Alternative nights out in Leeds

If you are tired of standing in a queue at the bar, sick of squeezing yourself onto the dancefloor, and bored of sitting around in the same old restaurants, then Leeds may have what you are looking for.

Despite the city’s abundance of diverse bars and restaurants, there’s much more to the nightlife in Leeds than your usual fare.

So, if you are looking for something out of the ordinary to do when you visit the city, continue reading to find out what our top five recommendations are.


#1 Try some axe throwing

Yes, you really did read that right!

If you’ve always wanted to release your inner Viking, Whistlepunks Urban Axe throwing based in Leeds offers a unique experience: a great night out for you and your friends or colleagues.

You’ll be hurling axes and hopefully hitting the bullseye while cheering on your teammates. All of this is backed up by amazing music, atmosphere, and opportunities to socialise in between throws.

Skilled coaches will have you throwing like a pro in no time. Once you’ve mastered it, they’ll put you and your group through a tournament. Raawr!



#2 Visit a casino

If you like a bit of a flutter, then Leeds is definitely the place to be. Home to three of the top casinos, Leeds is a casino gamer and poker players’ dream with venues including Grosvenor Casino, Napoleons, and the Victoria Gate Casino.

Known as the “Super Casino of the North,” you can discover why for yourself at Victoria Gate Casino, where virtually anything is possible. Aside from the big casino game experience, which includes everything from poker, roulette, and a bountiful array of slot machines, you can sip a bubbling champagne cocktail and take in the breath-taking surroundings of the sparkling Curve bar.

You can also watch live sports on HD Screens, enjoy a craft beer, and make the most of fresh and delicious Yorkshire Fare in their highly-rated restaurant.

Casinos have many traditional games to try, like slots and blackjack. In Leeds, there is also a poker room, but be warned, there are regular players who know how to make the most of position in poker, where you get to make a decision after other players.


#3 Belgrave Music Hall

Although it is one of the top live music venues in the city, Belgrave Music Hall provides so much more. On each second Saturday of the month, the site hosts the Belgrave Feast, a three-floor street food and art market.

The Feast is a terrific unique way to start your Saturday night, with a selection of street food stalls, beers, art, and music, as well as being child and dog friendly. On the third Saturday of the month, The Wet Venue burlesque night takes place, and Latin music rules the roost during Viva La Musica on the last Saturday of the month, making the Belgrave the best spot for an unconventional Saturday night.



#4 Can you escape an escape room?

You can find escape rooms all around the UK, but the only location you can discover the unique virtual reality playing experience by Tick Tock Unlock’s is in Leeds. This experience not only entraps you in a room but also totally takes you to another dimension entirely.

The Hyper Reality Experience is an original experience that is unlike anything else that can be found anywhere else in the country. It blends elements of virtual reality, theatre, and video games. What’s not to like?


#5 Fancy yourself as a Ninja Warrior?

If swinging across gaping chasms on a rope and hauling yourself around on monkey bars is your thing, then Leeds’s new Ninja Warrior Adventure Park could be just what you are looking for.

Leeds has the world’s largest Ninja Warrior Park, a supervised activity and exercise facility based on the hit ITV show Ninja Warrior UK!

You can use and refine your Ninja skills to climb, balance, jump, and swing across many obstacles, and they also have the famed Warped Wall for every aspiring Ninja to conquer.

Offering a massive inflatable Airpark in addition to its fixed Ninja features, the team will welcome you on your Ninja journey at a terrific destination for supervised family activities and fitness.



As you can see, Leeds isn’t all culture, history and Yorkshire Puddings, there is a veritable smorgasbord of alternative things to do in the city. So, whether you fancy a game of poker, or spin of a slot machine or feel like chucking a few axes around just for the heck of it – Leeds certainly has something to offer everyone.