During Fresher's week, I was handed a leaflet for a night called Brighton Beach at The Wardrobe, St. Peter's Square. It advertised 60s Soul, Motown, R'n'B, Northern (?!), Britpop, Indie, basically all the good stuff. Tickets were £5 with a 50p booking fee, standard for a night out in Leeds.
Never having been to The Wardrobe before, I decided to see what was up, and not wanting to look like a loser, I took five people with me. There weren't too many folks there when we arrived, and being image-conscious students we were mildly perturbed because everyone was a few years older than us. Needless to say this did not matter. By half past twelve there was a larger, younger crowd, the music was fantastic, the drinks were flowing and we were dancing like we were at a school disco after our first ever Bacardi Breezer.
I would caution against the very expensive vodka doubles – at £7.10 you'd think they could find some actual lemonade (which is what I asked for), rather than what tasted suspiciously like tonic water. A pint of lager was around £4, expensive when you are used to student prices, but to be expected because of the kind of place The Wardrobe is, i.e. not aimed solely at cheapskate students. That being said, we all had a brilliant time, staying until it closed at 3am and trundling home in a taxi humming Pulp tunes.
Brighton Beach is taking over The Wardrobe on two further dates (27th October and 24th November). I'd recommend it to anyone who wishes to stray slightly off the beaten track of chart music and into something equally exuberant, though in a different way. All in all, great atmosphere and a good night, just steer clear of the pricier drinks unless you have a tenner burning a hole in your pocket.