If you need to know where to go for New Year’s Eve this year, we’ve got the lowdown on what’s going on in Leeds…
New Year’s Eve is the biggest night of the year and there’s loads going on in Leeds, so you can bid a fond farewell to 2019 and usher in a whole new decade in style. But with so much going on, deciding where to go and what to do is going to be tricky – which is why we’ve rounded up the biggest and best NYE nights out in the city. Keep your eyes peeled because we’ll be adding more events as and when they’re announced.
Stockdales of Yorkshire
If you want to see in the New Year with an almighty feast, Stockdales is the place to go. They’re serving an 8-course tasting menu, designed especially for the occasion. It’s £85 per person and you can add a handpicked cocktail or wine pairing for £45 more. The menu is simply divine – you’ll start with roasted king scallop, smoked cod roe, apple and hibiscus salad before moving onto meaty dishes like wagyu steak tartare and braised featherblade stuffed with foie gras. Dessert comes in the form of three equally delicious courses, so your sweet tooth is certainly catered for.
Stockdales of Yorkshire, 8 South Parade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5QX.
East 59th is putting on an all-out party for New Year’s Eve in Leeds. The LIT Ibiza Takeover NYE is moving from Angelica to East 59th to bring you a second year of unmissable electronic music, so you can see in the New Year on your feet and on the dance floor. Curated by Leeds based DJ and producer Sara Garvey, you can expect an exciting line-up that champions the underground electronic music scene. As for the bar itself, it will be transformed into a lavish playground, indoors and out – be sure to pay a visit to their dedicated champagne bar. Tickets are being sold in rounds, right now they’re £27.75, but that price will go up.
East 59th, Victoria Gate, 3rd Floor Rooftop, Ludgate Hill, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7AU.
If anyone’s going to blow the roof off on NYE in Leeds, it’s Neighbourhood. They’re planning their biggest shindig yet, with a bang-up feast and an all-out party. Kick off the evening with a 4-course dinner that starts with an indulgent sushi selection and ends with a giant sundae, stopping at fried chicken tenders and black Angus fillet along the way. It comes with a glass of champagne for £65 per person and includes entry to their NYE extravaganza, which promises a tantalising mix of DJs, singers, musicians and performers in the run-up to midnight. Want to party without dinner? Tickets are £10.
Neighbourhood, 5 Greek Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5RW.
Crafthouse will welcome in the New Year with their usual fine-dining flair. They’ve created a special 6-course tasting menu to take you to midnight, one delicious morsel at a time. Each dish is designed to lead into the next, so you’ll start with duck liver tart, then move onto seared mackerel, glazed pork cheek and 90-day aged Yorkshire beef. That leaves room for two desserts, including a palate-cleansing bowl of milk ice cream with preserved cherries and a delectable caramelised white chocolate ganache. The menu itself is £75, but you can add a personalised wine pairing for an extra £40 per person.
Crafthouse, 70 Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HW.
Unlimited food, unlimited drinks, all for just £99 – that’s how New Year’s Eve is going down at Malmaison Leeds. Their annual shindig starts at 7:30pm and you’ll get an endless supply of house beer, wine, spirits and mixers right up until 1am. Make sure you pay a visit (or two or three) to their NYE buffet. You can dig into charcuterie meats, fresh salads, seafood platters and hot roasted meats with oodles of gravy. And the entertainment? They’ll have a live singer and a DJ on the decks to keep you on the dance floor.
Malmaison, 1 Swinegate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4AG.
Nestled under the railway arches lies a 1920s inspired drinking den where you can see in the New Year in true speakeasy style. The Backroom will be throwing their legendary NYE party once again as they welcome you in to enjoy a night of top tunes and 2-4-1 cocktails. DJ Daniel Hills and DJ Poppy will be spinning r&b and house favourites in Room 1, while DJ Jay Birch serves up all things funk, soul and disco in Room 2. If you can tear yourself away from the dance floor, hunt out their master magician Oliver Parker to see his mind-boggling tricks. This particular party won’t end until 7am, so you’re in for a long night. Tickets are £12.50.
The Backroom, 50a Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DT.
Issho & Kori Bar
It’s a double-whammy at Issho. They’ve created a special tasting menu to help you see in 2020 in style. It’s £70 per person and designed for sharing, so over the course of the evening, you’ll work your way through 10 of their contemporary Japanese dishes. Start with duck harumaki and seafood baos before moving onto lobster dragon rolls, scallop jalapeño sudachi, and our personal favourite, wagyu sirloin & ponzu. Afterwards, you can retire to the Kori Bar where they’ll be ringing in the New Year with DJs and live music.
Issho, Victoria Gate, George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7AU.
New Year’s Eve is the biggest night of the year for Angelica. Sat atop Trinity Leeds with views across the rooftops, it’s the perfect place to welcome in 2020 and they’re throwing an almighty shindig that will make you wonder why you’d go anywhere else. It starts at 7:30pm and continues until 3am, so you’ll dance your way into the New Year to a soundtrack of deep, soulful house, electronic, hip hop, old skool and R&B. Everyone gets a complimentary cocktail on arrival and they have a raft of VIP drinks packages if you want to upgrade your night. Tickets are being sold in rounds, right now they’re £27.75, but that price will go up.
Angelica, 70 Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HW.
Good food, good company and damned good entertained – that’s what’s on offer at Bibis Italianissimo. They’re rolling back the years and bringing back the glitz and glamour of New York’s Studio 54 to welcome in 2020. On arrival, you’ll be treated to a welcome cocktail and a medley of delicious canapés before you sit down to a 5-course menu. From homemade game terrine to mustard-seared Angus beef fillet and lemon parfait, this menu has something for everyone. And you can enjoy it all to a soundtrack of Motown, soul and disco classics. It’s £80 in the cocktail area or £120 in the main restaurant where you’ll have a full view of the entertainment.
Bibis Italianissimo, Sovereign Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4AG.
Belgrave Music Hall
It’s a favourite all year round, but come New Year’s Eve, Belgrave Music Hall really comes into its own. This is one of the only parties on the list that’s totally free, so if you want to save your money for the bar, it is the place to go. No need to book, just rock up. You can ring in 2020 with Superfriendz as their resident DJs take over all three floors of Belgrave Music Hall for MTV Classics Across the Decades. That’s right, they’re rolling back the years to play the biggest pop, rock and hip-hop hits of the past 40 years, from Lizzo to Fleetwood Mac, Beastie Boys and Sugababes. They’ll also have cheap drinks deals and a photobooth, so you can get selfies you’ll regret in the morning.
Belgrave Music Hall, 1-1A Cross Belgrave Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JP.
Cheese, beer and a wee dram of whisky – if that’s your idea of the perfect New Year’s Eve, you’re in luck because BrewDog has it covered. Head to either of their Leeds bars to join their Hogmanay celebrations. It’s £10 to get in and that gets you a welcome pint (or glass of bubbly if you prefer) and a cheese and charcuterie board for the table. Everyone gets a glass of whisky to toast the bells, but in between, you can work your way through their famous collection of beers. If you’re lucky, you might even win a year’s worth of beer in their New Year’s Eve raffle.
BrewDog, White Cloth Hall, Crown Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS2 7DA & Crispin House, New York Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7PF.
If it’s entertainment you’re after, get yourself down to The Wardrobe. They’re pulling out all the stops for NYE with a night of food, comedy and raucous celebrations. Everyone gets into the big blow out party, which includes live bands and DJs, but you can choose if you want to do food (£27.50), laughs (£25) or both (£50). Dinner comes in the form of a 3-course menu that will take you from rosemary-studded baked camembert to slow-cooked belly pork and cider poached pear. They’ve bagged a stellar line-up of comedians too, including Justin Moorhouse, Brennan Reece, Jack Gleadow and Dave Twentyman.
The Wardrobe, 6 St Peter’s Square, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS9 8AH.
Dark, dashing and decidedly glam, Dirty Martini is the perfect place to celebrate NYE in Leeds. Their ‘We See You 2020’ party will take you into the early hours with DJs on the decks playing back-to-back hits. Your £5 ticket gets you a free glass of prosecco if you arrive before 9pm and they’ll have a live saxophonist to ease you towards the bells. Want to settle in for the night? You can reserve a table and load it with goodies – for £200, their Inspired package gets you 10 martinis, a bottle of house spirits, three birdcage food sharers and priority entry.
Dirty Martini, 31 King Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2HL. Tickets are £5 per person.
Friends of Ham
The party starts early at Friends of Ham because they’re holding a mid-afternoon Food Pairing Fight. From 2.30pm, they’re pitching beer against wine to determine which one is best. You’ll be treated to a secret 5-round tasting menu, created by their chefs and paired with a wine and a beer. Your job is to decide which works best. Tickets are £40 per person – that gets you one hell of a start to your NYE celebrations and leaves your evening open for a night of revelry. Stay where you are or head out on the town, the choice is yours.
Friends of Ham, 4-8 New Station Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5DL.
Escapism. It’s probably not a name you know, but they’re the group behind seven of the most popular bars of Merrion Street and Call Lane. You’ve got epic dive bars in the form of Mean-Eyed Cat and Verve, cocktail heavyweights The Maven and The Tiki Hideaway, and stone-cold classics like Cuckoo, Brooklyn and Call Lane Social. They’re all joining forces this year for a NYE extravaganza. Get your free wristband to pass in and out of all seven venues to give your New Year’s Eve night out the eclectic feel of a night on the town. Stop by Cuckoo or Mean-Eyed Cat Bar between 5pm and 9pm to get free pizza when you buy any drinks.
Mean-Eyed Cat Bar & Verve on Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PG and Call Lane Social, The Tiki Hideaway, Cuckoo, Brooklyn & Maven on Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BT.
Blind Tyger are celebrating New Year’s Eve in Leeds with two stints of bottomless cocktails. If you go early, you can get unlimited cocktails, complimentary snacks and table service from 6pm to 8pm, all for just £30. But if you head over at 9pm, you can have all that with even more cocktails, a champagne tower and a glass of Blind Fizz at midnight for just £40. That’s three long hours of bottomless drinks in a cool, prohibition-style drinking den, so wiggle into your flapper dress and don your suits for a night of oh-so-sophisticated celebrations. Advanced booking is a must here.
Blind Tyger, 5½ Cross Belgrave Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JP.
Leeds Irish Centre
Dig out your glad rags folks because Leeds Irish Centre is hosting a special Gala Night for New Year’s Eve. For £37.50 per person, you can join them for a long night of entertainment. You’ll get a complimentary drink on arrival before you sit down to a 2-course dinner. They’re serving roast leg of lamb in mint jus, loin of pork with a Dianne sauce, chicken chasseur and vegetable lasagne, followed by a selection of desserts and cheeses. Stephen Smyth and Band will play classic Irish and country songs live before DJ Simon Piper gets on the decks. You’ll also have the chance to win champagne and chocolates every 30 minutes in their free draw.
Leeds Irish Centre, York Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS9 9NT.
O2 Academy Leeds
Every year, O2 Academy Leeds put on an almighty New Year’s Eve party – and 2019 will be no different. This is clubland at its best as Resident DJs Myles Robinson & Danny James take over the decks for a night of pyrotechnics, confetti canons and unmissable light shows. You can dance your way into 2020 as they play the very best dance hits until 4am. Prefer hip hop, r&b and urban classics? Projekt Underground will see you through to the bells in their second room. Tickets are £4 and you have to buy them in advance, they won’t be on sale on the door.
O2 Academy Leeds, 55 Cookridge Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 3AW.
Village Hotel Leeds North
My, oh my! Village Hotel Leeds North has quite the NYE shindig lined up for you. They’re serving a 4-course gala dinner for £65 per person. You can start with a delectable goat’s cheese and fig tart or keep it traditional with chicken and duck terrine. Mains come in the form of roast sea trout, seared rump of lamp and fillet of beef wellington, with wild mushroom, truffle and sage risotto for the veggies. Then there’s dessert, coffee and chocolate truffles, before you enjoy their live Michael Bublé tribute and get your feet moving at the disco.
Village Hotel Leeds North, 186 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS16 5PR.
Fancy a big Indian banquet on New Year’s Eve? You’re in luck because Aagrah is hosting a gala dinner and they’ve got all kinds of surprises in store. For £51.95 per person, you’ll get a glass of champagne on arrival and a sumptuous 5-course dinner. Start with poppadoms, kachumar salad and pickles before you move onto chicken tikka masala, Kashmiri machli and kulfi cheesecake with barfi. There’s a huge selection of dishes and you’ll have naan and pilau rice to mop it all up. Veggie? There’s a dedicated menu, especially for you. After dinner, enjoy the DJ, hit the disco and watch the fireworks as the clock hits midnight.
Aagrah, St Peter’s Square, Quarry Hill, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS9 8AH.
Cosy Club will take you back to the glitz and glamour of the 1920s for its New Year’s Eve bash in Leeds. For £54.95 per person, you’ll get a welcome cocktail and canapés on arrival, followed by a four-course meal. Start the evening with seared scallops or sautéed soy, ginger and chilli tofu, before you move onto pan-roasted sea bass, pork belly or a posh potato gratin. And to finish? It has to be their famous melting chocolate bomb. After your meal, you can dance to 1920s tunes performed live by The Sensational Speakeasys. Don’t fancy the food? You can get bar tickets for just £10 to enjoy the music as the bell chimes in 2020.
Cosy Club, 53 Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5AA.
Motown baby! Smokestack is celebrating the New Year with a Motown takeover. Head over from 8pm for Live Blues in the Lounge, a 2-hour marathon of blues and roots music, perfectly paired with two for £10 cocktails. The real party takes place upstairs in the Roost, where DJ Chico Malo will be playing the hottest Motown hits from 10pm until late. They’ve got their own countdown menu to ease you into the New Year with discounted drinks, and if you stick around until midnight, you can make the most of their free fizz giveaway. Oh, and the best bit? It’s free entry all night.
Smokestack, 158a Lower Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LY.
A stunning restaurant with a refined menu of Chinese classics, Tattu is the perfect place to spend NYE in Leeds. They’ve put together a special menu for the occasion and it showcases their inventive approach to Chinese cooking. You can enjoy three waves of incredible food, all designed for sharing. Start with dim sum, sticky beef short ribs and roasted scallops, before you move onto famous dishes like their whole lobster and the caramel soy beef fillet. The final wave is, of course, pudding – anyone for pear sticky toffee pudding? Their NYE menu is £80 per person, but they also have a vegetarian menu for £45 per person. Alongside the food, they’ve got live musicians, DJs and their customary petal drop.
Tattu, Minerva House, 29 East Parade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5PS.
Once the banking hall of Leeds Permanent Building Society, Browns is a decidedly grand place to spend New Year’s Eve in Leeds. They’ve created a special 5-course menu for the occasion and it’ll cost you just £50 per person. You’ll start the evening with a classic bellini before tucking into a set menu that’s as glorious as the occasion. Think venison, 28-day aged sirloin steak and fillet of sea bass, with a chestnut, walnut and spinach wellington for the veggies. Pudding, which includes a rather tempting chocolate trio, is followed by a shared cheese board, before you snaffle truffles with your coffee.
Browns, Unit H28, The Light, 70-72 The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 8EQ.
New Year’s Eve is the last big knees up at Thor’s Tipi before they pack up their tent, so why not raise a glass to 2020 as you cosy up in front of their open fires? You can sup mulled wine, glug craft beer and slurp down cider as you count down to midnight. They’ve even got hot chocolate, spiked with Bailey’s or peppermint liqueur. Couple it with something from their outdoor barbecue, which promises dirty fries and burgers. With roaring fires, fairy lights and a festive atmosphere, it’s worth dropping in, even if you don’t stay until the bells chime. After all, it’s free entry.
Thor’s Tipi, Victoria Gardens, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3AA.
Dinner, dancing and fireworks! Weetwood Hall has it all. They’re throwing two big parties to see in the New Year, so you have a decision to make – do you want to see a Frank Sinatra tribute act or a Michael Buble tribute act? Whichever you choose, tickets are £95 and come with a 5-course dinner. You’ll start with bubbles and canapés, before sitting down to enjoy exquisite dishes like duck breast with cherry, confit carrot and duck leg. If you’d like to stay the night, they have packages from just £99, including brunch and a late checkout.
Weetwood Hall, Otley Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS16 5PS.
You can always rely on Sheaf Street to do something wonderfully unique and New Year’s Eve is no different. They’re welcoming Midnight back to where it began for A Future Disco. This is a wild, wacky, crazy night of all-embracing, all accepting fun and they’re inviting you to reimagine the future of 2020 with the very best fancy dress. Think flying cars. Think wearable tech. Think dancing androids. This is your chance to go where your imagination takes you as you dance the night away to a soundtrack of house, disco and big party anthems. Wait for the countdown and prepare to go utterly bonkers. Early bird tickets start at £16.50, get ‘em while you can before the price goes up.
Sheaf St, 3 Sheaf St, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1HD.
If you want to see in the New Year with panoramic views of the city, get yourself down to Sky Lounge. It’s open to all and sundry, so you can head over at any time, but there will be a £5 entry fee after 10pm. Once you’re inside, you can enjoy the festive decor as you sup expertly crafted cocktails and perfectly poured champagne – they certainly know how to make you feel like you’re in the lap of luxury here. If you want to book a table in advance, you’ll have to splash the cash on one of their drinks packages, which are perfectly paired with sharing boards to keep your stomach lined.
Sky Lounge, Granary Wharf, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4BR.
New Dock Hall
The biggest New Year’s Eve parties in the city take place at New Dock Hall. That’s right – parties, plural, they have two of them! The first is their famous Masquerade Ball. For £69.95, you can don an elaborate mask and dance the night away surrounded by their stilt walkers. Alternatively, head to The Disco Ball to enjoy an unforgettable show with Cher, Lady Gaga and Meatloaf tributes. Both nights come with a 3-course dinner, a glass of champagne on arrival and a DJ to keep you partying ’til late. The Masquerade Ball is £69.96, while The Disco Ball is £59.95.
New Dock Hall, Armouries Drive, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1LT.Credit: Ollievision