Drinking and nightlife in The United Kingdom

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Nottingham

    Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem

    Carved into the cliff below the castle, this atmospheric alehouse claims to be England's oldest pub. Founded in 1189, it supposedly slaked the thirst of departing crusaders, and its warren of rooms and cobbled courtyards make it the most ambient place in Nottingham for a pint.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Conwy

    Albion Ale House

    Born out of a collaboration between four Welsh craft breweries (Purple Moose, Conwy, Nant and Great Orme), this heritage-listed 1920s boozer is a serious beer-drinker's nirvana. Of the 10 hand pulls, eight are loaded with real ale and two with cider. Winner of multiple Wales and North Wales pub-of the-year awards, the Albion looks after wine and whisky drinkers, too.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Cathedral Quarter

    Duke of York

    In a cobbled alleyway off buzzing Hill St, the snug, traditional Duke feels like a living museum. There's regular live music; local band Snow Patrol played some of their earliest gigs here. Outside on Commercial Ct, a canopy of umbrellas leads to an outdoor area covered with murals depicting Belfast life; it takes on a street-party atmosphere in warm weather.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Clerkenwell, Shoreditch & Spitalfields

    Fabric

    The monarch of London's after-hours scene, Fabric is a huge subterranean rave cave housed in a converted meat cold store. Each room has its own sound system, which you'll really feel in Room One – it has a 'bodysonic' vibrating dance floor that's attached to 450 bass shakers, which emit low-end frequencies so the music radiates into your muscles just by standing there.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Kensington & Hyde Park

    Anglesea Arms

    Seasoned with age and decades of ale-quaffing patrons (including Charles Dickens, who lived on the same road, and DH Lawrence), this old-school pub boasts considerable character and a strong showing of beers and gins (over two dozen), while the terrace out front swarms with punters in warmer months. Arch-criminal Bruce Reynolds masterminded the 1963 Great Train Robbery over drinks here.

  • Nightlife in Leeds

    Water Lane Boathouse

    Watch canal boats chug into Granary Wharf from the floor-to-ceiling windows or generous outside seating area at this beer bar, occupying a prime historic spot on the water close enough to clink glasses with boaters. The top-quality global craft beers are pricey, but the setting is hard to beat. There’s also tasty pizza available from £5.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Leeds

    Northern Monk

    So successful has this craft brewery become that its beers are now stocked in UK supermarkets. But it's best drunk at the source, in the brewery's Grade II–listed taproom just south of Leeds city centre in the regeneration 'hood of Holbeck. Draft options run the gamut from hoppy IPAs or rich porters to small-batch collaborations and guest beers; brewery tours also available.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in South Bank

    Oblix

    The views from Oblix on the 32nd floor of the Shard aren’t quite as impressive as the panoramas from the 69th-floor viewing platform, but you’ll still be wowed. Relax with a cocktail (from £13.50) in the stylish bar and enjoy views towards the City, East and South London. Live music or DJ most nights from 7pm. Smart dress recommended.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Leeds

    Headrow House

    A former textile mill and one-time grotty dive pub, the historic building that now houses Headrow House was given a hefty makeover to transform it into the four-floor nightlife venue it is today. The ground-floor beer hall sells its own pilsner straight from tanks lining one wall. Upstairs there’s a cocktail bar and Leeds’ best roof-terrace drinking spot.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Leeds

    North Star Coffee Shop & General Store

    This minimalist cafe and coffee emporium is attached to the production facility of Leeds' first independent roastery, near the Royal Armouries. Watch the daily grind through giant glass doors and inhale the aromas while sampling a flat white and cake (baked fresh on-site each day), or indulge in brunch – the slow-cooked scrambled eggs on a buttery four-cheese rye scone is small yet deliciously decadent.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in City Centre

    Turf Tavern

    Squeezed down an alleyway and subdivided into endless nooks and crannies, this medieval rabbit warren dates from around 1381. The definitive Oxford pub, this is where Bill Clinton famously ‘did not inhale’; other patrons have included Oscar Wilde, Stephen Hawking and Margaret Thatcher. Home to a fabulous array of real ales and ciders, it’s always pretty crowded, but there’s outdoor seating, too.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Leeds

    Laynes Espresso

    Locals have Laynes to thank for the complete reinvention of the Leeds coffee scene; when it opened in 2011 there was nothing else like it in the city. Now expanded and serving excellent all-day brunch – buckwheat pancakes and smashed avocado on toast, naturally – and Yorkshire rarebit alongside strong coffee, it's still the best indie cafe in town for an espresso or flat white.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Clerkenwell, Shoreditch & Spitalfields

    Cocktail Trading Co

    In an area famous for its edgy, don't-give-a-damn attitude, this exquisite cocktail bar stands out for its classiness and cocktail confidence. The drinks are truly unrivalled, from flavours to presentation – bottles presented in envelopes, ice cubes as big as Rubik's Cubes and so on. The decor is reminiscent of a colonial-era gentlemen's club, just warmer and more welcoming.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Clerkenwell, Shoreditch & Spitalfields

    Fox & Anchor

    Behind the Fox & Anchor's wonderful 1898 art-nouveau facade is a stunning traditional Victorian boozer, one of the last remaining market pubs in London that's permitted to serve alcohol before 11am. Fully celebrating its proximity to Smithfield Market, the grub is gloriously meaty. Only the most voracious of carnivores should opt for the City Boy Breakfast (£19.50).

  • Nightlife in Leeds

    North Bar

    This narrow bar has long been an institution in Leeds as a haven of international craft beers. It now brews its own under the banner North Brewing Co, and they're rather good. Drink them here, or visit the brewery taproom (Sheepscar Grove), which is BYO food and open Fridays 4pm to 10pm and Saturdays noon to 10pm, a 10-minute walk north of North Bar.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Brixton, Peckham & South London

    Shrub and Shutter

    Before Shrub and Shutter opened, this part of London was devoid of well-crafted cocktails. Call it gentrification or a sign of the times, but drinkers now come from miles around to sample the mixologist magic poured here. As per the name, drinks often come with greenery in some form, such as a sprig of tarragon or padron-pepper bitters.

  • Nightlife in New Town

    Lucky Liquor Co

    This tiny, black-and-white bar is all about the number 13: 13 bottles of base spirit are used to create a daily menu of 13 cocktails. The result is a playful list with some unusual flavours, such as tonka-bean liqueur, pea purée and lavender absinthe (though not all in the same glass!), served by a fun and friendly crew.

  • Nightlife in Central Glasgow

    Pot Still

    The cheeriest and cosiest of places, the Pot Still has a time-warp feel with its creaky floor and old-style wrought-iron-legged tables. There's a superb whisky selection and knowledgeable staff – constantly up and down ladders to get at bottles – to back it up. Tasty pies (£4) are on hand for solid sustenance.

  • Nightlife in Yorkshire Dales National Park

    Tan Hill Inn

    Built to cater for 19th-century miners, Tan Hill's claim to fame is that it's Britain’s highest pub, at an elevation of 328m (1732ft). It perches in the middle of nowhere about 11 miles northwest of Reeth. At times the howling wind can make it feel a bit wild up here, but inside it's unexpectedly comfortable and welcoming, with an ancient fireplace in the atmospheric, stone-flagged public bar and leather sofas in the lounge.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Clerkenwell, Shoreditch & Spitalfields

    Nightjar

    Behind a nondescript, gold-knobbed door just north of the Old Street roundabout is this bona fide speakeasy, pouring award-winning libations from a four-section menu that delineates the evolution of the cocktail. Leather banquettes, brick-walled booths and art deco liquor cabinets stocked with vintage spirits set the perfect scene for jazz and blues acts that take the stage nightly at 9.30pm.