Everyone says your uni years are among the best of your life. And we second that. Especially if you’re studying in Leeds. But you get out what you put in. You’re in charge of how fantastic it is. This might sound daunting, but it’s not so bad - you have us to guide you! And here’s a little uni tip: find some killer Leeds student bars ASAP.
Going out and having a laugh is 90% of the uni experience. Getting a degree is just a nice little add-on. So we gathered this list of the best Leeds student clubs and bars so you can squeeze the most fun out of these precious years. Now get out there and cause some (legal) trouble!
Photo: Cuckoo Leeds on Facebook
Where: 37 Call Lane, Leeds LS1 7BT
Colourful from the decor down to the cocktails (which have little rubber ducks and cupcakes in, BTW), Cuckoo appeals to many students from the second they walk in. One of the more vibrant Leeds student clubs, Cuckoo is always busy, and they give out free 6” pizzas with any drink before 9 pm every day. Perfect if you want to dance, the bar plays tunes such as Hot In Herre and What’s My Name?
The Dry Dock
Photo: The Dry Dock Leeds on Facebook
Where: Woodhouse Lane, Leeds LS2 3AX
Known for its killer deals, The Dry Dock is particularly popular on Student Wednesdays, which also happens to be Wing Wednesday, with wings for 30p a piece. A proper brilliant venue, this Leeds student bar serves breakfast all day every day, making it the perfect place to get over your hangover before swiftly getting a few pints in again. The energy's electric, there's loads of offers, and loads on - it’s everything we could ever want.
The Key Club
Photo: The Key Club on Facebook
Where: 66 Merrion Street, Leeds LS2 8LW
The Key Club is the one for the alternative people. This venue and nightclub regularly hosts live music of heavier genres such as metal, rock, indie, pop punk, and emo. And their student nights usually revolve around those same genres. Finally, their drinks prices are fantastic, with single spirit mixers going for £2.80, four Jagers for £7, bottles of Amstel for £3, and Red Stripe or Strongbow for £4.20.
Find tickets for events at The Key Club - here
Photo: Mint Warehouse on Facebook
Where: 175 Aquatite House, Water Lane, Leeds LS11 9UD
To be honest, Mint isn’t one of the cheaper Leeds student clubs. It can be a little more on the expensive side, but if you have the opportunity to go, you’ll love it. Loads of students head to Mint to enjoy house, techno, drum and bass, and other electronic genres. Tickets are usually around £10-£20, but for such a killer atmosphere and big-name DJs, this really isn’t a lot.
Find tickets for events at Mint Warehouse - here
Photo: Brooklyn - Call Lane on Facebook
Where: 50 Call Lane, Leeds LS1 6DT
Another one of Leeds' best student bars, Brooklyn has lots to be excited about. Play a loser-gets-the-next-round beer pong match, dance to the sounds spun by the DJs on Saturday nights, and take advantage of a brilliant happy hour. If the sun’s out or it reaches that point in the night when you need a private chat, head out to the outdoor area to get away from the noise.
Be At One
Photo: Be At One Leeds Boar Lane on Facebook
Where: 19 Boar Lane, Leeds LS1 6EA
A huge part of Be At One’s appeal is the bartenders. They’re a bit mental in the best way. They’re known for getting guests involved and kicking the party up a notch by dancing on the bar and all sorts. And the 2 for £10 happy hour is brill. But it’s only made better when you download the app, which allows you to extend the happy hour. Just show it to the bartender when you order.
Roxy Ball Room
Photo: Roxy Ball Room Leeds Boar Lane
Where: locations on Merrion Street, Boar Lane, and in The Light
There are actually three Roxy’s to choose from in Leeds. Depending on which site you visit, you could easily spend hours laughing, drinking, and thrashing your mates at pool, shuffleboard, air hockey, beer pong, and arcade games. The bar also shows live sports so you can have a break from beating your mates and chill for a bit. Tunes are usually of the rock/indie variety, a nice change from electronic and pop in many other bars.
Photo: The Warehouse Leeds on Facebook
Where: 19-21 Somers Street, Leeds LS1 2RG
For a proper British party atmosphere, The Warehouse is one of the best Leeds student clubs. The speakers are huge, and the CO2 jets emphasise hard drops, making the crowd lose it. A diverse venue, at the time of writing, there are UKG, reggae, rock, disco, and metal events in its calendar. They’re even showing the World Cup later this year!
Find tickets for events at The Warehouse - here
Photo: Distrikt Bar Leeds on Facebook
Where: 7 Duncan Street, Leeds LS1 6DQ
It’s immediately obvious why Distrikt is one of Leeds’ favourite student bars. For one, it’s free entry, so you can go no matter how skint you are. They also have live acts performing and, again, you can get in for free. There’s also a cool outdoor area, the menu is just shy of 50 different cocktails, and they have a good selection of draught beers, including Amstel for just £4 a pint!
Find tickets for events at Distrikt - here
Photo: The Wardrobe Leeds on Facebook
Where: 6 St Peter’s Square, Leeds LS9 8AH
Another big live music venue, The Wardrobe is known for being cheap and putting on a variety of events such as live music, comedy shows, killer bottomless brunches, club nights, live DJs and more. Now over 20 years old, the venue has seen performances by some of the biggest names, including Amy Winehouse. The Wardrobe doesn’t need us to big it up, it speaks for itself.
Find tickets for events at The Wardrobe - here
With all this choice, there’s a venue no matter what kind of outing you’re after. Head to Leeds’ student bars to sip cheap pints and beat your mates at beer pong. Or head to Leeds’ student clubs for a dance and a sip of some tantalising cocktails. That essay can wait.
Check out our What's On Guide to discover even more rowdy raves and sweaty gigs taking place over the coming weeks and months. For festivals, lifestyle events and more, head on over to our Things To Do page or be inspired by the event selections on our Inspire Me page.
Header: Distrikt on Facebook