Torquay is not short of pubs, especially around the harbourside, but my longstanding favourite has to be The Hole in the Wall.
Pubs may come and go but Torquay’s oldest pub has been here since around 1540 and not in danger of closing down anytime soon.
This is still a traditional pub with low beams, cobblestone floors and an array of hand pumps selling real ale on the bar.
The convivial landlord makes it the most welcoming of places and if you’re hungry the separate dining room certainly won’t disappoint either.
If you like live music from the 60s and 70s you’ll also be pleased to know that there’s live music every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday throughout the year.
I can’t think of one bad thing to say about the place and if you don’t believe me, and you’re ever in Torquay, check it out for yourself. I’d be surprised if you didn’t agree.
As expected from its claim to be "Torquay's Oldest Pub" this is a characterful building with its nautically-themed L-shaped bar area and separate dining room. As befits its "Oldest" status there's plenty of exposed beams, wood-panelling, open brickwork and flagstone floors and it certainly has an authentic feel.
Although it is, as are so may these days, very food-orientated it also has a proper pub feel to it and with a friendly local drinking crowd clustered round the bar there's always a good craic. As well as serving good, proper pub, food they also have live music three times a week - Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. The group that play regularly are Drew Millin and Friends whose repertoire revolves around 60's and 70's classics - songs I can sing along with!! This is always a lively evening and as well the band's regular line up they often have guests who add their own favourites to the set.
They don't normally start playing until after the pub has stopped serving food and go on until whenever - I think closing time is officially 12 midnight. There's no entry fee but it's best to get in early-ish as it does get very busy sometimes.
Atop the Living Coast attraction (worth a visit if you like to see penguins) is a fantastic terrace where you can have a drink and look over the harbour, out to sea, or watch the sunset. Absolutely exquisite.
Dress Code: casual
Torquay has a very lively nightlife. I have to admit I am out of the loop these days but my 21 year old sister very much enjoys it.
There are plenty of bars to choose from and nightclubs too. The wine bars such as EJ's and the Mousetrap were my personal favourites before going on to a club. These places have stood the test of time and are still very popular today. Most of the nightlife in Torquay is centered around the harbour area
The website below is very good, telling of the different bars & clubs & what they offer.
The only downside to the nightlife in Torquay is the violence which erupts is commonplace the early hours over the weekend, as it seems on most highstreets through out the UK.
Dress Code: Smartish, especially if you want to get in to a club
The Princess Theatre has exellent shows throughout the year with some top west end ones as well,the first time i went here was to see Kim Wilde(im showing my age now).Check out the local paper for details of shows.Outside is the Princess pier a preserved promanade where it is said Agatha Christie used to go roller skating.
The Devon Arms is a very 'at ease' pub where you can unwind after a long walk with a glass of beer or soft drink and not be jostled by the tourist hoard.
Dress Code: Casual.
Every year in June in front of Cockington Court they hold the last night of the proms with a fantastic firework display.Hundreds of people come to watch from all over.