10 things to do after dark in Weston-super-Mare
PUBLISHED: 07:30 09 April 2016
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Weston-super-Mare has plenty to offer when the sun goes down. Here are some of our ideas on how you could spend your evenings in the town this year.
Seafront dining. There is nothing better on a warm summer’s evening than sitting outside one of the seafront hotels, lapping up the beautiful views while enjoying your evening meal or a cold beer. The Greek food in restaurants such as The Old Thatched Cottage, Barzaar, Nick’s Bar, Smiths and the Seaward Hotel is a must, as is the authentic Italian fare of Il Michelangelo. Fine dining can be enjoyed in the Cove Restaurant. But if it’s the traditional you’re after then you can’t beat good ol’ fish and chips in Winstons, a roast dinner in the York Hotel or pub grub in the Cabot Court Hotel or The Old Colonial.
Weston’s 664-seat Playhouse hosts 300 productions a year and spans the genres of music, drama, comedy, dance, musicals, film, and children’s shows. The historic and community-owned Blakehay hosts regional theatre, music and dance productions. For a wider range and more top productions, revellers can travel to Bristol to the city’s Hippodrome or Colston Hall.
The attraction hosts regular evening events which are always extremely popular. These include murder mystery and comedy nights, live bands, fireworks at sea and drink festivals. New for this year is a Bollywood-inspired evening of live entertainment, Indian buffet, a DJ and disco plus a dance lesson, kicking off on June 4.
Many of the resort’s bars and hotels provide live entertainment in the evenings, notably venues in the Grove Village part of town such as Back Bar, the Brit Bar, Loves and The New Market. Bigger venues such as the Playhouse and the Grand Pier often provide live music too, while bigger Bristol venues like the Colston Hall, O2 Academy or Fleece are well within reach.
Weston has a wonderful array of eateries which span a world of tastes. Foodies will love bistros such as Duets, in Milton, the Royal Hotel, and the Grove Bistro, as well as the award-winning steakhouse based in a hotel in nearby Congresbury, run by TV chef Marco Pierre-White. There is a huge range of Indian cuisine, notably Hussains, Zeera, Mint and Mustard and Curry Garden, in the town centre. Greek food fans will love Demetris Taverna, those who prefer Italian can choose Tarantella, Botellinos or La Cucina and if Japanese is preferred there is the mouth-watering sushi of Yo-Ji to sample.
Weston has a public house in most roads in the town centre, the seafront has an avenue of them lining up next to each other and most of the villages and suburbs will have its own local, so visitors really are spoilt for choice. These range from the small and quirky backstreet bars to gastro pubs and wine bars like Unwined, Bonds and the Imperial.
Kick back with a box of popcorn and a bucket of cola and check out the latest blockbuster film at the town’s four-screen picture house. The building itself is a Grade II listed art deco cinema designed by Thomas Cecil Howitt and still retains its originally-installed Compton organ.
One of the most hotly-anticipated and exciting events in the town calendar always delivers an amazing party atmosphere. A procession of brightly-lit, noisy and imaginatively-decorated carts with carnival folk singing their hearts out or statue-still wind their way through many of the streets in the town centre, finishing along the seafront. This year’s event falls on November 11.
Anyone wishing to dance the night away can do so to their heart’s content in some of Weston’s bars and clubs, which are open until the early hours. Late bars include The London, The Brit, the Back and Vinnie’s Bars. Club Vision, Weston’s largest, hosts regular events and celebrity nights with their hall of fame including TOWIE’s Mark Wright and Joey Essex, Dappy, Chipmunk and Judge Jules. The majority are within walking distance of the town centre, meaning you can drink responsibly and leave the car keys behind.
Testing the old grey matter has become a popular past-time of late and there are plenty of venues offering cash prizes for successful quizzers. Regular quizzes are held at the Summerhouse on Mondays, the Old Manor on Sundays, the Nut Tree and Catherine’s Inn has one on Tuesdays, the Cabot Court Hotel runs an interactive quiz on Wednesdays and the Imperial holds a smartphone quiz on Tuesdays. The Woolpack, All Stars and The Bay hold quizzes once a month.