Bath has a buzzing nightlife scene hidden beneath its beautiful exterior, from cosy pubs to award-winning cocktail bars, sports bars and stylish bar and restaurant combos. Bath’s independent spirit and pride combine with the nation’s favourite chains for an eclectic selection of venues that’ll ensure a great night out. There are places for everyone: students, locals and those on weekend breaks, whether you want a quiet drink, a lunchtime pint or to party until the early hours of the morning. To find out more about Bath see The Highlights.
The Canary Gin Bar
Down the picturesque cobbled lane, Queen Street is this quirky gin bar. There are over 200 different gins to try, including their own refreshing Bath Gin distilled downstairs, with a winking Jane Austen on the bottle. Explore a variety of flavours from fruity to floral, plus some more unusual ones. There’s a second Martini bar upstairs which can be less crowded but still has a lively atmosphere.
This local favourite is hidden in a basement under lively George Street. Set across three floors, there are plenty of stylish, candlelit vaults and intimate spaces to enjoy the impressive list of cocktails. If champagne is more your thing, head outside to the stunning Perrier-Jouët champagne terrace. The cocktail area doubles as a dance floor at weekends, and DJs keep everyone dancing until the early hours.
This unique bar is tucked away in vaults just off Pulteney Bridge. Expect an out-of-the-ordinary night as you enter into a place of eclectic, vintage decor with everything from Victoriana to Renaissance. Great for smaller groups with its plush, private room, it has a comfortable yet exclusive atmosphere. The menu offers a selection of classic cocktails and house varieties, plus there are tapas dishes if you’re feeling hungry.
The Dark Horse
This intimate, award-winning bar is a huge part of Bath’s nightlife, especially after it was ranked fourth in the best new cocktail bars in the world in 2017. Everything about the bar is local, from the rich furnishings and comfortable interior to the locally sourced ingredients and inspirations. It’s a welcoming and relaxed, yet tasteful place to truly enjoy a drink - no fancy dress or drunken stumbling here.
In the heart of the city on George Street, this neighbourhood bar and restaurant chain is perfect for pre-club drinking spot or late night partying. Spread across two floors, it’s a comfortable and stylish place, with geometric dining tables and exposed brick walls. Known for their selection of vodka and tasty cocktails, there are also plenty of other drinks and delicious comfort food.
Belushi's - Bath
This bar and diner is literally on the doorstep of the city’s most famed attractions. It boasts a badass food and drinks menu with killer breakfasts, huge burgers and a massive choice of beer, cider, spirits and wine. It's also got live music and an HD projector, perfect for watching live sports, so you don’t have to miss the match. Drinking games are a fun addition that all groups will likely appreciate, including stag and hen parties.
Be At One - Bath
For a relaxed, easy-going atmosphere, head over to Bath’s Be At One, next to the train station. This bar chain is known for their huge cocktail menu, with something for anyone, whatever your tastes. Visit during the day and enjoy a drink in the outside seating area. Take advantage of their generous happy hours to get your weekend started right.
This chic cocktail bar and lounge on George Street blends traditional and modern to create a stylish place to grab a quality drink. There’s a comprehensive choice of creative cocktails, using their own bitters, infusion, juices and purees, as well as champagne, wines and spirits. The in-house DJ plays a mix of funk, soul, disco, electro and house.
This quirky bar and restaurant in Southgate combine fried chicken, waffles and cocktails to bring a taste of the American South to Bath. The interior takes inspiration from New Orleans, with French Quarter style balconies. Their fried chicken dishes, including wings and burgers, are made with secret recipe sauces and accompanied by tasty cocktails, including their own brand of moonshine and plenty of bourbon.
Hall & Woodhouse
This unique bar and restaurant on Old King Street is in what used to be an auction house with four floors of sales rooms now turned into distinct areas for dining and drinking. With its grand glass ceiling and spiral staircase, it combines elegance with a relaxed atmosphere making it great for any occasion. There’s even a rooftop terrace with views of the city skyline for an alfresco experience.
This fun pub in the heart of the city centre is modest and chilled out. The vibrant pop art and cartoons, bright chairs and tables give it a colourful retro feel with a quirky atmosphere. Split across two levels; there are two bars and two vaulted party pods with their own karaoke system and screen which you could watch sport on. The American-inspired menu features handcrafted burgers, chilli hot dogs, nachos. There’s even a conservatory and alfresco terrace.
The Bath Brewhouse
This rustic brewery and pub is located on James St West, at the heart of the city. The mismatched furniture made from reclaimed materials give it a shabby countryside feel. There’s an open kitchen with charcoal spit and smokehouse, where everything is either locally sourced or made on site. For beer lovers, there’s local and international craft beers on cask and keg. Head there during the summer for tasty BBQs.