Value for Money: 4.62/5.00
Staff Friendliness: 4.80/5.00
Come and join us for the LARGEST trans+ social in the UK! – Leeds First Friday 🏳️⚧️🏳️🌈🤩🥰
You'll find hundreds of us descending on Leeds every first Friday of the month for a fabulous tour of venues in and around the city's Freedom Quarter.
Hello, my name is Grai and I'm the current coordinator. There's a 15+ year history of wonderful volunteers building this event into what it is today, and today we have a collective of volunteers bringing the most exciting trans social to life. It's really amazing and I can't wait for you to experience LFF if you haven't been before.
I have got a mountain of useful information for you. Get yourself comfy (and perhaps go grab a nice drink). Here we go...
FIND YOUR WAY MAP
Find your way around LFF with this handy map of all the venues and events plus some suggestions where to go too (copy paste link in your browser) - https://www.leedsfirstfriday.com/map
Drinks discounts, events and venue information plus safety news with the LFF App
leedsfirstfriday.com/app (on your phone)
Add an icon to your phones home screen - https://www.howtogeek.com/196087/how-to-add-websites-to-the-home-screen-on-any-smartphone-or-tablet
LFF SOCIALS - for latest chat and info
Facebook - facebook.com/groups/leedsfirstfriday
Discord - request an invite - tvchix.com/profiles/Grai__
Instagram - instagram.com/leeds.first.friday
Threads - @leeds.first.friday
LFF - THE MAIN EVENT
We start at Viaduct Showbar from 6pm (for early birds, although most arrive 7.30pm onwards) and work our way around the various bars and clubs in the Freedom Quarter. You decide where you go and who with. Look at the map linked above and youll see you are not bound by one venue! You will mix with the wonderful people of Leeds. And you’ll feel included and visible. Below is a list of our fave venues.
NEW! EXTRA EVENTS - These exciting mini-events are running as part of LFF with their own organisers...
1. NEWCOMERS TO LFF READ HERE >>>> MADE IT! The Newcomer Meetup - If this is your first LFF, come and join Tanya, Nikki and Jennifer as they welcome you to Leeds First Friday for a special one hour meet-up just for you at The Bridge Bar. Catch your breath, chat and meet some of the other newcomers and regulars who pop by. A lovely friendly atmosphere from one of our most supportive venues. Your hosts will walk you over to Viaduct Showbar to join the rest of us afterwards. 7:30PM - 8:30PM THE BRIDGE BAR
2. FEEDING FRIENDSIE - The Group Meal - Merry Michelle is your host for a wonderful group meal at LGBTQ+ friendly family run Italian restaurant Viva's. Michelle has organised these meals for many years and will effortlessly guide you to the restaurant and introduce you to the rest of the group. This event is open to all. Please get in contact with Michelle to book your place. 8:30PM VIVAS ITALIAN
3. COCKTAILS AT 9 - Social elegant cocktails - Calling all cocktail aficionados. Join a small group of LFFers at the new Farrands Cocktail bar for a night of exquisite drinks and impeccable service just around the corner from Lower Briggate. Lucy Hutchinson will be your host for and evening of meeting friends new and old. Contact Grai (link at bottom) and she will contact host Lucy Hutchinson. SORRY THIS IS FULLY BOOKED. NOVEMBER BOOKINGS BEING TAKEN. 9PM FARRANDS BAR
4. PINTS N STRAWS - Arriving in Leeds early. Why not join a beer adventure across three highly rated taprooms. Starting at 1.30pm in Tapped, then 2.30pm in Bankers Cat and finishing at 3.30pm in the North Taproom right around the corner from the night activities. Join dressed or in drab. Hosts Alice and Izzy are there to show you around.
Contact Grai for any event enquiries and she will forward to the event hosts.
///LFF RECOMMENDED VENUES///
We have a wealth of LFF-friendly venues we absolutely recommend you check out. Tour from venue to venue and make Leeds First Friday your very own!
The very essence of the Freedom Quarter! The Viaduct Showbar is a vibrant institution not to be missed! Round the corner from Marriott, here you’ll find outrageous drag cabaret, lively disco and fantastic cocktails at the brand new Bar Curious. LFF’ers get in free and jump the queue! Don’t forget to check out our exclusive LFF x Bar Curious cocktails, the Elderflower MoTeaTo and the Passionfruit MoTeaTo 🍸
Open until 4am.
Address: 11 Lower Briggate
Relaunched with a wonderful LFF friendly team, the Bridge is the corner stop on your venue tour not to be missed. Drag, Karaoke and fabulous drinks. This is a buzzing venue with a friendly heart.
Open until 2am.
Address: 1-5 Bridge End
**THE NEW PENNY**
This is the oldest gay bar in Leeds and they remain fiercely and proudly retro. Forget the glitterball’s and LED’s, this is wonderfully old school LGBTQ+ socialising. Drop your pretences and just have a great time.
Open until 5:30am.
Address: 57-59 Call Lane
Bar Fibre is a true Leeds staple, gracing the city with it’s presence since 2000. Many LFF’ers first stop after leaving the Marriott. Dance music, terrace seating and three vibey floors make this the place to dance until the early morning.
Open until 4am.
Address: 168 Lower Briggate
Adjacent to Fibre is Queens Court. Queens Court is another venue with a long LFF history and a friendly atmosphere to match. This bar/club has a private cobbled courtyard area for outdoor drinking, Friendly waves and gestures with LFF'ers from neighbouring club Fibre.
Open until 3am.
Address: 167-168 Lower Briggate
Opposite Revolución de Cuba, is a small archway (next to No.3 Hairdressing, Lower Briggate) that leads to this gem of a bar. Head down the alley and find yourself in Blayd’s yard. Perfect for a summer drink, or head inside for a small, but friendly bar, that continues to offer a warm welcome and a good range of drinks at decent prices.
Open until 12:30am.
Address: 3-7 Blayds Yard
Go up the stairs to two floors of funk, soul, blues, jazz and reggae, with a dance floor on upper level. A favourite of many LFFers.
Open until 4am.
Address: 159A Lower Briggate
Luxury cocktails with great attention to detail at this relatively new venue just right around the corner from Travelodge. Unlike other venues, you will need to book in advance. Reports back from LFF'ers are that its worth it.
Address: 18 Swinegate
**REVOLUCION DE CUBA**
On the corner of Lower Briggate and Call Lane, get transported to Havana for a Cuban-style evening of dancing, drinking and dining. Check out their selection of rums and venture upstairs for further space if downstairs gets too busy.
Open until 3am
Address: 64-68 Call Lane
Opened at the end of 2022, the End Bar is a beautifully restored townhouse tucked away just off Lower Briggate. Now a firm favourite at LFF, youll find seating, music, great drinks and a friendly crowd.
Open until 3am
Address: Hirst's Yard, Leeds
///LFF MAKEUP ARTISTS (MUA’S) & PERSONAL STYLISTS///
Whether you are a makeup guru and need a night off, or like us, your sexy cat eye is looking more halloween horror!… you will definitely need to know that we have 8 professional makeup artists and 1 professional personal stylist on hand to transform your night. They are incredibly sought after so early booking is advised. Here are their bios and contact details:
The majority of LFF'ers stay overnight in one of the local hotels within short walking distance of all the venues. Here are our recommended hotels.
The Marriott is very close to the action while being quiet enough for a great nights sleep. Stay at this well appointed hotel, with a discount code for LFF (see our socials for details) and discounted parking in the Trinity car park (although not as big discount as other hotels).
**THE BRIGGATE HOTEL**
Located above the Viaduct Showbar it couldn’t be closer to the action. LFF’ers get a discount (see socials for details). Close to the action does give this hotel plenty of vibe, and the provided earplugs are very welcome. New addition this month are new mews houses adjacent to the hotel which offer more exciting options.
**TRAVELODGE LEEDS CENTRAL (Blayds Court)**
A very popular hotel for LFF. Conveniently close with discounted parking in the Trinity car park.
A step up in quality from the budget hotels. By the Bridge at the lower end of Briggate, discounted parking at Q-Park.
Nearby on Swinegate, apartments with kitchenettes, and optional balconies. Great if you plan to stay the weekend and wish to cook your own food.
Just by the station for those coming by train and only a short walk to the venues. Often has the lowest prices of the nearby hotels.
**TRAVELODGE LEEDS CENTRAL VICAR LANE**
Usually slightly cheaper than the other Travelodge but a significantly longer walk which some find too far.
**MORE DISTANT HOTELS**
It can be cheaper at times to stay at a hotel further away from the centre and take a taxi in, particularly if there is something else popular in Leeds on the night. Premier Inn Elland Road often features for its very low prices, great lighting and staff and free parking. Taxis are typically £10-15 each direction.
**COSMOPOLITAN IS CURRENTLY CLOSED**
The Cosmopolitan Hotel has been closed for many months with no sign of renovations. It's sad to see our once main venue in this state. We reach out to the owners semi-regularly for updates and if there is anything newsworthy we will share it. For now, our new favourites are Marriott and Travelodge.
PLEASE NOTE: Leeds First Friday is a first and foremost a social night. This is not a dating focused event.
If you want any more information about this event please feel free to contact tvchix.com/profiles/Grai__ ☺️
Value for Money: 4.79/5.00
Staff Friendliness: 4.83/5.00
This event is now every month again.
Don't forget the T social event running alongside this event if you fancy a social , chill and boogie. This will be in the lounge and bar in the downstairs of the venue
This night is aimed at GENUINE bi male and female couples, the genuine curious, Bi males and T-girls.
This is a guest list event as there is a cut off point for single guys.
Bi friendly couples also welcome and single fems who may like bi males and gorgeous Tgirls.
Come and party and play with likeminded people in a safe, sexy non pressured environment whether you just want to dip your toes, socialise, play, flirt or dance.
Hot house DJ playing familiar house tunes to suit all ages and great dance floor.
The atmosphere at these nights has always been second to none, fun, saucy and sexy.
The club is very fun club with private play areas, large open play areas , pole, dance floor and exclusive 30 seater hot tub hot tub. Free tea and coffee facilities.
Bring your own towels and Alcohol
Please contact me to get on the guest list for this evening. The club has opened up the single guys list for this night . Be great to have a bi blow out.
Single guys must be booked in and cannot turn up on night.
firstname.lastname@example.org - email option.
Single bi guys £45.00
Tgirls/Single fems £15
Cross dressers/TV £25
Early bird tickets available for couples and single guys - text me.
Doors open at 8.30pm and finishes at 2am
I look forward to seeing you x
Please bring 2 forms of I.d.
Please let me know if you're coming so I can tweak the ratios and possibly open up the guest list more . At this event there are many couples,guys and fems who love Transgender and Tgirls and the guest list is catered for everyone
Tgirls and Couples are welcome to just turn up if you dont manage to get on the guest list on time..
You can also email me email@example.com to book in for an event or any enquiries xx Or text me on 07947780439
The Snug is part of a new initiative called Hitchin First Friday, which is the first Friday and of every month. The Pitcher and Piano in the town has signed up as well. Please contact the snug for more details.
Hitchin is a very inclusive town, with.lots of great pubs, cafes and independent shops
Value for Money: 5.00/5.00
Staff Friendliness: 5.00/5.00
MADE IT! The LFF newcomer meet.
Join us at 7.30 on 3rd November for another meet-up at the Bridge LGBT Bar right in the heart of the Freedom Quarter of Leeds! If you're a newcomer to Leeds First Friday and taking your first steps in coming out, this event is just for you 🏳️⚧️
Value for Money: 4.94/5.00
Staff Friendliness: 5.00/5.00
Fab Friday with sprinkles.
Open all day everyone welcome .
Come play during the day however you wish. Open to all genders and all sexual orientations Trans, TV, T-Girl, R-Girl, Bi, Gay, Admirers, Straight.
Swing, Fetish or simply relax and chill in our hot tub.
This is a chance to come and pl