LEEDS has a thriving nightlife scene – but do you still hanker for a long-gone favourite bar or club?
The YEP has compiled a list of seven well-known former drinking dens across the city and we want to know if your favourite is here.
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The Duchess of York
The Vicar Lane pub was a renowned live music venue until it was closed in 2000. Bands who appeared at the pub in their formative years include Oasis, Nirvana and Radiohead.
Former Small Faces frontman Steve Marriott played at The Duchess in the 1980s and Leeds band Chumbawamba played its final night.
The octagonal-shaped General Wade pub on Wade Lane was renamed the Nautical Wheel in 1979, with a piece in the YEP singling out its new Captain’s Cabin and Gun Deck areas for special attention.
Today it has been earmarked for demolition as part of the redevelopment of the neighbouring Merrion Hotel.
Town and Country Club
What is now the O2 Academy Leeds had a previous life as the Town & Country Club between 1992 and 2000, staging gigs by the likes of Robbie Williams, Blur and David Bowie.
The YEP’s review of Bowie’s show in 1997 lavished praise on his renditions of classic tracks such as The Jean Genie and Fashion, adding: “[He] seemed so comfortable with the size of the T&C, as his grin confirmed, and it was great to be able to watch him at such close quarters.”
Big Lil’s Saloon Bar
A notorious Leeds drinking den in the old Bramley’s Yard off The Headrow. It earned a fearsome reputation down the years and was eventually shut down in 2004 after a string of violent incidents.
A nightclub was launched in 1993 in the imposing city square building. It was later a ballroom, cinema and bingo hall.
The Majestyk was once one of the most popular nightclubs in Leeds. It closed down in 2006 and the building was gutted in a major blaze last September.
Peter Stringfellow opened Cinderella’s nightclub on Merrion Way in 1970, with neighbouring sister venue Rockerfella’s welcoming its first revellers two years later.
The YEP teamed up with Cinderella’s in 1979 to run a “disco dancing” competition with a first prize of a trip across the English Channel by hovercraft followed by a five-day holiday in Paris.
The Market Tavern
The tavern near Kirkgate Market, which was demolished in 1995, was nick-named was the “madhouse” and stories abounded as to how it got its name. Some said a former licensee hanged himself from the door jamb above the entrance. Others said the name came from the days when customers brought in their ferrets to periodically cleanse the pub of rats.