Drinking in Preston

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Preston’s city centre contains a fair number of bars, with Church Street being the most notorious place for having a drink

The city of Preston has a very active nightlife and there are a range of places to choose from, especially in the city centre.

From a quiet pint to a big night out the city has it all. There has been a big influx of student nights in recent years but there’s still plenty of places for a classy night out.

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Some of the best spots are tucked away down side streets, although the main bars on Church Street are well known on a Friday and Saturday night. Friargate tends to be busiest on Wednesday and Thursday nights as students at the University of Central Lancashire head out.

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The Assembly used to be the Corn Exchange and before that Preston’s Public Hall

Evoque is Preston’s newest nightclub experience and after a £500,00 refurbishment, it doesn’t disappoint.

The club has two levels with two completely different styles of music, along with the best DJs and entertainment the clubbing world has to offer. Inside, the decor is contemporary, with stylish booths and top of the range equipment.


If you’re looking to have a big night out in Preston, this is the place to go. You can find out more on Evoque’s website.

Roper Hall and Adelphi are situated in what can be known as the ‘student area’ of the city, but don’t let this put you off.

These bars accommodate for all ages and all needs every day of the week, ranging from open mic nights and special offers such as ‘quids’, where some drinks are offered at the price of £1.

During the day, both serve tasty pub food and turn into very popular clubs in the city at night. These places are always busy and are great for a relaxing few drinks or a stop on a night out. You can find out more on the Roper Hall and Adelphi websites.

Getting out of the city centre, there’s the Black Bull in Fulwood. Open every day of the week, this pub is never empty. They have a very high quality choice of affordable wines and ales, and also have a classic pub food menu. You can find out more on the Black Bull website.

Kuckoo cocktail bar is like no place you’ll ever visit. Specialising in creating mind-blowing cocktails and playing the best of indie rock and roll music, this bar is classy, stylish and the perfect place to go for a few drinks.

You’ll find people of all ages in this bar and once you’ve been here a few times, the bar staff will become your best friends. Once you’ve been once, this will definitely be a place you’ll want to visit every time you head on a night out in Preston. You can find out more on Kuckoo’s website.

If you want to visit one of Preston’s smaller bars, there’s The Loft; a classy bar open until the early hours of the morning. Each night brings a different theme ranging from House and Electro, to Hip Hop and Reggae. This bar always has the best local talent playing all the music you want to hear and will have you dancing till dawn. Find out more on The Loft’s website.

Preston’s best night out

In September 2009 we entered a nationwide competition about the best night out in the UK. We described Preston as the “Mars bar city” as it had plenty for people to work, rest and play.

You can read the article here and we’d love to hear your views about nights out in the city, so feel free to drop us an email.

Guide put together by Holly Sutton.

Image credit to Tony Worrall

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