Freshers Week: Where are the best student friendly pubs in Nottingham?

So you’ve just moved into your halls or your uni house. Are you feeling unsure about what to do now? Where are the best places to visit? And more importantly where are the best deals? Here are some ideas to get you started.


With its iconic red neon sign, bountiful plants and cosy leather sofas the atmosphere is perfect for Instagram pics.

There are three Bunks in total in Nottingham; meaning you are never too far away from one.

They are located on Wollaton street, Lace Market and Lower Parliament Street. Serving both cocktails and chicken wings, what more could you ask for?

Bunk is one of the places every student should know about. (Image: Harry Serpis)

Half price chicken wings and house cocktails before 10pm every day! Open 7 days a week 5pm until 12am.

Las Iguanas

Self-described as “Your ticket to celebrating life the Latin American way” this restaurant is known for its flavourful food and playful cocktails.

From Caipirinha’s to Vanilla Mai Tai’s this place has cocktails covered.

It is located minutes away from Old Market Square on Chapel Quarter, meaning it’s a great place to start the evening.

“Your ticket to celebrating life the Latin American way”. (Image: Harry Serpis)

Students get 25 per cent off food and drink Sunday-Thursday and 2 for 1 cocktails all day every day. Open 12-10pm.


Do you need the perfect brunch location? Well you’ve found it.

Bills has a specified breakfast menu including vegan options. If you are rarely up for Brunch, it also has a great dinner and drinks menu.

It is located on Queen Street just off of Market Square, you can’t miss it with its orange sign and rainforest inspired foliage.

The perfect brunch location. (Image: Harry Serpis)

Bills offers a very generous 20 per cent student discount year-round when you order between Sunday – Thursday. Open 8am-10pm.

Rock city

A legendary music venue located on Talbot Street.

Hosting club nights and live acts, the perfect night out for any music lover. It has six bars spread across three rooms. Currently they are still open and are socially distancing with a bar atmosphere.

They have announced that gigs should be coming back soon.

Legendary for hosting club nights and live concerts, the venue has announced that gigs should be coming soon. (Image: Harry Serpis)

Student night is Thursday, with many deals like 2-4-1 drinks! Open 10pm-3am and also open during the day on Saturday as a beer garden.


Probably the biggest and most popular club in Nottingham, Pryzm is definitely worth the visit.

The vinyl room is one of the more popular rooms, with an iconic throwback soundtrack.

Unfortunately, it is closed right now because of the current situation but hopefully it will open again soon.

It is located on Lower Parliament street and is hard to miss.

The club will remain closed until further notice on the current situation. (Image: Harry Serpis)

Tuesday is student night and drinks start at £2! Open 10pm till late.


As one of the pricier options on the list I wouldn’t advise a weekly visit. I’d recommend visiting on a special occasion, or when the student loan comes in!

It is hard to miss with its impressive urban gothic architecture and is located on King St.

It serves classic and unique cocktails all made by experts who are practically magicians.

One of the priciest, but definitely worth a visit! (Image: Harry Serpis)

If you sign up to their newsletter you can get 15% off. Open 12pm-1am.

Cookie Shake Bar

Ideal for cheap drinks and adventurous flavours. They are known for their bizarrely flavoured shots from Cadbury crème egg to wasabi.

Inside they have comfortable sofas and a relaxed atmosphere. But on a hot day I’d recommend sitting in the secret garden.

Located on Upper Parliament street. During the day, it is the perfect place for a topped hot chocolate or a fancy milkshake.

The perfect place for a topped hot chocolate or a fancy milkshake. (Image: Harry Serpis)

All 54 unique shots are 99p Wednesday – Thursday. The Monday – Wednesday deal includes 5 shots and a bottle for £5.70. Open 10:30-1am.

Georges Great British kitchen

Here they pride themselves on serving “proper” British food and splendid cocktails.

I would recommend ordering the fish and chips, the whole menu has student friendly prices.

It has a casual vibe and is a great place to relax with friends. Located on Queen Street.

The best place for serving “proper” British food. (Image: Harry Serpis)

Cocktails 2 for £14 all day. They are also running a lot of deals currently like buy 1 get one free on selected items. Open 12-9pm.


Colourful decorations and comfortable booths, this is the perfect place for a few drinks and even a meal.

There are two Revolutions in Nottingham, located at the Cornerhouse and Hockley.

They offer an extensive range of spirits from all over the world and pride themselves on great customer service.

The perfect place for having a meal and a few drinks. (Image: Harry Serpis)

2 for 1 drinks Sunday – Friday. They have also extended the eat out to help out scheme till the end of September. Open 12-2.

Neon wolf

With neon lights and an arcade aesthetic this tattoo studio is a must visit. It also acts as a coffee shop and prides itself on its vegan treats and vegan tattoos!

The atmosphere and friendly staff are what makes neon wolf so special, it’s also great that it has so many vegan options. It is located on Derby road.

The vegan dream. (Image: Harry Serpis)

On the week of September, the 14th they are offering £1 tea and coffee and a £3 deal for a hot drink and a vegan treat. Open 10.30-4:30pm.

By Daisy Ward

All photographs have been taken by Harry Serpis.

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