It’s often a dilemma to decide what to do to bring in the new year. Big night out, quiet night in, party at friends, family at yours? Well, Leeds’ bars and clubs are making it difficult not to pick option one this year, with an array of terrific offerings and something to suit all tastes. Here are six of our picks:
Leeds’ hippest underground speakeasy is bringing more of the good vibes that made their new year’s party last time around swing to success. As well as serving their always amazing cocktails and ramping up their regular live music with a line-up that includes The Domino Trio, Howlin’ Rick & The Rocketeers and The Deadbeat Brass, the ?60 ticket also handsomely repays you throughout 2019, with free entry and a free Martini on every visit. You can’t say fairer than that.
As well as staking claim to being the nation’s best gig venue and the city’s top social club, The Brudenell has also gained a fitting reputation for its joyful New Year parties. Continuing the theme of their previous do’s, this year’s lucky crowd will be treated to favourite local musicians performing riotous sets as famous tribute acts, for one night only, including Pulp and Joy Division. With fun, food, booze, DJs and bands for a mere ?8, the event unsurprisingly always sells out; don’t dawdle.
Local promoters Natural Selection are hosting a giant party across the three floors of Headrow House. For six hours either side of midnight, this popular hang-out is sure to provide their usual array of quality drinks and buzzing atmosphere, enhanced by an impressive line-up of programming DJs, and headlined by electronic masters Crazy P. All for FREE!
Another fantastic free takeover is happening at Headrow House’s equally attractive relative, Belgrave Music Hall. Here, the main ground floor bar will be serving up hot tunes and top booze, but it’s the Black Mirror influenced upstairs that grabs the attention for seeing in 2019, as Leeds acers Girl Gang turn it into San Junipero, for what promises to be a glittering disco of the weird and the wonderful.
In a year that bottomless brunches have swept the city, and on a night that – let’s not kid ourselves – most will be boozing bottomless, what better way to rev towards midnight than bottomless beers and fizz? Drink your fill (responsibly) during 90 minutes of bowling at Leeds’ best alleys anytime before 11pm for a fun-filled, top value build up.
This converted warehouse on the outskirts of town has hosted some of Leeds’ most essential nights over the past half-decade. Now, a New Year’s Eve all nighter is followed by an even bigger New Year’s Day party that signals the closure of this young yet legendary venue. Far from bowing out sadly, the stunning long list of DJs headed by Maceo Plex and Daniel Avery leaves no doubt that Canal Mills will be having a suitably celebratory exit.