With dozens of bars, pubs and clubs to choose from, St Albans has a buzzing nightlife scene that covers everything from a quiet pint to cool cocktail bars and nightclubs.
Nightlife in St Albans
The Foragers @ The Verulam Arms isn’t just a good name for a pub; it’s also a pub that lives up to its name, as some of the menu is comprised of food and produce sourced from the local area. With 20 ales and craft beers on tap at the Mount Pleasant pub, they have one of the biggest beer offerings in the city. They also serve several beers made at their onsite microbrewery, a range of wild-foraged cocktails and homemade herbal liqueurs. Embrace your inner Bear Grylls and get stuck in!
At the other end of the spectrum, the Waterend Barn is a large JD Wetherspoons pub housed in two converted barns near the Alban Arena. With high exposed beam ceilings, sprawling Chesterfield sofas and quirky rural pub interiors, as well as the usual impressive range of Wetherspoons drinks (and prices), it’s a great city centre pub.
Dating back to the 15th century, The Boot is one of the oldest public houses in St Albans and is said to be built on the spot where the War of the Roses started in 1455. It’s now a classic traditional English pub, with an excellent home-cooked food menu, over a dozen ales, ciders and lagers on draft, and a lively atmosphere.
Heading slightly out of the city centre, the White Hart Tap is one of the older pubs in St Albans, well-known for its roaring log fires in winter, its large beer garden in summer, regular quiz nights and their own batch of home-brewed beers. With top quality food and a wide range of drinks, it’s well worth the 10-minute walk from the city centre.
St Albans nightlife
Pubs in St Albans
Head to George Street in St Albans for a mini bar crawl. Next door to the Clock Tower, you’ll find Suckerpunch, a classy cocktail joint with a lively atmosphere, warm wooden interiors and one of the best drinks menus in the city. A few doors down is Thirty Nine 10, a charming wine shop with an in-house sommelier and regular wine tasting sessions.
Head back over towards George Street, and you’ll see The Snug Bar housed in the 18th-century Fleur De Lys building. A UK-wide branch of bars which specialise in cocktails and comfort food, The Snug Bar has a warm, inviting bar and a beer garden perfect for the summer.
Open Friday and Saturday night until 3am, Club Veeda is a huge three-floor club on Adelaide street, literally around the corner from our St Albans City Centre hotel. With a commercial soundtrack spanning house and RnB, the club also hosts regular guest meet-and-greet sessions, recently including Calum Best and Love Island contestants.
If partying in an elegant and modern Victorian hall sounds like your kind of fun, then Club Batchwood is your ideal pick. On the northern edge of St Albans in the grounds of the Batchwood Golf Course, the stylish hall is turned into a full-on club and cocktail bar every Friday and Saturday night, with several bars and dance floors, as well as a stunning 18th-century chandelier centrepiece. Musically, expect slinky house and commercial grooves, with private booths, several VIP areas and table service available.
Finally, Havana is a popular bar and late night club that offers Friday and Saturday night events, as well as comedy nights and dance classes. With an eclectic playlist that takes in 80s and 90s classics, alongside more contemporary house and RnB music across its two rooms, it’s a versatile bar and club that’s been running since 1990, making it one of the oldest in the area.