Located in the market town of Loughborough, Leicestershire, Loughborough University students can enjoy easy access to entertainment, leisure, and nightlife in the neighbouring cities of Nottingham and Leicester. However, this small town is also charged with a variety of bars and pubs ranging from quirky independents to popular student favourites right in the heart of Loughborough. So, whatever you’re in the mood for, Loughborough has a drinking spot for you- here are the best finds!

  1. Slidertown

This small independent cocktail bar and restaurant is the place to go for those looking to try something different. Slidertown doesn’t offer mainstream cocktails, but instead they have their own unique range of creative cocktails curated by their expert mixologists. Unlike other bars, they also have ideal timings for their happy hours with two cocktails for £9.50 between 9-11pm Wednesday to Saturdays, perfect for students! So, if you want to broaden your taste buds and try something new, Slidertown is for you!

2. Champs Sports Bar & Grill

Every student town needs a sports bar and Champs is Loughborough’s very own! Champs is known to be the best venue in town to catch live sports due to their many ultra-HD screens and video wall! No matter how busy it is, you’ll be sure to see a screen and the lively atmosphere will make you feel like you’re at the game itself! Not only is this the perfect drinking spot for watching games, but also playing too! With the Champs Gaming Zone, you can kick back with a drink whilst playing your mates on Xbox or PlayStation. If you love sports and love gaming, Champs is a must-try!

man playing pool

3. Centro Lounge

Fancy a spontaneous day drink? Centro Lounge’s café and bar is open all day, and with their ‘No need to book’ policy- this is the place to go for those spontaneous trips out!

4. Revolution

A student favourite and a classic night out! You know what you’re getting from a night at Revs. Loughborough’s one and only Revolution has been given its own individual style to this otherwise chain bar! And with its nightly happy hours, Revolution is ideal for that student budget.


5. Scotts Wine Bar

Cocktails and beers not really your thing? Or maybe you just fancy a more sophisticated evening out? Scotts Wine Bar is a hidden gem for those more into their wines. This bar offers a quieter and more relaxing atmosphere with friendly staff who really know their wines! They offer great advice on what wines to select and taste so even if you’re not into wine but wanting to give it a go- visit Scotts!

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6. Cask Bah

Cask Bah is the one for all you music fans. This independent micro music pub offers live music every single night!! And if you’re wanting to give it a try yourself, they also hold an open mic night on Wednesday’s so why not get involved!

7. The Wheeltapper

Fancy a quiet one? This railway themed bar offers a quieter environment and more relaxing atmosphere than your standard student bar. The Wheeltapper is also praised for its wide selection of beers, ales and cider, and if you’re wanting to save a few pennies then this ones for you because you can even take your own food in with you!

8. The Paget Arms

The Paget Arms is another student hotspot! It’s retro décor and chilled out vibe makes it popular amongst the Loughborough student community. It also hosts regular barbecues and beer festivals over spring and summer, perfect for those post-exam celebrations!

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9. Jam Garden

No lectures on a Tuesday morning? Looking for a decent Monday night out? The Jam Garden is a popular hangout on their ‘Happy Mondays’, with 2-4-1 pizza, a cocktails happy hour and a good old-fashioned quiz!

10. The Burleighs Gin Distillery

Whilst it’s not necessarily a bar, Burleighs offers an afternoon of drinking surrounded by the beautiful Leicestershire country, but still only 7 minutes from campus! The tours offer unrestricted access to the distillery where you will learn industry secrets whilst distilling your own gin to take home with you!

gin and tonic with lime

As you can tell there’s something for everyone in Loughborough so enjoy responsibly!

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