Bar Epernay: More cocktails to drool over
I love this place! Absolutely love it! The first time we went we were already 'tired and emotional' shall we say? so couldn't really appreciate what a great place it is. We ended up having two cocktails each and couldn't remember much after that!
But last week I insisted we go back and I'm so glad I did, this time I just had champagne (well, I had just won at the races!) and it was lovely. But the main point to Bar Epernay is to people watch. Everyone who's anyone in Leeds goes to Bar Epernay and it's really fun to watch them all trying desperately to be noticed.
Dress Code: I wouldn't wear trainers, but to be fair I only ever wear trainers in the gym. The guys that I was out with last week had on jeans and trainers though. However people do usually make an effort here. (I'd been to the races so had a posh frock on)
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Birdcage: Night out shambles
This establishment is a shambles led by a team of incompetent managers. We had a night out booked in for over 4 months with a special arrangement for cheaper entry, jump the queue and tables near the stage. While checking the web we found that the site had changed and rang them. We found out the management had changed and that the new management didn't know about the arrangement. We called Leeds, Manchester......no answer, called again and spoke to Manchester........"it's Leeds you need to speak to" Over 50 phone messages left, faxes sent, called in person......still no response from the Leeds manager. Then a week before the night out the prices went up and the arrangement was off. Manchester manager was arrogant and ignorant when we complained to him(its was him who set up the arrangement) They have no complaints department and the managing director is always "to busy to talk to some-one like you". They don't return calls or messages. They have no interest in complaints, only taking your money.
Dress Code: Go somewhere else.
Babycream: Cocktails to drool over
If you get the right member of bar staff and they're not mad, crazy busy, you can get some of the best cocktails in the UK right here! I've tried a few (purely in the interests of research you understand!) and my favourite has to be the Black Forest Martini, vodka, cherries, chocolate, cream... What more could a girl ask for?
Whitelocks: You wont believe you're in 21st century Leeds
This is an old,old pub down a cobbled stone alley right in the middle of Leeds. But you will not believe what an oasis it is.
Real ale and traditional Brit pub grub (on a lunch time). If its not raining you can sit outside in the alley or in one of the little rooms of the tiny pub. Like a step back to the old days.
Dress Code: Flat cap would be appreciated
Greek Street: Cocktails
WHen I've finished work in Leeds and am going out for a drink, I usually end up on Greek Street drinking cocktails. It seems horribly decadent, but with a bit of planning around happy hour it's surprisingly cheap and far too addictive!
Start of in Prohibition (5.30 - 6.30 - half price - standard cocktails about £4 full price). Good place to start, the pitchers are half price too. I'm not as impressed by the choice, but thre are a couple of reliable options.
Move on to Mononi. Happy hour is 5pm to 8pm and it's 2 for 1. You have to get 2 of the same, but there's a good selection so you'll find something that two of you like (or that you want two of!). I love Cham 69 here (chambord, vodka, amaretto and a couple of other bits), although today I discovered Bling Bling - I think it's vodka, raspberries and champagne and at the princely sum of £3 (for two during happy hour!) you can't go far wrong.
Firefly isn't on Greek Street but also has a fair selection. My favourite here is Raspberry Lynchberg. Happy hour has cocktails for about £3 and goes on til about 7.30 I think. They also do half price bar food during happy hour, which you'll probably need by this stage!
Dress Code: It's full of professionals after work, but there is the "going out" crowd too.
Still, I never seem to go far wrong in a suit....
Creation: The top end of town
Creation is located at the top end of town, which is cheaper but less classy. That said weekends cost about 8 pound to get in and to find a drink under 3 pound would be lucky. It is conveniently located near some decent bars as well, Bourbon, Walkabout and Cube to name a few. The club itself is relatively large but has two different floors of music - Pop and Dance. It is a stylish club and has carried on the legacy of the town and country club (what it was before) quite well.
Dress Code: Weekends is shirt and shoes but weekdays will be slacker. Not really been much during the week.
WEST INDIAN CENTRE: THUNDEROUS BASS
Forget that ponsy, artificial, materialistic night out in "trendy" shirts and come DOWN TO EARTH for some massive BASSLINES and friendly ATMOSPHERE.
From live DUB (IRRATION STEPPAS) to TECHNO (CABBAGED)
If you're interested in wicked music without the fuss, then I definately recommend a visit/stay.
Leave your ego behind!
Dress Code: You What?
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Mojos: If you only visit one bar in Leeds
Very talented bar staff, they play great music and a great atmosphere.
It is primary a cocktail bar and these are fantastic.
Watchout it is very expensive but you definatly pay for what you get.
Dress Code: None.
In Leeds dress how you like and if you are not let in the bar is not for you - generally the stricter the dress code the worst the bar will be.
Fantastic new club with lots to do and caters for all sorts of music tastes, lots of other nooks and crannies plus a VIP Bar, a Chill Out room and a very impressive Balcony Bar.
You will find there's a total experience from style bar to live venue, from conversation to dancing, DJ's, live PA's. It's innovative and interactive.
Dress Code: smart casual no jeans, dress to impress
Sunday Night: Sunday Night
Sunday Night in Leeds and in many other English cities is not a good idea. Pubs and Bars close before midnight and generally there are no clubs open. You may find yourself wandering a very quiet city all on your own.
West Yorkshire Playhouse: West Yorkshire Playhouse
One of the most diverse theatre's I have ever had the pleasure to visit, if you like the theatre, you'll love this place! Its best described as 3 theatre's within one big building, presenting anything from work by local and lesser known writers, to classical shakespeare. A true joy.
Dress Code: Anything you want!
Heaven and Hell: Heaven and Hell
Are you feeling naughty? or are you feeling very very nice? Enter at purgatory for garage and soul... ascend to heaven for some cheesy party tunes from the 70's 80's and 90's.. or fling yourself down to hell for some hot house and trance! Open 10pm until 4am.
Dress Code: Smart clubwear (seems the shorter the better for the girls!) no trainers as usual.
Like most of the places in Leeds, its loud, funky, and full of friendly students most of the year round!!
Dress Code: No jeans/blue denim, no trainers.. and in theory it is over 21's on a friday and saturday nite.. although this really isn't often the case!
Well where do we start but the...
Well where do we start but the number one club is Speedqueen @ The Warehouse
With a retro vibe this club will this club will truly blow you away. But you will have to be in by 22:30 or expect a hell of a long queue
Dress Code: Just look and feel good
Yates's is situated just out from Leeds City Centre heading towards the universities and Headingley.
Dress Code: none
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