When it comes to nightlife, Stoke-on-Trent’s bars, pubs and clubs offer something for everyone, whether that’s quiet pints, gin palaces, or all-nighters. We’ve gathered some of our favourites for you to choose from, focussing on places within walking distance of our Stoke-on-Trent hotels, so you can do away with the designated driver and dive into a night out in ‘the Potteries’.
Nightlife in Stoke-on-Trent
You’ll find some of the best pubs in Stoke-on-Trent within easy walking distance of one another towards the bottom end of Newcastle-under-Lyme town centre. First up is The Lymestone Vaults. It’s hidden down an alleyway off the High Street. It’s the brewery tap for the local Lymestone Brewery. Inside, you’ll find a lovely relaxed pub with an open fire, a small menu of simple and delicious homemade food, a fantastic selection of gins and real ales, board games to keep you busy, and a no swearing policy to keep things friendly.
Next up, continue to the bottom of the High Street, cross the road and call into the Bridge Street Ale House. It’s an ale-lovers paradise with a purist’s approach to running a pub. There’s no music, they don’t sell shots, spirits or Carling, just a small selection of ever-changing real ales and ciders. The staff are welcoming and certainly know their stuff, and as an added bonus, it’s a dog-friendly pub, too.
When you fancy moving on, head to The Old Brown Jug at the bottom of Bridge Street. It’s a long-standing traditional pub that ticks all the right boxes, with real ales, spirit selections, friendly staff, and good music. It regularly hosts live music, and on the weekends stays open until late with DJs adding to the atmosphere.
Before we move onto bars, we’ll give an honourable mention to a newcomer to Newcastle-under-Lyme’s nightlife, the Hopwater Cellar, which you could throw into your Bridge Street pub crawl before heading back to our Newcastle-under-Lyme hotel.
Bars in Stoke-on-Trent
When it comes to bars, again there are some excellent options in Newcastle-under-Lyme. The Ten Green Bottles Co is a gin palace with a fab selection of craft beers. It’s slick, stylish and as good a place as any to start your night in Newcastle. Over the road, the Thirsty Giraffe is worth a mention, too. Or, if you’re looking for dancing and drinks deals, another lively option in Newcastle is the Revolution opposite the bus station.
Moving on to Hanley, if you’re in the Cultural Quarter, then pay a visit to Bottle Craft on Piccadilly. When it comes to beers, they have quite a selection, with more than 200 different bottles and cans from the four corners of the world, as well as a dozen beers on tap. You can check out their website to see what’s on before you visit, or to see what’s coming soon if you’re planning ahead. On the off chance that nothing takes your fancy, they also sell cider, wines and spirits. Plus, it’s just next door to RAWR, one of our favourite places to eat in Stoke-on-Trent.
If you’re staying out late for a night on the town, The Sugarmill doubles up as one of the best clubs in Hanley, as well as one of the best venues in terms of entertainment in Stoke-on-Trent. Spread across three floors, including a top-class roof terrace, it’s always a quality option. Electric Fridays are the longest running alternative club nights in the county, and on the last night of every month, it turns into an all-nighter. Keep an eye out for The Sugarmill’s legendary house night, The Move. It takes place every bank holiday Sunday, as well as some Saturdays, and books some of the biggest names in house music from around the world.
Directly over the road, another option is to queue up for Fiction, the biggest nightclub in Stoke-on-Trent. You probably know what to expect from this nationwide chain of clubs – huge dancefloors, cheap drinks (if you make the most of their deals), and one of the latest licenses in the city, so you can stay out until the sun comes up before stumbling your way 10 minutes down the road to our Stoke-on-Trent (Hanley) hotel.
Okay, time to round things up. We’ll finish with Pink, arguably the best night out in Stoke-on-Trent. It’s on Stafford Street, but you really aren’t going to have a tough time finding it; the front is lit up like a Christmas tree with pink neon and signage. It’s open until 4am from Thursday through to Monday morning. Inside, you’ll find drag queen DJs, £1 drinks deals, and one of the most fun-loving crowds around.