Clubs | Feature – Clubbing in other cities

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While the options for going out in Leeds are plentiful, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t make a visit to one of our neighbouring cities to taste the delights of their nightlife options. It can get a bit a bit tiresome seeing the same old faces out and about and there are some excellent alternatives only a short journey away. 

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Possibly the city with the greatest club heritage listed here, or indeed, in the UK. The Haçienda was an institution synonymous with the explosion of acid house and the hedonism of the 90s. We’ve picked out a couple of the places which stand out in Manchester at the moment.

Soup Kitchen
Housed in an old soup kitchen, this unimaginatively named bar/ club is a relative newcomer to the city, having opened in 2012. They’ve hosted all night sessions with the likes of Pearson Sound and Manchester staples like Meandyou regularly put on nights here.

Joshua Brooks
The basement club has been entertaining clubbers since the early 90s and continues to do so with a healthy mix of different club nights and formidable soundsystem. With Coded Rhythm and the always cheap Chow Down based there, it’s always worth checking out.


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With its fantastically retro radio tower, Beatles nostalgia and impressive dock views, what’s not to love about Liverpool? Oh, and they’ve got some pretty decent clubs too. With a big student population, they have a lot of options to cater to their dancing needs.

The Kazimier
Hosting an array of different gigs and nights, this small space is a real hub for interesting and forward-thinking events. With nights like Abandon Silence regularly booking line ups here, it’s an essential one to check out if you’re in the ‘Pool for a weekend.

The Shipping Forecast
Owned by same group who run Nation of Shopkeepers in Leeds, as well as The Lock Tavern in London. They have a similar balance between being a bar and club, with some very impressive bookings in the past, including Four Tet and Moodymann.


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Our Yorkshire neighbours, whilst (obviously) inferior to our fair city when it comes to clubbing, nonetheless have some solid options for going out. There are a lot of warehouse parties dotted about, but for those of you fond of proper toilets we’ve picked out some real clubs.

CADS Basement
The Creative Art Development Space serves primarily as a base for artists and creative projects, but occasionally they open the doors of their basement to bands and DJs. It always proves to be an exciting affair when this goes down, like Banana Hill’s recent jaunt with Alex Nut.

The Harley
More of a bar than a club, but the DJs they book mean it’s still well worth including. With the number of acts they book which are either very cheap or free, this is one for the cash conscious who still like a decent calibre of music to soundtrack their evening.


Jake Hulyer

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