From the heart of Hereford town centre right the way out to the edge of the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, there are all manner of marvellous bars, pubs and clubs offering delicious drinks and dastardly dancing.
Nightlife in Hereford
The Lichfield Vaults is a lovely wood-panelled pub on Church Street with rustic vibes and bags full of character. The ale selection is terrific, and there’s a great decked seating area to the rear for when the weather’s warm. If you want to watch some rugby, it’s among the most popular pubs in Hereford. There’s also live music the last Sunday of each month. Somewhat of a curveball is the food, which takes inspiration from the owner’s Cypriot roots. You wouldn’t expect a Greek menu of properly gorgeous eating.
Sitting on the edge of the Wye Valley, the Moon Inn may be a few miles from our Hereford hotel but it’s worth the mileage to sample this excellent countryside pub. It’s a Timothy Taylor’s pub, so we’re already off to a winner. It means you can grab a perfectly pulled pint of Landlord and chow down on some unbelievably good homemade pub grub. Honestly, the belly pork is the stuff of dreams.
The Stables on West Street is our next recommendation. It’s a horse racing-themed pub, which makes for an interesting setting. However, if you’re plotting a visit to Hereford Racecourse, one of the top options in terms of entertainment in Hereford, then where better to grab a pint before having a punt on the horses. The Stables’ enormous gin selection is also one of the best in the county.
The pub with the most knowledgeable staff in Hereford simply has to be Beer in Hand, a brilliant micropub at the edge of town on Eign Street. It’s a supremely cool spot to grab a drink with an ever-changing selection of beers, ales and crafty bevs from some of the best and most creative breweries in the business.
Saving the best until last, The Barrels is undoubtedly the most popular pub in Hereford. It’s an 18th-century coaching inn on St Owen Street with a stellar selection of Wye Valley Beers and an incredible courtyard for those warm and sunny days. Inside the pub, there are plenty of nooks and crannies as well as lively bars, so whether you want a quiet drink or a taste of a good old-fashioned pub atmosphere, you can enjoy the best of both worlds. There’s live music on the weekends. It’s just an unreal pub. Pay a visit, even to just try a pint of Butty Bach.
Pubs in Hereford
Bars in Hereford
Rubix Bar is all-out ’80s every Friday and Saturday night. Find it on Union Street and stay for banging tunes and outrageous dancing. The place gets absolutely buzzing. It’s basically the most fun you can have on a night out in Hereford.
When you’re looking for somewhere to go for a casual drink, the Hereford Beer House is a modern micropub, bar and bottle shop on West Street. The drinks selection is honestly enormous, hailing from some of the best breweries on the planet. Sour beers to smoked porters and triple IPAs to Omnipollo’s ice cream concoctions can all be found here, and it’s particularly good for cider enthusiasts, too.
The Left Bank Village is an awesome complex on Bridge Street, which overlooks the River Wye. We’ve already mentioned it among our favourite Hereford entertainment options. It’s home to Charles’ Bar – the only rooftop bar in Hereford, which offers fantastic views of the city, better cocktails and an excellent wine list. De Koffie Pit is the downstairs emporium of real ales and local ciders with a casual yet stylish setting. Lastly, it’s also home to Hereford’s only underground nightclub, The Speakeasy, which hosts club nights, live music, and comedy.
Play is the largest nightclub in Hereford. It’s open from Thursday to Sunday morning and brings in big crowds thanks to its track record of booking high-end DJs and celebrity appearances. There are two rooms for you to choose from; the main arena caters for a younger crowd with the latest bangers and contemporary vibes. On the other hand, Play 54 caters for an older audience. Expect classic anthems and serious dance moves. Sure, it’s cheesier, but we’d argue it’s more fun.