This is when Leeds Wetherspoons Stick or Twist near First Direct Arena will reopen after £2m development

A Wetherspoons that was demolished to make way for student accommodation should be open again before too long.
Watch more of our videos on Shots! 
and live on Freeview channel 276
Visit Shots! now

Stick or Twist, popular with music lovers looking for a pre-gig pint at Leeds Arena, closed in 2018.

The two-storey 'podium' building was knocked down to make way for flats - but as the pub chain has a 90-year lease on the site, it will re-open in a new unit built as part of the development.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

Wetherspoons spokesman Eddie Gershon said it is hoped the pub will take over their section of the building by the end of this year and reopen in either the first or second quarter of 2021 (January - June).

Stick or Twist Wetherspoons.Stick or Twist Wetherspoons.
Stick or Twist Wetherspoons.

Work is still being carried out with developers to get full sign off for the £2m redevelopment.

There was also a Grosvenor Casino on site but that closed in 2016.

Unite Group PLC were given permission to build two tower blocks, one 27-storey and one with 15 floors, on Merrion Way, Tower House Street and Brunswick Terrace, in summer 2018.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

Councillors approved the plans as part of proposals to improve the area following concerns that regeneration predicted after the opening of the arena had been slow to happen.

Stick or Twist Wetherspoons was demolished in 2018.Stick or Twist Wetherspoons was demolished in 2018.
Stick or Twist Wetherspoons was demolished in 2018.

The student apartments were considered 'compatible' with the location.

Around 900 students are expected to live in the flats once completed, and the development will have a basement car park.


A message from the Editor:

Leeds has a fantastic story to tell - and the Yorkshire Evening Post has been rooted firmly at the heart of telling the stories of our city since 1890. We believe in ourselves and hope you believe in us too. We need your support to help ensure we can continue to be at the heart of life in Leeds.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

Subscribe to our website and enjoy unlimited access to local news and information online and on our app. With a digital subscription, you can read more than 5 articles, see fewer ads, enjoy faster load times, and get access to exclusive newsletters and content. Click here to subscribe. For more details on our newspaper subscription offers click here.

Thank you

Laura Collins

Comment Guidelines

National World encourages reader discussion on our stories. User feedback, insights and back-and-forth exchanges add a rich layer of context to reporting. Please review our Community Guidelines before commenting.