Pay a visit to some of our favourite pubs and bars along this stretch of the Somerset coast. If you’ve spent the day on the beach or in Exmoor National Park, these are our pick of the places to quench your thirst. There’s also great eating options, and some dance floors to be filled too.
Nightlife in Minehead
Make your way to the seafront Quay Street at the top of town and pay a visit to The Old Ship Aground. It overlooks the harbour and is arguably the most picturesque pub in Minehead. It’s also one of our favourites for a swift half on a sunny afternoon. It boasts an excellent selection of ales on tap and a large beer garden to the front of the pub. If you’re peckish, The Old Ship Aground could’ve comfortably graced our page dedicated to our favourite places to eat in Minehead. It’s restaurant quality food, with local produce and fresh fish, in the cosy setting of a seaside inn.
Another excellent pub for ale and homemade eating is The Queens Head on Holloway Street, just off The Avenue. It serves your usual pub grub – cooked to a very high standard – but we’d recommend sampling some of their Thai options. Yes, a pub doubling down as a Thai restaurant probably sounds odd but the food is delicious. You can also expect excellent service, a lively bar of locals, and a Sunday roast that will knock your socks off.
If you’re looking for cheap drinks or a fast meal, it’s hard to beat a Wetherspoons. The local here in Minehead is The Duke of Wellington. You’ll find it on Wellington Square. It’s a 19th-century coaching inn that’s been converted into a huge pub with plenty of seating, a bountiful bar and an adjoining Lloyds bar that’s open until the early hours of the morning, in case you fancy a bit of dancing.
Pubs in Minehead
Bars in Minehead
Moving on to our favourite bars in the area. The Pebbles Tavern is absolutely top drawer. You’ll need the number of a taxi, or a designated driver, as it’s a short fifteen-minute drive from our Minehead hotel, but worth making the trip to Watchet Harbour for this eclectic bar. There’s live music, the walls are lined with all kinds of antiques and knick-knacks, the locals are welcoming, and the drinks selection is excellent – it’s one of CAMRA’s favourite watering holes in Somerset, but as well as ale you can go for rum, gins, whisky and wine.
The Hairy Dog on The Avenue is back in the heart of the action in the middle of Minehead. We’ve already mentioned it once among our favourite places to eat in Minehead but we felt it’s worth mentioning again as it’s one of the best places to enjoy a drink in town thanks to its well-priced drinks, spacious setting and great atmosphere.
Alternatively, you can go directly over the road to another local favourite on The Avenue, Cafe Bar 21. It has a huge beer garden, excellent evening entertainment including quizzes, comedy and live music. There’s also local DJs on the weekends as well as a slew of drinks deals to keep you out without breaking the bank.