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Nightlife in Worcestershire

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.

Nightclub scene

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.

DJ deck

Head out for a night in the lively local nightclubs

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

Live music

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.

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Treat yourself to a performance by classically trained musicians

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

Theatrical fun

Malvern Theatres is the county’s go-to destination for the finest productions on national tours or new works travelling the UK before transferring to the West End. Tense drama, toe-tapping musicals and laugh out loud comedies all feature here. The stylish and contemporary venue, which was given a £7 million refurbishment in 1998 also incorporates the iconic Winter Gardens – renamed the Forum Theatre. Mention the Winter Gardens to any music lover of a certain age in Worcestershire and you’ll receive an excited response as the venue was one of the few places in the county where you could see rock and punk groups from across the UK and overseas.

Well-known bands to have graced the stage include Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, The Jam, The Stranglers and Joy Division and the venue’s fascinating past was the subject of a successful exhibition called Rock Around The Hills at venues in Malvern and Worcester in summer 2019. Three decades on, the Forum Theatre still welcomes household names such as guitarist John Williams and folk veterans Steeleye Span. Located in Bromsgrove in the north of the county, Artrix has gained an excellent reputation for a high quality and diverse programme of events including music, comedy, theatre, dance, visual arts and film.

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Book tickets for a theatre performance during your trip to Worcestershire

Voted Worcestershire’s Best Theatre Venue 2019 in the What’s On Readers Awards, the Slideslow Drive venue has welcomed some of Britain’s best known comedians and also stages a monthly Barnstormers comedy night with three top acts from the national stand up circuit.

Another thriving community arts venue offering excellent options for a memorable evening is Number 8 in High Street, Pershore. Music and drama are on the menu and visitors can also enjoy live screenings of productions at the National Theatre and Royal Opera House.

In the Wyre Forest region of the county, the Rose Theatre in Chester Road North, Kidderminster, hosts both in house amateur and visiting productions plus music nights while The Swan in Stourport-on-Severn High Street has created a shrine to that golden era of music – the Sixties. The Swan’s quirky interior, which features guitars on the wall and music magazines galore, reverberates to the sound of live music of all genres throughout the week all year round. Stourport is determined to keep its visitors, many of whom hail from the neighbouring Black Country and Birmingham, entertained and pubs The Black Swan in Mitton Street and The Lodge in Lombard Street both serve up live music at weekends.

Malvern Theatres is the county’s go-to destination for the finest productions on national tours or new works travelling the UK before transferring to the West End

Independent cinema

Excellent pubs can also be found in Evesham, which sits beside the River Avon and is a busy market town with a splendid abbey. It is also home to the real ale pub The Trumpet Inn and Ye Olde Red Horse, a timber-framed 15th-century coaching inn which regularly appears in the Good Beer Guide. Switching to the silver screen, film buffs won’t have to travel far in Worcestershire to check out the latest blockbusters or low budget gems. Worcester has two multi-screen cinemas, Friar Street-based Vue and Odeon in Foregate Street, and there is also a Vue cinema in Redditch’s Kingfisher Shopping Centre. Reel Cinema in Green Street, Kidderminster is an intimate venue popular with young families.

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Enjoy a pint in the Ye Olde Red Horse

In the south of the county, the Regal Cinema in Teme Street, Tenbury Wells is a charming example of an Art Deco cinema which has been fully restored and fitted with the latest digital projection equipment. It now benefits from a modern heating system, onsite catering facilities, office and in house technicians.

Along with its namesake in Tenbury, the Regal Cinema in Port Street, Evesham also offers a refreshing change from the multi-screen giants. The daytime coffee shop of the Art Deco building turns into a wine bar in the evening alongside bars in the circle and auditorium bars. Audiences can watch films sat at candlelit tables on the ground floor or cosy up in the double love seats, regular seats or one of four royal boxes.

Filmgoers can also be served refreshments from any of the bars, before, during and after the film. Proud of its status as a true community venue, the Regal also hosts live music and comedy nights. Recent performers include Danny Baker and Ed Byrne

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