best cocktail bars in Nottingham

10 of the best cocktail bars in Nottingham

Nottingham is a bustling city and with it comes an abundance of things to do and see. This, of course, includes the various bars and pubs that make up the cities night scene. Whilst there are a good number of bars to explore and enjoy whilst living or visiting the city, this article will just focus on ten of the best in no particular order. Many of these are quite unique, so there is something for everyone!

1. The Malt Cross

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Source: Nottinghamshire YMCA

According to Design my Night, this bar is housed within one of the last vintage music halls. The cross also underwent a large renovation in 2014 worth 1.4 million, which allowed it to grow to its full potential whilst allowing it to remain as a music hall. In addition to the bars prestige for heritage, arts and music, the cross also offers plenty of options for both food and drink including cocktails. With the food, drink, and live music played often, this would be the place for those who love a bit of music with their food and drink.

2. Pitcher and Piano

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Source: Bar Magazine

The Pitcher and Piano is a branch of numerous bars over England and Wales, but the Nottingham branch in particular makes the chain brand interesting. Converted into a bar from an old church, it contains huge stained glass windows and an elegant chandelier which really tie together to give the place an elegant look. Among the drinks on offer are an exceptional wine list as well as a wide variety of cocktails ranging anywhere from the classics to new and unique drinks such as Kiss from a Rose, Pear Drop and English Estate. With cocktail names such as these, it is easy to see how all aspects of this bar make for a great experience overall.

3. The Alchemist

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Source: The Alchemist

Compared to the last two bars, the Alchemist makes for a more showy experience. This is done through both the mysterious atmosphere of the bar itself and, mainly, through the drinks. Each of the drinks at this bar is special in it’s own way whether it be colour changes whilst the drink is made or a display of smoke, and they do the job of encouraging the imagination very well. For anyone who is interested in magic or any kind of mystery, this bar is definitely recommended. For more information, look here.

4. Coco Tang

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Source: Nottingham Post

Much like the Alchemist, this bar prides itself on enthusiasm and theatrics. The bartenders use Vietnamese-inspired alchemy techniques to bring new and exciting drinks to the table that leave you curious to try more. Unlike the previous bar, however, Coco Tang is much more of an underground nightclub which gives a different look in comparison to other bars which is bound to please most nightclub-goers.

5. Ye Olde Jerusalem

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Source: Wikipedia

Building more onto the theme of heritage from previous mentions, this bar is the oldest in England and impressively still stands in good condition to this day! This isn’t the only thing this old piece of architecture has to offer though as it was built into the rock beneath Nottingham Castle, a centuries-old piece of history! Not only could someone have a tour of the castle but also the caves beneath, which would be an interesting look into both Nottingham and it’s history. Besides, all of that walking will be deserving of a refreshing cocktail afterwards.

6. The Lost City

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Source: Trip Advisor

This bar really takes an interactive adventure to the next level! Mapped on the classic Indiana Jones series of films, the stage includes a physical course to work through and even a large animatronic snake as you make your way to the finish where potential prizes may await. After all of that effort there is also a bar, with plenty of rewarding options to choose from. This place is perfect for adventurers but also those who want a bit more excitement to their trips out, and is also available to all as it includes wheelchair accessible options.

7. Be At One Cocktail Bar

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Source: Design My Night

This bar has an amazing and colourful atmosphere, able to bring in the majority of party-goers and brighten almost any mood. It is also open until late, which may be especially appealing to those who prefer to sleep and wake late. Be at One has also received the Number Two rating on TripAdvisor, so with so many positive reviews such as this why not give it a try?

8. The Walrus

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Source: Design My Night

Considered one of the most active places on the Nightclub scene in Nottingham, the Walrus is bound to have an excellent atmosphere and an even better drinks menu. After all, it wouldn’t have gained so much popularity without having something to appeal to the majority of people. With four beer pong tables, a dance floor, and a variety of cocktails such as the Amaretto Sour, Long Island Iced Tea, Pina Colada, and Strawberry Daiquiri there is something for everyone whether it’s a night out with the mates or just going out for some dancing.

9. The Lacehouse

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Source: The Lacehoue

Second to last of all but last built from older architecture, the Lacehouse is based on one of the last remaining lace factories in Nottingham and as such gives a very nostalgic feel from the moment you walk in. There are many seating areas, as well as a great selection of drinks that would be fitting for anyone, so would make for a great place to have something to drink. This would be especially great for going out during the daytime, but could also be suited to the nighttime as well.

10. Das Kino

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Source: Nottingham Post

A trendy place to drink, Das Kino features a lot of industrial furnishings and vintage seating to give a modern yet vintage feel, perfect for those who like a mix of things. The drinks selection is also great, and it’s doubtful that many would have trouble finding something that interests them from it. A great place to hang out with friends, especially.

With number ten bringing this article to a close, all that is left to say is hopefully something catches your eye and remember to be safe.

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