Famous for its nightlife, Bournemouth is quickly climbing the ranks as the UK’s number one party hotspot. With its combination of sea air, students and quality venues, this coastal town is the perfect destination for a group night out, stag and hen do or a romantic date. Boasting a never-ending list of diverse places to choose from, the buzzing atmosphere will have you making the trip every weekend! Follow our guide to the best pubs, clubs and bars to ensure you make the most of nightlife in Bournemouth.
Taking up residency in a grade two listed former fire station, this has been the club of the student’s union since the 1990s. Playing a diverse range of musical genres, the fire station has seen the likes of Ed Sheeran and David Guetta walk through its doors making it a known venue for the best live gigs and DJ nights in town.
Located in an old church building just off the main square, Halo’s is a pinnacle of Bournemouth nightlife. As a triple award-winning club, it’s renowned for its wild party atmosphere, visual displays and collection of balconies overlooking the dancefloor. Enforcing a smart casual strictly no trainer dress code, expect an eclectic collection of House, RnB and party anthems to carry you through the night.
A stones throw away from Halo, our next party venue is the jack of all trades, Sixty Million Postcards. Home of the best quiz night in town, you can eat, drink and party all in one place. A hipster haven, the dynamic venue hosts a menu of all American classics and a fully stocked bar to keep the drinks flowing. Once you’ve fuelled up, hit the dance floor where there is a regular stream of live events and DJs. Take advantage of this bar’s location in summer when they claim to have the sunniest beer-garden in Bournemouth.
Spanning across four rooms, Cameo is the place to hit for a big group night out. Featuring lavish, chic interior, an abundance of VIP areas and reasonably priced drinks, this club really
comes alive at the weekend. Each of the four separate spaces highlight different music genres, meaning there really will be something for everyone, from chart anthems to urban RnB in the basement. Promoting smart casual vibes, this is the best place to book for stag/hen weekends.
Alfresco café, live music club and garden bar, Eden, is great for an after-work catch up and is a more relaxed approach to nightlife in Bournemouth. Open mid-afternoon until late, the retractable roof feature of the venue makes it suitable to all seasons and creates a secret garden ambiance ideal for a date night. Enjoy cocktails and live music as the dance floor is lit up with all sorts of tunes from thrash metal to jazz, blues and DJ chart tracks.
Supposedly home of summer party atmosphere all year round, Aruba, at the entrance to Bournemouth pier is a Caribbean restaurant, bar and club. Grab a cocktail and take in the 180 degree view of Bournemouth’s beaches on the sun terrace or watch the chefs prepare their Caribbean inspired menu in the island bar’s open plan kitchen. Stocked with the largest rum selection in the UK outside of London, be assured the Mojitos will be perfection. Get dressed up to party all night at the beach club’s themed events and live music gigs.
Step back in time to America’s 20th century Prohibition at Bournemouth’s favourite cowboy style cocktail bar and whiskey lounge. Exposed brick walls splattered with old music memorabilia, subtle lighting and plush red velvet couches create an underground speakeasy vibe making this a cool location to kick back and relax. Showcasing an impressive medley of whiskeys and tailoring every cocktail to the demands of the customer, Smokin’ Aces is a top notch lounge that guarantees an enjoyable night. Not forgetting the music, get ready to be entertained with Rock n Roll classics, live music and DJ club nights. The ultimate low key nightlife experience, this bar has no dress code, no entry fee and a no VIP area policy.
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- Lucy Norris