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Leeds nightlife venues

Whether you’re looking for live entertainment or just somewhere with a lively atmosphere, Leeds can deliver a memorable night out. These are just a few of our favourite places where you can have a drink. Call Lane is popular among professionals and students, due to the abundance of places to eat, drink and dance.

You could kick off your evening at The Maven cocktail lounge, which brings pre-US-prohibition-era glamour to the area. Around the corner on New Briggate, hipsters will feel at home in The Brotherhood of Pursuits and Pastimes as it serves hearty food, such as pies, burgers and hot dogs, as well as a range of whiskeys and it is an ideal venue to watch live sport on one of its HD screens.

Leeds has a proud history of beer making. Leeds Brewery, founded in 2007, is independent and now the largest in the city. There are plenty of pubs in the city where you can sample the fruits of Leeds Brewery’s labour. The Midnight Bell is its flagship pub, located in Holbeck’s Urban Village. The menu is locally-focused and there’s a fantastic beer garden. The White Swan is adjoined to the Leeds City Varieties Theatre, just off Briggate. Or try The Brewery Tap on New Station Street, The Lamb and Flag on Church Row and Crowd of Favours, just off Kirkgate.

Bierkeller on South Parade serves German beers. The long tables and live music make it a great venue for large parties. Whitelock’s Ale House is the oldest pub in Leeds, built in 1715. Located in Turks Head Yard off Briggate, it has preserved its history and charm. Its drinks menu champions Yorkshire breweries, the food is home-cooked and it is a child and dog-friendly pub with a beer garden.

Our picks

Bar Fibre
Bar Fibre

168 Lower Briggate, Leeds LS1 6LY

Now into its 19th year of trading, Bar Fibre has cemented itself as Leeds’ number one independent bar. Sprawling across four floors, with a huge outside courtyard area and balcony, the venue provides a haven for customers to ‘live their life and be free’. Teamed with the hottest Fibre sounds delivered by the finest resident DJs and an extensive drinks and cocktail menu, Fibre is easily a top tier choice of bars to visit. Visit website

Leeds Irish Centre
Live music

York Road, Leeds, LS9 9NT

The Irish Centre provides a number of air-conditioned function suites and a members bar which form an adaptable yet friendly atmosphere for whatever occasion you are celebrating. It can provide for all your entertainment requirements from gigs and concerts accommodating up to 800 people, to individual function rooms providing for 100 to 350 people. The Centre can undertake any function: weddings, birthdays, communions, christenings, funerals, boxing tournaments or a celebration dinner. The bars have six TV screens showing all major sports including GAA games. Visit website

Viaduct Showbar
Disco balls


11 Lower Briggate, Leeds LS1 6ER

One of the most entertaining and glamorous venues Leeds has to offer, Viaduct Showbar is home to the UK’s most talented drag queens and show team. Every night of the week at Viaduct is a party, with cabaret performances and special guests each week, there is something fabulous for everyone to enjoy. Visit website

Club Mission

8 Heaton’s Ct, Leeds LS1 4LJ

16 years later and the ‘home of house’ is stronger than ever. Club Mission gives home to popular nights TEATRO, INSOMNIA and the city’s biggest student night every Thursday, which draw the crowds in by the masses. It’s the perfect place to party on down until the sun comes up. Visit website

The Backroom

50a Call Ln, Leeds LS1 6DT

The Backroom is a 1920s-themed cocktail bar, night club and event space on Call Lane. Situated under the railway bridge, The Backroom is split over two levels with plenty of comfy booth seating, large dance floor area, outdoor smoking terrace and full A/V facilities. Open Thursday, Friday, Saturdays and Bank Holiday Sunday evenings until 6am. Showcasing Leeds’ top DJ talent, The Backroom plays all the classic and contemporary party anthems to keep you dancing until the early hours. Visit website

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