Leeds Nightlife

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    The Dry Dock: Great Meeting Point

    by Balam Updated Mar 1, 2011

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    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

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    Mr Foleys Bar: Real Ale

    by mickeyboy07 Written Feb 21, 2012

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    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
    Food times-sun-thu:11am-6pm
    fri-sat:11am-7pm
    There is wheelchair access and disabled toilets

    Dress Code: Casual

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    Weatherspoon's Becketts Bank: Weatherspoon's Becketts Bank

    by spidermiss Updated May 3, 2011

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    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

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    BIRDCAGE: THE BEST NIGHTCLUB IN LEEDS

    by alyf1961 Updated Jun 29, 2008

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    BIRDCAGE LEEDS

    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.

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    Browns: EAT AND DRINK

    by alyf1961 Written Jul 1, 2008

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    BROWNS, THE HEADROW

    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.

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    City Varieties: Famous theatre

    by Britannia2 Written Mar 4, 2012

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    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.

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    Babycream: Cocktails to drool over

    by BlueBeth Written Oct 19, 2006

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    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?

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    The Packhorse: Oldest Pub in Leeds!

    by spidermiss Updated Nov 2, 2013

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    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

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    Leeds Town Hall: Enjoying Leeds International Concert Season

    by spidermiss Updated Feb 12, 2012

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    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

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    02 Academy, Leeds: Leeds Home of Gigs

    by spidermiss Updated Feb 15, 2012

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    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.

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    City Varities Music Hall: The Good Old Days!

    by spidermiss Updated Sep 11, 2012

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    City Varieties Music Hall, Leeds

    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

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    CUTHBERT BRODRICK: CURRY NIGHT

    by alyf1961 Written Jun 21, 2009

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    CUTHBERT BRODRICK

    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

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  • The Hourglass: Assaulted by the Staff

    by t_w Updated May 27, 2011

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    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.

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    Opera in the Park, Templenewam Park, Leeds: Opera in the Park

    by spidermiss Updated Sep 17, 2011

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    Temple Newsam Park, Leeds

    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.

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    The Light: Where you can eat and go to the cinema!

    by spidermiss Updated May 9, 2012

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    The Light Leeds

    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!)

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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...

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