Relaxing views by the river, more cocktails than you can shake a stick at, and a building, so visually beautiful and steeped in musical history, you’ll have to see it to believe it, Nottingham’s bar scene is totally worth checking out. Here are the 7 coolest places to grab yourself a drink and make it a night to remember…
A quirky little bar with a cosy feel. If supercharged cocktails are your jam, then this is a must for a Friday or Saturday night.
In keeping with the bar’s unique setting, it’s a little hard to find (even though it’s based in Nottingham City Centre) so you’ll need to keep your eyes peeled to find it but when you do, you won’t be disappointed!
Service is absolutely fantastic and the extensive cocktail list caters for those in need of their favourite tipple (with a little twist), such as the ‘Chihuahua Margarita’ to ones of a slightly more adventurous nature – Figgler on the Roof anyone?
For those seeking out a more classic watering hole, then look no further than this wonderful micro brewery pub situated opposite the Nottingham castle gates.
Styled on a Victorian apothecary, this is the perfect place to head if beers, ciders and local ales are more your bag.
Previously a pharmacy, this really is the place to visit if you feel like widening your taste, as the host is as knowledgeable as they come and will really help you to find out what tickles your fancy by trying as many real ales as you like!
Whilst a favourite of those looking to experiment, you can also chat to the super friendly locals and that in itself, is it’s charm. Once you visit, you will want to come back time and time again.
The Riverbank Bar & Kitchen
The Riverbank plays host to a varied range of live music and has a first-class bar menu, filled with yummy sharing platters and planks. The bar itself also benefits from an outside terrace, making it ideal for Birthdays, Hen parties and just a good old-fashioned big night out!
The bar itself is located along Trent bridge with stunning views of the River, which also makes it the perfect place to reside on a lazy summers afternoon.
Watching the sun go down with a refreshing cocktail in hand sound like the dream? Then this is the place for you!
Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem
Built into the caves of the castle and as the name might suggest, this is a unique, little gem of a place!
Packed full of character and with a not too shabby food menu and great selection of classic drinks, this is a lovely spot to settle down in for the evening, after scouring the many other attractions Nottingham has on offer.
Put your feet up and enjoy a quiet drink after a stroll along the castle grounds.
They also run cellar tours here but as they’re not necessarily advertised, you may have to enquire, but it’s totally worth doing as the entire pub is steeped deep in history and who knows, you may even learn a little!
Fun is THE word when looking to describe another of Nottingham’s hidden gems (the city seems to be full of them!)
Coco Tang attracts those with more of a student approach to a night out. Open until 3am Monday to Saturday and offering great music; often by delivery of the resident house DJ, a huge selection of mind-blowing cocktails, such as ‘The Tiramisu’ and plenty of areas to sit or stand and socialise, it’s easy to see why this bar/club receives such rave reviews.
With a glamorous and boutique vibe, this is an ideal place to come if fun and frolics are your buzzwords for the evening. Oh, and spoiler alert there is also a hidden room, making for a slightly more cosy and snug element depending on what kind of mood you might be in for the evening!
In the first instance and confusing to many, you can be forgiven for wondering why there are seemingly groups of people just hanging around on a Friday or Saturday night outside an old boiler shop.
It’s a secret bar. Without wanting to give too much away here (you wouldn’t want the surprise to be ruined), it’s extremely necessary to get here early as the queue starts forming fast but once inside, oh it’s totally worth it. Jazzy cocktails? Tick. Decadent vibe? Tick. Electric atmosphere? Double tick.
They also donate money to a local charity for every cocktail purchased. What more reason would you need to get down to Carlton Street and step into this secretive world.
The Malt Cross
To finish off this glorious list of coolest places to grab a drink, it has got to be visual wonder that is ‘The Malt Cross.’
Charming and alluring in its appeal, the venue itself is one of the last Victorian music halls in Britain. After losing its license (and subsequently closing in 1911) the building was reopened as a live music venue in 1983 and then revamped in 1996, into a modern music and arts venue.
Based close to Nottingham Trent University, today, the Malt House is a vibrant music, cafe bar and also a venue for live music. And f this isn’t enough to whet your beverage based whistle, the building itself is indeed one of pure beauty.
Enjoy the extensive food menu (complete with gluten-free options), take a gratifying gin-tasting tour or take a closer look at the caves. Whatever it is that you decide to do once you’re inside, you really do have to see it to believe it.