Leeds is literally crammed 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 death of many a brain cell during the next three years.
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 hefty 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, 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’.
As you'd expect from a city that spawned Kaiser Chiefs, Alt-J, Gentleman's Dub Club and The Sisters of Mercy, Leeds has a sublime live music scene.
Venues like Brudenell Social Club, Milo, Lending Room The Library host a range of up and coming local talent to more established artists, whilst the O2 Academy brings international stars to Leeds on the regular.
Leeds also boasts a world class clubbing scene, attracting some of the world’s biggest DJs on a regular basis. If underground house is your thing, then you’ll be needing to know all about Mint Club, which boasts flagship house and techno nights No Hassle, Circular and Prism.
Housed in six railway arches, Club Mission is one of Leeds’ biggest clubs – a sprawling venue with outdoor terrace hosting leading house DJs who play across three main dance floors.
Elsewhere, long running house night Back to Basics at Church is another must see, as is The Warehouse, one of the older clubs in Leeds. Originally opened in 1979, The Warehouse is busy reclaiming its place at the forefront of the city’s club scene with an exciting programme of events.