The nightlife in Southampton includes a lively network of pubs, bars, and clubs for those seeking to extend their day’s experience with more dining, dancing, and drinking. From a 1920s-inspired speakeasy to a superclub featuring destination-themed rooms, this south-coast port city offers an exciting array of experiences to enjoy after your evening meal.

    The atmosphere varies a lot from one venue to the next in Southampton’s nightlife. Being a university town, there are naturally plenty of places catering to students. At the other end of the scale are old-fashioned pubs that add the historical flavour of real ales to the mix. Take a look at our list of the top spots and see which flavour best suits you.


    Duke of Wellington

    Take a hearty swig at a historic pub

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    Officially named the Duke of Wellington in 1815 after its namesake’s famous victory at the Battle of Waterloo, this formidable timber-framed building’s history goes way back to 1220. Take in the historic ambience while enjoying their beer-battered cod or famed Yorkshire pudding.

    At the bar, the Duke of Wellington offers a selection of draught beers and fine ales to go with their delicious pub grub. Come on Friday nights for jazz music and watch out for the monthly pub quiz.

    Location: 36 Bugle St, Southampton SO14 2AH, UK

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 11 am to 12 pm, Sunday from 11 am to 10.30 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)23 8033 9222


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    Bring & Mix

    Savour the 1920s cocktail experience

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    Bring & Mix is the place for you if you’re in the mood to enjoy cocktails tailored to your preferences. This Prohibition-era-inspired speakeasy plays up to the theme very convincingly. A password is required to enter – one you can easily obtain by booking a reservation on their website.

    The next step is easy: bring your spirits of choice and they will mix them for you with their wide array of juices, syrups, cordials, fruits, and herbs to give you a bespoke cocktail experience.

    Location: 36 Upper Bannister St, Southampton SO15 2DG, UK

    Open: Friday–Saturday from 6 pm to 11.15 pm


    Orange Rooms

    Have a drink at the Alps or the South Pacific

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    Located at the heart of Belford, the Orange Rooms is Southampton’s premier independent bar that offers daily themed experiences in its lounges and booths. Chill at the Off Piste, a ski lodge-themed space complete with an alpine-inspired bar and a custom chalet.

    If you’ve got a hankering for the South Pacific, hop over to the Tiki Lounge for their tropical flaming cocktails. If you’re in the mood for retro and prefer easier access to drinks and dancing, the Cassette Booths are located near the dancefloor and the bar.

    Location: 1-2 Vernon Walk, Southampton SO15 2EJ, UK

    Open: Daily from 4 pm to 3 am

    Phone: +44 (0)23 8023 2333



    Dance the night away at this super club

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    Oceana is arguably the most popular club in Southampton, which provides a variety of choices to enjoy the night with its themed rooms, clubs, bars, restaurants and VIP rooms. It’s spread over 3 floors, with a total of 5 bars to choose from.

    The Disco room plays retro-themed music and has an underlit dance floor for those who want to get their groove on, while the Curve features urban tunes with their resident and guest DJs. Go wild at the Icehouse and their laser lighting, confetti cannons, and cutting-edge sound system.

    Location: Leisure World, West Quay Rd, Southampton SO15 1RE, UK

    Open: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 pm to 4 am

    Phone: +44 (0)23 8023 8418


    Grumpy Monkey

    Watch live sports with friends

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    Grumpy Monkey offers live sports on 10 HD screens around its bar and lounge. Situated at the heart of the Cultural Quarter, it's where you can hang out with your friends and watch your favourite team score while downing their selection of craft beer and spirits.

    On weekends, you can listen to DJ sets and live music while trying delicious cocktail concoctions. There are various offers on food and drinks throughout the week, but the 2-for-1 deal on cocktails from 5pm every weekday is definitely the highlight.

    Location: 144 Above Bar St, Southampton SO14 7DU, UK

    Open: Monday–Thursday from 11 am to 11 pm, Friday–Saturday from 11 am to 12 pm, Sunday from 11 am to 8 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)23 8033 1139

    Geri Mileva | Contributing Writer

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