Bournemouth is relaxing yet lively. Its nightlife is no exception. The two main theatres, the Pavilion and the Bournemouth International Centre host events from ice shows to kids shows, musicals and classical music. Bournemouth is Dorset’s nightlife capital, packed with restaurants, nightclubs and lively bars popular with locals, visitors, students and stag and hen parties. The resort also has a vibrant gay scene based around The Triangle in the town centre (featuring The Xchange, one of the South Coast’s longest running gay clubs).
You’ll find a good choice of bars and clubs to suit all tastes and age groups here. Try the Triangle’s real ale pub, the multi-award-winning Goat and Tricycle, which is well worth a visit (serves ales and good food), as is Smokin Aces – a brilliant cocktail and whisky bar, with live music. Smooth yet lively, this is a perfect location for a great night out. Also around the Triangle is "Bournemouth’s premier arts and entertainment venue", The Winchester. Supporting arts from spoken word to comedy, drama and music, this venue aims to entertain with live acts every night of the week!
Bars & Clubs
As the sun sets over Bournemouth’s golden beaches, the bars and nightclubs are opened for a great night out. Bournemouth is a university town, so the nightlife is vibrant and spirited. Perhaps call into Lava Ignite (a spacious four-storey club with DJs, cabaret and food) – a really buzzing bar. Or you could sip a cocktail or glass of wine in The Lounge on Exeter Road, or even (if you’re feeling brave!) sing the night away in Bournemouth’s only dedicated karaoke bar, Heroes on Old Christchurch Road. Bournemouth bars include favourites like Australian Walkabout, and right by Bournemouth Pier you’ll find the Hawaiian-themed Hot Rocks restaurant and cocktail bar, open until 3am. DYMK is Bournemouth’s most popular gay bar, and the Ink Bar screens live sports and is open until late with resident DJs providing entertainment on a Friday evening. And, if you like something a little different, try Halo – one of Bournemouth’s premier venues, glamorously situated within an old church. The area round St Peters Church is flanked with clubs, the Bliss nightclub and the Mary Shelly pub, a massive Wetherspoons pub.
The Bliss Nightclub has two luxurious and elegant floors with live performers for a glamorous night out, and at DNA you can enjoy free salsa classes or hire a luxury VIP area for forty. Tiki Bar Lola Lo features a tropical waterfall, hand-carved totems and a huge tropical cocktail list with drinks served in ‘Tiki Vessels’, or you can hire the Club Class Bus for a hen or stag party with a difference. Whether you’re looking for a night of comedy at Jaggers or Twisters Comedy Clubs, a casual drink or an all-night party, book Bournemouth accommodation for a well-deserved sleep once it’s all over.
Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.