You’ve probably heard about Nottingham’s nightlife already. The city's gig venues, nightclubs, and late night hangouts are always buzzing with students. The nights here are spontaneous and full of energy – from bars dedicated to ping pong to pubs rumoured to the be oldest in England, there’s an exciting new adventure around every corner.
Nottingham has received twelve consecutive ‘Purple Flag’ awards since 2010 – it reflects the diversity, value, entertainment, and above all safety of a night out in Nottingham.
Relax in proper pubs
Traditional pubs are at the centre of Nottingham's community spirit. Whether you're after a quiet daytime pint while watching the racing, a mid-week refuel, or a place to watch the footie on a Saturday, we've got you covered.
Nottingham's pride and joy, Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, is widely considered the oldest pub in England, dating back to 1189 AD. If you care about proper beer, you can sample some locally brewed ales in Sir John Borlase Warren, Canal House or The Navigation.
Nobody should feel left out because they don't drink. That's why we're proud to be in a city that offers a wealth of choice for those who don't drink or are just looking for a dry night out.
Vibrant, welcoming and alcohol-free, Cafe Sobar is an alternative social space for anyone looking for a sober experience. Located just off Old Market Square, the cafe is run by Double Impact, a local drug and alcohol recovery charity. They host a range of events including live music and comedy performances, art exhibitions and more.
There's always something going on in Nottingham, so keep an eye out for open mic nights, poetry slams and quizzes across the city. Nottingham Glee Club is also worth a visit for a great night of laughs from both familiar faces and up-and-coming comedians.
Get your game on
Fancy yourself as an arcade master? Funstation is packed with fun activities and games to play with your friends such as bowling, arcade racers and carnival machines – hit the arcade and see what prizes you can win!
Board games, card games, and vegan-friendly food – what’s not to like? The Dice Cup embraces the inclusive, community atmosphere you’ll find across Nottingham. Located just up the road from the Victoria Centre and with over 900 games to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice. It’s a great option for those seeking a quiet space to interact with others, or just enjoy cake while studying.
Put your problem solving and teamwork skills to the test at Escapalogic, which houses eight escape rooms that will push you to the limit as you crack codes, reveal hidden doors and work together to escape. It’s a thrilling and immersive experience, just 10 minutes away from our City Campus.
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