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Bath nightlife venues

Whether you’re looking for live entertainment or just somewhere with a lively atmosphere, Bath can deliver a memorable night out and here is some of the best nightlife. One of Bath’s leading live entertainment venues is Komedia, which hosts more than 400 events each year, and is well-known for its two Saturday night events: the Krater Comedy Club, and Motorcity, Bath’s biggest club night. Alternatively, you can marvel at magicians on a Saturday night in the surroundings of Krowd Keepers, a tiny 35-seat theatre housed in The Ale House. These one-woman or one-man shows feature some impressive close-up tricks and are excellent value. Afterwards you can move downstairs to Sleight Bar for a few cocktails and some more close-up magic.

If you’re looking for a traditional, old-fashioned pub in which to sup your pint, the welcoming and co-operatively-owned Bell Inn is a great place to start. This historic free house and music venue is perched on the edge of the city centre. If whisky is your tipple, The Hideout, hidden away in the historical lanes of Tudor Bath boasts an impressive range of Scottish single malts and gin-lovers should not miss The Canary Gin Bar. Bath’s best-known LGBTQ+ club is Mandalyns, which has a retro feel and incorporates both a dance floor area and a quieter ‘Snugg’ in the back bar where you can kick back, talk and even play traditional board games.

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Century Casino
Roulette at a casino

Saw Close, Bath BA1 1EY

Century Casino is an extra addition to the city’s entertainment options. Set across three floors, the casino features a luxurious cocktail lounge with its own balcony overlooking the newly-developed Saw Close and the Theatre Royal. It is within walking distance of some of the best hotels and restaurants the city has to offer, so combine your stay with a trip to the casino and come enjoy a unique occasion with friends – drinking cocktails late into the night and sampling the best tables, slot machines and gaming terminals in the West Country. Visit website

Sub 13
Wine glasses

Edgar Buildings, 4, George Street, Bath BA1 2EE

Sub 13 has a rare blend of big city metropolitan style but in friendly, intimate surroundings. It attracts a varied clientele, like after-work drinkers to urban socialites, who flock to the low-lit space with its sweeping leather booths and sophisticated drinks which are served until late six days a week. Visit website

The Hideout
Cocktail at The Hideout

1 Lilliput Court, Bath BA1 1ND

After years of being buried, being thought lost forever, The Hideout has emerged once more. For whiskey connoisseurs and casual drinkers both, you will find a world of tastes and flavours. The superbly knowledgeable barkeeps’ can advise you while you relax in an original and exclusive environment. Visit, bask in the history and share a drink with the reprobates of the past and present. Multi-award-winning bar catering for every need. Visit website

Dark Horse Bar

7A Kingsmead Square, Bath BA1 2AB

Relaxed and atmospheric, the Dark Horse Bar has earned a well-deserved reputation as one of Bath’s finest cocktail bars, so it’s worth booking a table in advance if your heart’s set on going there. With a well-considered play list and lovely décor, the vibe is low-key and the staff are friendly yet professional. They also have an excellent knowledge of cocktails, pay great attention to detail, and champion local, raw ingredients whenever possible to create their extensive menu of cocktails, including some interesting and unusual mixes. Visit website

Opium Bar

The Vaults, Spring Gardens Road, Bathwick, Bath BA2 6PJ

Enter the incense-filled Opium Bar and you’ll find an off-beat, stylish interior incorporating period pieces – Victoriana and Bohemian Louis IV right through to the Renaissance – alongside various contemporary items, creating a chic, modern bar with a twist. You can enjoy some classic cocktails as well as modern ‘house’ varieties, Martinis, fine wines, and world beers, then if you get peckish you can order some olives or nuts to enjoy with your drinks. Visit website

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