With one of the best nightlife and clubbing scenes in the country, Leeds is awash with bars and clubs to suit every kind of student and every sort of night out. You’ll find many of these in the student hotspot of Headingley, an area which will no doubt be responsible for the drinking away of plenty of brain cells during the next three years. Check out The Box and The Skyrack in particular – two of the city’s most popular student haunts.
Headingley has a nightlife that’s loud and vibrant enough to rival many of the UK’s town centres, but if you want to take things up a notch then head into town, where you’ll find a gobsmacking selection of drinking holes – from down to earth pubs to some of the UK’s biggest clubbing hotspots.
Call Lane, heading down from The Corn Exchange, is where you’ll find a great selection of bars and late night venues to cater for a more trendy, alternative taste – with Oporto, Jake’s Bar, Boutique and Chilli White all being fine choices for a night out. If real ale and selective music is more your thing, then seek out the small, intimate and painfully cool North Bar – voted by the Observer as the ‘Best Place to drink in England’.
In terms of student nights, ‘Brighton Beach’ takes place at Leeds University Union every second Saturday of the month – with a good selection of indie, Britpop, northern soul and garage.
Leeds also boasts a world class clubbing scene, attracting some of the world’s biggest DJs to clubs such as Mint, Gatecrasher Seven, Mission, The Warehouse, and ‘Back to Basics’; Leeds’ most prolific club night now housed at Rehab.
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If you like your clubs big, bold and loud, Gatecrasher Seven will be right up your street. Located on Briggate in the heart of Leeds city centre, Gatecrasher Seven is one of the North’s biggest clubs, with a schedule that includes some of the world’s biggest names in dance music. Paul Van Dyk will be stopping by as part of his UK tour this month – and you can buy tickets through Skiddle here.
If underground house is your thing, then you’ll be needing to know all about Mint Lounge. ‘System’ and ‘Louche’ are predominantly techno and underground house nights, with headliners such as Tiefshwarz and Dan Ghenacia. If you like your music bareboned and straight up, these nights are hosted approx once a night. If you prefer things a bit more melodic but still very cutting edge, Filth might be just your cup of tea with its electro and house DJs. Expect MYNC project and Oxia on the lineups soon. These events are very popular and entry is always cheaper when you buy tickets in advance. For full lineups and tickets, checkout the Mint Club on our what's on guide
Housed in six railway arches, Club Mission is one of Leeds’ biggest clubs – which is home to some huge events. The next month alone sees the Space Ibiza tour Mission relaunch party, Purrfect’s 9th Anniversary featuring Chris Lake and Bass Kleph, and of course Leeds’ number one Thursday night experience – Full Moon.
One of the older clubs in Leeds, The Warehouse lies at the heart of its clubbing heritage. Originally opened in 1979 and then re-opened earlier this year, The Warehouse is busy reclaiming its place at the forefront of the city’s club scene with an exciting programme of events. Saturday nights see the club night 6ix, which over the next few weeks will welcome Defected and Riva Starr to the decks amongst others.
OK, Leeds Festival isn't necessarily your everyday nightlife activity in Leeds, but it's something that happens so frequently in Leeds that we thought it was best to include Leeds Festival in this section.
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