This is rather cool.... For nearly a year now we've had the excellent Princess Selandia to keep us entertained until 6am on a Sunday morning. We call this nightclub "The Boat" because that's exactly what she is! Permanently docked outside Morrison is a huge ship who used to carry passengers around Europe but now rests in Barrow while hundreds of people dance the night away in her bowels every weekend! The music is good, the atmosphere is lively and the place is HUGE! Open until 6am on a Saturday night / Sunday morning. It's not cheap, but a night out certainly won't break the bank. Once you pay the £7 entrance fee the drinks cost about the same as all the other clubs in Barrow. Also serves food during the day.
Dress Code: No Jeans, No Trainers, No baseball caps. Try to make an effort - The King & Queen of Denmark used to travel on her y'know!!!!
The recently refurbished Bar Five was once the cheesy "99 Cabaret Club", a popular pick-up spot for contracters and bored housewives. It's now trying to revamp it's image and become a chic little late bar cum disco.
Bar Five serves snacks during the day and plays chart music during the evening into the early hours of the morning. It's still a bit out of the way to ever compete with Cornwallis Street for a night out, but at least your shoes don't stick to the carpet anymore!!!!
Dress Code: Trainers and blue jeans are out, but pretty much anything else goes!!!
This is our local. There are three areas in this pub: The Snooker tables area where only serious players hang around, The sports bar part which shows all the live football on a big screen and is spacious and airy with pool tables, and then there's the lounge area with carpets and curtains, a juke box and live music on a Friday.
This is a typical Northern Working Man's Club - Think Phoenix Nights - which you may be asked for a donation if you enter as a guest.... however, usually they just ignore those who walk straight past with a confident "hello"!
Thursday night Karaoke is good here and there's some real talent among the locals. While she was visiting, Yarineth sang La Bamba on her first karaoke night here! Drinks are very cheap... about £1.50 a pint.
Dress Code: Casual
I worked behind the bar in the White House for three years so I know it quite well. It's a locals bar but quite popular with travellers, visiters and contractors, particularly repeat visiters who will be remembered by the same alcohol clouded faces each time they visit.
This is a "stay all night" kind of bar - by which I mean it's not really the kind of place you go for just one quick drink. The White House demands a whole afternoon and part of the evening at least. They're not reliant on passing trade. The best way to introduce yourself to The White House is to drink alone and someone will soon start a conversation with you - and pretty soon you'll be introduced to the whole bar and it's family.... which is another point - most regulars in the White House drink with their whole family... when I worked there it was the favorite drinking hole of my mum, two of my cousins, my uncle, my boyfriend, my boyfriend's brother, my boyfriend's brother's girlfriend, my boyfriend's uncle...... and this is common - regulars consist of lots of different families - if you meet someone at the White House, their mum is either coming later or propping up the next bar stool!
Dress Code: Casual as you like
the night life in barrow isnt to bad but it is not the best the main club is the blue lagoon (on board the princess selandia). if your planning a special event or fancy a good night on the tiles check this out theboat.
Dress Code: no jeans or trainers, but you dont have to were a tie or anything
Forum 28 in Barrow showcases a whole range of local talent and Art - from Youth Theatre Productions to Contemporary Exhibitions. It also attracts an accomplished company from around the UK and beyond.
The modern premisis is well-placed in the centre of town, surrounded by restaurants, pubs and nightclubs. It has a coffee shop which is generally open at around lunch time and helpful reception staff will explain the forthcoming events if you haven't pre-booked.
Most shows start at about 7-8pm and last for three hours with two intervals.
Check the website to see what's on when - although the site really doesn't do the place justice - it's quite poorly finished - this is not the case in the actual building or in the performances!
Dress Code: I don't think anyone would be refused entrance to the Forum 28 if they turned up wearing jeans & trainers, but generally I think people tend to dress up a little. Not Ballgowns & Tuxedos though! Just what you'd wear to a nice restaurant.