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Gloucestershire nightlife venues

The choice of nightlife in Gloucestershire can satisfy every taste. Whether you want to sing along to your favourite band or enjoy a peaceful pint beside a crackling log fire in a pub, it’s easy to find something that suits in the county. The Brewery Quarter complex in Cheltenham is a newly-developed centre with a variety of well-known restaurant brands and family-friendly activities. Hollywood Bowl ten-pin bowling is great fun, whether you’re expert or a beginner.

Perhaps an evening of live music appeals? Slad is the birthplace of Laurie Lee (author of Cider with Rosie) and it’s from here that he departed with his violin to fight in the Spanish Civil War. The musical tradition is strong here; there’s a great atmosphere at Laurie’s local pub, the Woolpack, with gigs including acoustic, Irish and blues. Naturally there’s also great beer and food.

For a classy night out, dress up to the nines and head for Under the Prom nightclub in Cheltenham for a buzzing night out. With three bars and premium drinks, it’s particularly popular during Race Week and Cheltenham Festivals. And Atik nightclub in Gloucester models itself on the ‘carefree dance halls of the 20s’ and has a youthful vibe, with student nights, themed party nights and live entertainment. Premium spirits, champagne, prosecco and mixers ensure a quality night out.

Experience nostalgia with performers from some of your favourite bands, as well as a variety of new talent, organised by Cleeve Concerts at Bishop’s Cleeve Tithe Barn. The Grade 2-listed barn seats 200 in comfort in an ancient, oak-beamed hall, with excellent sound and lighting rigs. Beautiful and historic though Cirencester is, it isn’t all about the old days – things can get quite animated at The Vaults, where live music and entertainment ranges from roots and Americana, through Elvis tributes to ‘kick-ass rock’. Somewhere Else is a great place to grab a coffee or lunch and by night there are regular events, such as cocktail masterclasses, and a happy hour for cocktails from 5-7pm.

Our picks

The Tudor Arms
Friends in the pub

Shepherd’s Patch, Gloucester GL2 7BP

The Tudor Arms is a large, family-operated free house, frequently awarded CAMRA’s “Gloucester Country Pub of the Year”, situated beside the Gloucester-Sharpness Canal, and just half a mile from the world-famous Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. The building dates from the 18th century, and was a licensed beer and cider house for the Irish Navigator Soldiers who dug the canal by hand. Today it the fully-licensed premises has two bars offering a range of cask ales – including a guest cask – and keg ales, stouts, lagers and ciders. Visit website

The Sober Parrot

7 St James’ Square, Cheltenham GL50 3PR

The Sober Parrot is the first alcohol-free bar to be set in the heart of Cheltenham offering delicious food to eat in or take away throughout the week. It is a safe, friendly, space for people in recovery and wider communities to meet, socialise, gain new skills and connect – all without the pressures of alcohol… or the hangover! Open three evenings a week, this fun, social environment offers vibrant mocktails, live music and entertainment. Visit website

Mr Mulligan’s Lost World Golf
Mr Mulligans Adventure Golf

Unit 5A, The Brewery Quarter, Henrietta St, Cheltenham GL50 4FA

Situated in Cheltenham’s Brewery Quarter, Mr Mulligan’s Lost World Golf is the perfect addition to this newly-developed area of Cheltenham. Whether you are looking for a family trip out, the perfect children’s party or a late night session with a group of your friends, this unique venue is ready to surprise you. This adventurous 36-hole course riddled with mysterious objects, takes all adventurers on a journey across unidentified landscapes and terrain! Visit website

Bar 50
Glasses of wine

50 Suffolk Road, Cheltenham GL50 2AQ

Situated in the heart of the fashionable Suffolks area in Cheltenham, Bar 50 is a locally-owned business featuring a newly-refitted New York loft style design and an intimate bar offering premium brand spirits, extensive range of cocktails, quality wines and bottled beers. Bar 50 regularly holds different events from cocktail making parties, poker nights, live music events, quiz nights and wine tasting evenings.

The Porch House
Third of beer

1 Digbeth Street, Stow-on-the-Wold, Cheltenham GL54 1BN

Stow is home to the oldest inn in England, The Porch House, now a newly-refurbished hotel, public house and restaurant perfect if you’re looking for somewhere to recharge and relax, a spot for a bite to eat, a cosy pub for a refreshing pint or a place to enjoy a luxurious evening meal. The Porch House radiates heaps of charm and oozes the kind of warmth and comfort that makes you feel right at home. With beginnings dating back as far as 947AD, the place is bursting with atmosphere and character where guests can admire the original timber-framed structure – ordered by Aethelmaer, Duke of Cornwall – the uneven door frames, low slung ceilings, stone walls, and nooks and crannies; perfect as cosy spots to relax with a pint of beer or a cup of coffee. Visit website

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