There’s no lack of splendid pubs and bars in Warwick, from quirky cellar spaces to classic country inns. If you prefer the idea of dancing the night away, you can always make the short trip to Leamington Spa, which has an exciting club scene catering for its student population.
Nightlife in Warwick
The villages around Warwick boast some atmospheric country inns which are well worth seeking out. One such is the Tom O’ The Wood in Rowington, only six miles from our Warwick hotel. A picturesque pub close to the Grand Union Canal, it has Fish Friday and Pie Night events, and there’s also live music once a month. The Tom O' The Wood is also dog friendly and serves food sourced from local suppliers, as well as an extensive range of real ales. If beer’s not your thing, there’s even a chance to have afternoon tea there on weekdays.
If you’re looking for somewhere that’s within easy walking distance of our Warwick hotel, may we recommend the Cape of Good Hope? Tucked away by the canal, it’s proud of its range of beers, ciders and wines, as well as pub grub menu which includes delicacies such as black pudding scotch eggs. The Cape Crew also offer a wide range of themed nights and entertainment such as Mussel Madness, where you can tuck into mussels from Cornwall, and Joker Poker.
Warwick’s historic town centre, of course, has its fair share of excellent hostelries. One of the most popular is the Tilted Wig. Just off the Market Place, it’s a historic coaching inn which was originally known in the 17th century as the Green Dragon. These days, it aspires to a much more modern vibe, with its range of ales and fine wines being accompanied by contemporary food offerings such as courgette fritters and crispy salt and pepper squid with lime infused sweet chilli sauce.
Another popular spot in the town centre is the Roebuck, which also boasts an olde world atmosphere and plenty of hearty English pub fare. As well as serving up burgers, roast and Yorkshire pudding, the Roebuck also keeps ahead of the curve by offering vegan options.
Just on the edge of the town centre is the Millwright Arms, a beautiful old half-timbered building which is one of Warwick’s oldest pubs. It serves a wide range of traditional cask ales including Doom Bar and three guest ales, plus ciders and continental lagers.
Pubs in Warwick
You can’t beat a good cellar bar for an intimate and cosy atmosphere, and Rigsby’s is one of the best. It only seats around a dozen people and, not surprisingly, it claims to be the smallest drinking establishment in Warwick.
The Old Post Office is another bar with a quirky setting. As you'd expect, it's an independent micropub that does actually operate from former post office premises and has established quite a reputation for itself since opening in 2014. The Old Post Office strives not to serve generic beers from big breweries but instead offer an interesting range of ales from smaller independent breweries, such as Hook Norton, Oakham and Church End.
If you make the short trek over to Leamington Spa, you’ll find the Leif Tea Rooms & Piano Bar has a split personality, in the very nicest sense. By day, it's a family friendly café specialising in a range of 18 different loose leaf teas. In the evenings though, it transforms itself into a sophisticated cocktail bar with the relaxing sounds of live piano music playing in the background.
Warwick might not be the liveliest place for nightlife, but there are a couple of decent clubs in the adjoining town of Leamington Spa.
For starters, Smack on Tavistock Street is popular with students and a younger crowd, with regular nights including Secret DJ, Neon, The Antisocial and hip-hop party Fly. There’s even a quiz called Ditch The Dunce!
For a more sophisticated vibe, try Altoria, which offer revellers a choice of three different floors. There’s the stylish late night Altoria Bar with music from resident DJs, the extravagant second floor Boutique and a roof terrace with a chilled out ambience. The venue also offers tailored party packages for private celebrations.