“ Grand Arcade, Leeds. „
If you're ever in Leeds amd fancy a good night out be it at a weekend or midweek then you should pay a visit to Heaven and Hell. Be warned though -it will be busy except if you go in the student holidays. It has three floors of music - heaven for you cheese lovers, bar purgatory to chill out in and Hell for those who like nothing more than to boogie to house tunes all night. At a weekend, like all night clubs it is pricey to get in and drinks are expensive but midweek is a whole different matter. Ranging from 80p to £4 entrance depending on the weekenight you'd be hard pushed to spend £20 with a wide choice of drinks at a £1 bottle, alcopops and beers. With it getting very busy during term time that also means it gets very hot so be warned you'll probably finish the evening very hor and sweaty!
Not being a fan of clubbing it’s strange that I find myself writing an opinion on a nightclub, let alone one in Leeds. As my recent opinions have shown I don’t see the appeal with nightclubs yet I was dragged along on a stag night, well you can’t say no can you! After wondering round Leeds, and going into several bars we were given VIP tickets for Heaven and Hell from a bar called ‘Yates’ (I think it was getting late though!). Off we all trundled through the streets of Leeds down Grand Arcade and there was a little dingy doorway, surrounded by bouncers and barriers, opposite the ‘Atrium’. The queue was unliveable long, I don’t think I’d ever seen that many half-naked women in my life! There must have been at least 200 people in the queue and it was still only 10:30/11pm. This may not seem like a lot but you have to remember that it was already packed inside and the queue was getting longer and longer. Anyway we all had VIP tickets and so the privilege to jump the queue. However there were two minor hitches, first one of the lads had cut his hand earlier on in the night and so had blood all over his shirt, you can imagine what it looked like! Needless to say they blatantly refused to let him in and we all moved up the street to discuss further action. I personally think this is a good point for the club because he obviously looked well dodgy and they wouldn’t let him in because of it, I would have been more scared if they had let him in! After much deliberation the lad with blood took of and so we all went in without a problem, except for one didn’t have ID and as far as I remember we left him outside! As soon as you et in there’s a big desk where you pay to get in, it was £6 and £5 with a VIP ticket, seemed a bit steep to me but other people I have talked to about it seem to find it very reasonable, it shows my lack of knowledge on the subject! There
are three areas to the club; Heaven Hell Bar Purgatory Which cater for the different tastes. The club is essentially the very best in 70’s disco music, 80’s/90’s pop, house, trance and garage music, there’s bound to be something you like! HEAVEN – I found this floor to be a little too ‘pop’ for me. It is the largest room in the club on the top floor, obviously the most popular although I kept my distance. It was packed and people just kept wandering up! The room itself is fab though, if you ignore the choice of music, white drapes hang from the roof giving it a brilliant atmosphere and feel. There are two bars I think, although I didn’t spend enough time in heaven to get a full picture so forgive me if I am mistaken, along with a VIP suite (which was for real VIP’s not just the queue jumpers!). There are three steps in heaven, by this I mean three layered dance floors, so you can be on the low, middle or top level in heaven, which ever suits your personality. The music was garage, r&b and pop, both up to date and old, not for the dance music fan. HELL – my personal favorite although I was very very cramped and hot. To get to hell you have to go down to the basement, very fitting considering the view of hell being dark and dingy. The room is very darkly decorated and has mock cages round the middle of the dance floor. Commercial dance was the main music played although there were segments of hard house and chilled tunes as well. The ceiling was covered in dark red drapes very atmospheric I can tell you. There were three bars, two little ones and a big one however they did run out of bottled water early on in the night and getting hold of it was a bugger! Now I have to rave about the seating in Hell it was sheer comfort. Not being one for the club scene I am not much of a dancer and although I may sound boring I spent a lot of the night sat down on the
big cushy red seats, I could have gone to sleep if the music wasn’t so banging! BAR PURGATORY – this is on the middle floor, as you enter the club, the room is very light and spacious with cool egg shell seating, I have never really seen these before, they were big and you sat inside the indent, they could be seen form the outside so all those in the queue could see the antics of purgatory. The music was very slow and I think I was for the loved up couples and those who wanted a racy dance. Over all it was one of the best nightclubs I have been in and the lads told me they thought I was brilliant. I wouldn’t personally go there again, simply because clubs are not my type of thing but I wouldn’t discourage anyone from going there, I would in fact say that if you wanted a place where you can chill and dance with the devil to give it a go. Here’s what goes on at the club and you can decide for yourself which is the best night for you, if the information is a bit inaccurate I apologise I got it off my mates, flyers and like stuff but here goes anyway… Saturday SALVATION 10pm-3am. £6 all night. Smart casual dress, no blue denim or trainers Monday Student Night 99p Double Tequila’s, £1 Carlsberg 10pm-3am. Entry £2 with NUS card, £3 others Wednesday Student Night £1 Fosters Draught & bottles, £1 VK Flavours, £1 Double Vodka 10pm-3am. Entry £1 for Devils & Angels, £3 with NUS card, £4 others Thursday £1 VK Flavours, £1 Selected Bottles, £1 Selected Spirit & Mixer 9pm-3am. Entry £2 B4 11pm, £3 after. Smart Casual Dress Friday REDEMPTION 10pm-3am. Entry £6 all night. Smart casual dress, no blue denim or trainers If you chose to go to Heaven and Hell have fun, and make sure you try out the seats in hell, they rock! The toilets aint too bad either. Oh also it cost £1 to leave a coat.
Heaven and Hell opened last year in the centre of Leeds on the old Pleasure room site, it is a large club with a capacity of around 1300. It is split into three levels. You enter on the Purgatory level, this is the smallest of the 3 rooms with 2 large seating areas, a bar and a small raised dancefloor. The music in this room is usually a bit funky, from r n b through to hip hop. If you continue into the club it is downstairs to hell and up to heaven, obviously! Up in heaven there are 2 bars, a small seating area, a VIP room and a very crowded dance floor. The music is pure cheese and on the cheap student nights it can get rather messy up here. Down in hell the music policy is hard house through to trance. It is decorated with a hell theme so it can be a bit dark and dingy, the ceiling is also a bit low for the tall among us. There is quite a large dancefloor, 2 bars and plenty of seating for when the beats get too much for you. H + H is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The music policy is the same each day, but the mid week nights attract a very student oreintated crowd, with a maturer clubber at the weekend. Because of the large capacity H + H can get very hot and the drinks prices at the weekend can be a bit steep, so it may be worth staying a bit longer in a local bar to save money, and with the 4 finishing time there is certainly no rush to get there. Overall h + h has something for most people up for a cheesy night out in Leeds.
Heaven and Hell is a new club opened in Leeds this year. The original Heaven and Hell was in Blackpool, and like its predecessor the new Heaven and Hell has been hugely successful. The club has three floors: heaven-playing cheese, bar purgatory-playing garage and R n B, and hell-playing hard house and dance music. Student night is on Wednesday, Thursday nights also proved to be really popular this year with many drinks on offer for only £1. Highly recommended to anyone taking a trip to Leeds.
Heaven and Hell. Well in my opinion that's only half right. I found this club to be truely unpleasant. I went on the Thursday student night. The club is on three levels. The basement is Hell, the first floor Heaven, and in between is he Purgatory Bar. Initially, the night wasn't too bad - promotions meant that drinks were reasonably priced (I am a poor student so these things are important), and in Heaven at least the music was quite good (everybody's favourites Britney, 5ive, Ricky et al - crap but enjoyable crap). Unfortuneately as the night drew on the club became more and more crowded and hotter and hotter. There seemed to be no air conditioning (the cynical would say that it had been purposely turned off to make people buy more of the drinks, which, by that point had risen dramatically in price). The music also changed from cheese to commercial house which I really do not enjoy. All in all, H&H started brightly but by 12 was pretty much unbearable. I left early and would not recommend this club.