What Is Bournemouth Nightlife Like? 10 Best Places In 2023

Looking for the best places to go to for a night out in Bournemouth? Well look no further!

Bournemouth is a fantastic town on the south coast which is renowned for its nightlife scene, with plenty of bars and clubs to choose from for a great night out with your besties. 

Our student accommodation in Bournemouth is, luckily for you, based in the town centre. So it’s close to all the bars and clubs you could possibly ever want to try.

Whether you are looking for live music or a cocktail bar, we’re here to help you – so keep on scrolling to discover your new favourite hangout!

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1. The Vault Nightclub

Kickstarting our guide is none other than The Vault, Bournemouth’s most unique and intimate nightclub.

Set in a former bank, this buzzing venue is open on weekends till 5am.

With friendly staff and good food to boot, you are guaranteed to have a great night.

On top of weekends, it hosts events where you can find all kinds of music and DJs – don’t forget to request guestlist entry to get in early!

To find out more about what events are on for 2023, go check out their Facebook page.


Address: 39 Poole Hill, Bournemouth BH2 5PW

2. Bar So

If mouth-watering cocktails, party loving resident DJs and good vibes are what you are looking for, then Bar So is the one for you!

They have a student night every Monday from 5pm-12am, called I Love Sam’s Mum. Brought to you by A-list and Suddenly Funk, you can guarantee yourself a crazy night.

But you’re not limited to that, as you can start the weekend in style with Fire Fridays – a night of Miami house and urban anthems.

Then continue the fun with Paradisco Saturdays – get your dancing shoes on as DJ Tomsy leads you through the night with house, hip hop, r&b and party classics.

If you want an early start to your night, why don’t you try out their cocktail masterclass?

It includes 1 welcome drink, 2 cocktail creations and 1 shot to finish! All you need is at least 6 people and it only costs £27.50!


Address: Exeter Rd, Bournemouth BH2 5AG

3. Nexus Bournemouth

DNA Bar, now named as the Nexus Bournemouth is one of Bournemouth’s hottest clubs and is located in the heart of town.

This stylish lounge even has a Karaoke bar, where you can enjoy an amazing experience with all your friends and sing your heart out. 

You can find the bar open Tuesday to Saturday, from 6pm onwards and it’s only a 5 min walk from our Bournemouth student accommodation, saving you from spending £££ on taxis.

Head over to their website to find their official events calendar.


Address: 224-226 Old Christchurch Rd, Bournemouth BH1 1PE

4. The Old Fire Station

The Old Fire Station is known as the destination nightclub for students and has been the town’s longstanding venue for holding Student Union nights out.

Set within a former fire station, it has dedicated student nights, celebrity guests and world famous DJs making it not one to miss. 

They open from 10pm-3am Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, perfect for a good weekend of partying.

For more information check out their Facebook.


Address: 36 Holdenhurst Rd, Bournemouth BH8 8AD

5. Canvas

Is live music your jam? Canvas is Bournemouth’s only Loft Bar and Live Lounge.

With high quality live acts and DJs, award winning bartenders and incredible cocktails – what more could you ask for?

The Live Lounge is the perfect party space with a large fully stocked bar and large seated booths.

The Cocktail Bar has a mind blowing array of whiskey, rum and gins alongside beautiful champagne, wine and cocktail offerings.

The Green Room is the newest addition. It is their ‘secret bar’, available for hire with an extensive gin menu and offers something totally different to the rest of the building.

So, whatever you are looking for, we’re sure you will find it here.


Address: 45 Poole Hill, Bournemouth BH2 5PW

6. DYMK Bar & Club

On the hunt for nightlife venues? DYMK is Bournemouth’s award winning LQBT+ bar and club.

This stylish club has a relaxed vibe, making it the ideal place to catch up with your pals after a long day.

After dancing your socks off, there’s seating space for you to relax on a sofa, or on their heated smoking terrace.

In the evening, the DJs fire up the music with amazing Drag Queen entertainment!  

Don’t just take our word for it, let your hair down for the night and see what it’s all about…



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Address: 31 Poole Hill, Bournemouth BH2 5PW

7. Be At One Cocktail Bar

Situated in the heart of town, Be At One Cocktail Bar is one of Bournemouth’s most loved cocktail bars.

Offering a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere, there is plenty to experience at Be At One.

With 100+ cocktails and a happy happy hour you’re guaranteed to have one of the best nights Bournemouth has to offer.

Fancy trying something new? Why don’t you join one of their cocktail masterclasses!

They even offer celebrating your big life moments like your birthday, so you and your besties can have a fun-filed time.



Address: 3 Richmond Hill, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH2 6HE

8. Sound Circus Alternative Bar

Love alternative music? Well Sound Circus Alternative Bar might just be the place for you.

With heavy rock leanings, it is popular with students for its loud music and drink specials.

This buzzing rock club and live music venue is open from 3pm 7 days a week and is located by Bournemouth Train Station.

So, go grab your friends and head on down for some cheap drinks and a great atmosphere. 


Address: 140-142 Holdenhurst Rd, Bournemouth BH8 8AS

9. Smokin’ Aces – Cocktail Bar & Whiskey Lounge

Feeling like a party? Smokin’ Aces Cocktail Bar & Whiskey Lounge is the place to be!

A leading bar within the industry and an integral part of the Bournemouth nightlife, with high quality cocktails, award-winning bartenders and live music, you will definitely want to check this place out.

It’s only a 5 min taxi journey from our student accommodation in the town centre. Saving you £££, so convenient!



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Address: 103 Commercial Rd, Bournemouth BH2 5RT

10. Sixty Million Postcards

Concluding our guide of Bournemouth nightlife is Sixty Million Postcards.

What can you expect at this popular student pub? There’s tasty burgers, beers and American classics, as well as live music nights, weekly quizzes and a banging beer garden.

You and your besties can sip on craft beers and cocktails and enjoy everything it has to offer! 
They even play the latest sports showings so you can watch the match with a pint in hand.


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Address: Dorset, 19-21 Exeter Rd, Bournemouth BH2 5AF
No matter what you are looking for Bournemouth’s nightlife scene will have something for you.

So whether you want a relaxing night with cocktails and food or living it up till the early hours, there are plenty of options for you to choose from.

We hope you found our Bournemouth nightlife guide helpful, and that you enjoy your night out. You never know, maybe you’ve found your new fav place!

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