10 things to do in Weston after dark
PUBLISHED: 18:00 13 June 2018
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When the sun sets in Weston it is often at its prettiest, with the twinkling seafront lights and avenue of brightly-lit bars and restaurants. So go for a moonlit stroll or try one of these suggestions:
1. DINNER AND DRINKS ON THE SEAFRONT.
On a warm summer’s evening sitting on the terrace outside one of the seafront hotels, enjoying a holiday atmosphere while having your evening meal or a cold glass of wine you could be forgiven for thinking you were in a taverna on a Mediterranean island. You can even eat European too with Greek food readily available in many of the restaurants, along with authentic Italian fare.
Fine dining, including locally caught fish and seafood, can be enjoyed in the Cove Restaurant or Nelson’s Fish and Grill. But if it’s the traditional you are after then you can’t beat good old fish and chips in Winstons, a carvery in the Royal Hotel or pub grub in The Old Colonial.
2. CATCH A SHOW.
One of the oldest forms of evening entertainment, along from frequenting the local pub, it is still a special treat going to the theatre to watch a live performance. Weston’s 664-seat Playhouse hosts 300 productions a year spanning genres of music, drama, comedy, dance, musicals, film, and children’s shows. The community-owned Blakehay hosts regional theatre, music and dance productions. For a wider range and high budget productions revellers will need to travel to Bristol to the city’s Hippodrome or Colston Hall.
3. LIVE MUSIC.
Many of Weston’s hotels provide live entertainment in the evenings, including singers, live bands and karaoke. The Playhouse and the Grand Pier often provide live music or for more well-known bands and artists a trip to Bristol’s Colston Hall, O2 Academy or Fleece is required. But for hardened music lovers the atmosphere of a spit and sawdust pub hosting local bands is hard to beat. Weston has a few of these, notably the Back Bar, Scally’s, the Brit Bar and Loves.
Weston has a wonderful array of eateries in addition to the seafront ones already mentioned which span a world of tastes! Foodies will love the likes of Bistrot Pierre, Duets, in Milton, The Royal Hotel, and the Grove Bistro, as well as the award-winning steakhouse and new Italian in Congresbury, run by TV chef Marco Pierre-White. There is a huge range of Indian cuisine dotted across the resort and Greek food fans need look no further than Demetris taverna, those who prefer Italian, Chinese or Japanese are well-catered for too. There is also Mexican and Thai cuisine and an American diner in the town centre.
Weston has a hostelry in most roads in the town centre and the seafront is awash with bars. Visitors really are spoilt for choice from the small and quirky backstreet bars to gastro pubs, wine bars and big chain names.
6. WATCH A MOVIE.
Kick back with a box of popcorn and a bucket of cola and check out the latest blockbuster film at either of the town’s cinemas, the Odeon, a Grade II listed art deco four-screen cinema in The Centre, Walliscote Road or the new Cineworld in the Dolphin Square redevelopment which boasts 8 state-of-the-art screens.
7. WESTON CARNIVAL.
One of the most hotly-anticipated and exciting events in the town calendar always delivers an amazing party atmosphere. Brightly-lit, noisy and imaginatively-decorated carts with real-life carnival folk singing their hearts out, or standing statue-still, wind their way through many of the town centre streets, finishing on the seafront. This year’s family fun is on Friday, November 9.
Anyone wishing to dance the night away can do so to their hearts content in Weston’s bars and clubs, some of which are open until the early hours, making the town a popular choice for stag and hen parties. Some of the clubs hold weekly promotional nights and Club Vision, Weston’s largest, hosts celebrity nights with their hall of fame including TOWIE and Love Island stars, Dappy, Chipmunk and Danny Dyer. Other clubs include The Loft, Yates’s, Ellas Disco Bar and Club Tabu.
Testing the old brain cells has become a popular pastime and there are plenty of venues offering this. Regular pub quizzes are held at the Summerhouse, the Old Manor, The Woolpack and the Catherines Inn. Weston Museum and The Windsor Castle hold them once a month. For bigger prizes, eyes down for a night out at Gala Bingo in Gallagher Retail Park, just outside the town centre.
10. PLAYING POOL/WATCHING SPORT.
All Stars Sports Bar, in Regent Street is open every day from 10am until midnight but comes alive at night with sports fans watching the latest game on huge TV screens around the venue, while potting a few balls and sinking a few pints.