Its mid October, which means that most of you
have spent the last six weeks partying hard on the streets of Nottingham.
Maybe its time to relax a little bit, take some time to chill
out and wind down before the winter party season hits us.
This doesnt mean sitting in bed with a cup of steaming cocoa.
It just means that you need to put those well worn clubbing shoes
away and head down to one of Nottinghams many late bars for
a few drinks in a more refined atmosphere.
Nottingham Trent University students Rachel Startin, Natalie Gomez
and Emily White review just some of the top late bars to be found
underneath your very nose.
on High Pavement opposite Pitcher and Piano in the Lace Market
Open 4.00pm - 1.00am Monday to Saturday; 5.30pm - 10.30pm
If you ever find yourself lost, cast out
of the cheap and cheerful bright lights of Nottinghams
mainstream student scene, you may come across this little
|Brass Monkey sign
Situated on High Pavement, just opposite
the Pitcher and Piano, Brass Monkey is most definitely in
the posh part of town, a stones throw from the Galleries of
Justice and the extremely upmarket Lace Market Hotel.
So, while Brass Monkey do not have a specific dress code,
it is probably best to get your smart togs on, specifically
on the weekend when the whim of the doorman determines whether
you will pass the threshold.
Brass Monkey is one of Nottinghams funkier late bars.
With various nights on throughout the week.
Wednesday night, student night, is probably the best time
to head over.
From 5pm to 8pm is show time everyday of the week, providing
substantial discounts on all drinks, while on Wednesday the
5pm til 8pm show lasts all night! And, believe me, your bank
manager will be grateful.
While the range of drinks offered in Brass Monkey is exotically
extensive, they are also exotically expensive. But this is
what student nights are for!
Whatever your taste in beverages, alcoholic or not, there
will be something for you at Brass Monkey. Dotted around the
bar there are plenty of drinks menus for your perusal.
The cocktail and spirit list is immense
and extremely varied with most cocktails priced at £5
or the discounted price of £3.50, while the spirits
start from £2. For the tee-totallers and drivers among
you, Brass Monkey also offers a range of fruity smoothies
I personally sampled the Chocky Bisquit and Strawberries and
Cream cocktails, both of which were divine! There are also
some bar snacks available, but you wont fine your everyday
salted peanuts on this side of town.
Instead you can choose from a selection including Pringles
and popadoms with chutney, all priced at a reasonable £1.90.
The bar itself is relatively small, without being cosy, while
the décor is extremely earthy with low lighting and
The music varies throughout the week but it is always funky
with an extremely chilled out atmosphere and friendly staff.
So, if you are tired of the club culture and just want a relaxing
drink in a hassle-free environment, Brass Monkey is probably
one to look out for, just as long as your overdraft holds
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Wax, 27 Broad Street, Nottingham
Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 12pm - 12am, Sat 11am - 12am, Sun
The first thing youll notice about
Wax Bar is its size, or lack of it! But dont let
that put you off.
The bright walls, exposed brick work and muted lighting create
a warm, inviting atmosphere and the music, a selection of
chilled out tunes, is unobtrusive enough for you to actually
hold a conversation over.
|Wax Bar sign
This place is seriously cool, without being
self conscious or pretentious; the usual crowd tends to be
pretty laid back (theres no dress code, even at weekends
- so put away those Jimmy Choos)!
The only danger is that it appears to be the haunt of some
of our younger lecturers, so if youve skipped your seminar
on the morning of a visit - be warned!
Wax acts as a showcase for some of the Nottinghams newest
talent. The artwork adorning the walls is often the product
of local students.
Most Mondays during term time the Bar also hosts its Café
Cultural and Scientifique evenings. Forthcoming events include
a talk by Mervyn Hartwig, editor of the Journal of Critical
Realism, entitled Spirituality and Emancipation: A Critical
Perspective. This will be held on 4th November in conjunction
Wax has a good selection of different beers and a reasonable
array of spirits although, in my opinion, the wine is not
Prices, although not cheap, are to be expected in this part
of town. You can expect, on average, a pint of lager to set
you back £2.60, a glass of wine £2.40 and cocktails
around £3.80. For £4 you can also sample the green
fairy, absinthe, traditionally served with caramelised sugar
and warm water.
Wax also serves a good selection of non-alcoholic beverages
such as coffee, fruit juices and for those wanting something
a bit different, elderflower, lemon and cranberry organic
drinks. Food is served daily from 12am - 8pm when you can
expect to pay from £2.50 for a bowl of soup to £3.90
for a Full-on All Day Breakfast.
There is also a good veggie menu and all the ingredients used
are organic. Tuesdays and Thursdays are the days to visit
if youre on a tight budget.
From 5pm - 8pm you will receive 25% discount on all bottles,
spirits and cocktails. If you are in possession of one of
our Sneaky Cards you will get a 25% discount on bottles of
Bacardi Breezer and Grolsch whatever time or day it is.
Situated in the Hockley area opposite the Broadway Cinema
(also worth a visit), the Wax bar is a little off the beaten
It can be busy on Friday and Saturday nights when it may be
difficult to get a seat. During the week it is not for those
wanting a lively night out, however, during the past year
it has remained one of my favourite places to drink.
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St James' Street off Market Square
Opening Hours: Mon - Thurs 11pm - 12am; Fri - Sat 10pm - 12am
Its 11pm, the pubs are shutting and
you were just getting started! Where do you go? Well, the
answer is simple, you head down to Bar Schnapps!
That is if you can find it. Surprisingly few people know about
this little treasure that is hiding in central Nottingham.
Bar Schnapps is situated in a teeny nook on St Jamess
street just off Market Square, a few doors down from the Cookie
|Bar Schnapps sign
As this bar doesnt actually open until
11pm Monday to Thursday (10pm Friday and Saturday), it is
easy to miss, yet it is one of the best late bars to grace
the streets of Nottingham.
Open until 2am, it would be easy to stay here all night, with
the extremely eclectic (much as I despise the word eclectic
it is the only possible word to use) mix of tunes playing
and the low orange lighting.
As the evening progresses, so will the music, from pop to
jazz, funk and soul. But the one thing you can be sure of
is that, no matter what is playing, it is guaranteed to be
While the teeny bar is much too snug to permit a dance floor,
youll still find yourself swinging along to the music.
If you want a seat for the night then it is advisable to be
there when the doors open at 11pm because Bar Schnapps fills
up incredibly quickly and only has about 20 seats!
One of the best things about Bar Schnapps is the vast array
of beverages that they offer. As the name suggests, this particular
bar does specialise in various schnapps drinks and shooters.
While the prices are not cheap by student standards, they
are certainly not overly expensive. The most you will part
with for a pint is £2.60, but if you are in Bar Schnapps
you really shouldnt be drinking beer. Variety is the
spice of life and Bar Schnapps definitely has variety! They
boast an extensive shooter menu, all priced at £2. I
would personally recommend the Silk Assassin, but there are
plenty of shooters to suit all tastes.
There is also a selection of New Skool shooters
with dubious names and even more dubious combinations of spirits
and schnapps for the more adventurous drinker. If you are
a vodka fan then there is plenty in store for you too with
vodka promotions priced at £3 each. These consist of
a double vodka mixed with peach or chocolate schnapps, Galliano
or Blue Bols served over ice with lemonade or fruit juice.
And you can be certain that, whatever you order, it will be
served by the friendliest of staff in this little drinkers
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opposite The Cornerhouse
Opening Hours: 1pm-1am (closes at midnight on Sundays)
The Czech bar is a cosy bar handily nestled
between many other trendy venues such as Slug and Lettuce
and The Works in the "Cornerhouse area."
This mini bar is funky in décor, with an amazing spiral
staircase which, trust me, you will fall down when pissed.
This is not the type of place where you
can sober up whilst queuing at the bar, minimal effort is
required for buying a drink and the bar staff are very friendly.
The atmosphere is relaxed and intimate with chilled house
and jazz in the back ground, dim lighting and very comfy sofas.
This definitely creates a certain ambience for couples.
If, however, youre with your mates its a good
Pre-Place to get pissed because there are plenty
of bargain drinks to be had.
Special offers at the moment include 2-4-1 deals on V.K Ice,
Becks and Stella. Also cheap are bottles of Carling or Java
for £1.50. If you are very brave and have a steel stomach
then head for the medicinal shots of Absinth and Redbull,
at £1 each. And, if you feel the need for regurgitation
after these then the toilets are quite acceptable, with no
queues and well stocked with toilet roll.
More good news is that there is no dress code here. Its
a fairly smart place but trainers are totally accepted and
anything goes, even on the weekend.
The crowd is young and chilled, mainly students. I visited
on a Thursday night, but Ive been advised that the best
night for students is Wednesday for the newly launched R +
B and Hip Hop night.
Theres only a tiny dance floor but Ive been assured
that there are people getting their groove on everywhere so
thats one night to check out.
Food is available during the day until 7pm and the menu looks
good for snacks at reasonable prices but I have yet to sample
My overall impression is that this is a cool, friendly little
bar to start your evening in, with large tables to fit all
your mates round, and cheap drinks to get tanked up on.
As for staying here all night, they have recently had their
licence extended until 1am, and are planning different events
to keep the crowds in there all night so keep your eyes out
for these and well see how the transition from pre-bar
to late-bar goes!
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