Nightlife in smaller cities and towns of the United Kingdom centers around pubs, not nightclubs. Of course, no visit to the UK would be complete without visiting a pub and Worcester offers some of the oldest, finest and most eclectic.
Officially known as The Horn and Trumpet, you’ll hear locals refer to this neighborhood pub as “the Blower.” Friends gather here nightly for a pint. It gets a little rowdy at closing. Its sandwiched between a McDonald’s and a Kwik Save, but this pub at 12 Angel Street has provided many enjoyable nights for locals.
Although it doesn’t boast the most appetizing name, the Slug and Lettuce location in Worcester calls a converted church home. It’s two bars in one. The downstairs features a dance floor, the upstairs features a balcony drinking area. During the day, you can catch a lunch of standard pub food here. The DJ leans toward house and R & B. The pub, part of a national chain, appeals to those in their late teens and early 20s. According to the dress code, you can’t wear trainers.
Pubs in the UK cater to families, too. If you’re traveling with your children, visit the Salmon’s Leap at 42 Severn Street. You can dine on curry and enjoy one its five genuine ales on tap or bottled St. Peter’s Bitter. The kids can play in the beer garden or with toys the pub provides. It’s across from the Royal Worcester Porcelain Factory.
Don’t visit Worcester without stopping for a pint at The King Charles House. This historical tavern is in the location King Charles I rested in 1645, after fleeing Worcester after the Oliver Cromwell led Parliamentary Forces defeated his army. It’s a casual dress code.
It’s called The Swan with Two Nicks or just Nicking Swans. This eclectic pub/restaurant/nightclub welcomes everyone. It’s popular with the student crowd and both straight and gay couples. It boasts many regulars and has an accepting, neighborhood atmosphere. Some ale connoisseurs weren’t impressed by the London Pride or Old Speckled Hen, but as a nightlife spot this pub at 28 New Street teems with action in a friendly setting. Drummonds and Lunar Bar are the names of the attached other establishments. When it hosts live music, it charges a cover – rarely more than $5.
Fans of continental beer love The Cardinal’s Hat. You can taste Austrian beers without crossing the English Channel. Favorites include the Dunkel, Pils and Weissbier. Once known for serving its beers in half and full liter earthenware steins, the Weights & Measures Department forced them to convert to standard pints and half pints in 2002. You can read the news clippings about the confusion it caused in the corridor. When you’re ready to tuck in with your pint, do so by the roaring real log fireplace. If you want privacy, there are two smaller, cozy rooms in back. The building at 31 Friar Street dates to the 15th century and is rumored to have sheltered cardinals and others pilgrims visiting the nearby Cathedral.
Bushwackers, or “Bushies,” on Trinity Street, caters to a varied crowd ranging from those in their mid-20s to mid-40s. By day, it’s an Australian restaurant with massive portions, but pricey drinks. By night, it’s nightclub with a dance floor and two intimate bars – the Champagne Bar and the Cellar Bar. After 10 pm, there’s a cover of about $5. During summer, Bushies hosts BBQs on the garden terrace. The dress code allows “smart” casual and jeans, but not sneakers, trainers or other sports shoes.
You’ll see a church at Angel Place, but step inside and discover Tramps, a nightclub with three dance floors each featuring a different music mix. You’ll find dance, 80s, and R&B represented. Grab your pint or mixed drink at one of its five bars. The dress code is “smart” casual.
Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about nightlife in Worcester, U.K.