There’s plenty to do on an evening in Worcestershire and here are some of the best venues for a traditional pint or live music. 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.
Moving on to the live music scene, Worcester’s much-loved Marr’s Bar 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 live music options continue with independent venue Worcester Arts Workshop while Bottles Wine Bar and Drummonds, Monroe’s Cellar Bar, The Firefly, Heroes and The Lamb and Flag 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 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 and the recently-opened Wall 2 Wall cocktail bar in Kidderminster, are also worth a visit – the latter has a DJ at weekends.
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.
Ye Olde Red Horse
17 Vine St, Evesham WR11 4RE
Ye Olde Red Horse is a timber-framed 15th-century coaching inn which regularly appears in the Good Beer Guide. Make yourself at home with a pint of real ale, draught beer, traditional cider, a glass or even a bottle of wine.
New St, Worcester WR1 2DL
Alexander’s is a late night venue ideal for everything from a casual drink to a VIP celebration. Located in Worcester’s 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. Visit website
Chester Rd N, Kidderminster DY10 2RX
Kidderminster’s only theatre is home to the Nonentities, a talented amateur company formed over 80 years ago, who produce a varied season of entertaining and thought-provoking plays. Rose Theatre also welcome professional theatre companies, musical shows and comedy acts – there is always something new to see. Visit website
Keystones Cocktail Club
1 Copenhagen St, Worcester WR1 2HB
Keystones Cocktail Club 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. Visit website
The Moors, Worcester WR1 3ED
See live entertainment right in the heart of Worcestershire at Worcester’s premier arts venues: The Swan Theatre & Huntingdon Hall. The Swan Theatre, a stone’s throw away from the city centre, has been entertaining audiences for over 50 years with top-notch theatre, live music, dance, comedy and spoken word, and is home to the internationally-recognised Worcester Repertory Company. The spectacular 18th-century, Grade 2-listed Huntingdon Hall, located in the Crowngate Shopping Centre, has seen the likes of Eddie Izzard, Van Morrison and Jenny Eclair step through its doors. This unique and intimate venue continues to wow audiences with its fantastic offering of comedy, spoken word, live music and theatre. Visit website
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