Our local guide to King’s Lynn’s nightlife takes you on an adventure from tiny micropubs to cheesy nightclubs and everything in between. We’ve picked out riverside favourites and historic boozers, modern growler houses and live-music pubs, so there’ll surely be something up your street.
Nightlife in Kings Lynn
The Crown & Mitre is a top pub. This riverside boozer enjoys stunning views, legions of locals and some of the tastiest food in King’s Lynn. It could have easily been chosen among our favourite places to eat in King’s Lynn, but we’ve placed it here at the masthead of our pub picks because it’s an absolute belter. The walls are lined with nautical memorabilia, the ales are well-kept and the authentic fireplace is perfect for thawing the chill from your bones on a wicked winter evening. It’s also just around the corner from the Alive Corn Exchange, so if you were planning on paying a visit to the King’s Lynn entertainment kingpin, then call in for a swift one beforehand.
Another excellent choice is the Nip and Growler Craft Ale House on the High Street. It’s a modern pub with a carefully curated menu of some exceptional local ales and ciders. It’s run by two friends who have decided to bring the best beers from the nearest microbreweries to the discerning ale boffins of King’s Lynn. There are 13 taps in total, and they tend to change every day. You can sip your way through them all without getting too rough, as the alehouse offers third, half and two-thirds measures. Plus, there are shelves of board games to keep you occupied as well.
Maids Head is another popular pub on the High Street. First off, the adjoining Winepress Restaurant has two AA Rosettes to its name and serves some outrageously good food. However, if you’re just after a drink, Maids Head is a stellar pub with old-world decor and a rich history that winds back to the 1200s and includes the rumour that Horatio Nelson had his first pint in the pub. Top tip, visit on a Sunday for the roast – it’s delicious.
Other honourable mentions go to The Eagle on Norfolk Street, which is a Castle Rock pub with a good choice of ales and regular live music, and Marriott’s Warehouse on South Quay, which is one of the most popular waterside watering holes in King’s Lynn and has a great beer garden facing the river, which enjoys exceptional evening views of the sunset.
The London Porterhouse is a hidden gem of a micropub on London Road. It’s just a five-minute taxi from our King’s Lynn hotel, so you can sample as many of its excellent ales as you like without having to worry about an extortionate trip back to the comfort of your Hypnos king-sized bed.
Last but not least, if you have time to kill before catching your train from King’s Lynn Station, make your way to The Fenman. It’s a lovely pub and directly over the road from the station. As you’d expect, there are heaps of railway memorabilia on the walls as well as a good selection of drinks behind the bar.
As the afternoon edges into the evening, and you feel the urge to enjoy some dancing and a change of scenery from King’s Lynn’s excellent pubs, here are a couple of our favourite clubs in town, which are perfect for continuing your night out.
Bar & Beyond on Norfolk Street is a stylish bar with a late license and popular DJs when it’s open on Friday and Saturday nights. The Mojito Lounge on Broad Street is a fancy cocktail bar with great music, a better dance floor and friendly staff. Lastly, DT’s is the legendary local venue with cheap drinks, a larger-than-life atmosphere and popular themed nights. Find it on Norfolk Street.