With 10,000 students in town, there is no shortage of cheap drinks and loud music. But there’s plenty more to Bangor’s nightlife scene as our round-up uncovers.
Nightlife in Bangor
A true Bangor institution, The Skerries at the northern end of the town centre is classic Welsh bar known for its good beer, large garden and regular live music sessions every Saturday night. As well as a large beer and ale selection, they have a range of cocktails and a very healthy stock of speciality gins.
On the western side of Bangor close to the Pontio Arts and Innovation Centre is Patrick’s Irish Bar, one of the leading Irish pubs in town. You’d expect them to have a decent range of real ales, bitters and lagers, but they also have a 30-strong collection of gins and mixers and a bar menu spanning traditional classics and plenty of vegan and gluten-free options.
Next door on Holyhead Road is The Belle Vue, a Bangor favourite thanks to its food menu spanning burgers, pizzas and wraps and its action-packed events including live music every weekend, weekly quiz nights and open mike sessions. It also has one of the biggest beer gardens in Bangor, perfect for soaking up the summer sun with craft ale, organic, fair trade coffee or one of their speciality gins.
Sports fans will find all they need at Varsity on the High Street. They have several pool and table football tables and Bangor’s largest screen showing all the latest sports action – with an emphasis on Welsh rugby – plus a wide array of drinks and classic pub grub. The lively bar is also a great late-night hang-out, with a heated beer garden and guest DJs each weekend.
Open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, Peep Nightclub on Dean Street is a student favourite with cheap drinks, loud music and late-night dancing until 3am spread across three floors and two rooms.
Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, Cube is Bangor’s largest club with four rooms of music on the weekend spanning house and R & B, cheesy pop classics, mainstream dance and Bier Haus, their German-themed bar that also screens the big sporting action. Although geared towards students, it’s the most grown-up of the clubs in Bangor and, thanks to the four rooms, has plenty of options.
Rounding out Bangor’s club scene is Academi, an official student club a short walk from the Students’ Union often open Monday, Wednesday and Saturday nights with cheap drinks and sing-a-long classics.