Leeds has a reputation as a city with a fantastic nightlife and this is certainly true. There are a large number of fantastic clubs in Leeds and students and workers alike are spoilt for choice. Whatever your taste in music or budget (how much you are willing to pay to get in and for drinks!!) Leeds has a club for you. As well as the dedicated clubs there are also a large number of bars with late licenses that have their own dance floor and the like. Rather than going into detail about all of the clubs (which is available in other opinions elsewhere on the site), below each of the clubs / bars are listed and a brief description and opinion given on each: Evolution Fairly large club in the centre of the Warner Village. This is an out of town shopping centre which does make the club hard to get to apart from with a taxi. The club is fairly large and consists of two main rooms playing mainly chart and dance music. This club is a bit too cheesy for me and is mainly a student club. The clientele are quite young and I suspect that a fair number are underage. The drinks are fairly cheap but the bar seems very understaffed and it can take a long time to get a drink. Not one of the best clubs in Leeds but it is always packed. HiFi Club This club is the complete opposite to Evolution and in a completely different league. This club is fairly exclusive and always fills up quickly (don?t bother trying after 11pm) as it is not particularly large. As a result it is a favourite with the celebrities (I have never failed to see a member of the Emmerdale cast!!) and has a more mature clientele. The dance floor area is reduced in favour of seating area, although there is still a dance floor. The drinks are fairly expensive but you do not mind spending the extra as the club is nicely designed and has had the money spent on it. The music seems to be varied with a mixture of Hip Hop and drum and bass on the times I have been Bambu This club is open all day for people wanting food or drink although I must say that I have never been during the day. On a night, the club has a small number of bars which are all fairly well staffed and stocked but there are always large queues due to sheer volume of people. This club is fairly large and plays a good variety of music but I always seem to get lost as it has a rather confusing layout which I have never fully understood. There tend to be queues to get in as the club is well located in the financial district of the city. Is popular with both students and workers alike and drink prices are very reasonable all week Bondi Beach Bar This is a fantastic bar / club in the centre of Leeds (it is actually beneath the station). It is themed as the name suggest and there are plenty of surfboards on the walls and all the staff walk around in bikinis / shorts. They do around 300 cocktails including all the classics and these are sold for around £3 although they regularly do 2 ? 4 ?1 offers on drinks. On a Monday you can also pay £10 to get in and then drink free all night which is very popular. This club also boasts the only revolving dance floor in Leeds which is fantastic fun, especially watching drunks trying to get on and off it!! I love this place for being so overly cheesy. Baja Beach Club This club has only just opened and is very similar to Bondi (minus the revolving dance floor!). It seems very large and does fill up but quite slowly. The queues for the bars were long, but this may have to do with the staff learning the hundreds of cocktails that they have to make. Drinks seem to be cheaper than Bondi but on the whole the two places are very similar. Baja does have café which is open during the day and serves food and sandwiches but I cannot really comment as I have never been in during the day Majestyk Most people have heard about this place due to the recent controversy but it does not have that kind of reputation in Leeds and there is never much trouble inside. This club is massive and one of the best in Leeds. The drinks are rather cheap in here as is the entry although there can often be queues. Once inside you will be struck by the size of the place and the dance floor is massive. There are six bars all busy, but they are all well staffed and there is never much of a queue to get a drink. Music tends to be dance and chart stuff making this club popular with students although at the weekend, it is hard to spot a student in the place. See my separate review if you want more details Space This is a fairly small club in the centre of Leeds and is aimed at serious music lovers and clubbers who go for the music not just for cheap drinks. Entry is expensive (around £6) and so are the drinks. This is an underground club and is very smartly designed with around three DJs playing there every night. Music tends to be heavily weighted towards drum and bass and you will never hear any S Club 7 in here (a blessing in disguise). I like this place, but always feel slightly out of place surrounded by people who know a lot more about music than me. Heaven and Hell This is actually located inside a shopping centre and is cheese personified. Drinks are cheap and they pack you in and it ends up very hot. Mainly a student club and does not gave much class. Only been here a few times as it just annoys me for being so cheesy. There are often queues here (don?t ask me why), avoid if you can? there are a lot better clubs in Leeds. Warehouse A small club in the financial district of Leeds. I have written a separate opinion of this so see that if you want more detail. This club is fairly good and varies its nights from students nights to serious all nighter events. Drinks are cheap and there is normally not much of a queue to get in. This is not one of the most talked about clubs in Leeds and is actually quite hard to find but is worth it when you do. Lots of seating areas and a large dance floor. The queues at the bar are never too large and they are well staffed. Creation If you want to know more I have written a detailed report of this club elsewhere. In short, this is a brand new club and is massive with three separate rooms. I find the drinks very well priced (although it can be expensive at the weekend). The music is well varied and you will find one of the rooms to suit you. It has attracted some (former) big names such as Jason Donovan, Rainbow and Chesney Hawkes and is universally popular regardless of where you are from. Queues for the bars are not too long and the staff are always friendly. Also open during the day for food and coffee which are good as well and not too expensive. Qube This bar is conveniently located looking over Millennium Square in the centre of Leeds. This bar has a very modern design and has a large strange structure outside. However, this fancy design comes at a price as drinks are very overpriced. Whenever I go to this bar (which is not very often anymore!), there are always large queues for the bar and not enough seating areas. Most of the seating is outside, but if (like it does a lot) it rains, then the capacity of the bar is greatly reduced. Revolution This is a fantastic vodka bar (located near the Corn Exchange if you know Leeds) and is always busy but not too busy to be annoying. This place sells vodka in virtually every flavour known to man from dime bar to chilli, from mars bar to curry. These are all fairly cheap (around £1) and the more you buy the cheaper it is. This is definitely not a place to spend all night (you would get too drunk trying out all the flavours) but worthy of a stop on the way to one of the clubs. I really like this place although some of the vodka flavours are disgusting. It is original and fun and a welcome change from the normal bars in the city. I will have missed out plenty of clubs as Leeds have so many, just let me know as like most students I have been to the majority of the clubs in Leeds. It is a fantastic city to go out in. Some of my friends at Uni? across the country always go to the same place as there is no where else to go ? not a problem which I will ever have at Leeds!!
Majestyk Located on Leeds City Square just a stones throw from the train station and the bus stops, majestyk can only be described as a super club. The place is MASSIVE and could be filled twice over on any given night so get there early. Underneath majestyk and a good place to start the night is Jumping Jaks. Open earlier than majestik you pay £3 NUS £4 otherwise to get in (that includes entry to majestik). Smaller, easier to get to the bar and good music means that Jumping Jaks provides the ideal build up to a big night of clubbing. Whenever you are ready make your way through the double doors at the back and prepare yourself for what lies ahead. The first thing you will notice is a small food counter, you may thing this is a good idea but don't fall into the trap and buy something because its NASTY and way overpriced, so instead of spending your taxi money on a nasty burger save it for one of the tastier take outs located nearby. The next thing you will see is the HUGE dance floor, with the combination of excellent music and lots of lovely ladies you can easily dance the night away. If dancing isn't your thing you can always try and blag your way into the VIP area on the 1st floor and fight with some Leeds players (allegedly)
As you may have noticed from my other opinions I love to go out clubbing and now that I've reviewed most of the clubs that I've been to I feel I should now turn to the whole of Leeds for inspiration. I think that Leeds has got a lot to offer most people who are after a good night out, whether they want to dance the night away in a club or just have a few drinks in one of the city centre's many bars. This is reflected in thew number of people who line the streets on a Friday and Saturday night. When I first moved to Leeds I couldn't believe it, it's as busy as during the day, but everyone's dressed up in their best clothes and ready for a good time. Even though there are so many people out, many of them quite the worse for wear, the atmosphere is usually very friendly. Obviously there a few people just after a fight but they are in the minority and I haven't seen much trouble, no actually any trouble since I've moved up here. Where I used to live you can't look at anyone for fear of starting a fight and the atmosphere in Leeds is a welcome change. So, now about the clubs, as I said before I thnk Leeds has a lot to ofer most people who love their music. The main clubs in Leeds are: Heaven and Hell, Jumping Jacks, Majestyk, Evolution, Space, Digby's, The Atrium, The Bassment, The Warehouse, West Indian centre, The Wardrobe, Leeds Met Union, The Fruit Cupboard and The Mint club. I've reviewed most of these seperately so if you want some more information I suggeat that you check them out (please). The clubs fall into two general catogories, the comercial clubs and the underground clubs. I'm basing this on the syle of music that they play and the crowd that they attract. The comercial clubs are: Heaven and Hell, Majestyk, Jumping Jacks and Evolution. These all play chart music on the weekend, though Majestyk is trying to gain some cred by booking some semi big-names lately (Boy George, Allistair W hitehead), but it stays in this catergory. The crowd at these clubs are generally there to get pissed, pull and stumble home in a drunken haze. There's generally a lot of locals at these nights and if you're a student you can feel a bit out of place, that's why these clubs run student nights during the week, cheap drinks and cheesy music are the order of the day, so check the local listings for details, though there is at least one cheap night on any week day. The underground clubs are: Space, Digby's, The Atrium, The Bassment, The Warehouse, The Wardrobe, West Indian centre, The Fruit Cupboard Leeds Met Union and The Mint club. These clubs attract a crowd that is clued up about their music and are mostly regulars. They cater for the less popular syles of music, such as r n b, house, latin, drum and bass, techno, hip hop and funk. So here's a little run down: Space, dance music, open every night (see review). Digby's, hard house, open Saturday only (see review). The Atrium, funky house and laid back grooves, open every night, home to DiG! on a Saturday. The Bassment, new club, has techno, drum and bass and hip hop on various nights, check listings as every night is different. The Warehouse, open most nights, various styles of music (see review). The Wardrobe, latin music at the weekend, various weekday nights, quite smart, you'll love it! West Indian centre, basically a community centre in scary Chapeltown (5 people were shot there the other day), has good techno nights, also a monthly funky house night, you will truly see some strange people here. Fruit Cupboard, various weeknights, r n b on friday, quite a small club, but perfectly formed, not usually very busy. Leeds Met union, has quite a few major gigs here, also has it's own student night, cheese night and rock night on Friday, which is apparently very good if you're into that kind of thing. Mint club, dance music, open most nights, (see review). So there you go, a basic rundown of most of the clubs in Leeds, there may be some that I've forgotten so plaese let me know. I would highly reccomend a visit to Leeds for any knid of music lover, there's something for everyone and you are nearly garuanteed a good night out, the people are friendly and the clubs of a high standard, oh, and I'm there as well! Even if clubbing's not you're thing then there are loads of quality bars to cater for most tastes, but that's another story...
If you are looking for a good night out in Leeds with Indie or Metal music then Star is the place for you. It is on every Friday night at the Metropolitan university and only costs £3.50 on the door or £3 advance. Drinks are also cheap e.g. a pint of Kronenberg is £1.50. There are two dance floors the smaller of which plays a range of metal, punk, ska and rock with bands such as Korn, The Offspring and Iron Maiden. The larger of the two dance floors plays a wide range of indie music such as Stone Roses, Reef etc. The only problem is that it is often very busy and it can take along time to get to the bar. See you there next Friday.
Leeds is one of the best city’s for students in the country. It has a huge variety of clubs, bars and restaurants, many of which have special nights on which there are loads of discounts for students. I would recommend it to anyone thinking of going to university in the near future. My favourites are Shananigans at Brannigans on a Monday, Dry Dock on a Tuesday and Heaven and Hell on Thursdays, they play a variety of music from cheese to R n B and have special drinks offers on these days.
If youve ever been a student at Leeds then you will have heard of Planet Earth. It is the chessiest club in Leeds. This, if your into that sort of thing like I am, is one of the greatest nights out. Its cheap to get in most nights and they have plenty of drink offers like Hooch for 80p a bottle. So even on a little bit of cash you can get totally hammered. There is a revolving dance floor (when its working) which means that as a lad on the pull instead of walking round to see the babes, you just sit at a table and they go round infront of you, a lot less effort needed. Also its a great place for pulling. Most of my 'better' pulls have been in planet earth. On some nights they have dancers on the raised stage which really adds to the atmosphere. Im not saying it looks like a scene out of the Austin Powers movie but it trys to come close. I would recommend this place to anyone and if you do go there youll probably see me as Im there most weekend with my mates. Patch.
Leeds is one of the best cities in the contry for the clubbing scene. Apparantly there are bus trips up to some of the major clubs here every weekend, and if they come all the way from London, the Leeds lot must be doing something right. There is more clubs in leeds than I care to say but to be honest there is always something for everyone, from hardcore to cheese its all there every night of the week. And if the clubs dont inspire you there are loads of bars that play music and stay open to the wee hours of the morning. The major clubs include Majestyks, not bad but has a real 'townie' feel, and can be expensive. There is the observatory and planet earth - cheep and cheesy, planet 'dirt' as we like to call it has a revolving dancefloor. There is also club Uropa which tends to play hardcore most of the week but on Thursdays they have Vodka society which will get you wankered very quickly and cheeply. Heven and Hell is the newest club there and is quite spacious but gets really hot when its full. Space is not bad and Nato has its charms... There is more clubs to talk about like mint club,Evolution and the Cockpit but I would be here all day. Email me if you want more information. Cheeers Alex