We have spoken about beer gardens, but sometimes the British weather lets us down. There’s a lot of great bars in Nottingham but deciding which to go to can be hard when there are so many choices. You also need to think about what type of bar you want to go to, whether you’re going with friends, colleagues, or on a date. To make life a little easier, we have rounded up the best bars in Nottingham that you need to go to.

1. Pitcher & Piano

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High Pavement, Nottingham.

They sell all sorts of drinks, including cocktails, and they even offer cocktail masterclasses from just £25 per person so you can learn to make your own. They have plenty of deals on all week round, whether you go on Gin & Thursdays or Fizz Fridays.

2. Lost Caves

George Street, Nottingham.

What’s better than going out for a drink? Going down for a drink in this hidden grotto.  26 feet below Nottingham’s oldest hotel, these caves are lit up by coloured fairy lights, making it really an experience like no other. This amazing location is incredibly hard to find, but it’s worth it if you can. The secrecy is one of the reasons it’s on our list of best bars.

3. The Alchemist

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King Street, Nottingham.

This unconventional cocktail bar and restaurant is definitely one of the best bars in Nottingham as they offer an experience like no other. Their cocktail menu is in the style of a periodic table, and they also use fire and dry ice in some of their cocktails to make it seem like a scientific concoction.

4. House of Coco Tang

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Bridlesmith Gate, Nottingham.

This underground bar is hidden away down an old-style Hong Kong Alley.  It’s open 8 pm until late from Tuesday to Saturdays on Bridlesmith Gate. This bar is always busy, and the atmosphere is very lively and upbeat.

5. The Walrus


King Street, Nottingham.

This vibrant bar is unique in many ways but glows below the streets of Nottingham. They serve unique cocktails and even have beer pong tables. The bar is illuminated by fairy lights and neon signs, which create a great atmosphere.

6. Be At One


Victoria Street, Nottingham.

There are nearly 40 Be At One bars across the UK, so there’s no surprise that there’s one in Nottingham too. Located on Victoria Street, they have a weekly happy hour, a great selection of cocktails and they also do masterclasses so you can learn how to make your own.

7. Tilt

Pelham Street, Nottingham.

This candlelit bar offers a huge selection of drinks, including unique cocktails, as well as food. Their cocktail artists can also make nearly any cocktail you want upon request. They also have a weekly happy hour. Definitely a top choice, especially for dates.

8. Revolution


The Cornerhouse, Hockley.

This classy bar is in the heart of the city centre, and they have a smart casual dress code, so if you want to go out  in sportswear then do that another night when you don’t want to go to Revolution. They also have food on offer, as well as a variety of music playing.

9. Canal House

Canal Street, Nottingham

This bar is on the lower floors of a grade 2 listed building, that was the former canal museum. They have over 250 different types of beer on offer from around the world, and even serve roast dinners on Sunday. The canal house also has a function room that can fit 200 people!

10. Volt Club

Lace Market, Nottingham

This bar is located deep in the lace market in an old warehouse building. As the building is so big it can hold 750 people, and there is plenty of space to dance. You can also hire some of their private booths for special occasions or events, and on Saturdays they have special guest DJ’s.

For more things to do in Nottingham, checkout our guide to the best happy hours in Nottingham!

Last Updated on October 21, 2022