Explore Lichfield from bar to bar with the help of our local guide to the city’s nightlife. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite bars and pubs to give you an even spread of excellent options for whenever you fancy a beverage. There are countryside pubs, city centre cocktail bars and everything in between.
Nightlife in Lichfield
The Earl of Lichfield Arms is an old-fashioned pub on Conduit Street, just around the corner from the Samuel Johnson statue. The ale and gin selections are strong, the food is homemade and tasty and on the weekends it gets busy and enjoys an excellent atmosphere.
If you’re catching a train from Lichfield City Station and you fancy a swift one before your travels, the Bitter-Suite Micropub is just around the corner on Upper St John Street. It’s an exceptional micropub with an ever-changing selection of around 10 real ales, cask ales and ciders, which are all kept to perfection. It’s featured in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide, but it’s not just for ale enthusiasts – there’s also a good selection of gins, wines, prosecco and soft drinks. It’s a family-run business, and there’s no bar. It’s the kind of place you go to enjoy a quiet, pleasant drink and good craic. If you’re looking for something livelier, we’d recommend trying elsewhere.
Elsewhere like The Feathers Inn or the George & Dragon, two pubs just off Beacon Park. Both of which are just a 10-minute walk from our Lichfield City Centre hotel. The George & Dragon is just a good, old-fashioned English pub with decent prices, a wide range of drinks and a spacious beer garden with views of the nearby Lichfield Cathedral – one of the top activities in Lichfield.
The Feathers Inn was once five separate cottages, but over the years, they came together to form a brilliant neighbourhood pub with a penchant for live music. There are gigs every weekend, and Tuesday is open mic night. As if that wasn’t enough, the food’s good – portions are huge – and they show live sports too.
One particularly good countryside pub is the Horse & Jockey on Tamworth Road. It’s a coaching inn that dates back to the 19th century. As you can probably tell from the name, its history is intertwined with the old Lichfield racecourse. Tradition rings though everything about the pub, whether that’s the decor, the exceptional service or the tasty menu of British classics. Our top tip is to head down for the Sunday roast. It’s one of our favourites in Lichfield and also great value.
Lastly, The Owl at Lichfield is unlike any of the other pubs we’ve mentioned. This old drinking den has been transformed into a stylish yet casual restaurant-bar with colourful decor and a creative menu of sumptuous cuisine. A word to the wise, whatever you order, make sure you leave room to try one of their speciality ice cream sundaes.
Pubs in Lichfield
Beerbohm is a brilliant bar on Tamworth Street with rustic decor, vintage knick-knacks and a wall of booze and spirits hailing from around the world. The gin selection is particularly exceptional with more than 80 different bottles to try and choose from. It’s a popular spot so don’t be surprised to find the place heaving, especially on the weekend. There is extra seating upstairs, although it’s not as lively as the vibrant ground-floor bar area.
Nearby on Bird Street, The Wine House is a stylish restaurant with a fab bar area concocting some of the best cocktails in Lichfield. There are bottomless brunch deals for every day of the week and an impressive array of beverages to bash through.
If it’s cocktails you’re after, another good option on Bird Street is Le Rêve. Inside, it’s modern and stylish. When it’s quiet, the expert mixologists offer table service, while in the evenings – particularly on the weekend – the bar is among the livelier options if you’re looking for somewhere to boogie in Lichfield.
To round things off with a couple of honourable mentions, 55 Wade Street is another stylish restaurant with a beautiful bar area that’s perfect for a drink before visiting the Garrick Theatre, the top Lichfield entertainment venue, which is just over the road. Lastly, Faro Lounge is always a safe option. You’ll find it on Market Street. It’s a cafe-bar with an all-day menu of food from around the world and a long list of drinks that’ll please even the pickiest of perusers.