A capacious venue, Leeds' Po Na Na attracts twenty-somethings that love to dance. Wooden floors, Moorish decor, palm trees, a balcony and a wide range of cocktails associate the club with a more affluent clientele than other clubs in Leeds. Although it's popular, Po Na Na's midweek events sometimes lack the customers needed to get a good atmosphere. Thursday's revolving schedule includes mostly hip hop events whilst Friday's The Northern Line is a busy funk and hip hop night. On Saturdays guest DJs play funk, hip hop and soul.
The Blues Cafe Bar is the place for live music in Harrogate, although don't be fooled by the name; the bands here play more than just the blues. It's a place to relax, have a drink and then rock out with some of the best regional names in live music. There's a resident act every Wednesday and guests each Tuesday, but the music's actually there every single night, meaning there's no excuse not to go out and party a little (Monday nights are jam nights, for aspiring musicians). Or, simply stop in for lunch or dinner. The blues bar is an Egyptian restaurant in the evenings. -Chris Nickson
Above the impressively-stocked bottle shop of the same name sits erstwhile medieval hall turned ale pub and foodie haven House of the Trembling Madness. Inside, parked on solid oak benches beneath old ship beams and mounted taxidermy, patrons pair beers, wines, ales, and ciders from across the globe with locally-sourced cheese and charcuterie platters. The iconic Yorkshire pub has no kitchen, but it offers some of the best food in town, available to guests during all operating hours. Beyond its wide selection of drinks and snacks, House of the Trembling Madness is a must-see for its quirky charm and time-warping ambiance.
In a Grade II listed building, the Snickleway Inn has been documented as an inn since at least 1769, with parts of the building going back to the late 15th Century. Its real claim to fame, however, is that it’s supposedly the most haunted pub in York. It is the home to several different ghosts and phenomena, including the ghost of a young girl, an angry old man in the clear, and the unaccountable smell of lavender on the top floor. That aside, the Snickleway Inn is a friendly place with good beer and good, if basic, food; try the sandwiches, which are huge.
Tucked away off the main street, full of character and charm and reputedly haunted, this is the city's oldest licensed pub. It's in an ideal location within easy reach of the York Minster and most of the major city-center attractions. The large beer garden contains an all-weather section, making outside drinking a more realistic option in Yorkshire.
The Belgrave is an eclectic addition to Leeds’ bar scene. Sample award-winning bartending with cocktail specialties, or get behind the counter and make your own drink. With great deals on offer through the week, this place is always abuzz with patrons. Leather booths, vibrant interiors and a pop-art-inspired wall contributes to a retro ambiance. It also hosts live music and the beer garden is one of the most popular in the city.
The location in the Leeds business district makes O'Neill's a popular spot for an after-work drink. Office workers pile into the bar with its enclosed yet high-spirited atmosphere. Despite being part of the Bass brewery chain, O'Neill's seem to have thought a bit more about their menu than some establishments. The live gigs add to the popularity of this place.
With its traditional interior, welcoming staff and range of quality wines and beers, the Victoria Hotel is what a proper pub should be. Ornately decorated, its host of special offers attracts a lively mix of friendly regulars and thirsty passers-by. Choices are very traditional yet inexpensive too. Beef and ale pie, and a wide selection of steaks are available.
A quiet spot for a pint (it sells few other forms of alcohol) the Town Hall Tavern attracts a rather random mix of customers. It is one of the few places in Leeds' business district that offers a traditional pub feel, even if it is reminiscent of a social club or golf club bar. This gastropub gets a large portion of its menu from local Yorkshire sources, so you can ensure that you are getting the freshest food possible.