Whether you’re looking for a quiet pint in one of the UK’s oldest pubs, a lively cocktail or a late-night dance-off, you’ll find it all in Dumfries.
Nightlife in Dumfries
One of the oldest pubs in the UK dating back to 1610, the Globe Inn on High Street was a regular favourite of local hero Robert Burns back in the day (the 18th century, to be more precise) and remains a historical and popular watering hole. The well-stocked bar is packed with cask ales, whiskies, wine and spirits, with a strong range of pub grub and weekly live music sessions, while the pub even has its own gift shop and Burns-related museum!
A converted coaching inn overlooking the River Nith, the Coach and Horses Inn is another venerable public house with a traditional flagstone floor and roaring open fire in the winter. With regular live music, welcoming staff and a dedicated team of supporters and local drinkers, it’s a lively pub and a great place for a weekend pint.
Nearby on Buccleuch Street is the Caven Arms, an award-winning CAMRA pub dedicated to pulling the finest local pints. The food and service are top-notch, and the drinks – including guest ales, craft beers, fine wines and single malt whiskies – are some of the best in town.
A part of the Dumfries nightlife scene for nearly five years now, N’Dulge is a vibrant and stylish bar that serves up tea, coffee, cocktails, craft beer and lagers. Grab a bite to eat from their pub grub menu or head down on Friday and Saturday night for their DJ playing a cross-selection of party tunes until 2am.
Just around the corner on English Street is the Urban Grill, another popular bar that mixes a large range of food, well-presented drinks and a modern wooden interior nicely decked out in fairy lights.
Further north towards the train station is Waverley Bar. With a wide range of comfort food, a good drinks menu and all the live sport, it’s the perfect place if you’ve got a bit of spare time before your train.
Finally, The Granary is a good looking bar/restaurant with spacious booths, a pool table and live football on the big screens
Part nightclub and part concert hall, The Venue is one of the leading weekend destinations in Dumfries. A two-floor venue, you can start the night at the Live Lounge – one of the leading music venues in the region – before heading up to the club, which is open every Friday and Saturday until 3am. With guest promoters in each week, the music can vary from rock, pop and retro tunes to house music, drum and bass and disco, so check ahead for the latest listings.