and bass, garage, house and techno. They also host ‘Bongo’s Bingo’, which is an event that needs to be seen to be believed. It’s half bingo, half rave, complete with loud music, hilarious prizes and dancing on tables!
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Leeds Music Scene

More interested in live music than you are in club nights? Well don't worry, Leeds has got a plethora of amazing venues that are well known for putting on some of the newest and underground music. Check out what Leeds has to offer below. 

Other nightlife in Leeds

Bar Fibre has been around for 18 years, and in that time it has reinvented itself several times. It’s now a bar/club on Lower Briggate with four floors, opulent décor, a lively outdoor courtyard and non-stop party tunes. Fibre hosts a different exciting event each and every evening – currently they have ‘Gin Club Tuesdays’, ‘Throwback Thursdays’, live acoustic vocalists on a Wednesday and more. They also host a HUGE party for Leeds Pride, which is absolutely not to be missed.
Bar Fibre
This Latin-inspired cocktail bar and tapas restaurant is the perfect place to visit if you fancy a fiesta! You can find it on the corner of two of Leeds’ party streets – Call Lane and Lower Briggate. Step inside and be transported to Cuba, thanks to their live musicians, yummy cocktails and samba dancers. One word of warning though – you’ll need to make sure you have your dancing shoes on before you step in here, as sitting down is definitely not an option with such cool music playing. 
Revolución de Cuba
This bar, restaurant and club really does tick all boxes. It mixes music and art, and offers up club-nights for genres such as jungle, techno, drum’n’bass and hip-hop. It also boasts an ever-changing cocktail menu, and yummy vegan bar snacks courtesy of its in-house restaurant, Cantina. Their student-friendly night is a Tuesday, and you can enjoy happy hour deals all day long as well as 20% off food. 
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Three times winner of both the 'Best Nightclub' and 'Best Live Music Venue' at the annual Leeds Bar & Club Awards. HiFi is the perfect place to head if you want a dance on a night out, but aren't looking for a huge venue that you could get lost in. You'll find a variety of music but if you want to dance to soul, funk, hip-hop or disco - this is the place for you!
HiFi Club
Bar Fibre has been around for 18 years, and in that time it has reinvented itself several times. It’s now a bar/club on Lower Briggate with four floors, opulent décor, a lively outdoor courtyard and non-stop party tunes. Fibre hosts a different exciting event each and every evening – currently they have ‘Gin Club Tuesdays’, ‘Throwback Thursdays’, live acoustic vocalists on a Wednesday and more. They also host a HUGE party for Leeds Pride, which is absolutely not to be missed.
This Latin-inspired cocktail bar and tapas restaurant is the perfect place to visit if you fancy a fiesta! You can find it on the corner of two of Leeds’ party streets – Call Lane and Lower Briggate. Step inside and be transported to Cuba, thanks to their live musicians, yummy cocktails and samba dancers. One word of warning though – you’ll need to make sure you have your dancing shoes on before you step in here, as sitting down is definitely not an option with such cool music playing. 
This bar, restaurant and club really does tick all boxes. It mixes music and art, and offers up club-nights for genres such as jungle, techno, drum’n’bass and hip-hop. It also boasts an ever-changing cocktail menu, and yummy vegan bar snacks courtesy of its in-house restaurant, Cantina. Their student-friendly night is a Tuesday, and you can enjoy happy hour deals all day long as well as 20% off food. 
Three times winner of both the 'Best Nightclub' and 'Best Live Music Venue' at the annual Leeds Bar & Club Awards. HiFi is the perfect place to head if you want a dance on a night out, but aren't looking for a huge venue that you could get lost in. You'll find a variety of music but if you want to dance to soul, funk, hip-hop or disco - this is the place for you!

Pubs, breweries and ale houses in Leeds

One of Leeds’ hidden gems, North Bar is slightly off the beaten track, located on New Briggate at the top end of the city centre. It’s a small, cosy, glass-fronted bar which offers over 50 different whiskies, and many more varieties of craft beer. A quick glance at their excellent online reviews shows that their staff are extremely knowledgeable, the atmosphere is lively and the beer is delicious. What more could you ask for?

There’s also North Brewing Co, set up by North Bar. Visit their brewery (just outside of the city centre) to taste their beers just yards from where they are made. They often host food festivals in association with Leeds Indie Food, and they serve funky flavoured beers such as ice cream and coffee flavour!

North Brewing Co.
Based in Holbeck, this famous Leeds brewery is a short walk out of town, but the journey is well worth the effort. Take a tour of the brewery and sample their 16 keg lines, two cask lines and large can selection. You can make an entire day of your visit by enjoying the yummy Mexican food they have on offer too, and participating in their Wednesday quiz night, where you can win beer vouchers for your next visit. 
Northern Monk
This American-style brew pub serves 27 different draft beers and over 100 different varieties of bottled beer, meaning you’ll be spoilt for choice! Grabbing a beer here is a quiet, relaxed and enjoyable experience. What’s more, they also serve yummy pizzas with beer-infused dough. It’s the perfect spot for a leisurely afternoon catch-up with a group of friends. 
Tapped
Leeds' oldest pub, Whitelocks Ale House is hidden down a little alley off of Briggate, Leeds’ main shopping street. This lovely little spot has hints of its past, with its current interior being mostly from the 1800s. Enjoy their large selection of real ale and craft beers while taking in the charming decoration. You can also sit outside in their courtyard when it’s sunny, making it the perfect pit-stop after a day of shopping! 
Whitelocks
Woodies Craft Ale House is a student favourite, located close to Leeds Beckett’s Headingley Campus. It’s part of the infamous Otley Run, a 16-venue pub crawl that takes you from Headingley into the city centre. Many people enjoy heading to Woodies, trying some of their extensive beer selection and observing the many eccentric fancy dress costumes of the Otley Run-goers. We guarantee you’ll be entertained all night! 
Woodies

One of Leeds’ hidden gems, North Bar is slightly off the beaten track, located on New Briggate at the top end of the city centre. It’s a small, cosy, glass-fronted bar which offers over 50 different whiskies, and many more varieties of craft beer. A quick glance at their excellent online reviews shows that their staff are extremely knowledgeable, the atmosphere is lively and the beer is delicious. What more could you ask for?

There’s also North Brewing Co, set up by North Bar. Visit their brewery (just outside of the city centre) to taste their beers just yards from where they are made. They often host food festivals in association with Leeds Indie Food, and they serve funky flavoured beers such as ice cream and coffee flavour!

Based in Holbeck, this famous Leeds brewery is a short walk out of town, but the journey is well worth the effort. Take a tour of the brewery and sample their 16 keg lines, two cask lines and large can selection. You can make an entire day of your visit by enjoying the yummy Mexican food they have on offer too, and participating in their Wednesday quiz night, where you can win beer vouchers for your next visit. 
This American-style brew pub serves 27 different draft beers and over 100 different varieties of bottled beer, meaning you’ll be spoilt for choice! Grabbing a beer here is a quiet, relaxed and enjoyable experience. What’s more, they also serve yummy pizzas with beer-infused dough. It’s the perfect spot for a leisurely afternoon catch-up with a group of friends. 
Leeds' oldest pub, Whitelocks Ale House is hidden down a little alley off of Briggate, Leeds’ main shopping street. This lovely little spot has hints of its past, with its current interior being mostly from the 1800s. Enjoy their large selection of real ale and craft beers while taking in the charming decoration. You can also sit outside in their courtyard when it’s sunny, making it the perfect pit-stop after a day of shopping! 
Woodies Craft Ale House is a student favourite, located close to Leeds Beckett’s Headingley Campus. It’s part of the infamous Otley Run, a 16-venue pub crawl that takes you from Headingley into the city centre. Many people enjoy heading to Woodies, trying some of their extensive beer selection and observing the many eccentric fancy dress costumes of the Otley Run-goers. We guarantee you’ll be entertained all night! 

Roof terraces and beer gardens 

Perhaps you enjoy a drink outside on an evening as opposed to being cooped up in a club with lots of other people? Well, Leeds has a great amount of roof terraces and beer gardens, just take a look at what the city has to offer.

Cocktails in Leeds

Neighbourhood restaurant and bar is located on Greek Street, a popular destination for party-goers wishing to dress up and have a sophisticated night out. Neighbourhood is a New York themed bar, with beautiful decoration which you’ll see all over Instagram. Enjoy their flower wall, jazzy neon signs and even jazzier cocktails, before dancing the night away to their live saxophonists.  
Neighbourhood
This glitzy cocktail bar is filled with booths and comfy seats for you to kick back and enjoy a delicious cocktail or two, any night of the week. They host weekly events and fun activities which include ‘Pink Wednesdays’, bottomless Martini brunches and cocktail-making classes. 
Dirty Martini
This place is pretty special. This sixth floor bar and restaurant is located within Trinity Leeds Shopping Centre, but it’s not your average shopping centre drinking and dining experience. The beautiful modern décor and Ibiza-style roof terrace mean that visiting Angelica is sure to always be a classy affair. It’s pretty pricey, meaning that it’s probably not somewhere you’d regularly visit as a student, but it’s the perfect place to enjoy a one-off, special night out with friends. 
Angelica
Similar to Angelica, The Alchemist is a classy cocktail bar located in Trinity Leeds. There’s now also a branch on Greek Street too, which is slightly larger and has more space to dance. The Alchemist has a huge selection of funky cocktails which are just begging you to snap a picture of them. Don’t be alarmed when your cocktail starts popping, smoking, changing colour or making other noises – it’s all part of the fun! 
The Alchemist
Stepping inside Cuckoo is a pretty exciting experience. The name is very accurate – the place is cuckoo, but in the very best way! The decoration here is as eye-opening as the cocktails – think neon lights, colourful hand-painted murals and a Narnia-style wardrobe that leads you to the toilets. They also do a pretty exciting offer where you can get FREE pizza when you buy a drink before 9pm. Who doesn’t love free food? 
Cuckoo
As the name suggests, this amazing little cocktail bar is hidden away, tucked above Call Lane Social bar. This 1950s tropical themed bar features gorgeous decoration, creative cocktails and music from the likes of the Beatles, Chuck Berry and the Beach Boys. Watch out if you order one of their famous ‘Zombie’ cocktails – they set it on fire right in front of your eyes!
Tiki Hideaway
Neighbourhood restaurant and bar is located on Greek Street, a popular destination for party-goers wishing to dress up and have a sophisticated night out. Neighbourhood is a New York themed bar, with beautiful decoration which you’ll see all over Instagram. Enjoy their flower wall, jazzy neon signs and even jazzier cocktails, before dancing the night away to their live saxophonists.  
This glitzy cocktail bar is filled with booths and comfy seats for you to kick back and enjoy a delicious cocktail or two, any night of the week. They host weekly events and fun activities which include ‘Pink Wednesdays’, bottomless Martini brunches and cocktail-making classes. 
This place is pretty special. This sixth floor bar and restaurant is located within Trinity Leeds Shopping Centre, but it’s not your average shopping centre drinking and dining experience. The beautiful modern décor and Ibiza-style roof terrace mean that visiting Angelica is sure to always be a classy affair. It’s pretty pricey, meaning that it’s probably not somewhere you’d regularly visit as a student, but it’s the perfect place to enjoy a one-off, special night out with friends. 
Similar to Angelica, The Alchemist is a classy cocktail bar located in Trinity Leeds. There’s now also a branch on Greek Street too, which is slightly larger and has more space to dance. The Alchemist has a huge selection of funky cocktails which are just begging you to snap a picture of them. Don’t be alarmed when your cocktail starts popping, smoking, changing colour or making other noises – it’s all part of the fun! 
Stepping inside Cuckoo is a pretty exciting experience. The name is very accurate – the place is cuckoo, but in the very best way! The decoration here is as eye-opening as the cocktails – think neon lights, colourful hand-painted murals and a Narnia-style wardrobe that leads you to the toilets. They also do a pretty exciting offer where you can get FREE pizza when you buy a drink before 9pm. Who doesn’t love free food? 
As the name suggests, this amazing little cocktail bar is hidden away, tucked above Call Lane Social bar. This 1950s tropical themed bar features gorgeous decoration, creative cocktails and music from the likes of the Beatles, Chuck Berry and the Beach Boys. Watch out if you order one of their famous ‘Zombie’ cocktails – they set it on fire right in front of your eyes!

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