Nightlife in Bath: The 7 Best Bars & Clubs For a Wild Night

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Bath is a picture-perfect city in the Southwest of England. Famous for its neat rows of golden stone buildings, it’s the only entire city in the UK to achieve World Heritage Status. And there’s more to Bath than just architectural splendor. The quaint city has a small yet buzzy nightlife scene.

Bath is home to one of the UK’s leading universities and, as in any university city, you can expect plenty of places to party. From cheesy classics to underground dance music, Bath’s small selection of nightclubs suits a good range of different music tastes. And if you’re less about clubbing and more a fan of settling into a good bar, there’s plenty of opportunities to do that here, too. From buzzy cocktail bars to cozy country pubs, nightlife in Bath promises much more than just clubbing.

So, where are the places you need to know about? We’ve pulled together a list of the best of Bath’s nightlife scene.

Moles 

Moles is one of Bath's oldest clubs.
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Moles is one of Bath’s most loved music venues. Since opening in 1978, the venue has played a key role in establishing Bath’s live music scene. Its stage has been graced by acts as diverse as Ed Sheeran, Radiohead, and Andrew Weatherall, while the venue also regularly hosts club nights for students and locals alike.

From alt-rock to dance music, Moles’ considerable roster of live music performances and club nights caters to a broad range of tastes. If you’re a metalhead, check out the venue’s rock night, Discord, held every Wednesday. Or perhaps Wannabe, a night full of 90s throwback hits every third Saturday will appeal to your 90s nostalgia. A true veteran of Bath’s nightlife scene, a great night out is guaranteed at Moles. 

Fidel Rum Bar

Fidel Rum Bar is a must-visit for lovers of rum!
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If you’re a fan of a rum cocktail, you have to head to Fidel Rum Bar while in Bath. This cozy establishment is tucked away down one of the city’s central cobblestone streets. With an extensive selection of rums from across the world, at Fidel Rum Bar you can sip on rum from Barbados, Guatemala, and even local English varieties. From fruity flavors, to caramel creations and rums with a chili kick, there’s something to suit every palate here. The bar has a buzzy atmosphere with friendly, charismatic staff making it the perfect place 

Komedia

Komedia is one of Bath's best nightclubs
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Comedy venue, theatre, and nightclub, Komedia is a jack of many trades. Housed in a Grade II listed building with glorious art-deco features, Komedia is a stylish setting for a night out in Bath. The venue was formerly Beau Nash cinema, the West of England’s first-ever cinema. Nowadays, world-leading comedy acts, cabaret performers, and DJs tread its stage.

If you’re into your soul, Komedia is likely the venue for you. Each Saturday, Komedia hosts Motorcity, one of Bath’s busiest club nights. Expect to hear all the soul, funk, and Motown classics until the early hours of the morning, with some drinks deals worth getting down early for.

The Dark Horse 

The Dark Horse serves expertly-mixed cocktails in moody interiors.
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For a stiff drink towards the end of the night, there’s only one place to go. The Dark Horse is a subterranean cocktail bar with sophisticated interiors and a late-night vibe: think dark leather sofas, dim lighting, and expertly mixed drinks.

Situated in Kingsmead Square, this hidden gem has won awards for its lively atmosphere and great quality drinks. ​​It was voted top 4 best new cocktail bars in the world by Tales Of The Cocktail 2016 and top 3 in the UK by Imbibe Magazine 2017. The staff are expert mixologists, who are deeply knowledgeable about their craft – you won’t get any bog-standard mojitos or piña coladas here! While certainly on the expensive side of the spectrum, it’s definitely worth heading to the Dark Horse for one or two during your visit to Bath.

Opium

Opium is Bath's 'best-known secret.'
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Opium is a late-night hangout that describes itself as Bath’s ‘best-known secret.’ The bar has decadently-adorned interiors featuring a hotchpotch mix of antique furniture and gold-framed artworks. There’s a decent array of different beers and an extensive cocktail list to choose from at Opium. Our tip? Try the Malina – a dessert cocktail with a dreamy blend of hazelnut, raspberry, and vanilla. Opium has a private room to hire for functions, with the promise of a karaoke machine for late-night sing-alongs.

Circo Cellar Bar & Lounge

Circo Cellar Bar & Lounge has been voted the best bar in Bath.
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Circo Cellar Bar & Lounge is one of the best nightlife spots in Bath. In 2019, it was voted Bath’s best bar. Housed in a Georgian basement, this stylishly decorated bar serves up good-quality cocktails in a cozy atmopshere. Every Friday and Saturday night, the arrival of DJs transforms the bar into a mini club. With friendly staff and a lively atmosphere, Circo is not to be missed!

The Bell Inn

The Bell Inn is a much-loved, community-owned pub just outside the city center.

No list of nightlife in Bath would be complete without a mention of The Bell Inn. The Bell Inn is a much-loved, community-owned pub just on the outskirts of Bath city center.

The Bell Inn is less swanky in its interiors than some of the city’s slicker cocktail bars, but this just adds to its appeal. It has a great selection of real ales, as well as live jazz, folk and blues music three times a week – what more could you ask for? For those up for a boogie, the pub hosts live DJs most Fridays and Saturdays. And if you head here on Sundays, you can sample freshly-made, woodfired pizza from a local pizza van. 

Does Bath have good nightlife?

While Bath’s nightlife is no match for Bristol – its larger, much rowdier neighbor – the city is home to a small yet thriving nightlife scene. What the city lacks in terms of nightclubs, it certainly makes up for in quirky cocktail bars and cozy pubs. Every Friday and Saturday night, Bath comes alive with people heading to its many different bars and pubs for their evening antics. A small and quaint city, Bath is certainly not famous for its nightlife – but there’s certainly fun to be had here.

Where is the best club in Bath for students?

Moles is the best club in Bath for students. The venue attracts some of the best DJs and live music acts, and hosts club nights throughout the week. Cheesy Tuesday is student night at Moles, with cheap deals on drinks, discounted entry, and non-stop cheesy pop.

Is Bath good for pubs?

Bath has plenty of pubs to choose from. For regular live music and a brilliant selection of ale, head to The Bell Inn; for a delicious pub lunch, Hare & Hounds is one of the city’s best gastropubs, and if you’re after something really traditional, The Star Inn, one of the oldest pubs in Bath is definitely worth a visit. 

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Charlotte Hanwell is a writer and travel enthusiast from London. Her studies of Spanish language and literature have taken her from Barcelona to Buenos Aires. In between travels, she loves to run, read and cook her way around the world.