The Old Soul’s Guide to Leeds
Words by Lauren Entwistle
Leeds is a great city to settle in if you enjoy life’s mod-cons but have a soft spot for nostalgia. From music halls, vintage film screenings and places to buy hidden gems and gladrags – we think we’ve got it all. Here’s our guide to Leeds for those who are mature of heart (but definitely not of mind!)
Old souls, this one goes out to you…
Music at The Domino Jazz Club
Hidden underneath a barber’s shop in Grand Arcade, the Domino Jazz Club is right little doozy. Those who discover it are in for a treat, but bear in mind that you might have to dig for it. Follow the neon sign (the only signage for this spot) and enter what is the perfect secret venue, heavily reminiscent of a classic jazz club from the golden days of the genre.
As a music venue, The Domino hosts the best in local and national live funk, blues, jazz, soul, rock ‘n’ roll, world and more. You can also expect top tipples from their cocktail bar, noted for serving some of the tastiest cocktails in the city with an impressive selection of spirits, liqueurs, wines and beers.
There’s live music every night, you can expect a showcase of quality musicianship; Thursdays host purer jazz, Fridays crosses genres and Saturday nights are known as ‘The Hustle’ – which means you’ve found that Saturday night you’ve been waiting for. Live funk is played late into the small hours by the Domino’s own house band, ‘The Sugar Rays’ and musical guests.
Wednesday and Sundays are more relaxed affairs, with solo musicians and intimate trios providing the backdrop to the superb cocktails and table service.
You can find out more information about what’s on here.
Clothing at Blue Rinse Vintage
Since 1997, Blue Rinse has been Leeds’ go-to vintage store. After 20 years in the business, they now trade over four floors in their eclectic blue-fronted store, where you can find a dazzling celebration of style through the decades.
But it’s important to remember that Blue Rinse has firm roots in the city. Originally built up from a stall on Leeds Market, their clothing is now available across Europe through Urban Outfitters stores (lucky for those who aren’t in West Yorkshire) – but not to worry, you can still find a unique mix of handpicked gems in store. Whether you’re looking for party clobber or some seriously retro sportswear – they’ve got it covered.
Blue Rinse also host a monthly vintage clothing kilo sale where you can buy all clothing by weight, so “its rite cheap” in their words. Find more details here.
Film at Hyde Park Picture House
Established in 1914, the Hyde Park Picture House is one the UK’s oldest cinemas. Stepping inside their Grade II listed building – complete with gas lighting, balcony and red curtains – is like stepping back in time (perfect for you old souls, eh?)
Projectionists there still continue to be trained in the art of 35mm projection, and the cinema prides itself on friendly staff that love to stop for a natter and hear what you thought of the film as you leave.
Despite being housed in a traditional building, Hyde Park offers a wonderfully contemporary film programme, mixing the best award-winning new releases with exciting foreign language, art-house and re-mastered classics suited for all tastes. Films are often supplemented with extra activity too, whether that’s informative Q&As with filmmakers, lively panel discussions, occasional live musical accompaniments or fun craft activities before family friendly films.
The cinema is also a charity, which means it puts film before profits, making the tickets much cheaper than you might expect. This feel-good fact, when coupled with comfy seats, tasty craft-beers, and the latest in digital projection technology, makes the Hyde Park Picture House “a wonderful meeting point of new and old, where you can experience brilliant films in a setting that is as old as film itself.”
We couldn’t have put it better ourselves.
So, old souls – what are you waiting for? Get out there and grab a slice of that nostalgia pie, because Leeds is plentiful with the good stuff.