This pub is owned by Leeds Brewery and take pride with it's regularly changing venue with food which is freshly cooked and its ingredients locally sourced. The pub is very spacious with a relaxed atmosphere and plenty of seating and on certain days you can hear the piano being played (like on my last visit). The pub also hosts regular pub quizzes and has a monthly book club.
I've only had starters on past visits which were very nice. I want to return to the pub soon and try one of their mains.
I'ts adjacent to the City Varieties and popular with the patrons for pre and post theatre meals and drinks.
Dress Code: Smart Casual
My friend wanted to go to a pub. Although I'm not a fan of them I've obliged so we ended up at the oldest pub in Leeds. Beliefs are that the site was used as back as 1130 AD and the building was exempt from taxes at the order of St. John of Jerusalem, successors to the crusading Knights Templar.
It became a coaching Inn during the 17th Century and known locally as the Knag's Head. Then in the late 18th Century it was renamed as the Ship Inn and served as the passageway between Briggate to Lands Lane. The yard off the Packhorse is one of the only surviving yards in Leeds. During the pub's renovation, in 1982, Elizabethean past dating to the 1550s, were unearthed. Some of the original interiors such as the wooden beams can be seen in the pub today.
We ordered some food, which was average, and my friend ordered a beer and I a coffee. I was pretty disappointed with the pub itself and the service wasn't anything special. I wouldn't return to the Packhouse in a hurry and there are better pubs/bars and restaurants in Leeds I can choose from!
Dress Code: Smart casual
North Bar, established in 1987, is near the Leeds Grand Theatre so I nipped in for a quick drink before seeing a matinee performance. I just order a soda and lime but North Bar is renowned for its amazing selection of beers! Not just beers the bar boasts a wide range of spirits including rum, bourbon and gin.
I'm not a bar fan so it isn't often I go in them! However, I don't mind going to bars/pubs during the day when it isn't as busy but still offers a welcoming and relaxing environment for enjoying a drink.
Dress Code: Smart Casual
This is quite a new venue in Leeds. There are a chain of these across the North of England with branches in Leeds, Liverpool, Nottingham and Manchester.
It sells cheap shots and cocktails as well as a full bar and tea/coffee. if you go early evening it is quite deserted but it does get very busy later on.
Mon - Sat: 12:00 - 2:00
Sun: 12:00 - 23:00
Dress Code: smart casual
Leeds City Varieties is a Grade II listed music hall. This rectangular Victorian music hall was built in 1865 and founded by Charles Thornton (who had an arcade built in his name). It was originally called 'Thornton's New Music Hall and Fashionable Lounge'.
Famous artists performed at the music hall since and is known famously for 'The Good Old Days' a music hall experience which achieved national fame when it was filmed at the venue between 1953 and 1983.
The venue hosts pantomimes, comedy and concerts. I last saw a performance there in 2001 (Opera North's Hansel & Gretel).
Leeds City Varieties recently had a major refurbishment and recently reopened in October 2011.
Please check out my travelogue of Heritage Open Day 2012 when I visited the venue.
Dress Code: Many prefer to dress as smart casual
The Light is a shopping and entertainment in Leeds City Centre. There is hotel, health & fitness club, a cinema, restaurants, cafes and shops.
The following restaurants I have visited are: Red Hot Buffet, Cafe Rouge, Nandos and Brios. There are other restaurants such as Browns, Zizzi's, Maxi Chinese Restaurant, Tiger Tiger and a few more.
There is also a NHS Walk in Service where you can register for free and access immediate health care (Please note this has closed since November 2011 which is a real shame!)
Leeds city varieties is known as the longest continuous running music hall in the UK.
It was built in 1865 by Charles Thornton who owned a local pub. It has recently undergone a major refurbishment.
It’s country wide claim to fame came in 1953 when it hosted the BBC’s famous television show “The good old days” which went on air up until 1983. The show recreated the golden age of Victorian music hall and was hosted by the delectable Leonard Sachs.
Many famous people performed here including Charlie Chaplin, Houdini and Marie Lloyd.
The refurbishment has really smartened this well loved venue up. A lift has been installed to accommodate disabled theatre goers.
This music hall is said to be haunted by a mysterious piano player.
Dress Code: SMART CASUAL
WHEN THE "GOOD OLD DAYS" WAS FILMED HERE THE DRESS CODE WAS VICTORIAN DRESS.
BAR AND BRASSERIE
This is a bar that keeps reinventing itself.
At the moment this bar is a brasserie, It is great to meet friends and chat over a meal from the bar.
It is situated in the old Bank of England building on the Headrow,
The Park Row is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.
A privilege card is available for regular customers which they get 2 for 1 desserts, unlimited refills of soft drinks and discounts on some drinks.
There is a resident pianist who performs daily Monday to Friday.
Real ale is available as well as lagers, wines, cocktails and bottled beers.
HAPPY HOUR IS MONDAY TO FRIDAY 4pm - 8pm.
Dress Code: SMART CASUAL
Originally built in 1865, City Varieties Music Hall has recently undergone a major refurbishment which sees this historically significant venue lovingly restored to its former Victorian splendour and benfitting from improved facilities for both performers and customers.
Famous for been the setting of the TV show the Good Olde Days - a music hall extravaganza made in the 1960s to 1980s but in the setting of an Edwardian music hall with all artistes and audience in period dress.
The theatre sill presents a music hall occasionally but its programme is varied and there is something for everyone here.
If your a fan of real Ales then this pub is the place for you,a huge selection of fine draught and bottled ales at reasonable prices.The Ales are very popular with the locals as well as visitors to the area.The pub itself is nicely decorated with an upstairs lounge to sit and relax and a small function room at the back. Open during the day as well for light lunches and in a handy location to reach other parts of the City Centre.
Open-sun to tue:11am-11pm
wed to sat:11am-midnight
There is wheelchair access and disabled toilets
Dress Code: Casual
I'm not into going to gigs so I've never visit the O2 Academy because there is no reason for me to. However many friends have seen gigs there. One of my friends saw Slash and Evanescance at 02 Academy in 2011 and he had a great experience.
Leeds City Council runs the Leeds International Concert Season and holds over 200 concerts a year in Leeds and at different Leeds towns' venues including the City Centre.
There are also free Leeds Lunchtime Organ Music recitals held on Mondays. Please check the website for further information.
My Dad and I went to see the Russian State Symphony Orchestra in February 2012 at The Leeds Town Hall. We heard them play Khachaturian Suite: Masquerade, Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No 2 and Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade.
We sat in the unreserved orchestra rises, the cheapest tickets that were available. Despite the uncomfortable seats we had a great view of the orchestra especially the percussionists. It was a great night out and look forward to seeing another concert in the not too distant future.
Dress Code: Smart Casual
Every year, usually in July, Leeds City Council hosts Opera in the Park at Templenewsam Park. Classical entertainment is featured by either a full opera or selections from different operas and classical musical. The event is performed by artists and the orchesteras from Opera North and Leeds Philarhormic Chorus.
I last attended in 2007 and had a wonderful evening especially when the weather was pleasant. I usually prefer it when a full opera is performance than selections. Unfortunately I'm unable to go to the 2011 Opera in the Park but hopefully will go to another one in the future.
The event used to be free but there is a charge now and you need to obtain tickets in advance. You can obtain further information on the Leeds City Council website
Dress Code: Anything goes! People like to dress up but others wear what is comfortable to them.
Formerly the Hog's Hed, by day a quiet unassuming pub in the middle of Leeds' gay district with nice food and reasonable drinks. By night this pub gets all the overspill from the better bars situated either side. This is not conducive to a safe environment and the door staff therefore feel justified in acting like thugs. If you're visiting at night, this dull and violent pub is definately a place to avoid at all costs.
Dress Code: Body armour and crash helmet.
Personally, I'm not into city bars or pubs especially on an evening where I usually struggle with the large crowds and loud music. However, I do like to have a drink and if I go out for a drink with friends, I usually choose this bar which was formerly a bank. I like this bar because it's big and spacious and music isn't played at all so you can chat easily with friends and also in quieter surroundings. The drinks are reasonably priced and often has special offers on the popular brands. There is a restaurant where you can order reasonably priced food and the restaurant is cordoned off from the main bar areas.
When I met up with Sue (Suvanki) and Alyson (Alyf1961) in May 2011 we had dinner there. Weatherspoons hosts a steak club on a where a wide range and grills (served with either chips or a jacket potato and vegetables or salad) are avaiable with a drink from 5.99 GBP. I chose a steak meal with a glass of white wine and considered this as good value for money. The Chain also hosts a Curry Club on a Thursday and a Sunday Club where there is a choice of roast.
Dress Code: Smart casual
The night life in Leeds is varied. We have three universities so there are plenty of student bars around the city centre as well as wine bars and a thriving Gay district. Real ale drinkers are...