Historic pubs, fancy wine bars and several dance-until-nearly-dawn nightclubs – we’ve rounded up the best bars, pubs and late-night spots in Aberystwyth.
Nightlife in Aberystwyth
The aptly named Inn on the Pier lives up to its name. Part of the Royal Pier entertainment complex, the pub offers pier-end views across Cardigan Bay and a wide range of cocktails, beers, wines and spirits from its central bar. The family and dog-friendly pub also has its own digital jukebox, meaning you can play DJ from your own table!
Up near our Aberystwyth hotel, The Glengower is a modern, stylish and welcoming pub on Victoria Terrace. The pub prides itself on its local selection of ale and cider with up to five cask beers at any one time, while with over 90 whiskies they have one of the best single malt collections in town.
Down on the High Street behind the castle is the Ship & Castle, a small Victorian-era pub with one of the best selection of real ales, spirits, cider and lager in the region. With its cool, exposed-brick walls, neat wooden detailing and old-fashioned seats, it’s a winning mix of the old and the new.
Heading out of the town centre along the start of the Rheidol Valley, the Black Lion is a semi-rural pub on the edge of Aberystwyth. The beer garden proves popular in summer, busy with families and dog-walkers, while their food and drinks are first rate, especially their Sunday carvery.
Bars in Aberystwyth
A cosy and welcoming bar overlooking the Aberystwyth harbour, Rummers Wine Bar is a fine place to start your evening. With exposed stone walls, smart wooden benches and tables and an excellent range of wine, cocktails and beers, it’s a popular weekend spot especially when the sun is shining thanks to its outdoor terrace.
For cocktails, look no further than The Libertine. Not only is it stumbling distance from our Aberystwyth hotel – we’d say it’s less than 100m away – the bar is renowned for its high-quality cocktails using fine ingredients and even a touch of chemical magic. With a cool speakeasy atmosphere, a loyal following and plenty of wine and beer on the menu, it’s a firm favourite and comes highly recommended.
Head down Corporation Street and you’ll find Kanes Bar, a traditional pub that’s been serving real cider and ale since 1989. Factor in live sports on several big-screen TVs and regular drinks promotions and you have a winning combination.
Finally, Baravin is a wonderful all-rounder. The stylish bar and restaurant is just as proficient when it comes to cocktails and fine wines as it is pizza, pasta and international classics. Plus, thanks to the large glass frontage on the circular bar, you can take in the gorgeous Cardigan Bay view from virtually every table.
Perched at the end of the Royal Pier, the Pier Pressure club certainly lives up to its name. The biggest and busiest club in town, the club is equipped with some impressive technology including 4k Ultra-HD screens and a state-of-the-art light and sound system. If you’re organised, you can book your booth overlooking the dancefloor in advance, or simply turn up on a Friday or Saturday night after 10pm to bag your spot.
The other-late night option in Aberystwyth is The Angel Inn, a lively and rowdy pub with a regular 4am license. Popular with students and locals, they have an open-minded events policy meaning the music can cover drum and bass, house, hip hop and more so check ahead to see what’s happening when you’re in town.