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Shropshire nightlife venues

Whether you’re looking for live entertainment or just somewhere with a lively atmosphere, Shropshire can deliver a memorable night out. These are just a few of our favourite places where you can have a drink.

If it’s pubs you are interested in, check out The Plough Inn at Wistanstow, near Craven Arms which is home to the famous Wood Brewery. Ludlow Brewery is literally a few yards from the town’s railway station, and the Three Tuns in Bishop’s Castle is one of the county’s oldest pubs.

Other top county tipples include Stonehouse Brewery in Oswestry, the Ironbridge Brewery, plus the Battlefield and Salopian Breweries of Shrewsbury. Probably the best-known nightclub in Shropshire is The Buttermarket in Shrewsbury.

Nightlife in Shropshire also includes cinemas, quirky arts venues and market town nightclubs. Southwater is home to the county’s largest cinema – Cineworld Telford – which has 11 screens, including a giant IMAX screen and D-Box seats, which move to simulate the action.

Our picks

Riverbank Bar & Kitchen

Victoria Quay, Victoria Avenue, Shrewsbury SY1 1HH

The Riverbank Bar & Kitchen is located on Shrewsbury’s Northern edge of the the River Severn on Victoria Quay. The restaurant boasts a stunning river side setting, offering fresh modern Mediterranean cuisine and rustic furnishings and interiors. The menu offers a unique combination of hearty Mediterranean cuisine and wholesome British classics, including a choice of innovative dishes with comfortable favourites. This combined with the informal but excellent service creates a dining experience you are sure you will enjoy again and again. The cocktail lounge provides an extensive selection of ingenious, perfectly prepared cocktails, from prohibition classics to new infusions and flavours. Shaken, merged, muddled and stirred – just for you! Visit website

The Buttermarket

Howard St, Shrewsbury SY1 2LF

Probably the best-known nightclub in Shropshire is The Buttermarket, in Shrewsbury, with its neo-classical columns either side of the doorway, and original arched cellars dating back to the 19th century. After a £2 million refit, it’s been given a new lease of life as a multi-purpose venue very much fit for the 21st century. As well as weekly themed club nights including Skint, Pounded and Boombox, it has one of Europe’s largest light and laser shows, not to mention a spectacular Wurlitzer organ. You’ll go a long way to find a venue with that sort of combination! Visit website

The Old Orleton Inn
Beer taps

378 Holyhead Rd, Wellington, Telford TF1 2HA

Dating from the 17th century, the former coaching inn was transformed into a charming boutique hotel, with a bar that’s welcoming and open all day, all week long. Come along and enjoy happy hour with £1 off all draught products and wines 3pm to 6pm Monday to Friday. Renowned locally for a comprehensive selection of carefully-prepared vegetarian, fish and meat dishes, The Old Orleton Inn uses only fresh, quality produce, sourced locally whenever possible. Visit website


Entrance Via Havana Republic, 18 Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury SY2 6AE

At C:21 it’s charts hits and blasts from the past all the way, including 1970s and 1980s-themed nights. If you want to get down and dirty with funkier R’n’B and dance anthems or enjoy resident pianists, check out sister venue Spirit Champagne Bar on a Friday and Saturday night. C:21 has been voted the best overall venue in Shropshire and the best nightclub in Shropshire in the Best Bar None Awards.

The Edge Arts Centre

Much Wenlock TF13 6NB

The Edge Arts Centre, in Much Wenlock, is a vibrant rural community arts centre with a full programme of cinema, theatre, dance, music, comedy, literature and student productions. Visit website

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