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Hockley, part of Nottingham’s ‘Creative Quarter’, is a trendy city centre district famous for its cosmopolitan vibe – it’s also fit-to-bursting with achingly cool cocktail bars.

Situated directly east of Nottingham’s famous Old Market Square, by day this area is busy with people perusing the vintage shops, galleries and independent boutiques that line its historic Victorian streets. By night, the beautiful architecture reveals itself to also house some of the finest cocktail emporiums in the city…

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1.

Tilt

http://www.tiltbar.co.uk 9 Pelham Street, Nottingham, NG1 2EH Tel: 0115 950 1226
Three tiled images of different cocktails

After a couple of potions here, you might be inclined to stay.

Tilt is an intimate bar with live blues music and a long list of exquisite cocktails. Follow the staircase up to this two-floor venue and you will find a bar hidden under the stairs, serving an inventive collection of cocktails, and music funky enough to get all the hips shaking. Whether you fancy ‘Rum for a Little One’ or try to keep a straight face when you order a ‘Sexberryment’, Tilt has something imaginative to suit everyone’s taste buds. The big spenders can even splash the cash on the Barry Big Bollocks section of the menu, with premium ingredients from the highest shelves around.


  • Opening Times
  • Tuesday - Saturday: 17:00 - late
  • Sunday - Monday: Closed

Drunk Stage 1
161m
2.

The Hockley Arts Club

http://www.thehockleyartsclub.com 20a Carlton Street, Nottingham, NG1 1NN Tel: 07469 977847
Three tiled images of The Hockley Arts Club; including two interior images of different rooms, and one of a cocktail with a sweet on the side of the rim

Three floors means three times the fun.

If you want to look like you’re really in the know - this award-winning, multi-level cocktail bar tucked down an inconspicuous alley, is perfect. The ground floor is known as Stockholm - a Scandinavian-inspired space with deep leather sofas and warm carpets on hardwood floors. The top floor is an exotic, conservatory-style gin and prosecco bar (there’s a winning combination) and goes by the name of the Electric Garden, and sandwiched between these two spaces is Blue Rooms, where full table service is provided across intimate tables and private booths. The cocktail menu is eclectic and beautifully crafted, ranging from classics like the Espresso Martini to the mysterious Smoke and Mirrors. Creative garnishes range from a picture of Harrison Ford to an entire Twister ice lolly (yes, really).


  • Opening Times
  • Monday: 17:00 - 00:00
  • Tuesday - Wednesday: 12:00 - 01:00
  • Thursday - Saturday: 12:00 - 03:00
  • Sunday: 12:00 - 00:00

Drunk Stage 2
34m
3.

Boilermaker

http://www.boilermakerbar.co.uk 36b Carlton St, Nottingham, NG1 1NN Tel: 0115 958 7528
Three tiled images of the Boilermaker; including the exterior, entrance and a cocktail stood on top of hay on a table

Go in for a new combi, leave with an ever-so-slight stumble.

The fact that the Boilermaker’s ‘shopfront’ is a boiler shop that only opens at night might give the game away, and hint to the cocktail bar hidden behind. If you didn’t feel enough like a spy heading down the passage to The Hockley Arts Club, then you most certainly will when you show your IDs to the ‘shop assistant’ bouncer and proceed through a secret door into this well-disguised Hockley hideaway. Once inside, you’ll be greeted with a cosy space filled with eclectic vintage sofas, chairs and tables. The cocktails themselves are as inventive and quirky as anywhere else in the country, let alone the city. Imaginative vessels include a mock plastic biohazard bin (complete with booze-filled syringe) and cereal boxes, and each one’s listing in the ‘Boilermaker instruction manual’ (read: drinks menu) comes with a deliberately vague description.


  • Opening Times
  • Monday - Friday: 17:00 - 01:00
  • Saturday: 14:00 - 01:00
  • Sunday: 19:00 - 01:00

Drunk Stage 3
65m
4.

Baa Bar Nottingham

http://www.baabar.co.uk/ 17-19 Goose Gate, Nottingham, NG1 1FE Tel: 0115 958 5573
Three tiled images of science beaker smoky cocktails at Baa Bar, Nottingham

Get down and sample the scientific scene.

Both the venue and the drinks on sale at Baa Bar have a scientific theme, and are so impressive that you wouldn’t be surprised if it did take a laboratory to come up with them. Serving their trademark conical flask cocktails and layered shooters from 5pm until 3am, this is a venue that can just as happily serve as the early-evening kickstarter as the early-hours dance floor. A modern design and big tunes keep the atmosphere bubbling (like the cocktails), and the massive menu of shooters ranges from delicious to devious, so can either be a trick or treat for the blushing bride-to-be.


  • Opening Times
  • Monday - Saturday: 17:00 - 03:00
  • Sunday: Closed

Drunk Stage 4
112m
5.

Revolution Hockley

http://www.revolution-bars.co.uk/bar/nottingham-hockley 7 Broad Street, Nottingham, NG1 3AJ Tel: 0115 948 1964
Three tiled interior images of Revolution, Nottingham

Revolutionary tactics.

Notorious chain of ‘vodka bars’, Revolution, have a venue nestled into a beautiful red brick building on Hockley’s paved Broad Street. It has a light, expansive interior with a good mixture of booths, sofas and high tables to install yourselves in. This chain is most famous for their ‘trains’ of flavoured vodka shots – ranging from the tempting ‘Pear Drop’ and ‘Birthday Cake’ through to the slightly less appetising ‘XXX Chilli’. The expansive cocktail menu is mostly made up of ingenious originals but also has the classics you’d expect to see (round of Pornstar Martinis anyone?). We recommend the ‘Captain Coconut’ and the ‘Sourberry Blast’.


No sportswear, hoods, hats & branded trainers

Drunk Stage 5
1m
6.

The Rum House

http://www.rumhouse.co.uk 9 Broad Street, Nottingham, NG1 3AJ Tel: 0115 924 1555
Three tiled images of The Rum House; including cool stairs, the interior of the bar and a cocktail on a shelf with tealights in jars

You can rum, but you can’t hide

You won’t have far to travel for the last stop on our hedonistic Hockley cocktail crawl, which is probably a good job after all the delicious drinks you’ll have had so far. The Rum House, right next door to Revolution, is a seriously cool bar with a Prohibition Era theme and a range of tasty drinks primarily focussed around – you guessed it – rum. The venue is beautifully appointed, with lush leather sofas, exposed brickwork and a smart, living-room style bar. The cocktails on offer are exquisite and strong, as you might expect, with particular standouts being the ‘Peach Julep’ and ‘Lemon Meringue’. They also have a section of the menu that borrows drinks from some of the finest bars in the world. Up a mural-lined set of stairs lies the hidden jewel in The Rum House’s crown – Bad Juju. This ‘tiki bar’ specialises in colourful concoctions (usually served with an obligatory mini umbrella), and regularly hosts local DJs, making it a perfect place to dance the rest of the night away.

You can get to grips with the rest of Hockley and Nottingham’s notorious nightlife on one of our fabulous Nottingham hen weekends.


  • Opening Times
  • Tuesday - Thursday: 12:00 - 23:00
  • Friday - Saturday: 12:00 - 01:00
  • Sunday: 12:00 - 23:00