40-42 North Hill, Plymouth, PL4 8ET. Tel. 01752 672218
Very popular with students (they get to play pool free!), this bar is right opposite the main uni campus in the middle of the North Hill drinking and partying strip. Various drinks are available for £1 on Thursday “pound a pint” night.
Sherwell Arcade, North Hill, Plymouth, PL4 8LH. Tel. 01752 672 116
One of the liveliest bars on the North Hill strip. Good choice of cocktails, poles for uninhibited dancing and incentives for girls to get their kit off!
2, Sherwell Arcade, Plymouth, PL4 8LH. Tel: 01752 659518
Next to Cuba, this is another favourite haunt in student party land, with an upstairs dance floor, a lounge area with bean bags and a heated outdoor area for smokers. Specialises in lethal bombs and shots.
2-4 Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AQ. Tel. 0871 951 1000
With cheap drinks, pool and wi-fi, this popular pub at the bottom of North Hill (near the Drake Circus shopping mall) is a magnet for freshers out to meet new people and for the city’s 20-something socialisers.
50 North Hill Plymouth, PL4 8EU. Tel. 01752 255250
Not the cheapest bar on the student strip, but this is the place to go for something a little more sophisticated – cocktail “artists” mix and muddle classic and new creations from scratch and for those able to splash the cash, premium champagnes are available.
1 Tavistock Place, Plymouth, PL4 8AU. Tel. 01752 603473
A friendly, student orientated bar where drinks are cheaper than some of the more upmarket venues nearby (you get what you pay for!).
8 Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AQ. Tel. 01752 226305
A laid back tapas and cocktail bar which attracts a mixed clientele of students, after work drinkers and late night revellers.
34 Gibbon Street, Plymouth, PL4 8BZ. Tel. 01752 604466
As the name suggests, this one’s mainly for students who are the main target of its cheap drinks, loud sound system and lethal “Terminator” concoction. Find it just of North Hill.
9-11 Mutley Plain, Plymouth, PL4 6JG. Tel. 01752 600 676
A night club and sports bar open until 4am on Saturdays and Sundays. It offers pub food and live gigs.
49 Mutley Plain, Plymouth, PL4 6JQ. Tel. 01752 668888
A 24-hour jazz bar (Saturdays and Sundays) and diner with a weekly pub quiz and drinks promotions on Mondays and Fridays.
15 Mutley Plain, Plymouth, PL4 6JG. Tel. 01752 665895
Open mic nights on Mondays, local bands on Wednesdays and Thursdays and crowd pulling gigs at the weekends. Not the kind of place where you need to fret about the dress code!
25 Mutley Plain, Plymouth , PL4 6JG. Tel. 01752
A cosy student café by day - with Mexican style snacks and lunches - which morphs into a livelier cocktail bar by night.
1 Derry's Cross, Plymouth PL1 2SW. Tel. 01752 666 138
One of Plymouth’s most popular nightspots at the “posh end” of Union Street! It’s a low key bar and eaterie by day which throws itself into the heart of the city’s nightclub scene after the sun goes down.
5 Union Street, Plymouth, PL1 2SU. Tel. 01752 825 650
Near Revolution, this is the place to go for some Aussie ambience, live sport, two-for-one deals on selected drinks all day, cheap pub grub, DJs and live bands. A Boomerang card gets you 20% off all food.
33 Derry's Cross Town Centre, Plymouth, PL1 2SW. Tel. 01752 257235
Alongside Walkabout, here’s another bar favoured by sports fans. It offers several large screens with Sky Sports and a VIP area if you want to get a group together to watch a big match.
103-111, Union Street, Plymouth, PL1 3NB. Tel. 01752 662 586
The late night party place to go for everything from dance and R&B to rock, metal, punk and Indie. It bills itself as the top student nightspot in town. It’s in the rough end of Plymouth – so you might want to have a cab waiting as you exit!
39-43 Union Street, Plymouth, PL1 3LU. Tel. 01752 220878
Mmm – what can we say about Jesters pub/club? It’s a magnet for marines and matelots and is one of the city’s long established clubs. Maybe the best way to get a feel for the place is to visit the club’s web site and read the “Steve’s soapbox” rant written by one of the family members who runs the place. Enough said!
65 Union Street Town Centre, Plymouth, PL1 3LU. Tel. 01752 248 532
Just a few doors down from Jesters, you’ll find The Clipper – a 24-hour pub where you’ll find hardened drinkers spilling out of the door at 8am.
30 Union Street, Plymouth, PL1 3EX. Tel. 01752 269700
A late night pub with a dance floor – not the most salubrious drinking den in town and don’t expect a warm welcome from the hard bitten bouncers!
19 Union Street, Plymouth, PL1 2SU. Tel. 01752 254 520
A cheap and cheerful Wetherspoons at the “better end” of Union Street. A family friendly pub by day with low cost, reasonably tasty pub fare on the menu. There’s a pleasant outdoor area popular with city workers wanting to relax with a summer sun downer. Bouncers man the doors when the sun goes down and the place turns into a nightclub (always busy at weekends).
1 The Money Centre, Drake Circus, Plymouth. PL1 1QH. Tel. 01752 262288
Sandwiched between the University of Plymouth’s main campus and Drake Circus shopping mall, this is a café bar with an upstairs dance floor and outdoor beer garden – a good place to watch the world go by at it’s at the crossroads of the city centre.
2A Union Street, Plymouth, PL1 2SR. Tel. 01752 600 800
A sports bar and dance club, popular with city based sailors. It’s at the “better end” of Union Street (at the junction between rough and respectable!).
18 Union Street, Plymouth, Devon, PL1 2SR. Tel. 01752 667171
A stone’s throw from Kularoos, here’s a fun night out for all lovers of “chart and cheese”. It has the feel of a ‘70s disco – oh happy days!
25 Bretonside, Plymouth, PL4 OBB. Tel. 01752 319067
Originally a Co-op dairy, this is the place to get cocktails in pint sized bottles! Eat in or take away brunch, snacks, smoothies and milkshakes. Two-for-one cocktails before 8pm and live music every Thursday.
Unit 14, Bretonside, Plymouth, PL4 OBG. Tel 07916 127298
Cutting edge, underground music in a 500-capacity nightclub at the eastern edge of the city centre. It’s a rough area of town (alongside down at heel Bretonside bus station) - a scary place for lone females late at night. But a firm favourite among fans of alternative, upcoming bands.
Little Vauxhall Quay, Plymouth, PL4 0EY. Tel. 01752 252110
Formerly View 2, this small nightclub and eaterie boasts a wonderful waterside location overlooking Sutton Harbour on Plymouth’s historic Barbican. There’s a balcony and outdoor terrace with heaters – a great place to sit and watch the boats and the world go by.
11 The Parade, Barbican, Plymouth. Tel. 01752 436725
Formerly known as Fatties, The Loft and The Quay Club, this nightspot in the heart of Plymouth’s Barbican is on two floors with a large dance floor, three bars and lots of seating areas.
12, The Parade, The Barbican, Plymouth, PL1 2JL. Tel. 01752 229 324
Good pub grub and a glorious place to sit on sunny days – plenty of outdoor seating overlooking all the boats and bustle of Plymouth’s gorgeous Barbican.
57-59 Southside Street, Plymouth, PL1 2LA. Tel. 01752 264160
This is part of the Wetherspoon’s chain so expect the usual range of very reasonably priced pub food and cheap drinks. It’s tucked down a little alley off Southside Street next to the Gin Distillery and has a large outdoor seating area. In case you’re wondering, the rather odd name comes from the giants of local legend.
48 Southside Street, Plymouth, PL1 2LD 01752 225656
Located half way along the Barbican’s main street, this deceptively large club offers cocktails and 50% off drinks on student only nights. It’s open seven nights a week with resident DJs playing R&B and chart hits.
86 and 88 Vauxhall Street, Plymouth, PL4 0EY. Tel. 01752 260555
A stylish nightclub which is a cut above the rest with its quirky cabaret shows (everything from burlesque and belly dancing to risqué comedy and some great live bands) and a disco on the top floor where the resident DJ plays Soul, Motown, R&B, Funk and Retro classics.
Barbican Leisure Park, Plymouth, PL4 0LG. Tel. 0845 293 2864
A huge club at the eastern end of town, across the water from the Barbican quayside. Take your pick of the Reykjavik ice house with crystal effect walls, the New York Disco (think Saturday Night Fever), the velvety Parisian Boudoir with fine wines and champagnes, the Aspen Ski Lodge (complete with moose heads and bear skins) and the First Port lounge area. VIP booths and tables are available and students benefit from cheap entry and drinks on certain nights.
Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, PL1 2NJ. Tel. 01752 242021
Now for something completely different – this delightful little bar and theatre is tucked away at the top of a flight of steps alongside the Barbican’s Tourist Information Centre and appeals to those with slightly “alternative” tastes. The reasonably priced noodle boxes are delicious and you can enjoy some truly talented acts which perform on the bar’s tiny stage. The theatre showcases new talent and experiments with performances which range from weird and whacky to really wonderful.
7 Quay Road, Barbican, Plymouth, PL1 2JZ. Tel. 0871 951 1000
Real ales and decent cider in a good old fashioned boozer which was here long before most of the other newbies which have sprung up either side of it along the quayside in recent years. There are regular live gigs, a DJ at weekends and a big table for dancing on!
8 The Parade, The Barbican, Plymouth, PL Tel. 01752 257345
A cosy little café and music bar in a lovely quayside location. Good food (try the American ribs or seafood chowder) and some great live jazz and blues performers.
11 The Parade, Plymouth, PL1 2JL. Tel. 672127
A live music venue which showcases new and established acts performing everything from rock and indie through to jazz, blues, salsa and soul.
142 Vauxhall Street Plymouth, PL4 0DF. Tel. 01752 26259
A crisp, modern bar and club which bills itself as the place for Plymouth’s “more refined party crowd”. More of a 20-somethings place than a cheap student hang-out, it offers a chill-out room with comfy sofas and the 250-capacity Dark Room for late night dancing.
12-15 Mills Bakery, Plymouth, PL1 3RP. Tel. 01752 229375
In a stunning waterside location at the Royal William Yard, overlooking the River Tamar and the Cornish countryside, this bar attracts from breakfast time until well after dark despite being more out of town than others mentioned above. It’s family friendly with lots of board games to keep restless kids occupied, offers tasty (though quite pricey) tapas and is without doubt the best place in town for a sundowner on a summer evening.