Nights out


"You will be hard pushed to find better elsewhere"

 “...There are two major theatres, a handful of cinemas, and some of the UK's best nightlife and live music venues.

The Guardian University Guide 2016 


Nights out 


Bars, pubs and clubs

When darkness falls on the city there are plenty of places to play. Whether you prefer high-class cocktail bars, cheesy nightclubs, gigs, raves or just a quiet pub, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Furthermore, Nottingham has been named one of the best and safest places for a night out in the UK. The city was awarded it's fourth consecutive Purple Flag Award in 2013, an accolade that recognises excellence in the running of town and city centres at night. 

The nightlife in Nottingham is's a safe and sociable city for everyone. 

Sean O'Connell, LLM Law 


City chic 

Hidden within the beautiful architecture of the Lace Market and Hockley areas are an assortment of stylish cocktail bars and dancing venues. Get glammed up before heading to these swanky scenes:

Coco Tang
A secret world of cocktail creations and late-night glamour, discreetly hidden under the cobbled streets.

Great for pre-club cocktails in the city centre. The venue offers a breathtaking view of Nottingham’s rooftops.

Market Bar
A favourite with students, this late-night bar’s atmospheric lighting and leather booths make it one of the swankiest in Hockley. Make sure you dress to impress for this venue. 

"Blues fans should head over to Tilt, near Bodega, to consume delicious cocktails while listening to the best live blues acts in Nottingham!"

Ben Driver, BA History


Students enjoy the relaxed atmosphere in Tilt blues bar






Whatever your taste in music, you are sure to find a place you love in Nottingham’s wide selection of clubs. Here are just a few examples:

Oceana and Ocean
Always popular with students, these two similarly named clubs are sure to provide a memorable night out. Oceana has themed rooms, including one with a light-up dance floor, while Ocean offers top-quality cheese and a carefree atmosphere. 

The I-club
Recently refurbished late night venue, now hosting a range of cutting edge dance music events. Expect to hear house, bass and techno on the weekends. 

The Chameleon Arts Café
Small independent venue offering a range of entertainment, primarily focused on local independent music scene, but also sporadic club nights. 

The Lacehouse
Fine venue in the heart of the lace market. Hosts popular student nights in the week. Diverse selection of musical entertainment. Best to check the facebook page for listings.

Adjoined to the Rescue Rooms bar, Stealth is a maze of dance rooms playing dance, garage, R’n’B, live music and DJs.

Gay and lesbian

There is a vibrant gay and lesbian scene in Nottingham. With four rooms, a variety of nights and a lively atmosphere, NG1 is popularly known as the ‘biggest and best’ gay venue in the East Midlands. 

The Cornerhouse building lit up in different colours at night

 The Corner House at night 



Live music

"Nottingham is undoubtedly the East Midlands' buzzing music capital... You can pretty much find an interesting gig to go to on any given night if you look hard enough, and that makes Nottingham a special place to be."

Ashley Bird, music journalist and photographer

Rock City
Not only is this venue home to some of the best alternative club nights in the Midlands, it also hosts live performances from top bands.

Rescue Rooms
Perfect for indie, grunge and eclectic gigs, this venue also houses a large bar with booths, a lively atmosphere and cocktail mixes served in small teapots. 

Jam Cafe
A European style cafe bar nestled in the centre of the city, Jam Cafe combines open mic nights and bistro food with a bohemian, cosmopolitan vibe. 

"If you love music get down to Jam Cafe where nearly every night is filled with live acts and open mic nights."

Ben Driver, BA in History

Image of the outside of the music venue Rock City

Nottingham's Rock City


Students relax at the Pit & Pendulum bar in Nottingham. 



Even drinking is historical in Nottingham. The city boasts some of the oldest drinking establishments in the country. These charming pubs offer real ales, good food and ghost stories.

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem 
Carved into the rock below Nottingham Castle, the oldest inn in England dates back over 800 years. Tour the cave cellars to hear tales of crusades and roaming ghosts.

Ye Olde Salutation Inn 
This quaint pub states that it was established in 1240 when a tannery was built on the site of a 13th century alehouse.

Bell Inn 
This cosy Grade II listed establishment dates from around 1437 and originally served as a refectory for a Carmelite monastery. On top of tasty ales the pub offers guided tours of the network of caves that extend from its cellars.

Image of students drinking in the caves at the back of Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem Inn

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem 


For more information about nightlife in Nottingham, see our City Guide.


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