Cities in the UK are generally crammed full of opportunities for exciting things to do at night. Whether you are interested in British pubs, theatre, music or night clubs, these five UK cities have loads to offer.
Nights out in Newcastle
What to do
Looking for live music in Newcastle? A popular hangout is Tyne Bar. The outdoor stage hosts free musical performances and jam sessions, plus a cool atmosphere with a disco ball spinning under the Glasshouse Bridge. This pub is tucked away on a large grassy area which affords wonderful river views.
If you fancy a more club vibe, the City Vaults bar and club has a great dance floor, and Digital offers club nights and live music. If it’s good beer and a traditional pub atmosphere you want, then Crown Posada with its comfortable Victorian architecture, stained glass windows, dark wood paneling and authentic wall lamps is for you.
Travelling in Newcastle
Night buses in Newcastle run later on Friday and Saturday nights. They serve Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland, Washington, and Durham with convenient central stops. Don’t ride the train of shame! The Last trains from Newcastle depart around 11:00pm. Download the trainline app to plan your journey home in advance.
Nights out in Manchester
What do do
There are lots of things to do at night in Manchester. Nightclubs and bars can be found all over the city. Alter Ego on Princess Street is a favourite hangout of the LGBT crowd. Others might enjoy The Fantasy Bar at Deansgate.
If you’re looking for a party, Manchester is the answer. The Oxford Road Corridor hosts some of the city’s most vibrant clubs. Try out ‘Space‘ and ‘The Deaf Institute‘ for starters. Looking for an alternative to the mainstream? There are dozens of independent bars to discover in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, and the cobbled Canal Street is a world famous LGBT hangout with loads of bars and clubs.
If you’re feeling a little more theatrical, The Opera House in Quay Street plays host to touring musicals, ballet, concerts, and a Christmas show in a beautiful old building. The Manchester Palace theatre is located on Oxford Street. They offer everything from productions of ‘West Side Story’ to ‘West coast’ (a musical review on the work of the Beach Boys).
Travelling in Manchester
There’s no problem getting around Manchester and to nearby towns at night. Buses run later Friday and Saturday, providing central stops and connections to Piccadilly Gardens, Shudehill Interchange and other Manchester city centre areas. Don’t end up on the train of shame! The last trains depart Manchester Piccadilly around 12:00am on weekdays, and slightly earlier on weekends. Use our live train times on the Trainline website or mobile app to make sure you don’t miss the train.
Nights out in London
What to do
As you would expect in the nation’s capital, London’s night life is varied and rich. Nights out in London might start with dinner at any one of London’s fine restaurants such as The Ivy, The Ledbury or La Gavroche. London boasts many nightclubs and bars. The best areas to check out are Central London, Dalston, and Vauxhall.
Live music in London offers something for everyone. You can hear everything from blues and country to Classical and Indie at London’s live music venues. Check out what is going on in Camden, Soho and Shoreditch for starters. London hotels offer lots of options for the weary clubber. The Ritz Club in Piccadilly offers a night club and casino with limo service, as well as a restaurant and an upscale bar.
Travelling in London
It’s very easy to get around London at night and from there to nearby towns. The London bus network has many stops, new buses, more frequent services at night and improved accessibility. A single bus fare costs £1.50. Trains to London run from most major cities.
Nights out in Glasgow
What to do
Night life in Glasgow is legendary. Twenty-five-year-old Sub Club is the hot spot for dance music, with Its low ceiling basement space and top-notch sound system. For the music and nightclub scene, the city centre is where the action is. The finest jukebox in Glasgow lures you through the doors of Nice n’ Sleazy‘s, where you can pop on some of the world’s coolest tunes and enjoy the cheap food. The equally enticing indie madness of Firewater is just a few doors down. The biggest cluster of clubs and bars can be found around Sauchiehall Street. Hotels in Glasgow with night clubs offer the traveller entertainment and accommodations under one roof. Check out Abode and Radisson Blu.
Travelling in Glasgow
Night buses in Glasgow are great for getting around the city, as well as to connect you to other cities like London and Edinburgh. There are 11 late night services departing from Glasgow city centre all weekend. This service operates on a flat fare rate starting at £2. Tickets can be purchased on bus from the driver. Expect some friendly banter with your fellow revelers en-route. Glasgow station is also super close to the town centre, and the metro offers another way to travel around the city. Trains to Glasgow run from London, Edinburgh and Bath.
Nights out in Brighton
What to do
Brighton is legendary on the club scene, with some top venues to make your night. Check out Coalition under the Kings Road Arches for Chart, Dance and Dubstep (plus live music nights). Take a short walk down the beach and you’ll find Volks, which has been running underground club nights on Brighton sea front for 20 years. If you want to line your stomachs before you head out for the evening, grab a bite in one of the city’s fantastic restaurants, such as Burger Brothers or Plateau. If you’ve partied a little too hard and missed the last train from Brighton, why not spend a night at one of Brighton’s cosy little B&B’s, such as Upper Rock Gardens.
Travelling in Brighton
Night buses in Brighton connect with all the Brighton nightclubs for a flat fare which is valid in the city limits. Buses also connect Brighton to Shoreham, Saltdean and Patcham. Night buses run every night from Hove Street to Brighton Marina and from Portslade Station to Sussex University and between Old Steine and the universities. Trains to Brighton depart frequently from London Victoria.
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