On the lookout for Nottingham’s best-kept secrets? Then you are definitely in the right place. Check out this guide to discover the best Secret Bars that Nottingham has to offer.
Location: 36b Carlton Street, Nottingham, NG1 1NN
Boilermaker is definitely one of the most out-of-the-ordinary venues in Nottingham. Without spoiling the fun too much – this venue from afar appears to be an industrial boilermaker’s store, but much more is to be found when heading through the venue’s secret passage! The speakeasy is famous for its whacky drink concoctions – some including Crunchy Nut infused rum, beetroot and even smoky bacon. Don’t be fooled by this one’s exterior. Boilermaker is a must-go for those seeking something out of the box. For more unique bars in Nottingham, check out this guide.
Location: 20 Carlton Street, Nottingham, NG1 1NN
For one so well hidden, Nottingham’s Hockley Arts Club boasts an impressively expansive space for drinking and dining. Hidden behind the bustling streets of Hockley in the heart of Nottingham, The Hockley Arts Club is spread over three floors which each offer guests a different atmosphere, from old-fashioned to cosy to picturesque. The top floor ‘Electric Garden’ is a great hit among visitors, enclosed with cherry blossoms and vibrant lighting which will transport you to another world – this room is even available for hire for special events.
Location: 2A George Street, Nottingham, NG1 3BE
Tucked away many feet beneath Nottingham’s oldest hotel, the Mercure, The Lost Caves are one of Nottingham’s best-kept secrets. You may have gathered from the name; The Lost Caves are located within Nottingham’s historic cave system which dates back to the dark ages, making it quite a spectacular setting to enjoy some top-notch drinks. The venue itself is dim and atmospheric, lit by candles and colour-changing lights. The Lost Caves are renowned for serving aromatic gin and tonics, but also have an extensive choice of beer and wine.
Location: 5,7 Carlton Street, Nottingham, NG1 1NL
Like The Lost Caves, Lost Property is also located within The Mercure Hotel. A visit to Lost Property is definitely an experience in itself, upon entry you can expect a subtle inspection and will need to answer questions such as ‘are you lost’ or ‘do you have a ticket’ in order to enter the lost property room. When following through to the lost property room, this mysterious, distinctive façade reveals a speakeasy, surrounded by old suitcases, trunks, coins and books, replicating a 1920s-esque lost property room. Drinks are similarly served in a unique fashion, with many exciting twists on classic cocktails to enjoy.
Location: 17 ¾ Trinity Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2AN
Located in Trinity Square, The Secret Garden is an open-air bar which is perfect for those warm summer nights. Formerly an overgrown wasteland, the Secret Garden has been transformed into a green haven complete with blooming flowers and outdoor deckchair seating. Drinks are reasonably priced, with beers from £4 and happy hour cocktails available throughout the week. The venue is somewhat a mystery to find, but lookout for an SG sign by the entrance, and you will be on your way.
With three locations across Nottingham’s city centre, Bunk is a massive hit among the people of Nottingham. Bunk is a chain unique to the Midlands, renowned for serving tasty wings and cocktails in a trendy, underground bunker setting. Happy hour runs at all of Bunk’s bars from 5-10 pm, and with cocktails starting at £6.50, it is certainly a student-friendly option. Some of their classic cocktails include the Drumstick, Parma Violet and Zombie. Their wings are also absolutely not to be missed.