June 1, 2016, by Joe

4 of the Best Bars in Nottingham

This is a guide for those of you who don’t really understand the appeal of fist pumping to the latest mind scrambling rave anthem in a dark sweaty room and would rather have a nice relaxed pint in a bar with a couple of friends. In no particular order here are my favourite bars in Nottingham:

  1. The Malt Cross– A Grade II listed building, originally built as a Victorian Dance hall in 1877 the Malt Cross boasts stunning architecture and interior design. A hidden gem located just a stone’s throw away from the Castle, it boasts an excellent range of local ales and beers served in a frosty glass stein to really help you feel like your back in the 19th century.
  2. Spanky Van Dykes- An alternative venue offering a very offbeat sound located between Stealth and Rock City, Spanky’s expertly mixes the lounge feel found in coffee shop’s with the classic style of a local village pub. The bar boasts a range of excellent craft beers even hosting a craft beer showcase at the end of June.
  3. Junkyard– Offering perhaps one of the best ranges of beer in Nottingham, this Lace Market gem is perhaps more for the connoisseurs than for a casual night out. Nonetheless it earns its place on my list due to the impressive variety of drinks it offers behind the bar and the rustic style of the Californian themed interior.
  4. Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem– Of course this list not would be complete without the oldest Inn in England. Supposedly founded in 1187 AD, the year that saw the start of the third crusade and the crowing of Richard the Lionheart as King. Built into the sandstone cliffs beneath Nottingham Castle Ye Olde Trip is one of the most iconic places in Nottingham and its medieval aesthetic makes for quite a memorable drink.
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