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Nightlife and Entertainment in Plymouth - Pubs, Clubs, and Music

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Plymouth offers many ways to enjoy an evening out, from the traditional pubs in the Barbican to the more modern clubs in the city centre. There’s al fresco clubbing with a harbor view and plenty of live music. If it’s a good scare you’re after, there’s even a blood-chilling "haunted" tour of Plymouth’s historic cobblestone streets.

Traditional taverns

 

In a city with so much history, there’s definitely the feeling you want to be a part of it. And lifting a glass at a place where others have done the same for hundreds of years is a great way to start. Concentrated in the Barbican, Plymouth’s traditional pubs and taverns are great for drinks, hearty food, and a warm atmosphere.

 

The Fisherman’s Arms

 

Tucked away at the bottom of Lambhay Street (look for the sign), this little gem of a pub is a perfect place to have a pint by the fire and enjoy some great food. Make sure to leave room for dessert - the sticky toffee pudding is renowned.

 

31 Lambhay Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NNTel: +44 1752 268243

 

The Fisherman’s Arms website

 

The Minerva Inn

 

The Minerva Inn is the oldest public house in Plymouth, dating from around 1540. Its timber frames were constructed from wood salvaged from wrecked warships of the Spanish Armada. It’s possible Sir Francis Drake himself drank here.

 

31 Looe St, Plymouth PL4 0EA. Tel: +44 1752 223047

 

The Minerva Inn website

Clubs and cocktails

 

Plymouth isn’t all salty dogs and pints of ale - there’s another side as well. Check out the clubs and cocktail bars in the city centre. For the younger crowd, North Hill is “student party land,” offering late-night venues that get packed out at weekends.

 

Tigermilk at the Duke

 

This hidden treasure of a cocktail bar in the basement of the Duke of Cornwall Hotel is a great place to relax with a classic mixed drink. Thought by many to serve the best cocktails in the city, the bar staff is knowledgeable and friendly.

 

The Duke of Cornwall Hotel, Millbay Road, Plymouth PL1 3LG. Tel: +44 1752 275858

 

Tigermilk at the Duke website

 

The Dairy Bar Private Lounge

 

If you’re looking for somewhere a little more lively, The Dairy is a good choice. The downstairs bar has a great atmosphere and dancing, while the private lounge upstairs offers more upscale drinks.

 

25-27 Bretonside, Plymouth PL4 0BB. Tel: +44 1752 319067

 

The Dairy Bar Private Lounge website

 

Live Music

 

Plymouth has a strong live music scene with many options in different styles, from modern to jazz to alternative. The best places for live music centre around Plymouth University on North Hill and Mutley Plain, a 10-minute walk from the city centre.

 

Annabel's Cabaret and Discotheque

 

Annabel’s is a large club with a varied calendar of nightly live entertainment, from comedy, to burlesque, to live bands.

 

88 Vauxhall Street, Plymouth PL4 0EY. Tel: +44 1752 260555

 

Annabel's Cabaret and Discotheque website

 

Goodbody’s Jazz Bar

 

If a glass of wine and some jazz sounds right, Goodbody’s, with its Moroccan lanterns and romantic sofas, could be your spot. Monday night is Blues Night.

 

49 Mutley Plain, Plymouth PL4 6JG. Tel: +44 1752 206469

 

Goodbody’s Jazz Bar website

 

Plymouth Ghost Walk

 

For a different take on Plymouth’s colourful history, why not take a nighttime walk along the age-old cobblestone streets with Kevin Hynes, a professional paranormal investigator? Hear frightful stories from Plymouth’s years gone by, and explore the inns and dwellings that still bear shadows of the past.

 

Haunted Plymouth

 

Only offered on the first Sunday of every month, or for private parties of 10 or more, this is a very popular event that’s worth planning for.

 

Haunted Plymouth website