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Five festive favourites for an alternative Christmas party

Five festive favourites for an alternative Christmas party

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It’s that time of year again, and the Christmas party (office or otherwise) is calling. Sure, you could call your local pub or book a table at a famous high-street pizza chain, but why not make this the year you do something a little bit different? Read on for our top alternative festive party venue picks – and prepare to party like it’s, well, Christmas.

Photo: Evie Elliot Photo: Evie Elliot
Photo: Evie Elliot Photo: Evie Elliot

Chow Down Winter Village

When it comes to a seasonal celebration, you can’t go wrong with a spot at Leeds’ best (and cosiest) dining experience. Chow Down’s winter edition promises a wonderland of foodie treats, Christmas cocktails, curling, live music and so much more. Temple Arches has been fully kitted out to ward off the winter chill, with plenty of heaters, shelter and a new two-storey bar to accommodate all that festive spirit.

Address: Chow Down, Temple Arches, Leeds, LS11 5QG


Journey north of the city centre to North Brew’s newest home, where a hearty collection of beers, burgers and bao awaits. Sit outside under the heaters, or grab a bench table indoors to enjoy a relaxed gathering right next to the brewing equipment itself. With grub on offer from resident foodies Little Bao Boy and Kerbside – plus everything from craft beer to negroni on tap – this place has got your Christmas bash covered.

Address: Springwell, Buslingthorpe Lane, Leeds, LS7 2DF

Roxy Ballroom

Get your game on at Roxy Ballroom and enjoy a night packed with inventive bar sports that promise to keep even the Scroogiest of party-goers entertained. Choose between Roxy’s Boar Lane and Merrion Street venues and book one of their festive food and drinks packages to bag you and your friends or colleagues a night of feasting and fun.

Address: 9a Merrion Street, Leeds LS1 6PQ or 58 Boar Lane, Leeds, LS1 6HW

Whistle Punks

A chance to have a laugh, enjoy a bev or two and let out some of the year’s pent up frustration all in a few hours of festive joy? That’s exactly what an axe throwing Christmas party at Whistle Punks promises. Choose from a range of booking packages and secure your own lane, instructor and selection of drinks and treats. Here’s hoping you’re closer than ever by the time the night’s over.

Address: Millennium Square, The Electric Press 4, Leeds, LS2 3AD

Flight Club

Book a slot at Leeds’ one and only social darts venue for a guaranteed evening of friendly competitive fun. You’ll get your own semi-private space to play a range of darts-inspired games – and with the ability to order all the food and drink you desire through a screen, Flight Club promises a festive gathering for all to enjoy.

Address: Sovereign House, 1-2 S Parade, Leeds, LS1 5QL


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