If you’re after indie, house or funk n’ soul music, Leeds nightlife is certain to give you a night to remember. Whether you’re out for a chilled night in the pub or staying out partying until the sun comes up, Leeds caters to all your needs. We discuss all of Leeds nightclubs and bars dotted around the city’s famous areas to ensure you have a great night out.
First Stop: Millennium Square/Park row
Millennium Square and Park Row offer the perfect place for you to start your night out in Leeds. This area is a particular hot spot for professionals looking for an after-work cocktail. You’re sure to find fine wines and relaxing beers here, perfect start to your night out in Leeds.
The Decanter is located in Park Row, displays a stylish venue with an urban feel. If you’re a lover of cheese and meat boards and lots of wine, it is the perfect place for you to start off your night out. Alongside a wide variety of wines, there are fine champagnes, premium largers, classic cocktails and spirits. You can relax in this speakeasy environment any day of the week with the largest wine by the glass selection in Leeds.
A Nation of Shopkeepers
Famed for its live music, beer garden and burgers, A Nation of Shopkeepers remains one of the highlights of Millennium square. With an electric interior, tasty food, live music, booze and an infamous pub quiz every Monday. Whether you are looking for some cocktails, beers or just a chilled artsy spot to chill, A Nation of Shopkeepers is where you need to begin your journey to the best night out in Leeds.
If you’re searching for a club that’s not mainstream and out of the ordinary, you are certain to find it in Briggate. This cobbled street is filled with traditional pubs, perfect if you prefer to relax with a quiet pint. Briggate delivers everything you need and want from cabaret bars, Jazz to crafted beers, and you’re sure to love Briggate for something out of the ordinary.
Located just behind Briggate you will find, HiFi, this isn’t your usual kind of club, you will be submerged into the best jazz, funk, soul and hip-hop music found in Leeds. Not only are their fantastic theme nights with the likes of FunkSoulNation on the first Friday of every month but the alcohol isn’t so expensive with a beer or cider setting you back £3.
The Viaduct Show bar
If you’re searching for something a little more extravagant and different, you will certainly find it in The Viaduct Show bar. This bar plays host to drag artists, cabaret and DJ nights every single day of the week, so you’re guaranteed to find something new. The venue is something to marvel at, with glitter balls and dancefloors, you’re sure to have an unforgettable night.
If you want a taste of New Orleans in Leeds, then Smokestack is perfect for you. This bar brings you proper speakeasy vibes delivering live funk, blues, soul and jazz all night long. Smokestack is proud of their cocktail list with their premium southern styled spirits offering a twist on classics. If you’re a lover of Rum, the South of Soho cocktail is sure to please your taste buds. You can also host a party at Smokestack every day of the week, catering for groups between 10 and 180.
Finish off at Call Lane
If you’re on the hunt for the lively areas in Leeds, look no further than Call Lane, one of Leeds most famous lively nightlife spots. Call Lane is home to rock n’ roll and secret cocktail bars, here you’ll find all the right pieces to make your night unforgettable.
The Wire is one of Leeds popular late-night clubs, located underground, and this hosts a range of iconic nights. The Fuzzy Logic on Thursdays, to Acetate, Selective Hearing and Butter side up, Wire prides itself on its musical lineage. Although this venue isn’t very big, it certainly plays to its advantage of creating a memorable night out. The Wire is a sister venue to HiFi, so you can expect similar drinks offers.
If you want to relax and sip on cocktails, look no further than the Maven cocktail lounge and uncovers the secrets within. This lounge is decorated with pre-prohibition American décor bringing a sense of elegance amongst the parties outside on Call lane. With cocktails to suit everyone, you’re sure to have a memorable night. Take your pick from classics, or why not indulge yourself in the Gin Garden cocktail if you’re a gin lover. They feature one of the finest collections of spirits in Leeds so if you can’t pick what cocktail you desire, fuss not, they can make your perfect cocktail on request.
Or if you just want a cocktail and some drinks before a gig…
The Arena Quarter
The Arena quarter is the perfect place to catch a cocktail before a gig at the First Direct Arena.
Manhatta brings a taste of New York and high class into the heart of Leeds. On the first two floors, you can find great food, drink and atmosphere swaddled in the finest décor. The design of the bar oozes glamour and sophistication, not to mention the extensive list of cocktails and their exclusive crystal clear diamond collection. Taking inspiration from New York food and music scene, you can be sure to be transported into the wonders of New York city from Leeds.
Leeds nightlife has everything you need from hidden speakeasy’s to an eccentric party at an underground club until the sun comes up, Leeds caters to your needs to help create a night to remember. If you’re looking for somewhere to stay this weekend, Village hotels Leeds North, located just 5 miles north from the city centre or Leeds South located a few miles south of the city centre is perfect for you.