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The Northern Championships: Manchester v Leeds I

50 miles, around a million people and a county border separate Manchester from Leeds. Perfect for short breaks or business trips, both offer the best in culture, sport and shopping. We’d advise a stay at luxury city centre accommodation in either. But if you can’t decide which to stay at first let us help.

Read on for the first of our series of city comparisons where we’ll be pitting them head to head in crucial areas such as sport, arts, food, nightlife etc. After all a little friendly competition never hurt…





Round 1- Nightlife

Leeds

Stinky’s Peephouse, 1 Brick Street, LS9 8AA

Taking its name from a 19th Century San Francisco burlesque club this prominent venue offers multi-tiered dancing and people watching from the balcony.

The Mint Club, 8a Harrison Street, LS1 6PA

This Polo-inspired venue hosts the cream of city centre clubbing, guarantees a great party and a forward thinking soundtrack.

The Elbow Room, 64 Call Lane, LS1 6DT

Part live venue, part bar and part American Pool Hall, there’s no better place to mingle with native scenesters and catch an intimate gig.

The Hi Fi Club, 2 Central Road, LS1 6DE

Winning “Best Nightclub” and “Best Live Music Venue” at the Leeds Bar & Club Awards between 2004 and 2006 speaks volumes. If you’re looking for the jewel in the crown, consider the search over.



Manchester

Sankey’s, Radium Street, M4 6AY

Former mill, winner of DJ Magazine’s 2010 ‘Best Club In the World’ award, huge soundsystem and groundbreaking lighting. Enough said.

Night & Day Café, 26 Oldham Street, M1 1JN

Legendary live music venue, not to mention favourite hangout of touring and local bands, catch tomorrow’s Mercury winners, today.

Matt & Phred’s, 64 Tib Street, M4 1LW

Late night pizza and jazz are perfect together, which is exactly why this backstreet cellar works so well in attracting the cool sophisticates.

The Deaf Institute, 135 Grosvenor Street, M1 7HE

The downstairs bar is decent enough, but the traditional music-hall style room in the attic- complete with smoker’s balcony and raised seating- has quickly established itself as the city’s trendiest live venue.

The bell rings, it’s looking tight and could go either way. As always in a tie-break situation, the judges decide. So if you’ve got any recommendations that can sway them, now would be a good time to speak up…

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