The 10 Best Bars In Nottingham, England

Kelly Bradshaw

Known for its bustling city life and fabulous scenery, Nottingham is highly renowned in the UK for its distinctive selection of bars offering refreshing drinks and lovingly made food. Below is a list of the ten best bars in Nottingham which promise to offer visitors good drink, good food, and good company.

Nottingham Lake at Sunset

1. Baresca

Bar, European, Spanish, Vegetarian

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Bringing a flavour of Spain to the bustling city of Nottingham, Baresca boasts an enticing variety of tapas dishes. The menu includes chorizo and patatas with fried egg, lentil chilli, and tomato, mozzarella and fresh basil flatbread, making this European-style bar is the ideal place to visit for a taste of the Mediterranean. Baresca is also known for its delicious selection of cocktails, making it the perfect place to relax with an accompaniment of wholesome, exceptional food.

2. Pepper Rocks

Bar, British

Creating a warm, sociable atmosphere ideal for conversing with friends, Pepper Rocks is an inviting bar and crêperie offering an array of cocktails and tasty food. Described as having a retro industrial style providing low-slung sofas and other distinctive comfortable seating, Pepper Rocks creates a homely environment. Also offering outdoor seating, Pepper Rocks is sure to provide visitors with a relaxing experience away from the bustling bars of the city centre.

3. Das Kino

Bar, Pub Grub

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Offering a large array of cocktails, pizzas, and even ping pong tables, this bar and eating establishment creates the perfect environment for a relaxed social gathering. Known for its enticing variety of quick bites and generously sized dinners such as butternut squash with cumin and chilli, and pizzas packed with tasty toppings including free range baked chicken and parma ham, Das Kino has much to offer. Also hosting many events throughout the year such as live music, Das Kino boasts a lively environment packed with tasty dishes.

4. Tilt Bar

Bar, Cocktail Bar, British

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Renowned for its inventive drinks and live blues music, Tilt Bar has been described as the best cocktail bar in Nottingham. From the well-known and loved classics such as daiquiris, to more daring concoctions including the chilli dipper martini, Tilt Bar is sure to provide something for everyone. With a candlelit setting and traditional wooden seating, this cosy bar creates a comforting and homely atmosphere, making it popular all year round.

5. Sobar

Bar, Restaurant, British

Hot chocolate
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A distinctive alcohol-free bar and restaurant, Sobar has been described as having an alternative, vibrant and welcoming environment. With an enticing English cuisine comprised of paninis, burgers, homemade soup, fish finger sandwiches, milkshakes and hot chocolates, this bar and eating establishment has something to suit all tastes. Providing a refreshing alternative to mainstream bars and restaurants in Nottingham, Sobar is one of a kind.

6. Ye Olde Salutation Inn

Bar, Pub, British

Ye Olde Salutation Inn
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An ancient 15th century establishment situated above Anglo-Saxon caves, this historical building is located in the heart of the city centre, and provides an array of refreshing drinks and hearty pub food. From sharing nachos and baguettes to mighty meat and vegetarian sharing platters, Ye Olde Salutation Inn caters to a variety of tastes. Hosting regular rock nights and events offering rock and metal genres, this distinctive, cosy bar is one of a kind.

7. Sinatra

Bar, Restaurant, British, European

Soup and bread
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A European bar and restaurant offering a simplistic, yet modern casual dining room and an inviting heated al fresco patio perfect for cold winter nights, Sinatra holds an impressive reputation for producing food and drinks of an exceptionally high quality. The menu includes enticing lunch dishes, such as freshly made salmon salad sandwiches with lemon and chive cream cheese, and à la carte food including mushroom and butternut squash risotto.

8. Cucamara

Bar, Cocktail Bar, British

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A reasonably priced tequila house and cocktail bar situated in the heart of Nottingham, Cucamara boasts an impressive selection of drinks, such as the infamous leg wobbler cocktail and double shots of the finest gold tequila. With no strict dress code, this distinctive bar creates a relaxed yet lively environment. Incredibly popular with students, Cucamara is the ideal place to visit for a bustling night out on the town.

9. The Riverbank Bar & Kitchen

Bar, British

Described as an airy eating establishment with eclectic food and a chic bar, The Riverbank Bar & Kitchen has much to offer. Creating freshly prepared food including roast chicken paella, Thai curries and all-American cheese burgers, The Riverbank Bar & Kitchen is incredibly diverse in its offering of dishes from a range of international cuisines. Also offering stunning riverside views, The Riverbank Bar & Kitchen creates the perfect environment for a romantic meal or a night out with friends.

Malt Cross

A charity-run bar and eating establishment, Malt Cross boasts incredible décor with its wooden black and brown staircase, traditional bar, and plush leather sofas, which creates an old-fashioned and comforting environment. Providing diners with a generous selection of hearty, meaty food such as smoked beef brisket and pulled pork, Malt Cross is sure to satisfy hungry visitors. Offering regular live music and a varied selection of hot drinks, beers, ciders, wines, whisky and spirits, Malt Cross provides something for everyone.
16 St James’s Street, Nottingham, +44 115 941 1048

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