Nightlife in Worcestershire has it all. Anyone who walks through Worcester’s city centre streets every Friday and Saturday evening will be aware that this is a city that loves to have a good time. Whether you want to boogie into the early hours, chat with friends over a cocktail, listen to a live band, watch a hot new cinema release or enjoy a star-studded West End theatre production, Worcester and the wider county of Worcestershire have plenty to offer.
Let’s begin with a head-long dive into Worcester’s lively nightclub scene. Its largest nightlife venue and the partner venue of the University of Worcester Students Union, Tramps in Angel Place has three huge rooms and is well known for guest appearances by Snoop Dogg, Professor Green, The X Factor winner James Arthur and Skepta. Tramps has two partner venues. Velvet Lounge is a stylish over 21s venue offering a lively atmosphere across three rooms and an eclectic mix of music including funky house, smooth R’n’B and Motown classics while Mode Sports Bar & Grill is the place to watch live sports events on 20 HD TVs.
Also located in the city centre is Alexander’s, a late night venue ideal for everything from a casual drink to a VIP celebration. Located in New Street, the club’s layout and décor have been inspired by sophisticated London night spots and groove hunters will discover three chic and upmarket rooms. One of Worcester’s must-visit hotspots, Bushwackers is renowned for its DJs and evening events. Nicknamed Bushies by the locals, the Trinity Street venue gets busier as the night goes on and there are three bars to choose from plus a downstairs R’n’B cave known as The Crypt.
Partner venue Sin Nightclub in New Street is the traditional starting point for nights out and parties. Part of the London Cocktail Clubs family, Keystones Cocktail Club in Copenhagen Street has established an impressive reputation for its bartenders and drinks gurus, who create an easy-going vibe in vaulted underground rooms decorated with pop art and graffiti. Outside the Worcester area, Marilyn’s in Bridge Street, Evesham is a firm fixture on the town’s social scene since 1985 while Nubu in Dixon Street, Kidderminster welcomes reality TV favourites for meet and greets.
Moving on to the live music scene, Worcester’s much-loved Marr’s Bar in Pierpoint Street was designed by musicians for musicians and it’s an ethos which is certainly appreciated by the acts who have appeared here. The sound quality is exceptional as you’d expect from a state-of-the-art sound system manned by experienced in house engineers. The building was originally a dance studio and still has the original sprung dance floors installed in 1958 – so there’s no excuse not to get on your feet! Every Wednesday is Jam Night with all types of instruments set up for anyone who wants to turn up and play. Acoustic hour for singers and songwriters keen to try a couple of sessions is followed by the house band with guest players.
Velvet Lounge is a stylish over 21s venue offering a lively atmosphere across three rooms and an eclectic mix of music including funky house, smooth R’n’B and Motown classics
Widely regarded as Worcester’s most prestigious live music and entertainment venue, Countess of Huntingdon’s Chapel was a Methodist church in the early 18th century. In the late 1970s it was bought by the city council and re-opened as Huntingdon Hall in 1987. More than 30 years on, this unusual concert venue with its wooden box pews is a leading venue for folk music but is also known for comedy, classical music, blues, jazz, world music and blues as well as spoken word events. Located in Deansway, Huntingdon Hall is also home to the Astaria String Quartet and the world-renowned English Symphony Orchestra.
Huntingdon Hall’s partner in rhyme and rhythm is The Swan Theatre, in The Moors, which hosts live music nights covering a wide range of genres alongside theatrical productions. Rapidly making an impression on the city’s night time scene is The Sociable Beer Company in Britannia Road. Every Friday night is live music night at the brewery and the stage has been graced by rock, blues, roots, folk and country music bands.
The live music options continue with independent venue Worcester Arts Workshop in Sansome Street while Bottles Wine Bar and Drummonds, both in New Street, Monroe’s Cellar Bar in Foregate Street, The Firefly in Lowesmoor, Heroes in Friar Street and The Lamb and Flag in The Tything all have a loyal following of gig enthusiasts. If a drink and a catch up with friends is more your night time thing, then Worcester has plenty of welcoming pubs and bars in the city centre. Top picks in Worcester include Primo Bar & Dining in Sidbury, Hand in Glove in College Street and Foregate Street trio Tonic Craft Beer & Cocktail Bar, No 35 Wine Bar and Bolero Bar & Kitchen.
Independent cocktail, wine and gin bar Decanter Spirit in Bromsgrove High Street and the recently-opened Wall 2 Wall cocktail bar in Exchange Street, Kidderminster, are also worth a visit – the latter has a DJ at weekends. For a rather more structured evening out, Worcestershire has an impressive selection of arts venues showcasing actors, dancers, comedians and musicians at the top of their game.
Located in Deansway, Huntingdon Hall is also home to the Astaria String Quartet and the world-renowned English Symphony Orchestra