Make a great start to your weekend with a Friday Night Out break. Visit some of the UK’s most vibrant cities and enjoy a comfortable hotel stay, a 3 course meal, free drinks and that all important breakfast the next morning. There’s even entry to one of the city’s top venues included to really get your weekend off to a flyer. There’s no shortage of great places to go out drinking and dancing in places like London, Manchester, Bristol and Liverpool (among others) so to help you out, here’s a handy guide to some of our favourite Friday night-spots as well as some ideas on things to do on Saturday (hangover permitting!)
Liverpool has always been a great night out but recently the city has undergone something of a transformation. The city centre now spans a huge area with several distinct quarters so if you’re looking for hip craft breweries, cool cocktail bars or late-night clubs there’s definitely somewhere in Liverpool for you.
The Cavern Club – the legendary club which kick-started The Beatles career remains one of the city’s premier venues and you can usually find live music whenever you decide to go. The Cavern Club Beatles play in the Live Lounge on a Friday Night so grab your ticket for a night of Beatlemania!
The Dead Crafty Beer Company – a new addition to Liverpool’s craft beer scene, this ultra-hip bar on Dale Street serves a huge range of beers in cool surroundings. If a visit to DCBC has piqued your appetite for craft beer, venture off the beaten track into the Baltic Triangle to Black Lodge Brewery, a microbrewery which is open ‘til 1am on Fridays!
Saturday Morning – blow the cobwebs away with a cruise on the famous Mersey Ferries, there’s even a Second World War U-Boat to visit at Woodside Terminal on the “other side” of the river.
Bristol is famous for its nightlife and boasts a great selection of clubs, bars, traditional pubs and music venues. It’s well known for its club scene and as the home of bands such as Faithless, Massive Attack and Portishead, fans of dance and electronica are spoiled for choice.
Alterego – set on Clifton’s “strip” along Whiteladies Road, Alterego is a cool cocktail bar and one of the best places in town to watch live sports. They even offer cocktail making masterclasses and ale and cider tasting sessions.
Thekla – what was once a cargo ship is now a quirky live music venue and club moored on the river near Queen Square. An eclectic mix of music awaits, from cutting edge indie and electronic to classic rock, folk and pop – there’s something to please everyone.
Saturday Morning – take a journey back to Bristol’s maritime heyday with a visit to Brunel’s SS Great Britain. The Great Western Dockyard and the famous ship have been restored to their former glory and now form the city’s number one attraction.
You can have any kind of night out in Manchester, such is the diverse range of bars, clubs, pubs and venues on offer. There are hidden speakeasies and spit n sawdust pubs that time forgot as well as designer bars and enormous clubs.
Port Street Beer House – the number one pub in Manchester for beer lovers, according to Untappd, the Port Street Beer House has a great choice of real ales and craft beers, both on draft and in bottles. The bar also regularly hosts beer tastings and tap takeovers by breweries from all over the world.
17 Below – a real hidden gem, you have to go through the Dogs ‘n’ Dough restaurant to get to this basement bar! You’re rewarded with 80’s influenced décor including retro arcade games as well as pool tables, ultra-trendy Norwegian beers and bespoke cocktails (visit between 5pm and 8pm for their cocktail happy hour)
Saturday Morning – take a trip out of town to the Trafford Centre, one of the UK’s largest shopping centres. But it’s not just shopping; there’s adventure golf, the Legoland Discovery Centre, bowling, laser quest and even a Sea Life Centre! If a trip to a bustling shopping centre doesn’t appeal, try a more leisurely visit to the National Football Museum at the URBIS building in central Manchester.
There are, of course, no shortage of drinking establishments in the capital…it just depends on the kind of places you like and how deep your pockets are! There are some seriously swanky bars in London, most with eye-watering prices but if you keep away from tourist hotspots like Leicester Square, Piccadilly and Covent Garden there should be something to suit your budget.
Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese – claiming to be one of London’s oldest pubs, this gloomy, atmospheric establishment is famous for its literary connections (Charles Dickens was a regular), wood panelled interior and open fireplaces.
The Camden Assembly – North London’s trendy Camden Town is famous for its hip bars and music venues, one of the best is The Camden Assembly on Chalk Farm Road. Along with regular club nights based around hip hop, R&B and dance there are also live shows featuring up-and-coming artists. You never know, you might see someone who goes on to big things!
Saturday Morning – finding something to do in London isn’t a problem, it’s where to start! Take a sightseeing trip down the Thames, see the sights from the sky on the London Eye, take in a West End matinee, soak up some culture at the British Museum or National Portrait Gallery…the possibilities are endless.