While not the biggest city, Southampton certainly doesn’t lack decent places to grab a drink, especially because of its lively student population. There’s a variety of different clubs, pubs and bars each with their own individual quirks and atmosphere. Here, we’ve pulled together a selection of the best pubs and bars in the city so you can explore for yourself. To find out more about Southampton see The Highlights.
This retro lounge bar on Vernon Walk is the perfect place for a party or large group because there’s plenty of private areas to book. There’s the Raised Seating Lava Lounge with views of the bar, stage and dance floor, there’s the Tiki Lounge, bringing exotic paradise vibes, and Off Piste, an alpine-inspired bar. They boast a dynamic drinks menu and quality live acts and DJs.
Oceana Nightclub - Southampton
This stylish superclub is in Leisure World with multiple themed rooms spread across three floors. Each room is designed to reflect iconic destinations from the world, with rooms like the disco room where retro tunes transport you back. There’s also the Icehouse room with laser lighting and a state of the art sound system. It hosts the biggest acts with DJs like Calvin Harris having played here.
Restaurant by day, bar by night - this versatile venue is one of Southampton’s more renowned bars located in the heart of lively Bedford Place. It’s a chilled out lounge bar with chic interiors, comfy seating and plenty of space to dance the night away. There are different club nights most days of the week from urban tunes to throwback nights and live music on Sundays.
London Road Brew House
At the heart of lively Bedford Place, this pub and microbrewery is a stylish, urban take on the traditional pub. There are two bars and a huge range of drinks available, including their own which you can watch being brewed. There’s live music, quiz nights, ping pong, table football and stonebaked pizzas to keep you busy, or you can come in to watch the latest match.
This colourful Japanese-inspired bar is in the heart of Bedford Place. The unique decor and stylish graffiti-style murals give an urban-chic feel. There’s a spacious bar area, dance floor, lounge seating and open social area for dancing or relaxing with friends. The in-house DJs play all kinds of genres so that anyone can have a good time.
Offering hand-crafted cocktails and a seasonal menu in relaxed, stylish surroundings, this bar in Southampton is always a popular hotspot. The contemporary interior features a main bar, club room and a stylish sky bar.
The Social Southampton
This laid-back bar and club is a great place to have a relaxed drink in contemporary, unpretentious surroundings - it’s even a great spot for a drink during the day. The stripped back interiors, exposed brickwork and spacious interior give it a stylishly chilled out atmosphere. There’s a well-stocked bar plus a menu of tasty comfort food including a variety of chicken and waffles and plenty of pizza options.
Dancing Man Brewery
This independent brewery and pub is set in the Wool House, a historic barn-like structure on Town Quay. The rich history is embraced through its interior, with stone walls and wooden beams giving it a rustic feel. Behind the downstairs bar, you can watch craft beers being brewed, and there are plenty of different beers to try, as well as a restaurant menu with plenty of dishes for everyone, including vegan and gluten-free options.