Nottingham is a fun, vibrant city with loads to see and do. This means the food and bar scene is forever competing, leaving you with so many great places to choose from. But which to choose? To help, we’ve listed 9 of the best cocktail bars in Nottingham for a night out.
We love Nottingham, we have visited so many times to study, work and visit friends, and we reckon this makes us quite the experts in getting a fantastic cocktail when we want one. The nightlife in Nottingham is some of the best in the country! So, whether you’re in the mood for a classic Old Fashioned or something a little more adventurous, you’ll find the perfect bar on this list. Call your friends and get ready to sip on some tasty cocktails in the heart of Nottingham.
Tilt is the place to be if you’re hunting for a cool, independent cocktail bar in Nottingham. It’s tucked away just a few minutes from Market Square and boasts an intimate, candle-lit ambience perfect for a romantic evening out. For more than a decade, Tilt has been serving up some of Nottingham’s most creative cocktails, and they show no signs of slowing down. Their ever-changing menu means you can keep returning for more without getting bored. We love their Bison Swizzle: Absolut, Falernum, lemon, sugar, peach bitters, and Angostura bitters. Delicious! Check out their Happy Hour on weeknights – because who doesn’t love a deal?
Location: 9 Pelham St, Nottingham, NG1 2EH
2. The Alchemist
Whenever we go to Nottingham, one of our favourites is The Alchemist. It’s a popular cocktail bar that serves innovative cocktails and quirky cuisine. This exquisite location in Nottingham is just a few minutes from Market Square, making it an ideal spot to unwind in the evening. Enjoy the thrilling drinks menu, featuring everything from cocktails that change colours to shots served in test tubes! For those seeking a memorable and fun bar experience, this option is for you. It’s the perfect blend of theatrical flair, myth, and mystery set in the stunning gothic grandeur of one of King Street’s most magnificent listed buildings. They also offer a masterclass and cocktail brunch, which receive great reviews if you’re celebrating.
Location: 11 King St, Nottingham, NG1 2AY
3. The Blind Rabbit
The Blind Rabbit is a classic American bar serving delicious cocktails, cold beers, and tasty food. It’s the perfect place to hang out day or night, with a laid-back vibe that will make you feel right at home. The staff are always friendly, helpful, and accommodating. If you’re in the mood for retro fun, they have American bar games to keep you entertained while you drink and dance the night away. As well as delicious cocktails, they serve the best chicken wings we have ever had. Visit on a Wednesday for all you can eat chicken wings; loose clothes are recommended!!
Location: 9 Weekday Cross, Nottingham, NG1 2GB
4. Be At One
Be At One is a fantastic bar to visit if you like to try a selection of cocktails or if you’re a larger group with varying tastes. With over 100 cocktails available and the list available on their website, you won’t be disappointed. From sweet to sour, fruity to strong, and gin to vodka. It’s also worth noting that they offer a great Happy Hour deal where you can get two-for-one cocktails. Be At One is known for being one of the original party-starters in Nottingham, providing the perfect combination of music, drinks, and atmosphere for a fun night out. We adore the Melonita, Melonade melon liqueur, Havana Club 3yr old, lime and Angostura bitters. You have to try it!
Location: 20A Victoria St, Nottingham, NG1 2EX.
5. Pepper Rocks
Pepper Rocks is a hidden gem in Nottingham that is worth checking out. Tucked away in the city’s heart, this cosy cocktail bar exudes a welcoming atmosphere that makes you feel at home. This must-visit spot has three floors of comfortable sofas, insta worthy jungle decor, and an extensive selection of one-of-a-kind cocktails. And remember to take advantage of their Happy Hour specials here too. We love their classic Mai Tai and Mojito.
Location: 12 Pepper St, Nottingham, NG1 2GH
6. Pitcher & Piano
Pitcher & Piano is a sophisticated escape that welcomes you from day to night, perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re looking for bubbles over brunch, a relaxed Sunday roast, after-work drinks, or a night to remember, each bar has something unique. And to top it all off, Pitcher & Piano boasts an impressive cocktail list covering everything from timeless classics to unique concoctions, all made with the finest spirit and ingredients. We love their bottomless brunch, which is available every weekend. Enjoy any brunch dish with bottomless Prosecco, Bellini, Mimosas, Aperol Spritz or pints of Amstel.
Location: High Pavement, Nottingham, NG1 1HN
We love Bunk! Cocktails and wings, what more could you want? It’s a go-to spot for many people since there are now three locations in Nottingham. The wings are out of this world, and the cocktails are equally impressive. You want to take advantage of this place. The casual and laid-back atmosphere makes it the perfect spot to kick off your night in Nottingham. You must try their Cheeky Tiki cocktail – it’s amazing and loaded with booze. To top it off, it even comes with a glitter stick!
Location: 19 Stoney St, Nottingham, NG1 1LP
8. The Hockley Arts Club
The Hockley Arts Club. It is located in Hockley in a stunning grade II listed building, making it a must-visit spot for anyone who appreciates beautiful surroundings. This unique bar offers a creative space for socialising and enjoying delicious drinks and food. With three amazing bars to choose from, each with its particular concept, there’s something here for everyone. Trust us; you won’t be disappointed with a visit to this incredible venue. One of our favourite drinks in The Blue Room is The Twister which is Vodka, strawberry, lime, and cider. It’s like an alcoholic ice lolly!
Location: 20a Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN
9. The Magic Garden
If you’re looking for a hidden gem in Nottingham, The Magic Garden is a must-visit spot. This beautiful oasis is tucked away amongst the cobbled streets of the iconic Lace Market, and it will captivate you from the moment you step inside. Walk through the floral arch to find this magical little spot, perfect for enjoying a summer’s day with friends. This lovely suntrap is adorned with colourful flowers, umbrellas, greenery, and, of course, a sprinkle of magic. Don’t miss it!
Location: 24-26 Low Pavement, Nottingham, NG1 7DL
Please note all of the above locations also serve non-alcoholic choices and mocktails.
Overall, Nottingham has a great selection of venues serving delicious cocktails. Whether you’re a fan of classic cocktails or prefer something more experimental, there are plenty to choose from. So why not treat yourself to a night out and discover Nottingham’s best cocktail spots?