Aire Bar: Enjoy a beer in the sunshine
Aire bar describes itself as a lounge bar. As you walk in you notice the exposed brick with comfy sofas and chairs. They have a pool table to keep you entertained. The highlight for us is the balcony terrace area looking over the river (or is the canal?). Great place to enjoy a cold beer on a sunny day. The staff are friendly. My boyfriend tried a bloody mary and said that it was good. pint of Starpromen £3 and bottles of wine start at £9.45.
The only thing that we noticed is that they seemed to be short staffed and had problems with the food orders. They weren't serving food yesterday due to a technical issue in the kitchen.
The beers are reasonably priced (cheaper than all the other bars in the area). Live sax every Thursday and Wednesdays are grill night.
Handy place for the Armouries and the riverside walk.
Dress Code: no dress code
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The Elbow room: A place to chill with your friends
The Elbow rooms is a combination of a pool hall, with a club and a bar. The music is a mixture of indie, Hip Hop and Drum and base. There is a relaxed feeling to inside. Some unusual beers on offer, not as many as other places. Private room hire is available. If you are a smoker, warning it's a bit of trek back outside also if you go outside just before 10pm, make sure that you get your hand stamped so you can get back in okay without having to pay. I don't know how much they charge, sorry. I do know that they charge £6-£9 per hour of pool, depending upon what time you are there. Bit expensive.
DJ's are on Friday and Saturday nights. Check out the posters on the walls for upcoming events in the area.
Dress Code: No dress code, but you won't get in if you are wearing chav clothes (tracksuit). Trainers are fine.
North Bar: Excellent continental style bar in England
For myself, a seasoned lover of great bars on the continent, as well as Belgisch bieren, this is a dream come true! North is what I love in a bar. It plays decent and not too loud mature music (some of the time), so it's a great place to either chat with a friend, or relax and reflect on life. It's got a gesellig atmosphere. And best of all, a wide stock of Belgie bieren: Duvel, Chimay, De Koning, Westmalle etc. It even sells Lindeboom lager, although the bar staff cannot pronounce it correctly! It also houses a collection of art works which hang from the wall. These change every so often and are, more often than not, really good.
A great bar, not just in Leeds or England; but one of the best I've ever been in over this world! Although I must say, I think it may have been influenced by Kafe Belgie in Utrecht!
Dress Code: None
Park Plaza: People watching for grown ups
The hotel bar of the Park Plaza is directly opposite the train station, the gateway to a great night out. We started our most receent night out there, sat at the bar with a large glass of rose watching the whole of Leeds pass by (or so it seemed). The hotel was also holding a local school prom so all the girls looked great and the boys looked cute in black tie.
There's no dress code here (I was in jeans) but it feels really grown up. One of our favourite pastimes is people watching and you can't get anywhere in Leeds better to do that than here.
- Wine Tasting
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)
- Beer Tasting
- Wine Tasting
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!