There are two main areas to Ipswich nightlife, the town centre and the Cardinal park area. Liquid/Envy is in Cardinal park and is a great club with two parts. Liquid is over 18's and the larger of the two. Envy is on the side and is over 21's weeknights and i think over 23's weekends. In envy they play some old some new and mix it up a bit. Liquid tends to play your usual commercial club music from, r n b to dance and garage. Some nights vibe fm radio put on nights and look out for promotion nights, with live acts and big name dj's. Envy plays a little more 80's, 90's and some dancehall for the more mature client. When you pay to get into Envy you get a stamp on your hand and can wonder to and from each side. No one under the age limit can get the stamp to get into Envy, so embarrasing nights bumping into your younger sisters school mates won't be a problem when you've got your beer goggles on. The club is situated in Cardinal park next to Cineworld cinemas, with about 13 screens. Also in Cardinal park you've got ASK restaurant, old Orleans cocktail bar and restaurant, punch and judy pub/steak house, golden dragon Chinese restaurant, a jazz bar and for the lads on a cheap night out a Mc Donalds and KFC. All this is just a 2-3 minute walk from Portman road, home of Ipswich town fc. So you could go to the footy, have a meal out and then go clubbing. The train station is just 5 mins over the bridge and just outside the club's a taxi rank and major bus route for the night bus home. So being in the right place and always being fairly full, with a good atmosphere, i'd reccomend Liquid/Envy for your night out.
Dress Code: Smart casual dress code. No trainers and dress to make a bit of an effort.
The curve bar is close to the town centre and is owned by former Ipswich Town captain and Ireland player Matt Holland.
There are plenty of pictures on their website from the bar. The barmaids are cute and one was in the top 100 "High Street Honeys" in lads mag FHM (www.fhm.co.uk).
I normally go there for a quite drink before football matches. There is a food menu available during the day but I've never tried anything.
During the day Pals is a modern town pub offering a typical lunchtime pub menu. In the evenings, it opens as a nightclub with 3 separate rooms for music. They start charging for entrance after about 9pm but people start queuing up before then. The best plan is to book a table for an evening meal and then you are already in there.
Dress Code: At night, they don't like jeans and trainers but if you get in early enough, they probably won't throw you out.