For those who are familiar with Leeds, you’ll be aware that the centre is considered to be quite compact, with a walk from one end to the other taking little time. The LGBT+ bars, as you’d expect from this, are also within a very close proximity to each other, so you can easily visit them all on a night out in Leeds.
Many of the bars offer an ‘early bird’ deal, and so most will start their night there, such as in Queens Court or Bar Fibre, which share a large outdoor courtyard space. Throughout the week there’ll be a mixed crowd, and at the weekend you’ll find the young trendy ‘metrosexual’ crowd here.
Across the road is the Viaduct Showbar, with nightly events throughout the week and their resident drag team offering shows on the weekend. Viaduct is popular with all ages and so can get pretty packed at a weekend, especially for the drag shows, but it’s worth the occasional elbow in the ribs or spilt drinks.
Tunnel nightclub is next door to the Viaduct and opens until 8am, with themes changing on a weekly basis – expect ‘Pat Butcher’ or ‘Ibiza beach’ nights her! It attracts the young LGBT+ ‘clubber’ who is living for the weekend on the dancefloor.
The vibrant nightlife of Leeds draws in people from across the UK, whether to celebrate a special occasion, catch up with old friends, or just for something different from their usual local social scene. The thriving LGBT+ bar scene in the city adds further appeal to members of these communities, with visitors coming to experience what we have on offer in Leeds.
Although some other major cities in the UK can boast a larger variety of LGBT+ venues, including our neighbours over the Pennines, the friendliness of people in Yorkshire can be a big draw to Leeds. Combine this with the city being a focal point for LGBT+ people from across Yorkshire wanting to access the buzzing social scene, it makes for a great night out.
Focused around the Lower Briggate area in the city, locally known as the Freedom Quarter to represent its welcome diversity, the various bars are easily located around a rail network bridge decorated with the Pride Flag – providing a shining beacon of visibility in Leeds City Centre.