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  • turin
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    Hi guys,

    I am due to be in Leeds for the first weekend in April, to be honest I have no idea why the best man chose Leeds, not that I have anything at all against the place. However none of the people going have any idea what we are going to be doing apart from the evenings in the local hotspots.

    I was hoping that there might be some people who would be able to give us some ideas of what we could do to amuse ourselves, primarily on the Saturday.

    The group is around 15 people early to late 30s and not really into the mountainbiking scene but probably not adverse to something along the lnes of karting. Prtyy vague I know but all help would be appreciated.

    cheers

    Premier Icon CHB
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    Theres indoor carting on the edge of the city centre (near Tetleys brewery,about a mile from the centre). If you are in cars you might be better going to Xscape just of J32 of M62 (15min drive) where you can do skiing, bowling, laserquest and there are lots of bars and restaurants.

    I would start at xscape then get the train (right outside) to leeds for the evening out.

    That karting place is pretty good Leeds karting – it is a huge indoor circuit and is great fun.

    For gentlemen’s entertainment there is DV8, Purple Leopard and another one, which I don’t recall the name of. All are rubbish. But then again – aren’t all lappy bars rubbish? You could try the Comedy Club – at the other side of Leeds from the karting place, near the Merrion Centre. As for bars – there is a huge choice but there are a few that take a dim view of large groups of lads so go in small groups to be sure you will get in.

    Historically the best bar is Mojo but I haven’t been there in ages (it is the one Fatty Moyles used to rave on about all the time). Then there is The Elbow Rooms – a huge pool bar where you pay by the hour for the pool tables and they do great burgers. A great place to spend the afternoon chillng before it all gets really silly.

    mrsflash
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    The karting place is excellent, well worth it.

    DV8 is shut down now isn’t it??

    Mojo is ok, usually rammed though.

    grumm
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    There’s a street down to the right of the corn exchange called Call Lane that has quite a few nice trendy ish bars – Elbow Rooms is not far from there either. Xscape is def a good plan if you don’t mind driving a bit.

    Is that weird fast food place still open just behind the Corn Exchange? It does some exotic food from somewhere other than the usual India/China/Turkey.

    Mojo was always rammed whenever I went, but it kinda added to the atmosphere – plus it never seemed to take too long to get served (probably because every drink costs a round number so little waiting for change).

    mrsflash
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    Is that weird fast food place still open just behind the Corn Exchange? It does some exotic food from somewhere other than the usual India/China/Turkey.

    yes. I walk past it every day, can’t for the life of me remember what it’s called though! It’s something middle eastern I think?

    Another vote for The Elbow Rooms for after your daytime activities but before the evening onslaught.

    If the worst comes to the worst I am sure “Flares” nightclub will let you all in.

    Yes that sounds about right Mrs Flash – I was remembering some kind of pitta breads and meats in a very scruffy surrounding/walls full of student/band posters and stuff. Only ever been there once.

    Flares or Majestyk (shudders)…

    mrsflash
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    Majestyk also shut I think.

    Best thing for it.

    Could be worse. At least they are not having the night out in Wakefield.

    aP
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    I though Leeds was the centre of the universe? Seems quite hard to have a night out there 🙄

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    You could go to Space, they have footballers in there and everything 😉

    Oracle Bar clicky does good burgers, and is quite a nice place to be before it gets too mad.

    Hi-Fi Club clicky – comedy on a weekend, then it turns into a club night

    As mentioned before, some nice bars down the Calls and around the Corn Exchange, also nice round Millenium Square

    Enjoy!

    mrsflash
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    Leeds is the centre of the universe and it’s easy to have a great night out here so ner! 😉

    For a bit of class, you could head for Epernay, the champagne bar. Or the canapes in harvey nicks bar are good too.

    Premier Icon ton
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    greek street is the best for bars.
    specially if you like to talk to and meet older ladies…. 😉

    Premier Icon darrell
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    is the duck and drake still open?

    twohats
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    Is that weird fast food place still open just behind the Corn Exchange? It does some exotic food from somewhere other than the usual India/China/Turkey.

    yes. I walk past it every day, can’t for the life of me remember what it’s called though! It’s something middle eastern I think?

    Kaddas!

    The bars around the corn exchange/call lane are your best bet.

    Although as a group of 15 blokes, you will have trouble getting into most of the bars. Even groups of 2 and 3 can have problems.

    Avoid Greek street unless you like manky old milf, i.e, mutton dressed as lamb…

    MartinGT
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    Mrsflash, why do you know DV8 is shut!

    Lots of places to go in Leeds, you have to visit the Grove pub after youve been carting, its right next to Bridgewater Place, some great live music in there.

    I would goto the Bars around the Corn Exchange,Greek Street or Millenium Square. Keep away from Oceana and Yates etc, unless you wanna scrap or pull a mincer, mind you its a stag do.

    mrsflash
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    second job innit 😉

    (actually I walked up call lane recently and it just looked very shut down).

    Premier Icon CHB
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    Duck and Drake still very much open and still serving some of the best beer in Leeds (fantastic pint of Landlord in there, plus many guest beers). It’s a funny pub, looks like an old whino’s dive to the casual passer by, but the customers are a good mix of old soaks, students and Leeds folk who have grown up with it. Probably my favourite Leeds pub.

    warton
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    I was in Leeds last weekend for my stag, great place.

    we went to xscape for snowboarding, book early, its a right laugh.

    Then we went to elbow rooms for pool, then onto:

    Oporto (great bar, met woody from this is england in there, classic)

    Sandinista, great bar again, great crowd, and sierra Nevada on tap

    Mojos. Great place, heaving though, couldn’t move

    Then it all beomes very blurry

    really good night out though, great city

    MartinGT
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    I hope your hubby knows MrsFlash 🙂

    Its actually a bar now, its alright, get some weird types in but thats Leeds for you, a very metropolitan city 🙂

    Aye, duck and drake, some smashing ales on in there!

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    Nearly forgot – go for a pint in Whitelocks if you get chance, great little boozer – clicky

    Was gonna mention Opporto, but they are VERY strict on male groups and/or drunks (the woman on the door seems to dislike me intently – never seems to like my going in).

    twohats
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    The woman on the door of Opporto is a right miserable cow and hates everyone!

    A group of us once got refused entry to Opporto as we weren’t a mixed group. We then pointed out that most of our girlfriends were sat on the other side of the window, to which the doorman said “if you all go for walk around the block and come back 2 at a time, we’ll let you in”. We didn’t argue, but couldn’t see why he wouldn’t let us in there and then seeing as he knew we were a group and he was going to let us in anyway! Doorman logic for you…
    (All this much to the annoyance of the woman door person/bouncer)

    djglover
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    Sadly Leeds hayday for nightlife ended years ago with the demise of Soak, Ronson and Hardtimes

    twohats – so it isn’t just me then LOL! I thought it was because my mate knew the old owner so he pulled a favour to get me in when I was once too drunk to really be allowed in (and I assumed she had just remembered me on subsequent visits). She was right on that occasion though – I ended up dropping my pants whilst stood on a table then tried to start mixing on the decks LOL!

    grumm
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    Is the Angel Inn still there? Used to be nice and cheap!

    ianv
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    “Sadly Leeds hayday for nightlife ended years ago with the demise of Soak, Ronson and Hardtimes”

    No, leeds nightlife ended with the demise of the orbit!

    mrsflash
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    demise of the T&C surely?? 😉

    djglover
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    So its all crap now, unless you want a faceless trendy bar

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    The T&C is back now mrsflash, well of sorts. I even went to Brutus Golds Lovetrain there the other Friday. Still as naf as it ever was but I drank lots to compensate.

    mrsflash
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    Brutus Golds Lovetrain

    **** hell that takes me back 10 years!!!!

    Premier Icon domino
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    LOL – and me.

    Premier Icon ton
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    angel is still open.
    i went in last saturday dinner for a pint and food.

    I was there quite often 10 years ago – in my 70s gear and my dad’s (RIP) authentic 70s leather jacket in tan and brown with the inevitable big collars. I still wear it now for nights out (even when not actually dressed for a 70s night).

    🙂

    twohats
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    No, leeds nightlife ended with the demise of the orbit!

    Hardly Leeds city centre though… and it was a bit, well, crap…

    MartinGT
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    Hehe, sorted for Saturdays were the best at The T&C, I still have my membership card 🙂

    I am born and bread in Leeds and IMO Manchester is miles better nowadays. Its still an ok night, I just think its grown stale on me 🙂

    Premier Icon sturmey
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    Sturmeys vote is vine, three legs, vine, three legs, vine, three legs, city varieties big lils. oh they were the days. 😕

    johnhoo
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    Apart from gigs, I think I’ve only ever had one night out in Leeds. Ever. 20+ years ago.

    Can’t be arsed going out nowadays

    gringerd
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    Hi fi club is pretty groovy.
    Jake’s bar has always been pretty entertaining as well.

    The fab cafe is fun and sells space raiders behind the bar.
    Mojo’s is good but can be packed and the clientel are sometimes a tad up themselves.

    bomberman
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    went out in leeds lastnight, started in North bar with a pint of Erdinger brown (they do literally hundreds of beers from all over the world) i can usually get very drunk in there just off two or 3. next door to that you’ve got Cellar Bar. then down the road to the corn exchange and call lane – revoluton, jake’s bar, BRB, then up to Mylo.

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    Sort of hoping the Duck & Drake is still there and still spit and sawdust type place that sells real good real ale.

    to the right of the market, assuming its all still there as it was 20 years ago I lived in Leeds…

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