Get your next big night out planned with our comprehensive guide to the best clubs in Leeds.
No doubt about it, Leeds is a great night out – but if you want to see it through to the early hours, you need to know about our club scene. It’s got everything from legendary clubnights in unusual locations to world-renowned DJs in intimate underground bars – so whether you’re after house, indie disco or funk ‘n’ soul, you have one hell of a night out ahead of you.
The HiFi Club
HiFi isn’t your usual nightclub. Tucked out of the way, just behind Briggate, this buzzing underground hub is where you’ll find the best jazz, soul, funk and hip-hop tunes anywhere in the city. With the likes of Move On Up every Wednesday, FunkSoulNation on a Friday and The Sunday Joint, it’s no wonder HiFi is so popular, especially with £3 bottles of lager and cider.
The HiFi Club, 2 Central Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DE.
Call Lane’s underground haven, Wire has long been a popular late-night haunt in Leeds. It hosts an eclectic bunch of club nights from the iconic Leeds indie disco Fuzzy Logic on Thursdays to the likes of Acetate, Butter Side Up and Selective Hearing. Wire prides itself on its fine musical lineage, and as a sister venue to HiFi – you can expect similar drinks offers.
Wire, 2a Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DN.
For more than 35 years, The Warehouse has been at the centre of Leeds’ groundbreaking club scene, with a particular focus on the best house DJs they can find. There are three rooms to visit, including the main space, with two smaller rooms overlooking it. It’s home to a newly installed Funktion-One sound system, so you know it’s going to sound great – as well as lighting rigs, colour lasers and CO2 jets. They have a slew of special one-off events but it’s regular nights like Mischief and Propaganda that make it the place to be.
The Warehouse, 19-21 Somers Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2RG.
Mint Club has been an integral part of Leeds’ clubbing scene since 1997. They promote the best in house, techno and underground and it’s now one of the most famous clubs in the UK – anyone worth their salt has played here. Nights like System, Mint Mondays and Hush Hush have all become mainstays of Leeds’ nightlife, and Mint Club continues to push the boundaries of dance music by giving a platform to DJs on the way up – so you get the chance to see something new and exciting too.
Mint Club, 8 Harrison Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PA.
Canal Mills is a former industrial complex on the outskirts of the city centre, and it has no trouble tempting folk out of town for all-night parties in its characterful surroundings. With the likes of Detonate, Resident Advisor, Metropolis and The Garden Party taking over the venue intermittently, it’s quickly become a Leeds favourite – and over the last few years, DJs like Dixon, Skream, and Jackmaster have all stopped by for a raucous party.
Canal Mills, Brandon Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS12 2EB.
Founded by three of the most famous names in the industry, Church is the brainchild of Back to Basics’ Dave Beer, New Order’s Peter Hook and Tokyo Industries’ Aaron Mellor. They’ve given the old venue a new lease of life, bringing Leeds’ longest running club night, Back to Basics, into the main space – and it’s already welcomed the likes of Damien Lazarus, Levon Vincent and Jamie Jones to the decks for all-night house music feasts. They put on a range of special one-off shows and there’s also a smaller club-space in The Chapel for more intimate nights out.
Church, 177-179 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 3AR.
Wharf Chambers might not be your first thought for club nights, but it soon will be – they put on one of the best programmes of underground and left-field electronic dance music anywhere in Leeds. We’re talking stuff you don’t hear in the big clubs – it could be anything from innovative dub DJs to psychedelic house producers. Expect DJs like Gideön, Privacy and Vladimir Ivkovic.
Wharf Chambers, 23-25 Wharf Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7EQ.
A longtime mainstay of Leeds’ nightlife, Pryzm is the perfect culmination of a night on the town. It’s fair to say there’s something for everyone, with five different rooms, each boasting a different style of music. From house and r&b to disco and even acoustic, it’s all covered. And with their £1, £2 and £3 drinks offers on the go, it’s easy to see why Pryzm is so popular – particularly with younger crowds.
Pryzm, 16-18 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8LX.
Sheaf Street Cafeteria
It may be a cafe by day, but on weekends, Sheaf Street Cafeteria transforms into one of the coolest clubs in Leeds. It hosts The Friday Residency to get the weekend started and has welcomed the likes of Steve Cobby, Eddy Temple-Morris and Clandestino in the past. If the sun’s shining, it becomes The Yarden Party with all kinds of brilliant house, disco and funk DJs into the early hours.
Sheaf Street Cafeteria, 3 Sheaf Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1HD.
O2 Academy Leeds
You’ll probably know it best as the home of big-name gigs, but O2 Academy Leeds is a versatile venue right at the heart of the city centre – and it has more to offer than you might think. The club nights here are some of the most popular in Leeds – Projekt is the mainstay throughout the student calendar, offering up a massive selection of deals on lagers and spirits, while the likes of Garage Nation, Digital Society and Detonate have all hosted their unmissable events here, to much acclaim.
O2 Academy Leeds, 55 Cookridge Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 3AW.
West Indian Centre
The West Indian Centre continues to provide a worthy home for two of the city’s longest-running and most innovative nights out. Subdub and Exodus have been pushing the best reggae, dub, roots, dancehall, dubstep and jungle tunes since 1998, and for much of that, Leeds’ West Indian Centre has provided an intimate setting for it to happen in. It’s a bit out of the way, just off Scott Hall Road, but the club nights here don’t start until 10pm, so you’ve got time to find out what else Leeds has to offer beforehand.
West Indian Centre, 10 Laycock Place, Chapeltown, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 3HZ.
Multi-tasking is something The Wardrobe does very well, but that may mean that you don’t think of it as a club. With a bar and restaurant upstairs, and a host of gigs lined up throughout the month, you’d be forgiven for overlooking their clubnights – but they’re there for all to enjoy. They have the weekly Funk & Soul Club every Saturday, while now and again The Wardrobe plays host to Brighton Beach. One of the longest running nights in Leeds, they play the best in mod, ska, Britpop, indie and soul since the heady days of 1994.
The Wardrobe, 6 St Peter’s Square, Quarry Hill, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS9 8AH.
The Key Club
It’s not just dance music, as The Key Club proves. Alongside the smattering of punk, rock and metal acts playing live at the venue, it is home to three of the most popular alternative nights out in Leeds. There’s Bigmouth every Wednesday, Fuel every Friday and The Garage every Saturday, each of which play tunes that perfectly reflect the bands who stop off on tour here every week. With drinks offers on lagers and spirits, usually for just a couple of quid, they’ll keep the party going until the early hours.
The Key Club, 66 Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8LW.
If you like reggae, ska, dancehall or anything along those lines, Lake Victoria is the go-to venue in Leeds. This Harehills warehouse has been transformed into a 700-capacity venue, with a state-of-the-art sound system. The likes of Apache Hi-Fi, Warriors Unite and Dubateers Sound System have all made it a must-visit in recent times, so if you want to party late into the night – this is the place to go.
Lake Victoria, 75 Roseville Road, Harehills, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 5DT.
Turning an old Victorian warehouse into one of the leading clubs in Leeds is no mean feat, yet Beaver Works has managed to do exactly that on Whitehouse Street in Hunslet. You have to make an extra effort to get there (it’s just outside the city centre) but with the likes of Marcel Fengler, Todd Terje and Norman Jay DJing over the years, it’s a no-brainer. The music comes blaring out of its amazing sound system, set up across four rooms, so you won’t want to miss the amazing nights out here.
Beaver Works, 36 Whitehouse Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1AD.
Headrow House isn’t just one of the coolest bars in Leeds city centre – it also puts on an array of club nights. But while they might fly under the radar, they’re worth checking out. You could spend the night partying in their second floor gig room, or go along to one of their day and night terrace parties up on the roof. In the past, A Love From Outer Space, MJ Cole and George FitzGerald have all manned the decks here, so this is one you need to try.
Headrow House, Bramleys Yard, 19 The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PU.
Spread over six of the city’s famous railway arches, Mission is one of the most popular clubs in Leeds. With three dance floors celebrating the best house music you can get your ears around every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, it’s no wonder Mission has become a popular choice for nights out over the past decade. It’ll have the best lager, spirits and cocktails to keep you going, as well as plenty of bars nearby to get the party started before it opens.
Mission, 8 Heaton’s Court, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4LJ.
For the best part of two decades, the first word in house, techno and progressive dance music in Leeds has been Mint, and Mint Warehouse lives up to the name. It maintains the good work of Mint Club, evolving the brand into a huge space with a suspended Funktion-One sound system and a terrace to make the most of any good weather that might come our way. By welcoming the likes of Seth Troxler, Jackmaster and Eats Everything in the past few years, it’s safe to say it’s one of the best clubs to go to in Leeds.
Mint Warehouse, Aquatite House, Water Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 9UD.
Hidden away behind Duncan Street and Call Lane, Space has been an intrinsic part of the Leeds club scene since 1999, promising that little bit of Ibiza in the heart of the city centre. A haven of house music, it has become the scene of many great nights out in Leeds, and because it’s so central, you’re never far away from an all-night party. Head down on Fridays for Colours or Saturdays for MIX UP:LDS to kick off or end your night out in Leeds.
Space, The Basement, Hirsts Yard, Leeds, LS1 6DL.
It might be out by the M62, but Eiger Studios is one of the most versatile clubs in Leeds. As well as offering a rehearsal and gig space for the city’s up and coming artists, Eiger shows its versatility with a range of clubnights that appeal to the Leeds masses. This includes the underground hard dance of Aftermath and the Northern Soul classics of That Driving Beat, as well as a series of one-off events that have made Eiger Studios a favourite. With a duo of bars stocking all the usual beers and spirits, you’re onto a winner.
Eiger Studios, New Craven Gate, Leeds LS11 5NF.
An old Victorian warehouse, Freedom Mills is true to its owners’ vision of a multi-functional arts and club space. While it’s popular as a gallery, it’s also made waves as one of the best clubs in Leeds, taking inspiration from the early 1990s warehouse rave scene, which it hopes to recreate today. It’s already held nights by Iration Steppas, Mass and Groove 2 with regular parties by Back2Funky and The Warehouse Party, so Freedom Mills is a cornerstone of Leeds’ after-hours party scene.
Freedom Mills, Unit 2, Aire Place Mills, 143 Kirkstall Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS3 1JL.
The Old Red Bus Station
Taking over a building left derelict for decades, The Old Red Bus Station is a multi-functional bar, arts and events space. It’s got a reputation for attracting an eclectic array of DJs and club nights hosted in their top floor room. License 2 Jungle presents a weekly residency of, yeah, you guessed it, jungle tunes, but they also have techno, drum’n’bass and hip-hop nights as they aim to show off the best of the genres not usually given a big platform in the city.
The Old Red Bus Station, 101-105 Vicar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7NL.
Distrikt is Leeds’ ultimate bar-cum-club. Renowned for their envious cocktail menu, you’ll be partying in this subterranean haunt like no other as it stays open until the early hours. It has attracted a quite frankly jaw-dropping list of the world’s biggest DJs, with the likes of Joey Negro, Nightmares on Wax, Octave One, DJ Format, Derrick May and Marshall Jefferson all having manned the decks in this intimate, but atmospheric venue that’s a world away from where you’d usually see the biggest names in the business.
Distrikt, 7 Duncan Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DQ.
Blueberry Hill Studios
Want to hear the latest underground sounds? Get down to Blueberry Hill Studios. It’s a bit out of the way, on an industrial estate in Kirkstall, but it’s worth the extra effort – particularly if you like house, techno and garage. In the past, they’ve welcomed the likes of Tre Di Spade, Laurence Guy and Lena Willikens to play on their brand new sound system, while popular nights like Run the Dub and The House Project still call it home.
Blueberry Hill Studios, Unit 11, Kirkstall Industrial Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2AZ.