Whilst it may be lacking a club scene, Stevenage is still a great night out if you know where to go. From lively pubs with regular live music to swanky cocktail bars, you’ll find it all here. We have even thrown in a couple of chilled out pubs with great food menus in case you fancy a quiet one and a bite to eat. Plus, with one of the UK’s first ever pedestrianised town centres, a lot of Stevenage’s best pubs and bars are a short traffic-free walk from each other.
Nightlife in Stevenage
Pubs in Stevenage
Bars in Stevenage
Stevenage bars and pubs
Opposite the train station and a short stroll from our Stevenage Central hotel, the Chequers Beer House is a great place to start. With over 15 beers, real ales, ciders and lagers on tap, they have one of the best drink selections in town, serve a range of classic pub-grub dishes and have cosy booth-style seating you can happily settle into for a couple of hours whilst exploring the pub’s ale trail.
Heading along the High Street into the northern edge of the town centre, you’ll find The Red Lion and the Marquis of Lorne next door to each other. The Red Lion has one of the best jukeboxes in town and a reliable roster of guest bands and residents, and also offer a mean range of cocktails, including sharing pitchers perfect for a night out. The Marquis of Lorne, meanwhile, is a lovely old-fashioned pub with a roaring log fire in winter, beer garden and patio for the summer and regular events including a pub quiz and weekend disco sessions.
If you’re staying at our Stevenage North hotel, one of the closest pubs we’d recommend is The Fisherman. Recently refurbished, the pub has one of the best kitchens in Stevenage, with good prices, big portions and an expansive menu that covers classics as well as more unusual dishes like tagine and lamb kebabs.
If you’re looking for a country pub, with an excellent Sunday lunch, look no further than The Crown. On the eastern edge of Stevenage in the sleepy hamlet of Aston End, a few miles from the town centre, the beer garden (complete with its own table tennis table and outdoor sofas) overlooks acres of rolling green fields, while the open fire indoor is just as alluring if it’s cold out. The menu rotates every season and covers light bites, kids options and plenty of mouth-watering burgers and wood-fired pizzas, while they have a stellar range of cask ales, boutique gins, single malts and fine wines behind the bar.
For those looking for something a bit livelier, one of the best late-night bars in Stevenage is Bar & Beyond. A popular nation-wide chain, you’ll find the quirky cocktail joint in the Stevenage Leisure Park. Open until 3am at the weekend, they serve up a wide range of cocktails and late-night snacks, with ticket-only events at the weekend for the club section featuring guest DJs playing a range of current movers and shakers.