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A handy guide to the best bars in Southampton

 Southampton is a wonderful city to visit with so many different things to do. Once you’re done exploring the port city on England’s south coast, however, you may want to take a load off and enjoy a nice drink – or two – with your friends before going home.

Luckily, Southampton has a vibrant bar scene, meaning that you can enjoy a quiet drink or party all night long, depending on your tastes. From traditional pubs to cocktail bars, we’ve put together a handy guide to the best of Southampton’s nightlife.  

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CrackleRock Brewing Company

Ranked first on Tripadvisor for the best bars in Southampton, CrackleRock Brewing Company is the place to be. Beer lovers will find an impressive selection of cask and keg ales from which to choose, each as refreshing as the last. They also stock a wide range of gins and vodkas for those who prefer a different tipple.

If you can’t decide what you want, the kind bar staff will be happy to let you try a few options to help to find the right drink for you.

Mailroom Cocktail & Wine Bar

Oxford Street is home to some of Southampton's best independent bars and restaurants – among them the excellent Mailroom Cocktail & Wine Bar. With stylish décor, great-tasting cocktails and DJs on Friday and Saturday nights, you’re sure to have a wonderful time with your pals.


Bedford Place is another hotspot for bars in Southampton. That’s where you’ll find Crib, a fantastic place to share a drink with your mates. It’s a delightful hangout spot with a cool vibe where you can enjoy delicious cocktails as well as fresh-baked pizza in between playing a few rounds of shuffleboard. 

So if you’re the kind of person who enjoys some friendly competition over a few drinks, this is the place for you.


Following a few drinks in the great bars in Southampton, you may be looking for a club to dance the night away and Popworld is the spot to do just that. It’s always a riot, serving up drinks at affordable prices and playing old-school anthems until the early morning.

The Mayflower Village

If you’re getting on a train to Southampton for a night out then you’ll be looking for a bar close to the station. The Mayflower Village is an excellent such option, as it’s just a six-minute walk to the station – making it a great starting point for your big night out.

Inside, you’ll find table-tennis tables, dartboards and – if it’s a Friday – two-for-one cocktails. Kick off your night in style!



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