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Entertainment and nightlife

Whether you enjoy the cinema, a decent meal, dancing 'til the early hours, drinking cocktails or a few real ales, Bradford has plenty of opportunities for a night out. You can also take advantage of our excellent transport links and see what Leeds or Manchester have to offer.


"As well as being the gateway to so many places, there's an incredible amount to do in Bradford, from nightly productions at our two theatres, to films, to over a dozen museums and parks. There are regular events such as live music, and annual events well worth seeing like the Bradford Festival, Pride and Urban Festival and the Curry Festival."

Phil Lickley
Students' Union Media and Entertainments Manager

Bars, clubs and restaurants

It's an exciting time for Bradford with lots of new bars and restaurants throughout the city. Stumble upon a place you love in the city centre, and chances are there'll be a few more gems just a couple of steps away.

North Parade - nominated as one of the best high streets in Britain 2015 and is part of the Independent Quarter. Home to bars and cafes including The Record Cafe, where you can expand your vinyl collection while drinking ale and eating charcuterie; Al's Dime Bar, if you fancy a cocktail with a rock 'n roll backdrop; and The Sparrow, named by The Guardian as one of the best craft beer bars in Britain.

West End - you don't have to stray far from the University to enjoy a good evening. Just a short walk away you'll find Circle nightclub; Brew Haus, serving beer, cocktails, pie and pizza; Tiki-O, for a tropical cocktail experience; and Sir Titus Salt, one of the city centre's two Wetherspoons pubs. 

City Campus area - and you don't really have to leave campus at all to have a good time. Head to one of the Students' Unions bars at Student Central; dance the night away at Friday Night Disco; stroll over to friendly pub Delius Lived Next Door; and enjoy some tasty curry at MyLahore or Omar's - dare you try the giant naan challenge?

(Speaking of curry - did you know Bradford's been named Curry Capital of Britain five years in a row? Check out TripAdvisor's list of the best restaurants.)


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The Broadway - there are lots of places of eat at Bradford's new shopping centre. If you and your friends can't decide on what to eat grab a table at the food court and have noodles, fried chicken, tacos and more, or you can get a pizza at Zizzi's. And, as you can never be more than a few paces from a pint of real ale in the city, Bradford Brewery has opened a pop-up pub!

And there's plenty more all over Bradford - head to one of our Nando's with your friends, and take your parents to Ilkley for a Michelin-starred meal.

Film, theatre and comedy

250 x 251 As the world's first UNESCO City of Film, Bradford is the place to come if you love film. Get involved with Bradford Student Cinema, the official independent cinema at the University, with two free weekly screenings at Student Central.

The National Media Museum is home to a Picturehouse cinema with Yorkshire's biggest IMAX screen. 

You're spoilt for choice at the 16-screen Leisure Exchange Cineworld, where you'll also find a casino and bowling alley; on the way to Leeds you'll find the Odeon; and if you carry on into Leeds you can watch a film from a sofa, while drinking wine and eating pizza, at the Everyman.

Back to Bradford though and into the realm of live action entertainment. The city has some outstanding and historic venues putting on drama, musicals, comedy, touring productions and new studio work. Check out the Alhambra, the on-campus Theatre in the Mill, and Bradford Playhouse.



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