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Southampton Nightlife

From traditional pubs to chic bars, Southampton has a thriving nightlife scene. There are several appealing places for a drink in the Ocean Village, which overlook the marina, and plenty of lively clubs dotted around the centre.

Bars in Southampton

Duke of Wellington

The 13th-century, half-timbered Duke of Wellington is a traditional old alehouse with a decent bar menu. A pub since the 15th century, it sits on the remains of old Norman vaults, making it a destination of interest for history buffs as well as those in search of a good tipple.

Address: , 36 Bugle Street, Southampton, SO14 2AH
Telephone: +44 23 8033 9222.

The Hobbit

The Hobbit has a large outdoor seating area, regular live music, and stays open until 0300 (until 0200 on Sunday). Located close to the university, it is a popular venue with students. The pub's Tolkien theme encompasses Hobbit cocktails and its famous Bag End burger.

Address: , 134 Bevois Valley Road, Southampton, SO14 0JZ
Telephone: +44 23 8023 2591.

The Red Lion

The Red Lion is one of Southampton's oldest inns. Dating back to the 12th century, it still retains its minstrels' gallery, a huge fireplace and the Court Room where the trial of conspirators, who plotted to murder Henry V, took place in 1415.

Address: , 55 High Street, Southampton, SO14 2NS
Telephone: +44 23 8033 3595.

Clubs in Southampton

Junk Club

Modern, stylish and trendy, this club is fairly new to the Southampton club scene but attracts large crowds, thanks to top-name DJs and its mix of dance and R&B. It was recently awarded the title of 'Britain's Best Small Club' at DJ Mag's Best of British Awards.

Address: , 55 London Road, Southampton, SO15 2AD
Telephone: +44 23 8033 8626.


This huge, multi-room club offers one of the most famous late-night experiences in the city. Each room is styled to represent a different destination from around the globe, so you can travel the world over the course of one fun-packed evening. Booths are also available if pre-booked.

Address: West Quay Road, Leisureworld, Southampton, SO15 1RE
Telephone: +44 23 8178 7371.

The Edge

This long-established gay club has been refurbished and offers an expertly lit dance floor, a classy upstairs bar, a VIP lounge and a large outdoors area. An in-house diner opens on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, catering for dancers with the munchies. The club hosts a line-up of award-winning DJs playing pop classics and commercial house.

Address: , Compton Walk, Southampton, SO14 0BH
Telephone: +44 23 8036 6163.

Live music in Southampton

O2 Guildhall

For bigger acts, try the O2 Guildhall: a 1930s neo classical-style building that has hosted bands from Pink Floyd and David Bowie in the 1970s to the Killers and Amy Winehouse. Today the programme includes everything from big international pop bands to comeback acts and even classical music.

Address: West Marlands Road, Civic Centre, Southampton, SO14 7LP
Telephone: +44 23 8063 2601.

Platform Tavern

Located in the historic dockland area, this laid-back watering hole has a solid reputation for live music, with the focus on blues bands. Live music is offered on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays featuring local musicians as well as touring bands.

Address: , Town Quay, Southampton, SO14 2NY
Telephone: +44 23 8033 7232.

The Brook

Set in the heart of Southampton's student district, this 600-capacity venue boasts a calendar packed with international acts, tribute bands and comedy. The emphasis is on rock and blues, but the line-up is eclectic enough to appeal to all tastes. Book in advance as tickets often sell out quickly.

Address: , 466 Portswood Road, Southampton, SO17 3SD
Telephone: +44 23 8055 5366.

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Mercure Southampton Centre Dolphin Hotel

This large chain hotel has clearly spent a lot of time agonising over the finer details, including individually designed headboards created by artists in each of the 65 rooms. The buildings date from 1790 and 1890, and Jane Austen attended a ball in the hotel's Assembly rooms on her 18th birthday. A hotel with genuine character.

Premier Inn Southampton City Centre

A neat, clean and comfortable budget option well placed for exploring the city. It might not be the most exciting place to stay in Southampton, but if your priorities are location and price then this central Premier Inn can't be beaten.

Jury Inn

Book early to get the best prices at this city centre hotel, which overlooks East Park and is within walking distance of the main rail station. With 270 rooms, Jury Inn is the largest hotel in the city. Plus points include flatscreen TVs and supremely comfortable beds in all rooms, as well as free Wi-Fi.

Novotel Southampton

This hotel has a central location near the main railway station and West Quay shopping centre. It has 121 rooms, including four for disabled guests, and there is a swimming pool with exercise area and a sauna. Wi-Fi access is available. The hotel has a bar and restaurant.

The Mayfair Guest House

Most of Southampton's best budget options are chain hotels, but this neat little guesthouse is a nice exception. Set in an elegant Edwardian building, it owes its excellent reputation to warm service, a cosy lounge area with free Wi-Fi and award-winning breakfasts based on locally sourced ingredients.

Grand Harbour Hotel

Bearing more than a passing resemblance to the Louvre, this iconic hotel stands out both for its architectural style and for its facilities. Many of the 173 rooms have sea views, there are suites with Jacuzzi baths and double balconies for luxury lovers, and the in-house fitness centre has a state-of-the-art gym and a pool as well as several therapy rooms.