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Dumfries and Galloway nightlife venues

Whether you’re looking for live entertainment or just somewhere with a lively atmosphere, Dumfries and Galloway can deliver a memorable night out. These are just a few of our favourite places where you can have a drink. The Venue in Dumfries stages national touring bands and showcases local talent, too. It becomes a nightclub after 11pm and The SkyBar is on the floor above. Chancers Nightclub is the other main late night spot offering a generous selection of drinks promotions. Dickies Bar is a great place to watch live sport on the screens, and is themed on local football team Queen of the South. Deja Vu has also built a reputation for sports viewing and live music.

For those more interested in the big screen, The Robert Burns Centre shows a diverse range of films including foreign language movies, low-budget and short films, animation and documentaries. Youll find it in the centre of Dumfries, on the banks of the River Nith. Away from the town, The Cinema in Newton Stewart, with its classic Art Deco frontage, is a community venture open from Wednesday to Sunday. Live music and theatre is staged occasionally, as well as the usual film programme. The Buccleuch Centre in Langholm stages a wide range of touring bands, theatre productions and local talent. And its also earned a reputation for great food before showtime if you get down early.


Our picks


The Lairds Inn
Cheers

Castle Cary, Newton Stewart DG8 7DG

Situated in Castle Cary in Creetown, The Lairds Inn is set around a 14th-century castle that offers an unrivalled setting and views. The pub serves delicious meals using locally-sourced ingredients wherever possible, whilst the bar serves a great selection of beers, spirits, non-alcoholic beverages and an extensive wine list. Featuring three open fires, The Lairds Inn pride ourselves on a warm welcome, service and great pub food. Visit website


The Globe Inn
The Globe Inn

56 High St, Dumfries DG1 2JA

Head to The Globe Inn for a good night out surrounded by the memory of many more. The Globe retains many original features from the time when national poet Robert Burns named it as his ‘local’, including verses on the window panes and the chair on which he sat. Visit website


The Venue
Live music

6-7 Church Place, Dumfries DG1 1BW

The Venue is a two-floored nightclub and live concert hall located in the centre of Dumfries right beside the Rabbie Burns Statue. Its Live Lounge is open almost every Friday and Saturday from 8pm. It’s the only fully equipped live music venue for miles around, so if you want to see and hear a band at their best, The Venue is the place to do it. The recently-refurbished nightclub is open at the weekend from 11pm-3am. The refurbishment has brought an all-new clubbing experience to Dumfries with a new style-bar set in modern contemporary surroundings, new state of the art lighting and comfortable chill-out area. The Venue stock a variety of competitively priced branded drinks. Visit website


The Selkirk Arms
Whisky bar

High Street, Kirkcudbright DG6 4JG

The Selkirk Arms is home to good food and warm hospitality. It’s open for food daily 12pm-2pm and 6pm-9pm, with al fresco dining available in the secret garden. Please phone for table reservations and keep up to date with special offers and menus online. Visit website


The Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre
Robert Burns Film Theatre

Mill Rd, Dumfries DG2 7BE

For those interested in the big screen, The Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre screens a diverse range of films including foreign language movies, low-budget and short films, animation and documentaries. You’ll find it in the centre of Dumfries, on the banks of the River Nith. Visit website


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