A guide to student nightlife in Leeds
Leeds has been a magnet to students from up and down the country for decades and the revitalization of several key areas recently has only made it more appealing. Swanky cocktail and champagne bars, cheap and charming pubs and cutting-edge nightclubs all come in abundance, meaning you’ll never be left high and dry of things to do in this jewel of a northern city.

Headingley and Hyde Park

The beating heart of the student scene, Headingley is teaming with student friendly bars and eateries. The Original Oak boasts a huge beer garden, complete with BBQ in summer and major sports events beamed onto huge screens, whilst The Box is another sports friendly bar, albeit slightly trendier with pool tables and terrace. The Ark runs various student nights, and features a heady mix of high-grade tipples and eclectic beats. Next door, brand new Khana Bombay Café serves up well-priced Indian tapas and some of the most creative cocktails you’ll find in the city. Whilst The Hyde Park pub won’t be winning any Michelin stars anytime soon, if it’s cheap and cheerful you’re after, then this busy joint provides a great starting point for a big night out. Just across the road from Leeds University, you’ll find The Eldon, which is another student friendly pub which won’t break the bank.

Northern Quarter

Arguably the hottest place to go in Leeds right now, the Northern Quarter is packed with promise. Slate NQ is a large pool bar, famed for its amazing pizza and cocktails and is housed over two floors in a stunning building complete with one of the city’s best rooftop terraces. Across the road, The Belgrave is hipster heaven, with live music, lots of beards and another cracking rooftop terrace. Elsewhere, North Bar has long been a pioneer on the Leeds bar scene, selling only the best spirits and ales, whilst Mojo is the place to go if you like your rock and indie music loud. Sela Bar is another cool joint where the focus is on quality ale and live music, whilst The Pit provides burgers and beer for the masses.

Call Lane

Whilst Call Lane has come up against stiff competition in recent years, it's still as popular as ever and boasts some of Leeds busiest and best bars. Oporto play a mixture of rock and roll oldies and dance classics, whilst the rustic Mexican charm of Neon Catcus next door makes for the perfect venue to knock back the tequilas. Relative newcomer Roland’s has a much more laidback vibe than its neighbours and prides itself on quality beers from Iceland, the U.S.A and beyond. If you like to fix up and look sharp, then all the cool kids go to Norman’s, whilst Call Lane Social boasts two floors and a sweet Hawaiian Tiki bar.


Mint Warehouse on Water Lane is a sizeable club and plays host to a number of world class DJs, including Eric Prydz, Hannah Wants and local lad, Hot Since 82. Elsewhere, Mission pitches itself somewhere in between commercial dance and the underground, and its location in the middle of Leeds thieving LBGT scene means they throw some of the city's biggest gay nights. Canal Mills is the place to go for cutting edge dance, whilst afterhours club Wire is perfect for those that refuse to go home and want to keep the party going through Sunday.  
Published on: 26 Aug 2021