The Dry Dock is a great pub just opposite the Leeds Met Uni building it is part building and boat (a Barge) , we called in before the Sisters Of Mercy gig at The Stage in the student union building. We had a great time chatting to members of Heartland (a Sisters Of Mercy forum) and had a few drinks before we went over to the gig.
The pub is a member of the Scream chain and thus very popular with students as well as locals. you can get some great prices on drinks and food.
Mon:12:00 - 01:00
Tues:12:00 - 02:00
Wed - Sun:12:00 - 01:00
Dress Code: Casual
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
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 Birdcage is probably the best nightclub in Leeds. The drag queens are fabulous. The music is a mix of disco, party songs, chart music and classic pop. The atmosphere is fantastic with people just dancing where they stand or on the stage and dance floor.
Friday and Saturday nights is “big night out” with shows every half hour. the shows are really fantastic.
Wednesday night is “a kick up the 80’s” entrance 80p
Thursday night is “back to the 90’s” entrance 90p
Sunday is “Miss Orry’s dirty disco”
Dress Code: Minimum age is 21 and people are checked going in. dress is smart with no trainers.
The main clientele seems to be hen nights and couples just having a good night out.
Browns is located within the Leeds Light on the Headrow. It is one of the many banks turned into pubs and clubs in Leeds. This one was once the Leeds Permanent Building Society. It is a restaurant/bar. Open 10.00am - 11.00 pm everyday [closing at 10.30pm on a Sunday]. It gets very busy but it does not have loud music that you get in most other Leeds centre pubs.
Dress Code: The dress code as with most of Leeds centre pubs is smart casual with no trainers.
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 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?
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
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 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 Cuthbert Brodrick is a Wetherspoons pub named after the award winning Yorkshire architect. Thursday night is curry night and for £5.50 for a curry of your choice [with rice, poppodoms, naan bread and mango chutney] plus a drink it is very good value for money.
Dress Code: CHICKEN TIKKA MASALA
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.
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.
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!)
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....
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...