If you're after a lively evening of entertainment in the local bars and are looking for a busy night, there's only one night - Saturday.
Don't be fooled into thinking a Friday will be like everywhere else in the UK, it's not, it's actually very quiet.
Saturday night is when all the local folk come out to play, although they do tend to drive round in circles all night until the ERA nightclub opens, and even then still drive round in circles.
Dress Code: Casual
Believe it or not, Stornoway has it's very own nightclub - the Heb.
Sadly (particularly for my visit on a rainy Tuesday night) it's only open Fridays and Saturdays. I was particulary gutted as the "Fuh Kings" were due to be playing that weekend. What they, and indeed the club and clientele were like, I'll never know, something which I'll regret to my dieing days.
Dress Code: You won't look out of place with gelled hair, a Ben Sherman shirt and black shoes.
Or a shirt skirt and "boob tube" for the ladies.
Lots of bored teenagers = lots of great musicians. You can't count the number of bands playing in the pubs/clubs. And I won't name any of them cause the names will have changed by the time you go! For a basic introduction head to McNeills on Thursday night for open mic night. Friday night sees local bands play 'underager' gigs (although anyone is welcome) in the arts centre, town hall and youth cafe. There's also 'praise night' in Martins memorial church some fridays, which has contemporary christian music.
Saturday night sees more established local bands playing in the Lewis, the Clachan, the Heb, the Sea Angling club and the Golf Club (as many as that one night!). Yes, there's TONNS of live music here. Pick up Events or the Gazette (both local newspapers) for listings when you arrive.
Dress Code: Friday: Casual
Saturday: Men casual (they dont do any other here!), women show off your best 'city bought' outfit
The best way to avoid the rain is in the pubs.. There are several all within walking distance of each other, which makes for terrific pub crawls.
McNeils (shown here), next to the library serves Magners, and is my favourite starting place.
Whaler's Rest boasts live music, and has a pool table.
The Crown (aka crown down) is slightly classier, and full of good looking people on saturday night.
The Lewis (down) is dingy and has teenager bands and underage drinkers, (up) has slightly older drinkers.
Criterion (aka the clit) smells of sewage.
The star is good and very friendly, but is very 'old mans pub'ish.
HS1 is far too classy for me, but many like it.
The Heb is the only nightclub and where you will ultimately (if reluctantly) end up.
The Walk... after all the bars are shut on saturday night everyone walks around and around and around...
Dress Code: Very casual
There was no really sparkling nightlife on the Isle of Harris or Lewis. There are the local bars and they did have music in the evening. we were usually so tired with being out walking and in the fresh sea air all day that we were glad to just relax with a drink.
Dress Code: casual evrywhere