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The (almost) definitive guide to clubs in Leeds
Nightclubs in Leeds
Member Name: iazcac
Nightclubs in Leeds
Date: 28/03/02, updated on 28/03/02 (6002 review reads)
Advantages: Choice of clubs
Disadvantages: You actually have to decide
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:
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!