St James' Street seems the place to be for nightlife. It's lined with pubs, bars and clubs, and leads on to other areas which have pubs, bars and clubs.
The age groups is very mixed and the general dress code is smart/casual. To be sure that entry will not be refused, I wouldn't wear trainers/sneakers. Most places do not accept you wearing baseball hats and jeans are sometimes an issue for entrance to clubs.
I'm sure you'll find a pub, bar or club that suits your tastes!
Dress Code: Smart/casual - but does depend on if you want to end up in a club (if that's the case, wear smart clothing and no trainers/sneakers)
This is one of Nottingham's Wetherspoons, so there are plenty of offers on drinks!
The Roebuck is over two floors with plenty of seating. It can get very busy as a lot of people start off their night in a Wetherspoons - as I say, some drinks are cheaper than most other places.
The age group in here at the beginning of a night is 30's, as the night procresses, the age group is mainly >30, but hey! What's age? As long as I'm having a good time I'm not bothered by the age group of a place! I just found it interesting that people disappeared after a drink or two and moved on to a club.
Friendly staff, friendly atmosphere. Oh, and the toilets are on the top floor!
Dress Code: Casual
We had a drink in the Bell Inn when checking out the nightlife in Nottingham. It's an old pub with low celings and it's split into different rooms.
It seems to be the place where a lot of the older locals go for a drink. Everybody seemed friendly, but as we were here for one night and one night only, we had our one drink and moved on to the next place!
Dress Code: Casual
I love the 60s, 70s and 80s (I always say I was born in the wrong era!). We found this club in Nottingham called Revival. It plays 70s & 80s music, where you can put your requests forward to the live DJ. Two bars are open. There's a REVOLVING (!) dancefloor - and yes I did go on it!! There's a light-up disco floor and disco balls hanging from the ceilings!! And of course, lots of flashing lights. My idea of nightclub heaven!!
There are two Revival's in Niottingham; both next to each other. One plays the 70s & 80s, the other 90s & 00s. So take your pick!!
Friday Night Offers (correct July 2012)
Before 10pm - All spirits & mixers, bottles, pints, wine and cocktails are only £2.
After 10pm - 4 bottles for £10, any 4 shots for £5, 2 cocktails for £5 or 2 Jägerbombs for £5.
All spirits & mixers, bottles, pints, wine and cocktails are only £2 before 10pm.
Sunday to Thursday: 8pm - 2am
Friday: 8pm - 3am
Saturday: 7pm - 3am
Dress Code: By the looks of things - anything goes!
The Hubb is a nice little venue, formerly a run down pub. Since its takeover and refurbishment there is a pub section and a club section.
The weekends nights are generally very busy by around 22:00; the establishment is host to many bands and acts of the reggae, soul, funk and dance genres. DJ's also frequent the place and there is definitely a clique mentality in terms of the music. The tracks played tend to be more underground and deep than the commercial material found elsewhere.
For those who like to smoke there is a large outdoor sheltered and heated area which always seems popular.
From July 24th a series of nights will begin which are being called 'Re-build The Paradise Garage'. As you may know the Paradise Garage was a club in New York City from 1976-87. It's main resident DJ was a guy called Larry Levan. The music played here during this period was primarily disco with soul and funk variations, mixed and blended to inspire the audience. The name of this music is called 'Garage', this is where it came from folks.
Dress Code: There is presently no strict dress code for this place, people who come here dress how they feel, and there are many types of persons, ethnic, mainstream and even heavy rock types come here.
The only exception is that caps and hoods are not to be worn at all, any time whilst on the premises.
Demo is a monthly club night at Blueprint, Radford... all the proceeds from the night go to charity. There are four rooms - djs, bands, acoustic and a café with poetry & drumming. Demo is run by a collective of people from different organisations in Nottingham, it's a non-profit event. Fairtrade wine is offered in the bar and fairtrade tea, coffee, cakes etc in the café.
Demo is a really great night... the different rooms offer a variety of music styles and the atmosphere is relaxed. Doors generally open at 9 I think, get there earlyish if you want to hear the poetry etc.
It's £5 to get in - completely worth it, and you might get some free glow-sticks!! :D
Dress Code: None
this is a great bar just taken over by a good friend of mine 6 months ago , live music every friday saturday night , on sunday dinners there is a jam session from 2pm till 5 pm + . on a monday night free quiz 9 pm tuesday night 9 pm open mike night , and some thursdays there are bands on somtimes 3 from myspace websight. on a wednesday night live jazz 9 pm .all entry is free . they also do very good food 7 days a week 10.30am till 4.00pm daily
Dress Code: casual
Nottingham Playhouse is a contemporary "ctting edge" venue for modern theatre and dance. A lot of foreign touring companies perform here. For example, I have seen performances by a Chinese opera company and Russian theatre group here.
There is seating for 750.
Dress Code: No dress code. Even jeans and t-shirt will be fine.
Bar Schnapps is one of my favourite bars in Nottingham. I also call it the Death bar for a laugh as i got drunk here with my friend Haylee one night on my Birthday and ended up at home before 12am...Hehe the shame of it but i enjoyed the night out.
They sell lots of different drinks from beer, wine, spirits, shots, cocktails you name it Schapps has it...... Sometimes they do have special offers on too.
Open till 4am and has a great atmosphere with music for all tastes.
my favourite drink is "The Westside Special" It comes in a pint size glass and tastes like Iron Bru. Tastes like a soft drink but the contents are totally lethal and leave you very drunk hehe.
Dress Code: Smart Casual. Anything you want to wear. Popular with Students.
Situated just off Nottingham's Old Market Square, Bar Schnapps is easy to find and attracts people from all walks of life. With a friendly atmosphere and eclectic collection of music ranging from Sinatra to OutKast, Bar Schnapps certainly has that special something, not to mention the extensive selection of spirits, beer and shooters from around the globe.
The Pit and Pendulum is a great pub in Nottingham, just up from the Market Square. Its a goth theme pub, complete with gothic decorations and cellers downstairs.
Not to be missed is the Seven Deadly Sins cocktail range, 'Sloth' is one of the best!
This pub is always busy, popular not only with the rock / goth crowd, but with hen nights and older people for its ovelty value. Drinks aren't cheap, but aren't too expensive.
Make sure you go to the toilet - if you can find it. It's cleverly disguised in the wall and once you're in there, play clips of horror movies and screaming - freaky when you've had a few too many to drink!!
Dress Code: Its a pub so anything accepted - trainers and jeans are fine. Goth wear not compulsory
Ye Olde Salutation Inn is a public house dating from around 1240 that lays claim (along with Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem Inn and The Bell Inn) to being the oldest in Nottingham.
It was built on the site of an earlier 13th century ale house known as the "Archangel Gabriel Salutes the Virgin Mary", although I have read elsewhere that the first building on the site may have belonged to a tanner (a person who cures leather).
During the 1st Civil War (1642-46), part of the house was used as Recruiting Rooms for both factions. The original, still existing, cave system was probably part of a Saxon Farm, later used for servants, accommodation and brewing.
It's a nice cosy place to have a pint or three!
Las Iguanas in Nottingham provided us with the best cocktails we have had out in a long time! The guy at the bar knew all the cocktails by heart, so they were prepared quite quickly and done the proper way... from scratch! and all the staff were very friendly. We also ordered dinner from here, which is of Latin style, so the menu was different from your standard pub, which was great. Loved the food, cocktails, music, staff, atmosphere!
Dress Code: casual. or dressy
The lower end of Mansfield road has, I think, three of the nicest city centre pubs in Nottingham if you want to try traditional beers. The Castle Rock Brewery produces fantastic beer such as "Elsie Mo" and"Harvest Pale".The nearest to the shopping centre is The Peacock, which is nicely furnished, has 2 rooms and a quiet cosy atmosphere.
Further up the road is The Lincolnshire Poacher, which is more of a friendly, standup bar and has won loads of awards (2008 it won another real ale award.)
The Golden Fleece has dark, modern decor but good music, suntrap roof terrace, local beers and good food (especially fab Sunday lunch.)
A great nightspot in Nottingham frequented by probably a slightly older clientelle, there are a lot of nightspots for the young at heart. The bar was being revamped the next day - nothing to do with my visit the previous evening! When the manager came round to greet me & my friend John D I lept up to shake his hand & compliment him on the venue & spilt my drink but they very kindly gave us another round on the house.
There is a split level bar & a separate restuarant with some great mood lighting. We chose some cocktails off the menu and were greeted by the manager of the bar. The staff are excellent and very attentive you will come out feeling like a movie star. The food I have on good authority is great.
Let me just warn you about this hot trendy night spot it is very happening & fairly pricey and I did find it hard to tear myself away from the champagne cocktails. They serve pan-asian food in the restuarant. We sat at the bar & I think I was just gazing into the eyes of our barman a very talented young man.