Bars in Plymouth
|| If you’re
planning a night out in Plymouth then you won’t
be disappointed by the wealth of bars and pubs dotted
around the city centre. Whether you’re looking for
a pub with live music or a sophisticated cocktail bar,
there's a venue to suit everyone’s taste in Plymouth.
As Plymouth has such historical importance in the UK,
it seems only fair that we start with the traditional
ale houses, and where better than the Minerva
[map] on Looe Street, which his reputedly the oldest pub
in town. Dating back to the 16th century, this little
beauty can be found tucked away in a backstreet on the
Barbican, near to the Bretonside Bus Station. It is a
small and intimate affair but can get very crowded at
weekends with locals, students and tourists alike.
Next up is the Cider Press [map] on Quay Road, one of the busiest bars on the Barbican,
which overlooks Sutton Harbour and offers an extensive
range of beers, ciders, wines and spirits.
Built nearly 200 years ago to commemorate the famous sailor,
the Admiral MacBride [map] on The Barbican is a lively pub opposite the Mayflower
Steps. It also makes the perfect place to learn some
local history as the building sits on the original site
where the Pilgrim Fathers departed for America. The real
steps are incorporated into the building and now lead
to the ladies toilets.
Moving on to the city’s modern watering houses,
we’ll begin with Bar Bigwig [map] on St Andrews Street, a trendy wine bar with a
long wine list, and a selection of real ales, premium
lagers, champagne, and alcopops.
Alternatively you could head out of town a bit to the
swanky Barbican Leisure Park, where you’ll
find the hugely popular Heroes bar [map].
With a wide choice of drinks, including cocktails, plenty
of comfy seats and a DJ, this is the place for young
clubbers to be seen. The bar holds a number of different
theme nights along with many drinks promotions, including
a student night on Tuesdays.
Back in the central Plymouth there are many other bars
that are popular with the younger crowd, including the Significant Half [map] on New George Street. This lively pub has a great cocktail
menu and is usually packed to bursting, especially
on the weekends. It is open until the early hours on Friday
and Saturday nights,
Part of a national chain that has been pulling in the
crowds since 1884, Yates Wine Lodge [map] on Royal Parade, offers the perfect setting for good
booze, decent food and great entertainment. If you fancy
a cocktail then don’t be surprised when the barman
starts throwing the bottles Tom Cruise style because
this bar won an award for being the best cocktail bar
in the region in 2004.
Finally, for those wanting a quiet night out with a few
friends would perhaps prefer a trip to the Union Rooms
[map] on Union Street, which is part of the Wetherspoons
chain. The Union does not play any background music, as
this establishment is more of a meeting place than a party
venue. The drinks menu is relatively cheap and fairly
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