Leeds recommends: Christmas party venues

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Christmas party season is here – and we asked the Leeds Recommends community for their favourite venues to host the office bash.

Rick Poppa. Banyan in Roundhay. Every time I go in it’s like a party...they do cocktail masterclasses which would be great for work buddies to do together.

Jack Symmonds. The Roxy Lanes in the city centre - you can play ping pong or beer pong as well as bowl. It’s great to be able to build the party around an activity and it gets people talking. Great food too.

Jane Gillies. For a corporate do where you hire a table, the Royal Armouries is very good. Impressive surroundings and a nice atmosphere.

Michaela Lowe. The Christmas market is a good shout for an informal after-work trip. Plenty of food and drink to sample and it’s very cosy and convivial.

Leon Ray. Whitecloths Gallery, near the station, offer venue hire and it’s a really nice place. They do lovely food, it’s convenient to get to, and it’s got a laid-back vibe.

Jessica Ryall. Revs de Cuba do great parties - the food is Cuban themed and they have a live salsa band for large groups.

Jake Nelson. The Elbow 
Rooms, which is a snooker/pool 
bar. You can have all-night unlimited pool games, and the winners get drinks vouchers. There’s a buffet too.

Sean Mayes. Smokestack do great Christmas party menus. You get mulled wine included in the price and a unique buffet.

James Simpson. The Living Room on Greek Street is popular with the law/finance crowd, it’s quite traditional but does let you customise the bar, so it can be stocked with the drinks you choose in advance if your company is paying.

Mike Anthony. Elland Road prices per head are quite high and it’s obviously very crowded as it’s such a huge venue, but if you’re from a large office and aren’t bothered about an intimate venue it’s a great night.

Leah Renshaw. My office head out to the suburbs - we like to do an activity like cocktail making or wine tasting before hiring a private room for a meal. We like Sami’s in Chapel Allerton - it does Moroccan cuisine and you can bring your own booze, which is great.

Ryan Lawrie. Kobe in Horsforth – good vibes and you can hire a 
table. Good for large, young 
groups.

Jack Gibbons. Go-kart racing at Pole Position - it’s a great way to bond with your colleagues and a Christmas party with a difference. They offer a Christmas menu afterwards and it’s good value.

Hilary Davis. Temple Newsam do themed Christmas party nights - I went to their Monte Carlo one once and it was magical. It’s such a beautiful setting and they decorate it so well, with a lot of attention to detail.

Alex Whyte. Queens Hotel - they use the ballroom and it’s magnificent, they create a real Winter Wonderland. Not a cheap option though.

Amanda Manning. Royal Armouries - the disco and live band are good and they even do a happy hour with cheaper drinks. The meal is excellent too.

John Waite. Either Elland Road or Headingley. Both big enough venues to accommodate everyone, good discos.

Dean Johnstone, chief executive of Minds Ahead and joint leader of the centre of excellence in Leeds.

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