You don’t need to head for the hustle and bustle of Birmingham to have a good night out around here. Historic pubs, classy cocktail joints and lively nightclubs are all here in good measure.
Nightlife in Walsall
Thanks to its rich industrial history, Walsall has a wide range of historic pubs with all manner of traditional names. One of our favourites is the Black Country Arms near the Old Square Shopping Centre. It’s one of the best real ale pubs in the West Midlands and one of the oldest, dating as far back as 1627. Boasting over 16 real ales, ciders and lagers on tap, it has one of the best drink selections in Walsall, while their food menu spans lunch and dinner and covers all the pub classics including an expansive all-day breakfast brunch special, burgers, pies as well as several Black Country specialities.
If you like the Black Country Arms, you’ll love Pretty Bricks which is run by the same brewing company. On the northern edge of the town centre, the snug pub is as traditional as they come, with pub games, live acoustic music and quiz nights, as well as a good range of food including tapas and cheese nights.
For more real ale thrills, head north to The Fountain, another vintage West Midlands pub steeped in history and with an excellent bar stocked full of real ales and local brews. Recently renovated and given a second lease of life, the small pub can quickly get busy, especially when they throw special events, so get down early to bag the best seats.
Heading out of the town centre, The Ivy House Pub is one of the best country pubs, but still only a short drive from our Walsall M6 hotel. The warm and welcoming pub has five distinct indoor areas meaning you’ll always find somewhere to sit, and if the sun is shining, the pub garden overlooks the gently rolling countryside (and comes with heating and lighting). They have a wide range of guest ales and have an excellent restaurant serving up top-notch home-cooked pub grub.
Bars in Walsall
There are several bars a short stroll from our Walsall Town Centre hotel, including Bar 10, a brilliant all-rounder that covers live music, bespoke cocktails, live sport on big screens, guest DJs at the weekend, a dizzying array of drinks and spirits and bar food. And, handily, it’s opposite the Walsall canal so you’re in the heart of the action.
A short walk north along Birchills St and you’ll find the Lion Bar & Club, the town’s biggest LGBT bar and club with a friendly atmosphere, late-night dancing, an outdoor bar and terrace and regular weekend events.
Heading back into Walsall, The Registry is a popular watering hole on Leicester Street that has one of the best entertainment lineups in town spanning quiz nights, karaoke sessions, live bands, guest DJs and 18 HD screens showing all the latest sporting action.
On the same street, you’ll also find St Matthews Hall, a Wetherspoons pub meaning cheap prices, plenty of real ale action and big food portions, all contained in a historic building dating back to 1831 when it was originally built as the town’s main library.
Wine fans will want to check out the un-Wine-d Bar & Coffee Shop a short distance away in Aldridge. It’s not just wine that they excel at, as you can get excellent cocktails and craft ales as well. But the wine selection is excellent, with dozens of white, reds and roses from across the world, while the charming, laid-back atmosphere will keep you coming back for repeat visits.
Open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, Religion on Bridge Street is a cheap and cheerful club that offers wallet-friendly weekend drinks and entry, with a chart-friendly mix of RnB and dance classics as well as a rooftop smoking terrace. The club also runs a regular Under-16s event with soft drinks and regular reality TV celebrity guests.
A short walk away on Lichfield Street you’ll find Manhattan’s, another late-night option which mixes a strong cocktail list with retro pop hits and a lively weekend crowd.