Whether you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy a well-earned pint, a gaming-bar where you can grab a beer and try out VR, a speakeasy with a hidden entrance or the city’s Ministry of Sound nightclub, our guide to Lincoln’s nightlife has got it all.
Nightlife in Lincoln
To give you an idea of how varied Lincoln’s bar scene can be, we’ll get things started with Akedo. Inspired by the gaming cafés and bars of Korea and Japan, here you can enjoy a drink while playing 21 different video game consoles from every generation. It means you can get your nostalgia trip from arcade classics, such as Space Invaders and Street Fighter, or don a virtual reality headset and fully immerse yourself in the latest releases. While it doesn’t quite match up to their selection of nearly 2,000 games, the range of speciality beers is actually very good. Plus, if you’re worried that VR and alcohol sound like a recipe for nausea, don’t worry – they also sell hot drinks and other non-alcoholic options too.
The Strait and Narrow is a rather more conventional bar, but it’s one of the most popular in the city. Located, as their name suggests, on The Straight, their mantra is that you’ll find whatever drink you want in there. They stock more than 120 bottles of beer from every corner of the world, along with an impressive wine list, top-shelf spirits and a mind-boggling menu of cocktails. You can expect quality music, with DJs on every night.
Their sister venue The Rogue Saint is also one of the city’s top spots. It’s an Irish American bar with attitude. As well as claiming to pull the best Guinness in town, they also whip up cracking cocktails and there’s live music on every Friday and Saturday from 10pm.
For a laid-back atmosphere and some of the best cocktails in the city, you can find Vice & Co’s secret entrance in what appears to be a TV repair shop along Corporation Street. If you’re just popping in for a quick drink, you can sit at the bar upstairs, but if you fancy staying for a while, we’d recommend booking a table downstairs where you’ll enjoy table service, as well as popcorn while you ‘um’ and ‘ah’ over which cocktail to try first.
The West End Tap
If you fancy a pint in Lincoln, you’ve got more than your fair share of pubs to choose from. We’ve picked out some of the most popular ones on our page dedicated to pubs in Lincoln.
With a large and lively student population, there’s no shortage of clubs to go to in Lincoln. Home is spread across six rooms, with not one, not two, but three dance floors over different levels, dropping bangers from all eras and genres.The Studio on the bottom floor is our favourite, with its huge LED-lit dance floor and complimentary cheesy 80s and 90s soundtrack. The Loft is all about RnB; meanwhile, The Main Arena hosts international DJs and Ministry of Sound nights.
Opposite the Bierkeller on Silver Street, you’ll find a building that’s one of Lincoln’s clubbing institutes. There’s been a nightclub on the same spot for over three decades – its current iteration is Moka & Shack, where they have cheap drinks, a 4am licence and decent music to get you dancing.
We’ll round things off with a relative newcomer to Lincoln, Fever & Boutique. Two clubs for the price of one; head down to the High Street and take your pick between its two dance floors. Fever is all about pop and party, and you can have a great time just throwing down some shapes on their lit-up dance floor while checking yourself out in the mirrored walls! Boutique, on the other hand, is all about big-club anthems and the best RnB.