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Bath Nightlife

For a relatively small city centre, Bath's nightlife and cultural offerings are surprisingly rich and diverse, with a wide variety of venues for drama, music, dance and performance.

Venues such as Komedia put on a whole range of events, from big names in comedy to up-and-coming bands. Bath Box Office, 2 Church Street (tel: +44 1225 463 362;, is a good place to source tickets for cultural events across the city. You can also find a comprehensive listing of events online at

Bars in Bath


Ever tried a Smartini (a take on the classic Martini that tastes like alcoholic Smarties)? Or hankered for a cocktail with the sweet zing of a lemon cheesecake? Well, your search is over. Amid flickering candles, soft pendulum lighting and sumptuous velvet Chesterfields, Circo's bartenders mix a delicious assortment of alcoholic indulgences, from familiar classics to the quirky and colourful.

Address: , The Halycon, 2-3 South Parade, Bath, BA2 4AA
Telephone: +44 1225 585 100.

Hall & Woodhouse

Offering a resplendent ale-stocked copper bar, restaurant, and roof terrace over four floors (the venue used to be an auction house), the lively and relaxed Hall & Woodhouse tries to be all things to all people – and actually manages it. Come for tea and a wedge of Victoria sponge cake or pair the superb cheeseburger with a malty pint of Fursty Ferret.

Address: , 1 Old King Street, Bath, BA1 2JW
Telephone: +44 1225 469 259.

The Garrick’s Head

Real ales and draught Somerset ciders fill the glasses of The Garrick's Head's loyal locals, while in the next door Theatre Royal actors great and small tread the boards – usually popping in for a pint afterwards to unwind. The atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming, and a first-rate seasonal menu makes for a perfect pre-show dinner. Sunday lunch is also top notch.

Address: , , ,
Telephone: +44 1225 318 368.

Clubs in Bath

Po Na Na

Po Na Na has, over many years, established itself as a pillar of Bath's nightlife. With themed events running straight through Monday to Saturday, offering everything from dubstep and electro, to indie, rock, punk and cheese, it remains a magnet for the city's university goers and younger revelling demographics.

Address: , 8-9 North Parade, Bath, BA2 4AL
Telephone: +44 1225 424 952.

Zero / Zero

A sprawling club located on lively George Street, Zero / Zero's dancefloor packs them in while the DJ spins a mainstream selection of R&B, funky house and classic dance tracks. VIP packages abound, and there's a top floor chill out lounge for when you need a breather.

Address: , George Street, Bath, BA1 2EB
Telephone: +44 1225 470 040.

Live music in Bath


Among the Komedia's fantastic array of cultural offerings is an eclectic mix of musical talent. Think singer songwriters, folk luminaries and world musicians, plus some first rate cover bands. The venue also hosts popular club nights within its cavernous dance space such as regular Saturday mainstay Motorcity which offers a playlist of funky Motown, soul and disco.

Address: , 22-23 Westgate Street, Bath, BA1 1EP
Telephone: +44 845 293 8480.

The Bell

This converted 18th-century coaching house errs alluringly on the bohemian, and is a much-loved atmospheric live music venue that pulls in a regular local crowd. The Bell puts on live music three times a week, ranging from jazz to folk to funk, and aspiring talent strut their stuff at Thursday's open mic nights. All music is free, including weekend DJ nights.

Address: , 103 Walcot Street, Bath, BA1 5BW
Telephone: +44 1225 460 426.

The Nest

With the temporary closure of Bath music mecca, Moles, after an electrical fire, The Nest (located just down the street)- has been picking up in popularity and reputation. Offering two stages for a varied programme of music that includes grime, indie and dance, the Nest is challenging strongly for the city's live crown. Chesterfield sofas, art exhibitions, and a piano bar contribute to its attractive eclecticism.

Address: , 7 Bladud Buildings, Bath, BA1 5LS
Telephone: +44 1225 312 508.

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Featured Hotels


The Royal Hotel

Housed in a property designed by Brunel, The Royal Hotel has been around since 1846. The present owners took over in 1995 and initiated a refurbishment programme that has transformed the hotel into a modern, attractive and comfortable establishment. The hotel has two bars and a restaurant with steaks as its speciality.

The Queensberry Hotel

The Queensberry is a boutique town house hotel that is both intimate and stylish. Located in a residential street near the Circus, it is an elegant hotel with many of the original Georgian architectural and decorative features intact. The service is superb, and so is the hotel's Olive Tree restaurant, which offers contemporary British cuisine.

Lucknam Park

15 minutes' drive outside of Bath, 5-star Lucknam Park has established itself as the destination for those seeking a weekend immersion in luxurious hospitality. Set in a 17th-century Palladian mansion marooned in 202 hectares (500 acres) of listed parkland, the hotel boasts a Michelin-starred restaurant, an equestrian centre, and a cookery school.

Duke’s Hotel

Boutique Duke's, located on Bath's grandest street, somehow manages to make grand Georgian proportions homely as well as chic. Vivid décor, four-poster beds, delicious breakfasts that linger in the memory, and personable hosts that genuinely seem to care – Duke's is the complete package.

The Royal Crescent Hotel

It is hard to beat The Royal Crescent Hotel and Bath House Spa in terms of location, which is situated in the very middle of what is perhaps Europe's most elegant crescent. The hotel occupies two of the Royal Crescent's buildings, both of which were built by John Wood the Younger. The hotel is one of Bath's very best and has beautiful gardens and an excellent restaurant.

The Pulteney Hotel

The Pulteney Hotel is a large, elegant Victorian house set in its own picturesque south-facing gardens, with fine views of Bath Abbey. There are 17 rooms, all with en-suite facilities, colour television, tea- and coffee-making facilities, hairdryer and central heating. All rooms are tastefully decorated.