Whilst we’re not suggesting there’s anything wrong with a good old fashioned bar crawl, you knew Leeds was good for that already didn’t you? The city is full of slightly more cultural evening activities that will make a night out one to remember for all the right reasons. From side-splitting stand-up comedy to some fancy footwork at the ballet, there’s entertainment to suit every occasion in this fine city.
The Hop pub quiz
Granary Wharf has come a long way over the last few years, so much so that it is now home to some of Leeds most in demand bars, restaurants and of course, the £17m south entrance to Leeds station. The Hop has been crucial in the success of the area, attracting punters from near and far to try its fine ales and award winning pies.
Head down on a Tuesday evening from 8pm and you not only get a complementary supper (we’re talking proper chip butties, jacket spuds and chilli) and free entry to their legendary quiz
, but the chance to win a gallon of Ossett Ale – just make sure you take enough friends to enjoy your winnings.
Gig at The Brudenell
Having celebrated 100 years back in 2013, Brudenell Social Club is going stronger than ever before, playing host to a melting pot of fresh and upcoming talent. You can catch acts like The Dunwells and Lucius for about a tenner, with smaller acts playing for nothing. If you’re lucky, you may even catch a surprise gig from the likes of The Kaiser Chiefs and Franz Ferdinand, who have all tread its hallowed boards previously; check out their calendar of events right here
Cinema Club at Crowd of Favours
Tuesday can be something of a nothing day for your average Joe, but not when you’re a student. Get down to Crowd of Favours on one the lamest nights of the week and you can catch a classic film in their downstairs movie den.
Not only do they wheel out the projection screen, but they often provide complementary popcorn so you can enjoy the likes of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off with a glass of wine or three. Follow them on Twitter
to get the skinny on their latest offerings.
World class dance at Northern Ballet
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If you happen to be something of a culture vulture who dabbles in high-brow activities, then you may be surprised to hear some of the world’s best ballet is right on your doorstep.
The award-winning Norther Ballet prides itself on creating new interpretations of classical ballets, with stunning sets and costume design to complement their jaw-dropping dance steps. Forthcoming productions include Wuthering Heights, Beauty and the Beast, 1984 and Jane Eyre World class dance at Northern Ballet
– booking is essential
Cutting edge comedy with Sh!ts ‘N’ Giggles
Leeds lad Ben Brown is a bona-fide modern day pioneer of hot talent as far as comedy is concerned, hosting his annual Lauughterfest Festival in October. You can catch him compering a diverse selection of the country’s best stand-up comedians regularly at his Sh!ts and Giggles nights
, which are held on Wednesday’s or Thursday’s at venues including The Brunswick and Hirst’s Yard.
Recent acts have included Mawaan Rizwan, Cassetteboy and Paul Foot; follow Ben on Facebook
to find out about his next big shindig.