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I will be there this weekend. Suggestions of pubs / stuff to do please.
Is planet earth still open? If so: planet earth.
in 9'5 - I went to the Cockpit and then Planet Earth. What a night!
trying to get to his shoe. I think that was in 96 though, so I'll let you off.
Looks a bit poncey but they have decent beer and food offers for when the footie is on (homemade burger and chips - £5 was what I had).
Also, A Nation of Shopkeepers have free gigs on some nights (not sure about weekends) but is a good bar and worth going in (if a little oddly named:
Insect world is pretty good for insects.
Henry Moore Institute if you like art and that.
Been too long since I was there for me to sensibly recommend any pubs though.
North Bar (lots of different world beers but quite small)
Cela Bar (nice underground bar, cocktails and jazz)
Mr Foleys (on The Headrow, good range of beers, pretty down to earth)
Fuji Hiro (one of the best Japanese meals you'll get in the UK)
Hansa (amazing vegetarian Indian restaurant)
and is right in the middle as well.
is the Angel still open? That's a pretty decent Sam Smith's pub.
Where did you go when you went to Newcastle in the end?
like stuffed tigers and polar bears!
Pubs/bar wise.. for cheap pints there's a Sam Smith's pub on Briggate opposite Harvey Nichols called The Angel.
A bit further out of the city centre is Hyde Park is the Brudenell Social Club which is again good for a cheap pint.
Nation of Shopkeepers on a Sunday is good for a roast and a scan of the papers.
Chek out www.leedsgigs.co.uk to see what music stuff is going on. I shall be at The Well tomorrow night, it has a good lineup if you like folky/indie stuff.
And the Countdown Boardgame!
What a museum.
thats where ill be. Cheap drinks and generally awesome tunes
for drinks i'd probably suggest, like others have, the angel for a pub, as well as a nation of shopkeepers which you can stay till later as the music in there is probably the best you'll get in leeds for free. check their website. Other decent bars are north bar and sela bar, reform, sandinista and santiagos. They're all at the top end of town, off upper briggate.
in terms of a club nite, if you like rock/indie music, then shopkeepers is prob the best bet. the cockpit is the STANDARD indie club, but is often full of 16 year olds. fab cafe is alright as well. it has load of old kids tv and film memorabilia in cabinets around the place. there's the dry dock as well which is a pub in a boat. that's the only appealing thing about it tho.
There's about a million club nights on around leeds all the time, but mint club is probably the best bet in town. out of town there is the west indian centre which is generally dub/dubstep etc as well as beaverworks. however if you don't know leeds then maybe its best not to venture out. the brudenell social club in hyde park is an amazing old mens pub with quality bands tho i'm not sure whose playing this weekend.
in terms of places to eat i'd probably recommend little tokyo for japanese, viva latino/cuba for spanish style tapas, akbars or mumtaz (?) for indian food. if you want an amazing muffin as well i'd go to the corn exchange which used to be the moshers paradise, however is now full of foody type things now. it's a big circular type thing at the bottom end of town, off boar lane/call lane. i'd hang around this area as well for clothes shops...there's vintage places down there such as blue rinse, which is alright if you like that kind of thing.
in terms of things to ACTUALLY do in leeds, there's sod all tbh. the royal armories is an option and the museum, but it won't be the end of the world if you miss them.
hope that helps!
for the KeteLoco night
thanks for the tips! All good stuff. I have been once before in 2005(?) and pretty sure I was in Fab Cafe at some point.
my advice would prob be shopkeepers then mint, however as mint is on upper briggate you may as well go to the bars around that bit of town.
try not to chew ur face off ;)
except do it the other way around
sit in the angel all day getting slow drunk on cheap pints, then go to shopkeepers and dance. then go to subculture afterwards and fall over to whatever pop punk they're playing.
i used to love those nights.
Brackles, Mount Kimbie (Live), Ramadanman and some other good residents. I'm kinda skint so prob wont make it though :(
I can't stand Nation of Shopkeepers its like a weatherspoons but more expensive and with more indie kids instead of chavs. The crowd has been dead out/not interested/outside smoking when I've been to stuff there as well. Plus you can talk over the soundsystem its that quite, which is kind of annoying as thats what most of the crowd do there. Its prob better when there isn't anything on and its just a pub rather than a venue for something.
and eat the biggest naan bread you will ever eat.
my dad always takes me there, its brilliant.
The adelphi is also a pretty good pub to relax in and have lunch in. It's just over the bridge if you continue all the way down briggate, and it's near the river and the armouries. They play decent music there sometimes too.
Someone already mentioned tropical world - i recently had a good day out that involved visiting tropical world (slow loris! bush babies! about £3 entry!) followed by a walk around the lake at roundhay park, which is just over the road, finished off with a decent pint and pub meal in the Roundhay Fox, which is also just across the road. You can get the bus there from the city centre - the 2 or the 12 from opposite the market.
Other cultural things to do - Opera North, international concert season at the town hall, theatre, exhibitions at the gallery and henry moore institute
But personally, i like to take a short train ride out of the city at the weekend. Ilkey moor, hebden bridge/Hardcastle crags, etc. There's some stunning countryside very easily accessible from Leeds.
and has anyone mentioned Sandanista yet? Award winning cocktail bar/tapas restaurant.
I only know places to drink which explains a lot.