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21 Clubs to End an Unforgettable Night Out in Leeds

· Andrew Emery · Food and Drink

Indie, house and all points in-between – this is Leeds’ club scene.

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Get ready for your next night out in Leeds with our comprehensive club round-up. Go big or go home…

It doesn’t matter what your musical taste is, there’s a club in Leeds for you. After the pubs have closed, the city doesn’t go to sleep – these are the places that will have you out until the wee hours, perhaps even until the sun comes up. From big name DJs to local legends, timeless club nights to pop-up parties, they’re all here.

The HiFi Club

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One of the most diverse clubs in Leeds really does have something for everyone and every taste. Regular funk, soul, hip-hop, reggae, garage and disco parties fill HiFi’s calendar, while every Wednesday sees the best in drum & bass at Sticky Feet. Drop in on a Tuesday for Mixtape Project, a student party over a decade strong playing nothing but floor-fillers. Drinks deals are more than decent, making this not just a great night out, but a pretty cheap one too.

The HiFi Club, 2 Central Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DE.

Wire

Wire

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Step down into this basement under Call Lane and you can feel the intimate vibes straight away – this is a great place for a subterranean skank. The music policy is most certainly eclectic, banging nights fuelled by some excellent drinks offers. Put Thursday in your calendar – it’s home to weekly house and garage party Just a Little which has advance tickets from just £4. You might see Rude Jude and Xennex on the decks bringing wavy sounds galore. It. Goes. Off.

Wire, 2a Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DN.

The Warehouse

Shine Weekender at The Warehouse

The Warehouse has played host to some of the greatest club nights in Leeds history. Open for over 40 years, it has seen scenes and fashions come and go, but has remained at the cutting edge. Today it plays host to touring DJs such as Annie Mac while packing them in with brilliant regular nights. Bobby’s Disco Club takes over on Mondays, dropping disco gems with more than a hint of house and pop. Mischief is the Wednesday mainstay, a massive two-floor rave.

The Warehouse, 19-21 Somers Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2RG.

Wharf Chambers

They do things a little bit differently at Wharf Chambers. This multi-use venue is the place to go if you’re looking for a night out in Leeds that’s far from the norm. Expect skewed parties, true underground music and events with vivid visuals to match the sounds – the Liverpool Psychedelic Society have a regular night here that will give you a flavour of what’s on offer. Drop in for live bands, DJ takeovers and club nights that set the floor alight.

Wharf Chambers, 23-25 Wharf Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7EQ.

Pryzm

Pryzm Quids In

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Pryzm is a megaclub that’s a perennial fave with Leeds’ youthful night owls. It boasts five different rooms, meaning there’s a tune with your name on it somewhere. Quids In is a huge Monday night party that’s £1 in and £1.50 drinks before midnight, a great way to get your student loan to stretch a bit further. Other fab fixtures include Fix Fridays, Antics Wednesdays and even the infamous Bingo Loco Raves. Basically, if you want a night out, they’ve got something for you.

Pryzm, 16-18 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8LX.

Sheaf Street

Duke Studios, Sheaf Street Cafeteria

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A surprising gem of a cafe-cum-club, Sheaf Street warps into a cool and curated but definitely fun party zone after dark. It dishes up a sweet array of all sorts from week to week – you might hear electronic, UK bass and Afrobeat at This Way Up, while Shake-Down Sounds runs from Motown to 90s classics and a judicious smattering of disco. The regular Deep Fried Funk event is a must, presented by Fresh2Death and with a range of pocket-friendly drink offers.

Sheaf Street, 3 Sheaf Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1HD.

O2 Academy Leeds

Projekt

The O2 isn’t just for A-list music gigs and comedy tours. Oh no, it also happens to be one of the very finest clubs in Leeds, the home of not one, not two, but three big nights. Indie Thursdays go from 11.30pm until 3am, with early bird cheap entry, drinks deals and occasional themed nights such as an Arctic Monkeys special. Projekt delivers dance mayhem every Saturday, while Bongo’s Bingo is one of the most unique nights out you’ll ever experience.

O2 Academy Leeds, 55 Cookridge Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 3AW.

The Key Club

The Key Club

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The Key Club prides itself on being the home of rock and alternative club nights in Leeds, and it’s a reputation they richly deserve. It’s £3 on the door every Tuesday for Slam Dunk, a soundtrack of pop-punk and emo washed down with two Jägerbombs for £5. Friday nights are for Fuel, with one room of rock and indie anthems, another taking you into the realm of metal. Rock anthems from AC/DC to Rancid power The Garage on Saturdays, with a side order of guilty pop pleasures.

The Key Club, 66 Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8LW.

Lake Victoria

Head to Harehills if you’re in need of a night out that delivers spine-shivering basslines. Lake Victoria can pack 700 people in and and a sound system that really rattles the bones – ideal for the dub, reggae, dancehall and ska nights that you’ll find here. In the past they’ve hosted parties by the likes of DJ Trini and Apache Hi-Fi, while the sound system clash The Great British Bass Off has one of the best names in club history.

Lake Victoria, 75 Roseville Road, Harehills, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 5DT.

Beaver Works

Hunslet is the very-slightly-out-of-the-way-but-well-worth-it suburb where you’ll find Beaver Works, a former Victorian warehouse turned club. They’ve installed a sound system that reverberates through the whole building, turning their regular nights such as Gravity into must-visits. This drum & bass night attracts genre legends such as DJ Hype, while Good Life turns the club into an immersive experience where you might hear reggae don David Rodigan spinning.

Beaver Works, 36 Whitehouse Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1AD.

Headrow House

Headrow House

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With several floors to make the most of, Headrow House has been hosting great nights ever since it opened. You might get to party under the stars on the roof terrace, or dance until the walls sweat in their second floor venue space. Check their calendar for upcoming events – they attract talent like Gilles Peterson and MJ Cole as well as rising stars from across the globe, spanning genres from dance to soulful house and hip-hop.

Headrow House, Bramleys Yard, 19 The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PU.

Mint Warehouse

Mint Warehouse

What was once Mint is now Mint Warehouse –  bigger and bolder, with a sound system and LED ceiling that make it one of the greatest clubs in Leeds. It’s both the pedigree and the quality of the venue that can attract bookings like Jeff Mills and Andy C, as well as a track record of luring the big names in. But that’s not all, there are also regular nights such as Zest, which combine hip-hop, funk, house and disco with student drinks deals to magnificent effect.

Mint Warehouse, Aquatite House, Water Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 9UD.

The Space

The Space isn’t your shy and retiring type. This classic Leeds club is where you’ll find some of the funnest nights out in the city. Space Tuesdays is a reliably rammed party with £5 entry and cheap drinks all night long – £2 for selected shots, £3 doubles. Grab a first release ticket for Skint Thursdays and it’s even more of a bargain – £4 gets you in the door and the main room promises the ultimate party mash-up with R’n’B taking over in room 2.

The Space, The Basement, Hirsts Yard, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DL.

Eiger Studios

A brace of bars, a gig space, a rehearsal room and recording studio – what else do you want from Eiger Studios? Well, maybe a club too, thanks for asking. There’s an ever-changing line-up of nights to attend here, from Trance is Life to launch nights for record labels and Northern Soul soirees that get everyone throwing shapes on the dance floor. They’ve traded in the certainty of regular nights for an ever-transforming calendar of essential one-offs.

Eiger Studios, New Craven Gate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 5NF.

Freedom Mills

Another fine example of Victorian architecture turned into a marvellous modern multi-use space, Freedom Mills is now one of the best clubs in Leeds. It’s got the space and sound to get big-name DJs to sign on the dotted line, but also fosters new and up-and-coming talent, as well as local heroes such as Iration Steppas Soundsystem. Come for dub, come for techno, come for house – heck, even come for a 90s R’n’B and hip-hop brunch that doesn’t start until night.

Freedom Mills, Unit 2, Aire Place Mills, 143 Kirkstall Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS3 1JL.

The Old Red Bus Station

The Old Red Bus Station

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You won’t need a timetable for this former bus station – simply head up above the chilled-out bar and restaurant to the top floor, home to club nights galore. License to Jungle is a regular, drawing on both local and visiting DJs with early bird tickets starting at £7. Some of the residencies are free to enter, and The Old Red Bus Station is the proud home of many a night that showcases music genres that don’t often get played in the bigger clubs.

The Old Red Bus Station, 101-105 Vicar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7NL.

Distrikt

Distrikt

Cocktails and A-list DJs – Distrikt definitely knows how to throw a party. This underground venue is over a decade strong and in that time has developed a drink offer, sound system, decor and calendar that can stand up to anywhere else in the city. Past legends to spin here include Kenny Dope, Juan Atkins and Marshall Jefferson, while nights such as Limit mix visiting talent like DJ Tennis with Leeds club scene stalwarts such as Ralph Lawson.

Distrikt, 7 Duncan Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DQ.

The Backroom

The Backroom

It’s all about the weekend at The Backroom, a Call Lane speakeasy bar with an event space perfect for wild club nights. Sunday Sessions offers free entry and a hip-hop and R’n’B jam that runs from 10pm-6am. That’s plenty of time for dancing and 2 for 1 cocktails. Friday and Saturdays also offer two floors of fun, running from house and garage to Latin and reggaeton. Thursday goes disco and dance with £3 doubles before midnight. Whatever moves you, you’ll find it here.

The Backroom, 50a Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DT.

Viaduct Showbar

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The Viaduct is one of the most unique club nights out in Leeds, with Drag Race screenings and bingo sessions making way for the Viaduct showgirls and late night licentiousness. Friday and Saturday are when it really goes off – Precious McMichaels plays host, there’s a spectacular cabaret performance before DJ Luke Horsfield provides the tunes until 4am. There’ll be drinks deals, there’ll be glamour and there will most certainly be dancing.

Viaduct Showbar, 11 Lower Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6ER.

Queens Court

Another pillar of the Leeds LGBQT community, Queens Court is an inclusive venue that shares a yard with Bar Fibre. When one of the famous courtyard parties breaks out between the two, all bets are off! There is free entry to all their weekly club nights, with pop and dance at Friday’s Flip It, Mr Orry plays host until 3am on Saturdays while Marigolds Mondays plays the very finest cheese, with drinks starting at just £2.

Queens Court, 167 Lower Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LY.

Fibre

Fibre Courtyard Party

Still independent after over 20 years, Fibre is Queens Court’s noisy neighbour and a Leeds club where you’re guaranteed to hear house music all week long. The courtyard parties take place every Bank Holiday Sunday, when the Funktion One sound system really comes into play. There’s a great focus on local DJs here, with the Leeds-born likes of Elliot Bradley, Habbo Foxx and Angel Lee providing the funky and classic house.

Fibre, 168 Lower Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LY.