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Derbyshire and the Peak District nightlife venues

When the sun sets a whole raft of lively and delightful options become available in Derbyshire and the Peak District. It has more than its fair share of bars and pubs as well as one or two clubs, including the Blue Note Nightclub, which has been the pinnacle of night life in Derby for more than 30 years, playing host to many of the city’s most talented DJs. MOSH, in Derby, is an alternative nightclub where you can experience a huge genre of music, from Indie, Urban and Dance to Pop and Punk across the club’s three floors.

For a taste of Cuban music, then Revolución de Cuba, located on The Strand right in the heart of Derby, is the place. The Cathedral Quarter is Derby City centre’s premier destination for night life. In the evening, the Cathedral Quarter is transformed into a hive of activity with a plethora of bars, pubs and nightclubs in which to socialise or dance the night away.

The Flowerpot is a landmark real ale pub, hotel and nationally-recognised live music venue, located in the heart of the city’s Cathedral Quarter. Other real ale pubs in and around Derby include The Exeter Arms and Mr Grundy’s Tavern. The Rectory in Chesterfield sits adjacent to the town’s famous Crooked Spire. It offers award-winning craft ales alongside a fine cocktail selection. It’s the perfect place to sit back and unwind. At Bottle and Thyme, great rustic food meets botanical cocktails. It offers a locally-sourced menu, specialty coffee, a vast range of cocktails and live music.

Fancy a giggle? Then The Loft in Matlock plays host to the award-winning Manford’s Comedy Club which takes place on the first Friday of the month. Renowned comedian, Jason Manford sends four of the very best from the comedy circuit who are guaranteed to have you laughing throughout the night.


Our picks


Rose & Crown
Friends in a pub

104 Old Road, Chesterfield S40 2QT

With a hand-picked selection of real ales and a lively events calendar, the Rose & Crown provides a friendly and progressive take on a time-honoured British experience. Truly a pub for all seasons and all tastes. Enjoy a pint of the award-winning ‘Golden Bud’ in the Summer, a snifter of sweet, dark ‘Winter Bock’ after the fall or a glass of rousing ‘Jerusalem’ in the Spring. The range is wide and the choice is yours. Visit website


The Crispin Inn
Pints on a table

22 Church Street, Ashover, Chesterfield S45 0AB

The Crispin Inn, a popular Peak District pub in the unspoilt village of Great Longstone, close to Chatsworth House, The Monsal Trail and the market town of Bakewell offers an award-winning cellar and good pub food served daily. The blackboard menu at the pub is changed on a regular basis to reflect seasonal availability. Choices might include home-made pies, sandwiches, omelettes, curries, home-made burgers, steaks, jacket potatoes, children’s meals and much more. The beer garden offers a pleasant, sunny corner where customers can enjoy a refreshing drink or a meal – hopefully in the shade of the parasols!


The Barrel Inn
Wine glasses

Bretton, Hope Valley S32 5QD

Laying claim to being the highest pub in Derbyshire, The Barrel Inn is surrounded by breathtaking scenery in the Peak District National Park. On a good day, you can see five counties. Dating back to 1597, the pub still keeps its traditional charm with low-beamed ceilings, flagged floors, studded doors and open log fires. Real ales complement the bar along with a comprehensive wine list. Food is served at lunchtime and in the evenings, and is locally-sourced as much as possible.


The Old Sun
Serving beer

33 High Street, Buxton SK17 6HA

Fully refurbished in 2017, The Old Sun has been sympathetically styled with oak panelling, stone floors and low beams with roaring log fires and beautiful outdoor areas providing the perfect spot in summer. It offers six well-kept cask ales, top-quality lagers, fantastic wine list and an epic gin and spirits range. The menu is served every lunch and evening and is full of brilliant British classics created by the venue’s team of chefs. Visit website


The Packhorse Inn
Pint of beer

Main Street, Little Longstone, Bakewell DE45 1NN

The Packhorse Inn lies near Monsal Dale in the beautiful Peak District and has served as a watering hole for locals and travellers alike since 1787. Roaring fires and a great atmosphere welcome you in this cosy and tiny pub that has changed little in years. A choice of five cask ales are available, mostly from the award-winning local Thornbridge Brewery which has made this pub a regular in the Good Beer Guide. Food is from ever-changing blackboards with an emphasis on local foods such as buffalo, venison, cheeses from nearby Hartington, local game and puddings from Bakewell. Visit website


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