Bournemouth is a south-coast seaside town with several different faces. Although it is a favourite spot for retirees, the nearby artificial reef means that it attracts more than just the silver surfer demographic. It also boasts a burgeoning student population and a lively atmosphere to match.

Bournemouth’s Bars

Bournemouth’s nightlife attracts serious party lovers, who recognise Bournemouth’s fresh seaside air as a great location for some of the best bars, pubs, restaurants and clubs in the United Kingdom.

There are a multitude of cocktail bars in the city centre. Despite having its fair share of chain joints, it’s the independent ones that really stand out. Chaplin’s and the Cellar Bar is one such place: jazz, lampposts and craft cider, plus one of the best Long Island Iced Teas we’ve ever tasted. The bohemian surfer vibe is never far away, and there are plenty of bars which make you feel like you are on holiday in this seaside town. Try Urban Beach, where you can sip a Tom Collins outside on their large outdoor terrace and take in the sea views. If you want to add a touch of glamour to your night, then the city centre has it in spades, from the award winning Bar So to the Manhattan inspired and secretive Bar Republiq.

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