Dance from dusk till dawn in Weymouth. Home to late-night bars, pubs and clubs, the south-coast town might be small in stature, but it comes with a big reputation. Read our Weymouth nightlife guide to discover the best places to be when the sun goes down.
From quiet ‘pie and a pint’ pubs to rowdy live music venues, there’s a real spread of public houses in Weymouth.
Don’t let the rumours of this thatched-roof pub being haunted put you off – The Boot Inn on High West Street is the oldest drinking house in Weymouth, dates back to the 14th century and is as old-fashioned as the exterior. With a roaring log fire in winter and even free chestnuts and marshmallow.
Over the water and on the Esplanade you’ll find The Gloucester. One of Weymouth’s biggest pubs, it offers impressive views over the beach and plenty of people-watching opportunities on the busy Esplanade. Once you head indoors, you’ll find dozens of TVs showing the latest sporting matches, and their Black Rock Grill, specialising in grilled steak and seafood – arrive hungry and thirsty and you won’t be disappointed.
Another pub with an excellent central location just 1.5 miles from our Weymouth Seafront hotel is the Globe Inn, a vintage pub with a friendly atmosphere. With a pool room, working jukebox, and dog-friendly too, it’s a homely pub that offers a good range of pints, wines and spirits and is popular with locals and tourists alike.
Rounding out our selection is The Waterloo, another cosy and family-friendly pub that offers dozens of ales, bottles of beers and craft gins. With BT and Sky Sports on the big screens, and a darts board, there’s plenty to see and do, while the large beer garden comes with a covered smoking area.
The George Inn
With acres of seafront and a young crowd who flock here during the summer months, there are dozens of outstanding bars to tempt you in for a drink or three.
It’s easy to come for dinner and stay for the night at The George Bar & Grill. If the harbourside location doesn’t have you gazing out to sea all night, then the fancy pub food will keep you grazing until the small hours. And if that isn’t enough, the bar offers enough different rums to sink a dozen pirate ships, as well as a good collection of craft ales, guest beers, wines, ciders and spirits.
If you’re looking for cocktails and a buzzy atmosphere – and if you’re not, why not? – The Nook is your spot. Overlooking the Esplanade, they have one of the biggest drinks menus in town with over 80 cocktails. And when they’ve kicked in, you can show off your moves on their dance floor to a soundtrack of funk, soul, disco and Motown, with live music every Tuesday and Thursday.
For something completely different, head across town to the other side of the Weymouth spit to The Fat Badger. Set along the Dorset Heritage Coastal Path, this cosy bar and restaurant is the perfect place for lunch and offers truly stunning views across the 17th-century harbour, Lyme Bay and Chesil Beach. It might be a 12-minute drive from our Weymouth hotel, but it’s well worth it for the scenery, food and drink.
In the summer months, it’s entirely possible to stumble out of the club and catch the sunrise on the beaches – this is feel-good hedonism at its finest!
Acquiring the space previously held by former nightclub Dusk, Boombox is a two-floor club in the heart of Weymouth’s nightlife scene, just off the main Esplanade and a short stumble to the beach. Open from 11pm-5am every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, they play a mix of RnB, hip hop, garage and bashment in the Boombox Club, with a house music soundtrack in the Boombox Arena.
A relaxed three-floor bar and restaurant by day, Rendezvous comes alive in the evenings when their club space DAO opens for the night. A one-stop location on St. Thomas Street, you can tuck into their pub classics with a twist menu, head to The Anchor, with its pool table, dartboard and jukebox, for pre-drinks and then head upstairs to DAO. With its VIP booths, party-starting music and late licence, it’s long been one of Weymouth’s favourite dancing spots.