UK CitySlicker Marianne: The Best Bars and Pubs in Nottingham


Need somewhere to imbibe yourself silly? Read this article to find out the top three must-drinks in Nottingham!

We’ll start the article with a chilled beer in a relaxing, classic location. The Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem is famous for officially being the oldest inn in England (you’ll know because it’s written in massive letters on their wall!). Half set in the Nottingham castle caves, it used to be the castle’s brewery. You can come here and try their Nottingham brewery ales, whilst listening to story tellers or playing the old inn game of “ring the bull”. Other great features of the Trip include the “pregnancy chair” and the Cursed Galleon, a rather spooky looking ship in a glass cabinet. It’s not all doom and gloom, if you’re lucky, you’ll catch the celebrities currently performing at the Nottingham arena enjoying a drink here post gig. When he was managing Notts County football team, Sven Goren Eriksson was an addict of the “ring the bull” game! You can also feel guilt free about drinking here as the Trip sells charity ales that raises money for local causes like the air ambulance service.

Our next stop takes us to a very different sort of drinking establishment. Nottingham’s Pitcher and Piano is flocked to by both locals and outsiders due to its unusual nature of being… a church. Yes that’s right, you can get drunk in a house of God! Located in the Lace Market, it’s a beautiful building that has retained its stained glass windows and pulpit. As well as busy a busy bar at night, they serve food for lunch and dinner during the day.

I hope you’re not finished yet because last but not least is Tilt bar, situated on Pelham Street. A unique bar with an easy to miss entrance this place should never be passed by on a night out. The owners are two uni friends who were sitting in a blues bar on holiday when suddenly they thought; we could do this back home! Thus Tilt was born, with live blues acts every night at 9.30pm in an old building that feels like a relaxed pub (doggies are welcome!) Ok, so far, you’re probably thinking what really makes this bar unique? Well, despite the rustic setting they have a sophisticated drinks menu dominated by classic and exclusive cocktails. Furthermore, the owners are mixologists who still work there everyday as bar staff. This means you get great, friendly staff and even sometimes table service during quiet hours. More importantly, it means you could walk in there and say “cherries, rum, Moroccan nights, GO!” and they could take your terribly nonsensical demands and turn it into a gorgeous cocktail! It’s unlikely you’d need to go off menu though with cocktails like “Mr Bojangles’ Moonshine” served to you in a jam jar, or “Mr Miyagi goes back-packing in S.America” (yes, that’s the name).

So, now you have three great reasons to make Nottingham city your next night out destination!

written by savethemarianne on 2012-02-08 #nightlife #lifestyle #pubs #bars #drinking #locations #uk #marianne #nights-out #recommendations #cityslicker #uk-cityslickers


  1. welland
    welland ·

    So what is your drink of choice?

  2. welland
    welland ·

    So what is your drink of choice?

  3. savethemarianne
    savethemarianne ·

    My fav is a cocktail from Tilt that contains Zubrowka bison grass vodka and a hell load of apple and sour/lemon flavoured things!

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