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Five Cute and Cosy Bars in Nottingham For Date Night

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These bars are perfect for a date, whether it's your first or fiftieth

From intimate cocktail bars to German ping pong bars, converted churches to misleading boiler repair shops, Nottingham offers an eclectic choice of spots to have a drink, dance and maybe a cheeky snog.


As the name suggests, the exterior of Notts' secret speakeasy Boilermaker is decked out exactly like a…well, a boiler repairs shop. In fact, pass the venue on a Saturday night and you will see a queue stretching down Carlton Street, a perplexing sight given its distinctly unglamorous exterior. Once you get in however, expect to find a popular cocktail bar, packed with visitors and locals alike. The boiler theme is taken very seriously, running all the way through to bar’s menu, which is presented as a repairs manual and packed with decadent and delicious boozy delights served in a variety of eccentric manners.

36 Carlton St, Nottingham NG1 1NN

Das Kino

Who’d have thought that a German-cinema-themed bar, with ping pong tables and a photo booth, was the perfect recipe for a post-work tipple? Offering a generous selection of cocktails and pizzas, the relaxed venue has become the perfect go to for an entertaining gathering that stretches into the early hours. Das Kino also host live music events throughout the year should ping pong not be your cuppa.

22 Fletcher Gate, Nottingham NG1 2FZ

Pitcher and Piano

Yes, it’s a chain, but trust us on this one - Nottingham’s instalment of Pitcher and Piano is probably quite different from the ones you’ve experienced so far. Set in an old converted church, this bar is the perfect place to impress. Upon entering, the first thing you see is a magnificent bar selling a decent range of wines, beers and cocktails. Enjoy some fizz by a font or Aperol by an altar. Amen!

The Unitarian Church, High Pavement, Nottingham, NG1 1HN.


Since it opened its doors several years back, Tilt has become a beloved staple of Nottingham nightlife. Despite a recent revamp, which has given the tiny bar a much sleeker look, the strong selection of mouth-watering classic cocktails and laidback atmosphere thankfully remain intact. Be sure to get there early - with a capacity of 100 it fills up quickly!

9 Pelham St, Nottingham NG1 2EH.

Pepper Rocks

An impossibly charming bar, Pepper Rocks’ warm and sociable atmosphere instantly puts you at ease. Described as having a retro industrial style, complete with low-slung sofas and other distinctive comfortable seating, the venue is the perfect alternative to the bustling bars of the city centre. As well as cocktails and standard bar snacks, Pepper Rocks is also a crêperie and hosts regular live music events. Yup, this place really has it all.

2 Pepper St, Bridlesmith Gate, Nottingham NG1 2GH