I’ve lived in Nottingham now for nearly three years. I still cannot believe it has been that long. Though I moved here initially for University, I can happily say that I don’t regret it and have truly enjoyed my time here. However, my time at University is slowly but surely coming to an end; thus, I thought what better way to end such an exciting and significant part of my life by sharing it with the internet. Therefore, it can live on forever.
If you have never heard of Nottingham, don’t worry, because I hadn’t either, it took me applying to University after University to discover such a city. A city packed with quirky little bars, exciting nightlife and of course an extensive shopping scene perfect for the fashionistas or vintage lovers. It is a place for everyone to enjoy.
If visiting Nottingham, even if for a few days, you will never find yourself bored. Though I haven’t explored the bars as much as I wish (due to my University lifestyle) the ones I have visited are eccentric and a must if you’re old enough to drink. Though, few are even open during the day where you can grab a bite to eat. My top picks for you would be:
- Boilermaker: a place you would LEAST expect to serve anything never mind alcohol. This little bar is hidden behind its exterior. Plain and boring – nothing special. “Hidden behind its boiler showroom, this secret cocktail bar has a funky, contemporary vibe” that you need to visit.
- Coco Tang: Cafe by day, club by night. This underground bar is again a MUST if you’re visiting Nottingham. Not only is it great to grab some deliciously different cocktails such as Fight Club that includes edible soap bars designed and made by the bar itself.
- The Hockley Arts Club: hidden down a very slim alleyway something easily missed when exploring the City. The club itself lies within an “impossibly beautiful building that houses the Hockley arts club – a creative space for social eating and drinking”
And of course, there’s many more that you need to explore. But that is something you can find yourself, have an adventure in the cities hidden places and find what I haven’t. Something, I have explored just a touch more. Is the nightlife. Of course, me being a student, I’ve probably been to every club night on every day that is possible. Although I tend to stick to the student nights because it is a lot cheaper than the average weekend.
- Dirty Monday’s @ Pom Pom: £1 guest list for students before half 11 and £6 tickets for any time later. I’ve frequently visited this venue on a Monday and have always enjoyed my time here. Consisting of two rooms, main room, which plays a range of music and the RnB room which obviously plays RnB.
- Tape Tuesdays @ Pryzm: First-year me would have never missed a single tape Tuesday. I loved it with a passion. £6 tickets or pay on the door, though there is a chance you might not make it into the venue. With 6 rooms that all have a different style and vibe to them. Though the favourites would have to be PRYZM room that plays chart and techno music, Vinyl that plays the cheesiest yet the best music of all and finally RnB that I can stand for 10 minutes before wanting to leave.
- Ocean Wednesdays @ Ocean: probably the best night of all. Especially for Trent Students. 100% a student club only being allowed entry if you have a student card. Tickets are extremely difficult to get hold off, mainly getting hold of them through a society or queuing ALL NIGHT. Which, although I have never done. I don’t blame those who have. I mean, it’s a fancy dress themed club!
- Tuned Thursdays and Get Lucky @ Rock City: I think every student in Nottingham can safely say that Rock City is one of the best clubs. It had three rooms and a balcony making it very spacious and therefore room for everyone to dance in any stupid way they can. Out of the two nights, however, Thursday is the better night in my opinion.
- Saturday: you have the choice of any mentioned club though the pricing will be a lot more expensive. Or, consider some bars and go and explore the hidden places.
- Sunday: Typically not a day to go out, however, Bowery is the place to go. A small venue but perfect for an intimate night with friends listening to chill R n B music. And, if you get bored during the night adventure down to Propaganda where the drinks are cheap and the night is long. Props are open until 5am… 5am!!