From romantic cocktail bars to riotous late-night clubs, and sports bars to historical pubs, Chester has the right venue to suit every occasion.
With more cocktail bars than you could shake a (miniature) umbrella at, you’re never far from a well-made cosmopolitan or mojito in Chester. We’ve rounded up our favourite five Chester bars in our dedicated page.
If you’re a fan of mile-long walks through town being rewarded with a dizzying array of craft ales, then the Goat and Munch is the pub for you. Located slightly out of town in the Garden Quarter and a mile from our Chester Central North hotel, they have more than a dozen ales, ciders, lagers and guest beers on tap, as well as an impressive range of bottled beers, wine and spirits. The slightly makeshift wooden bar gives the Munch a homely feel, while the second room showcases works from local artists that are available to buy. The drinks are all well priced and affordable, and the pub is open from 2pm each day, apart from Monday when it is closed.
Another pub that takes its beer very seriously is the Old Boot Inn. A traditional pub, right down to the low wood-beamed ceilings and its strict no swearing and no hats rule, the Old Boot dates back to the 16th century. With friendly staff and an impressive range of beers, ales and good prices – you might even get change from a tenner for four drinks – there’s a lot to love about this local institution.
Furthest out of town, The Faulkner is located in Hoole, but still less than a mile from the city centre. It’s well worth the trek as it houses an impressive ale selection and a cracking menu, including classics such as steak and ale pie and the more unusual marinated beetroot carpaccio. And if the cask ales don’t do it for you, they have a dozen-strong gin menu, cocktails, mocktails and an extensive wine list. If you’re looking for a classic gastropub, this should fit the bill.
While Chester might do bars and pubs as well as any comparable city, its clubs are a cut above. Both Rosie’s and Cruise are genuine mega-clubs; multilevel spaces offering different music on each floor and with almost a dozen bars between them.
Just 600m from our Chester City Centre hotel, Cruise cost £2.6 million when it was built in 2012. A six-room behemoth with each room taking a different theme – the Manhattan Disco, Bangkok, Svenska, Cool Britannia, Moskva and Puerto Banus – it’s a sprawling, high-end club that opens on Monday, Friday and Saturday. The drinks deals are just as impressive as the stylish rooms, with half-price prosecco before 11pm on Saturdays.
Located in the heart of the city, near the Chester Cross, Rosie’s is popular with a slightly younger crowd. Open every night, the multi-floor venue is something of an institution, best known for its cheesy music and cheap drinks. Pop pickers will love the newly opened Popworld floor, while the other two rooms reverberate to the sounds of hip-hop, RnB and commercial dance music. They also host plenty of guest appearances and live PAs, including meet-and-greet sessions with the last two I’m A Celebrity winners.
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