The Bell Inn

Address : 18 Angel Row, Nottingham, NG1 6HL With it’s faux half timbered exterior, and a claim to be the oldest pub in Nottingham, NottsNight has previously shied away from The Bell – but then we realised, there was no good reason for doing this. While the two front bars (one of which may date back…

Six Barrel Drafthouse (Victoria)

Address : 14 Mansfield Road, Nottingham, NG1 3GX. Not to be confused with the Six Barrel in Hockley, the Pub People company have created a near-identical version of its popular drinking hole right next to the Victoria Centre. And it’s a vast improvement of the terrible, sticky-floored Irish bar that was here before it. On…

The Salutation Inn

Address : 75 Maid Marian Way, Nottingham, NG1 7AA. One of three pubs laying claim to be Nottingham’s oldest. the Sal boasts the date 1240 above the door. Or maybe that’s the opening time. Whatever it is, the Salutation offers plenty of history. And rock music. Lots of rock music. Although bands usually play upstairs, it’s likely…

The Malt Cross

Address : 16 St James’ Street, Nottingham, NG1 6FG. Summer 2018 saw dark days for the Malt Cross, which suddenly ceased trading. But thankfully, the venue has been saved – curiously, by the YMCA, which has now reopened the only surviving music hall of its kind outside London. On the bar you’ll find four real ale…

The Ned Ludd

  Address : 27 Friar Lane, Nottingham, NG1 6DA. The area around Old Market Square has a large collection of pubs – sadly many of them don’t make the NottsNight grade. So it’s good to see sanctuary in the form of the Ned Ludd. Since the beginning of 2018, the new managers have made a real…

The Horn In Hand

Address : Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 5JT. Despite a name worthy of a Viz comic strip, despite being right in the heart of student land, and despite its own website sporting a picture of a beardy hipster we still like this place. That’s largely down to dim and distant memories of the Horn’s previous existence…

Langtry’s

Address : 4 South Sherwood Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BY. Langtry’s, the Lillie Langtry, The Langtry – we wish this place would make up its mind on social media. But whatever it’s called, it’s had a makeover. Though actually, you’d hardly notice. Which is entirely a good thing. In the deep depths of history, also known…

The Barrel Drop

Address : 7 Hurt’s Yard, Nottingham NG1 6JD. When it first opened, the term “cask ale” didn’t come much truer than in this place, where the beers were dispensed straight from the barrel. Now in the hands of the Magpie Brewery, the barrels have been dropped and replaced with handpulls, which means a slightly more lively…

The Golden Fleece

Address : 105 Mansfield Road, Nottingham, NG1 3FN. “Scrubs up nicely” could sum up the Fleece after a much needed refurbishment in 2016. Gone are the dark walls and sticky floors that used to characterise this grungy venue. But change begat change. And in 2018, the Golden Fleece was taken over yet again – this…

The Lincolnshire Poacher

Address : 161-163 Mansfield Road, Nottingham, NG1 3FR When you walk into the Poacher you get the impression it’s been there for ever. But it actually only opened in its present guide in the late 1980s. At times, there’s a whiff of a wild west saloon in here – but don’t let that put you off….

The Hop Merchant

Address : 64 Upper Parliament Street, Nottingham. The Hop Merchant is now in the hands of Bass, and that’s a very good thing as far as we’re concerned because beers don’t get much better than a pint of its best bitter. There’s also been a subtle makeover, replacing the sometimes garish lighting with something that doesn’t…