Nottingham, located at the heart of England, is a dynamic city that blends rich culture and history with a vibrant nightlife experience. Best known as the home of the legendary outlaw Robin Hood, the wild and adventurous spirit is still very much alive in the night scene of this city today.

    Whether you’re in the mood for a historic lesson over a delicious pint at the country’s oldest inn or a night of dancing at one of the city’s trendy clubs, Nottingham has all these to offer and more. Check out our guide to the best nightlife in Nottingham.


    Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem

    Enjoy a pint at England’s oldest inn

    • Nightlife
    • History

    Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem has an illustrious history of its own. King Richard the Lionheart was said to have tarried here while on the way to Jerusalem in AD 1189, hence the name of this historic inn. It's situated at the foot of the cliff where the Nottingham Castle stands.

    Have a pint of their ale that’s been stored in their cave cellars, which also house an old cockfighting pit and part of the Castle Gaol. Or have a hearty helping of their delicious victuals as you warm yourself by the fire while taking in Nottingham’s history on the walls.

    Location: Brewhouse Yard, 1, Nottingham NG1 6AD, UK

    Open: Monday–Thursday and Sunday from 11 am to 11 pm, Friday–Saturday from 11 am to midnight

    Phone: +44 (0)115 947 3171


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    The Barrel Drop

    Mingle with the locals at this beer haven

    • Nightlife

    The Barrel Drop is a hidden gem not far from the Nottingham market square, nestled in a tiny alleyway called Hurts Yard. A haven for beer lovers, you can find a vast selection of beers in kegs, casks, bottles, and cans from various breweries.

    They also have ciders, wines, spirits, and fizzy drinks for those who want alternatives to ale. Frequented by locals, this pub is a great place to meet and get to know them.

    Location: 7 Hurts Yard, Nottingham NG1 6JD, UK

    Open: Monday–Wednesday from 4 pm to 11 pm, Thursday–Saturday from noon to 11 pm, Sunday from noon to 10 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)115 924 3018


    Rescue Rooms

    Drink, dance, and party to live music

    • Nightlife

    Rescue Rooms is a renowned bar located at the heart of the City Centre that’s featured many famous musicians in its live music scene. Every night offers fun nightlife experiences: Mondays with fresh local talents, Tuesday student nights, karaoke on Wednesdays, Thursday quiz nights, and Friday club nights. 

    But it’s the Saturdays with the Stealth vs Rescued club night experience that’s the most anticipated as you can party in any of the 5 music rooms, 6 bars, and 2 patios. The music policy is very diverse, ranging from disco to indie.

    Location: Masonic Pl, Goldsmith St, Nottingham NG1 5LB, UK

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 4 pm to 3 am (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +44 (0)115 828 3173


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    Discover the cocktail haven of Carlton Street

    • Nightlife

    One of Nottingham’s best worst-kept secrets is the Boilermaker bar, which hides under the guise of a nondescript boiler shop along Carlton Street. Open only in the evenings, this trendy bar follows the tradition of secrecy of the speakeasies. 

    You’d have to go through the boiler salesman – who’s really a bouncer –and then you have to find the door in the secret red room. But once you get through, you can choose from their renowned cocktail concoctions, or wines and beers if you want to keep things simple. 

    Location: 36 Carlton St, Nottingham NG1 1NN, UK

    Open: Monday–Friday from 5 pm to 1 am, Saturdays from 2 pm to 1 am, Sundays from 7 pm to 1 am

    Phone: +44 (0)115 958 7528


    Pitcher & Piano Nottingham

    Admire Gothic architecture over a drink

    • Nightlife

    Pitcher & Piano Nottingham is at the heart of the Nottingham Lace Market. While the bar itself is a fairly common chain around the UK, this one stands out because it’s housed inside a historic 19th-century deconsecrated church.

    The exposed brick archways and stained glass windows provide a magnificent backdrop as you enjoy their wide selection of cocktails, wines, and beers. They also serve an all-day menu for those looking for a bite to eat.

    Location: The Unitarian Church, High Pavement, Nottingham NG1 1HN, UK

    Open: Monday–Wednesday from 11 am to 12 am, Thursday from 11 am to 1 am, Friday from 11 am to 2 am, Saturday from 10 am to 2 am, Sunday from 10 am to 11 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)115 958 6081


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    The Hockley Arts Club

    Transport yourself to a timeless place

    • Nightlife

    Carlton Street is home to one of Nottingham’s favourite bars, the Hockley Arts Club. Formerly a Victorian silk merchant’s house, this place has transformed itself into a creative space for social dining and drinking, with each floor uniquely designed.

    Enjoy a drink at the Scandinavian-inspired bar on the ground floor, full table service in the Blue Rooms, and a private garden rooftop experience in the Electric Garden.

    Location: 20 Carlton St, Nottingham NG1 1NN, UK

    Open: Monday–Wednesday from 6 pm to 12.30 am, Thursday from 6 pm to 1 am, Friday from 2 pm to 3 am, Saturday from noon to 3 am, Sunday from noon to 12.30 am

    Phone: +44 (0)115 786 0293


    Pit & Pendulum

    Immerse yourself in a Gothic tavern

    • Nightlife

    With a name inspired by an Edgar Allan Poe story, Pit & Pendulum is a Nottingham pub with all the trappings of a Gothic horror tale. This quirky venue is a member of the Eerie Pubs group, which provides a themed experience for those seeking something spooky.

    With a good selection of food and drinks, guests can safely indulge in their fantasies of mystery and the macabre while enjoying a plate of prawn cocktail or a pint of their finest cask ale.

    Location: 17 Victoria St, Nottingham NG1 2EW, UK

    Open: Sunday–Monday from noon to 11 pm, Tuesday–Wednesday from noon to midnight, Thursdays from noon to 1 am, Friday–Saturday from noon to 2 am

    Phone: +44 (0)115 950 6383


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    Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall

    Enjoy a night of arts and culture

    • Nightlife

    The Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham are the UK’s most successful touring venues. They’ve hosted performances ranging from orchestras, dance companies, West End musicals, operas, stand-up comedies, and contemporary music concerts. Check their upcoming events beforehand and enjoy a night at the theatre.

    The classical buildings have fully licensed bars and restaurants where you can enjoy dinner before the performance. There are plenty of other dining and drinking options within a short walk, too.

    Location: Theatre Square, Nottingham NG1 5ND, UK

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 9 am to 8.30 pm (open 1 hour before performances on Sundays)

    Phone: +44 (0)115 989 5555



    Attend a gig at Nottingham’s premier events scene

    • Nightlife

    Metronome’s main auditorium has been the site for a variety of cross-media programmes, from music gigs and comedy nights to live broadcasts and expos. A music and events complex at the heart of Nottingham, its state-of-the-art lighting and acoustics ensure that any event held here leaves a lasting impression.

    The main auditorium can hold up to 400 people or 228 if seated. There’s a bar in the next room, along with more bars and restaurants over the road from Metronome.

    Location: Marco Island, Huntingdon St, Nottingham NG1 1AP, UK



    Dance away at the biggest venue in Nottingham

    • Nightlife

    Originally a dance hall that opened in 1925, the building that houses PRYZM has always been a venue for people who love to dance. That tradition continues to this day with its current incarnation as this nightclub complex contains 2 clubs and 4 themed bars, making it an excellent place for anyone who wants to drink and dance the night away.

    The club hosts big events with guest DJs on a fairly regular basis. The music policy revolves mostly around dance and RnB.

    Location: Lower Parliament St, Nottingham NG1 3BB, UK

    Open: Monday and Friday from 10 pm to midnight, Tuesday and Saturday from 10 pm to 4 am, Wednesday and Sunday from midnight to 4 am, Thursday from 10.30 pm to midnight

    Phone: +44 (0)115 950 1075

    Geri Mileva | Contributing Writer

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