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How to pub crawl when in Nottingham

Crawl your way through Nottingham’s best pubs with this guide. Great beer coupled with stunning locations are sure to make your night one to remember.

If the words ‘pub crawl’ get you nervously excited for a night of shenanigans then this is the post for you. Nottingham offers crawls fit for kings. With each new door is a new opportunity to enjoy a drink your friends or discover a new taste. And these aren’t just your average pubs. Nottingham’s pubs are drenched in both alcohol and history, so technically you are museum hopping… technically. Join a guided crawl to learn more about each establishment or take them on at your own pace. Either way, you won’t want to miss any of these.

From Nottingham to Jerusalem

Pubs in Nottingham - ye olde trip to jerusalem pub in Nottingham facade.

© Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem

This place is just downright cool. Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem is perfect for setting the mood and is the ultimate spot to begin your crawl. This is the oldest inn in England, so if you love traditional pubs, is an experience you’ll not want to miss out on. Caves, cellars, ancient architecture and of course, beer, this place has it all. The only downside of starting here is that you may never want to leave!

When it’s time for a bite

Pubs in Nottingham - roundhouse pub in Nottingham.

© Roundhouse Pub

Not getting a great meal in your belly is a terrible mistake when embarking on a crawl and you will want to get fed early. The Round House is a super old building that has awesome food and serves up local ales. Grab a burger, enjoy the architecture and soak in the atmosphere.

Starting with sports

Pubs in Nottingham - Pubs in Nottingham - southbank bar booths in Nottingham.

© The Southbank Bar

Watching your favourite football team crush another is a perfect side to a crisp ale and The Southbank Bar offers just this. When the night is still beginning, it doesn’t hurt to have some entertainment to encourage each sip.

When dancing is on the table

Pubs in Nottingham -hand and heart pub in nottingham inside the cave room at the bar.

From Balkan Beats to Gypsy Jazz the live music at Hand & Heart is sure to inspire a spot of dancing, even if you need a shot or two to convince your feet. This historical building with its cave-like interior was once a brewery and stables and is another great place to have at the beginning of your crawl list.

Bottoms up

Pubs in Nottigham - Cross Keys pub in Nottingham - Exterior

© The Cross Keys

Up the tempo a little at The Cross Keys with craft beers, hand-pulled casks ales and well-stocked spirit shelves. Doors are open until 01:00 on a Saturday night meaning the crowd here is ready for a late one. Your beer is sure to have a nice head on its shoulders and sports are always on the T.V., so sit back and enjoy.

Roping in tomorrow

Pubs in Nottingham - Trent navigation bar in Nottingham.

© Trent Navigation Inn

Open until late, the Trent Navigation Inn is a place you can get comfortable and watch the night slip away. Beautiful surroundings, and hopefully by now great company, will see you well into the morning hours.

Want to make an ultimate crawl?

Pubs in Nottingham - group of young adults drinking beer together clinking their glasses at a table.

Don’t want to wing it? You can download a map of the pubs in Nottingham centre from Nottingham Camera and plan ahead to make sure you can hit the pubs you are interested in most. If you prefer to learn about the history of pubs then you can join a guided crawl with Madame Parboiled Ink on Sundays.

After your ‘museum hopping’ experience, most probably followed by a visit to your nearby chippie on the way home, make sure you get back safe to your hotel. When staying at Park Inn by Radisson Nottingham it is easy as jumping on the next tram or flagging down a taxi.

Here is to an epic evening for the books!

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