Experience Salisbury after dark

Salisbury has a real tradition of hospitality, which makes it a great location for a night out.

Don’t just take our word for it, the city has been given Purple Flag status to prove it!

Salisbury has held Purple Flag status since 2012. It is the “gold standard” for town centres at night and aims to raise standards and improve the quality of our towns and cities between the hours of 5pm and 6am.

It shows visitors and residents can have a good night out not just in the local pubs and clubs but at a wide range of activities including arts and culture, leisure, dining and events.

If you do want to head to a pub, Salisbury has a wide variety to suit all tastes, whether it’s a traditional public house that makes the most of the 15th century architecture like the Wig & Quill or a more modern alternative that offers a quirky décor like The Old Ale and Coffee House.

During the summer there’s nothing better than to spend a leisurely evening with friends in one of the many pubs with a beer garden – The Old Mill and George and Dragon are two options where you can sit back and relax by the river. Or immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of the historic Market Place by taking a seat outside The Market Inn or Ox Row Inn.

We love live music in Salisbury, so much so we have a whole weekend of special events during the annual Salisbury Live. But if you can’t wait until then, there are always after dark gigs to sate your musical appetite. Get out our what’s on in Salisbury page to see what is going on and when. 

Dining in Salisbury combines the old, new and international. Try some of the delicious world cuisine on offer, from Grillado’s Italian plates to Mexican fare at Tinga or Middle Eastern mezze at Baroushka. For something more traditional head to the Haunch of Venison or The New Inn – two of the oldest pubs in Salisbury. And, if you are looking for something romantic try Allium for modern British cuisine or The Chapter House which has a restaurant and grillhouse for flame grilled steaks, a la carte dining and hearty pub food.

Once dinner is done, it is time for some late-night cocktails! Caboose is a fantastic 1920s inspired parlour with fine spirits, beer, wine, champagne, hot drinks, tonics, sodas and botanicals as well as delicious cocktails on offer.

YoYo on Milford Street has some clever concoctions to try as well. The retro cocktail bar has their very own YoYo drink or order their bestselling Sherbet Dip-Dab or Jammy Doughnut shooter for a sweet hit.

Now, it’s time for some dancing! The Chapel Nightclub, just down the road from YoYo, has clubbing in multiple rooms with DJs, live music and regular events. It isn’t your classic club venue, as the name might suggest, it is housed in a revamped old chapel and still includes the old organ.

The Chapel Nightclub

Away from the pubs, clubs and restaurants there are many other activities to keep you occupied after dark.

The Salisbury Playhouse is the perfect night out for theatre lovers. It has a main stage as well as a smaller studio, and is one of the UK’s leading producing theatres. With a wide range of classic and contemporary plays, musicals, children’s theatre and pantomime presented throughout the year there is always something to see.

Salisbury Playhouse

The Salisbury Arts Centre is a beautiful venue inside a repurposed church, that puts on live music, comedy nights, exhibitions, dance, workshops, films and more! There is also a bar to quench your thirst during a night out.

Salisbury Arts Centre

Get the popcorn ready: a trip to the Odeon cinema is always a popular night out in Salisbury. There are 5 screens in this quirky cinema, which is housed in a 15th century property.

For a family-friendly night out Clown About offers a range of options. They have ten-pin bowling at Strikers and even have a glow in the dark session! There is also Lazer A where adults and children get to run around the soft-play structures while trying to win the lazer gun combat.

For other night-time ideas, and to see what is coming up in Salisbury, head to our events calendar page.

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