Nottingham is a bustling city and with it come 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, it’s important to know where to get the best margaritas, G&Ts and mojitos! So here’s the list of the best cocktail bars in Nottingham, from historic venues to underground clubs.

1. The Malt Cross

Situated in a Grade II listed building, the Malt Cross brings Victorian vintage vibes as you sip on amazing cocktails. It has drinks, live music, and even delicious food, which is why it’s one of the best cocktail bars in Nottingham – you can avoid the hangover by eating as you drink (check out our hangover cure guide for more tips!)! The Malt Cross is a non-profit place to hang out, which really showcases the city’s unique heritage and history.

Address: 16 St James’s St, Nottingham NG1 6FG

2. Pitcher and Piano

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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.

Address: High Pavement, Nottingham NG1 1HN

3. 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.

Address: 11 King St, Nottingham NG1 2AY

4. Coco Tang

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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. If you like the idea of underground vibes, check out more of Nottingham’s secret bars.

Address: 8 Byard Ln, Nottingham NG1 2GJ

5. Pepper Rocks

Tucked away in the heart of the city, Pepper Rocks is a hidden gem. With a cosy atmosphere that makes you feel at home and a Happy Hour offer that runs until 10 pm, it’s a must-visit. Savour house cocktails for just £5.50 and don’t miss out on their delectable hot dogs, perfect for soaking up the booze.

Address: 12 Pepper St, Nottingham NG1 2GH

6. Cucamara

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Popular with the city’s large student population, Cucamara is a staple of Nottingham’s nightlife scene. Known for its wallet-friendly quality cocktails and shots, it’s an ideal choice for students looking for a great deal. Expect it to be packed with an energetic crowd and brilliant backing music.

Address: Hurts Yard, Nottingham NG1 6JD

7. The Lost City

This bar really takes an interactive adventure to the next level! You might not expect it to be among the best cocktail bars in Nottingham, but it’s a great place to sip while you swing! 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. If you fancy a great student discount for adventure golf, click here.

Address: The Cornerhouse, Burton St, Nottingham NG1 4DB

8. Be at One Cocktail Bar

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This bar has an amazing and colourful atmosphere, able to bring in the majority of party-goers and brighten almost any mood. That’s why it’s not only one of the best cocktail bars in Nottingham, it’s also a great Instagram backdrop! Bar One is also open until late, which may be especially appealing to those who prefer to sleep and wake late.

Address: 20A Victoria St, Nottingham NG1 2EX

9. 400 Rabbits

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A must-visit for tequila and mezcal lovers, 400 Rabbits is Nottingham’s first and only dedicated Mezcaleria. Hidden up a small alley, this bar offers an incredible Happy Hour from 5 to 8 pm every day, where their cocktails are only £5 each​.

Address: 15-16 Hurts Yard, Nottingham NG1 6JD

10. The Walrus

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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.

Address: 19A King St, Nottingham NG1 2AY

11. The Lacehouse

Second to last of all but last built from older architecture, the Lacehouse is based from 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 day time, but could also be suited to the night time as well.

Source: 14 Broadway, Nottingham NG1 1PS

12. Das Kino

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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.

Address: 22 Fletcher Gate, Nottingham NG1 2FZ

13. Bunk

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Bunk is a popular spot, with three locations in Nottingham. Boasting a cool, casual vibe, it’s an excellent place to start your night. Their wings and cocktails are exceptional, and the ‘Cheeky Tiki’ cocktail, decorated with a glitter stick, is a must-try​.

Address: Various Locations

14. Calluna

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Ready to dance the night away to great house music? Head to Calluna, the pink neon cocktail bar of your dreams. Inspired by nature, it offers unique, handcrafted cocktails and is a favourite spot for Instagram snaps​. If you’re looking for more inspiration for a big night out, check out the best clubs in Nottingham.

Address: 11 Forman St, Nottingham NG1 4AA

15. TIER 

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A cocktail bar that pays homage to cheese, TIER is a standout choice. According to TIER, the best moments in life start with cheese, end with cocktails, and are created within their venue. If you’re a fan of cheese and cocktails, this bar is sure to impress

Address: 38 Pelham St, Nottingham NG1 2EG

Nottingham has some of the best cocktail bars in the UK, from relaxed vibes to dress-up kind of spots. This list included not only the best cocktail bars in Nottingham, but also the best bars for cocktails, so you might be in for a few surprises. If you’re looking for even more ideas on where to go for a drink, check out Nottingham’s best pubs.