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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 extensive.

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