If you’re heading back to uni for New Year’s Eve, you might be wondering where best to celebrate it? Of course, as a student living in Leeds, you’ll know you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to going out, and New Year’s Eve is no exception.

With so much going on, you might be happy to know we’ve done the research for you. Here are the best New Year’s Eve parties in Leeds in 2021.


Sheaf Street

Love a theme? If so, Sheaf Street’s New Year’s bash might be right up your alley. This year the theme is Modern Art Madness and revellers are asked to turn themselves into dancing works of art. Whether that’s cubism, surrealism or abstract, get those creative juices flowing and design an outfit that’s sure to get you noticed.

Sheaf Street has a friendly, yet glamorous vibe and you can expect Classic House, Garage and Disco tunes to get you going, with a big surprise at midnight.

Midnight NYE – Modern Art Madness, tickets from £17



If you like big cheesy pop tunes, you’ll have a ball at Popworld’s New Year’s party. Playing all your favourite dancefloor fillers from the 90s, 00s and beyond, and offering suitably sweet cocktails like Cola Bottles and Rhubarb & Custard, you’ll be in the party spirit in no time.

Tickets are only £3 before 10pm, but if you’re feeling flash you can book an area with a drinks package. It includes your own personalised Ciroc bottle, so you can feel like a pop star. Just don’t forget it or smash it on the way home!

New Year Same Me, tickets from £3


Brudenell Social Club

Those who live in Headingley or Hyde Park won’t have too far to stumble home to their student accommodation from New Year’s Eve at the Brudenell.

The Social Club’s New Year’s bash is always a great night. After all, what could be better than live and DJ music of all genres, party games and fun, all washed down with their excellent selection of beers and spirits. And for only a tenner too.

New Year’s Eve Party! Party! Tickets £10


Beaver Works

If you’re a hardcore partyer who can keep going all night and loves a bit of Drum n’ Bass, Hard Dance and Techno (with the odd Disco banger thrown in), then head to Beaver Works, a multi-room warehouse venue that sure knows how to throw a party.

The Circus of the Lost NYE promises to be an assault on the senses; with six sound systems, circus performers, DJs, live bands, fairground rides and a bonfire and firework display. Just make sure you have nothing on for a good few days afterwards.

Circus of the Lost NYE, tickets from £16.80


Chow Down

This brilliant venue at Temple Arches is keeping its New Year’s plans under wraps for now, but seeing as they’ve established a solid reputation for amazing street food, top DJs and live music and entertainment, it’s sure to be a night to remember.

Their new winter set-up includes a ski lodge, Hütte bar and a Christmas tipi, where you can enjoy the live music, and their resident food stalls include tasty tacos, Malaysian fried chicken and authentic French crepes.

New Year’s Eve at Chow Down, ticket price TBA


At home

If your budget or availability isn’t playing ball, why not throw your own New Year’s Eve party?

After all, uni living in Leeds isn’t just about going out – sometimes the best fun can be had at home.

Think of a theme – is it going to be a games night, murder mystery, fancy dress party or karaoke? Ask everyone to bring a snack or dish (if you’re going along a theme, be prepared to give some pointers).

Next make a kickass playlist and think about decorations. You can’t go wrong with lots of balloons and party poppers are always fun. You could even create your own photo booth with a glittery backdrop, polaroid camera and props.

If you’ve got lots of people coming round, don’t forget to let the neighbours know you’re having a party. Most people will forgive New Year’s Eve noise as long as you wrap it up at a decent time.