Whether you’re looking for live entertainment or just somewhere with a lively atmosphere, Leicestershire can deliver a memorable night out. If it’s a drink you are interested in, check out the flamboyant The Turkey Café one of Leicester’s most iconic buildings. Constructed in 1901, it has survived two world wars and was restored to its former glory in 2014 and is now a cafe by day and a cocktail bar by night.
At 45 West Bottle Shop and Bar, you will find a fine of spirits, wines, craft beers and cocktails. The gin selection includes Leicestershire’s very own Burleigh’s. This locally-distilled gin uses a blend of botanicals sourced from Burleigh Wood, in Charnwood.
The county is known for its breweries, the largest of which is Everards. Today, there are more than 175 Everards pubs across the East Midlands and local favourite, Tiger Copper Ale, is the official beer of the Leicester Tigers rugby team. Look out for ales from the Langton Brewery in Market Harborough. The brewery is known for its craft ales, including Inclined Plane amber ale, Union Wharf copper ale and Leicester Line auburn ale.
Music lovers, rock music in particular, flock to Download Festival – a British created rock festival, held annually at Donington Park in England.
The Shed, on Yeoman Street, Leicester, has been a popular spot for fans of live music for decades. It is still one of the best places to see local bands and emerging talent from all over the country. The Musician, on Clyde Street, and The Soundhouse, on Southampton Street, offer similar line-ups. Check their calendars before you go, for information and availability.
The Cookie, on High Street, is another well-loved independent venue, hosting a calendar of fantastic live music and comedy. In addition to some amazing local and little-known talents, famous names including Royal Blood, George Ezra, Jon Richardson and Sean Walsh have all appeared here. If you love stand-up comedy, there are three Just the Tonic Comedy Clubs in the city centre. The clubs are known for their mix of high-profile comedians and virtual unknowns.
45 West Bottle Shop and Bar
4 Hotel St, Leicester LE1 5AW
45 West is an independent bottle shop and bar situated in the heart of Leicester, just a stone’s throw away from Leicester Cathedral, boasting a carefully-selected range of quality wine, premium spirits and craft beer. From signature G&Ts and an extensive cocktail menu to an eclectic offering of fine wines, craft beers and premium spirits from the world over, we have it all to discover. Elegantly decorated with a great atmosphere, 45 West is the perfect venue to meet, drink and enjoy! Visit website
The Fan Club
41 Abbey St, Leicester LE1 3TE
Popular with both the younger and older crowd, The Fan Club, on Abbey Street, offers a taste of nostalgia. On Fridays the club hosts its popular Atomic 80s night. On Saturdays the club extends to three rooms. Choose room one for 90s hits, room two for hip hop and RnB, or room three for non-stop indie hits. Visit website
5 Yeoman St, Leicester LE1 1UT
The Shed, on Yeoman Street, Leicester, has been a popular spot for fans of live music for decades. It is still one of the best places to see local bands and emerging talent from all over the country. Visit website
33 Cank Street
33 Cank St, Leicester LE1 5GX
Leicester’s Cank Well was once the city’s water source and a focal point for locals to share gossip and divulge secrets. Today, it’s known as 33 Cank Street. This bar occupies a prime location in St. Martin’s, where it serves up a selection of artisan and virgin cocktails, tasty tapas and occasional live music. Visit website
28 Southampton St, Leicester LE1 1SJ
The Soundhouse is the city’s premier independent live music venue located in the heart of Leicester’s cultural quarter. Catering for both local and touring bands of an array of genres and aiming to provide an enjoyable experience for all music lovers! The venue is also home to one of the best loved and respected open mic nights in the city every Tuesday night with Rhett Barrow. Whilst maintaining a pub type atmosphere and ambience, The Soundhouse incorporates a professional stage, great sound system and lighting from highly experienced in-house technicians. Visit website
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