Don’t think it’s possible to have a night out in Nottingham for just £20? Think again. If you know where to go and what to order you can eat, drink, and play for £20 (or less!) All the deals below are (as far as we know) permanent and don’t require vouchers to use – just rock up and place your order.
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Where to Eat
Maximum budget: £8 a head
The Approach – The Approach is a laid back bar boasting live sport and regular live music nights. Most main meals here will come in at under £8 a head but the best deal is definitely on their homemade, stonebaked pizzas, which are 241 all day Monday through Friday (making them approx. £4.50 each).
Desi Downtown – Desi’s isn’t the fanciest Indian restaurant in town (and the city is admittedly, rife with competition) but with main courses starting at around a fiver and accompaniments from a pound it’s excellent value. They’re also open seven days a week until 11.30pm, making Desi’s the perfect spot for post-pub pickings.
Turtle Bay – £6.95 gets you a surprisingly filling meal from their misleadingly-named “lunch ‘n’ light” menu (it’s not that light and it’s available all day). Choose from dishes including a “pulled chicken bun”, “jerk chicken wrap”, or a “street burger”. Most dishes come with a choice of fries or salad.
The Junkyard – as well as a tapas-style “graze” section, the ultra-hip Junkyard offer a range of “plates” (i.e. full meals) for around £8.
Bunk – head to chicken-wing specialists Bunk any-time before 9pm and all wings (with your choice of an extensive list of sauces) are half-price (that means 10 chicken wings for a measly £3.50). Share 10 wings and a couple of sides and you’ve got a meal for two for about £6 each.
Squares – Squares is an all-in-one kind of venue – daytimes are geared around food and football, while nights are a little louder and lairier. Head there before 8pm and you can get two main meals for just £9.
Where to Drink
Maximum budget: £3.75 a drink
Baa Bar – Baa Bar is loud and lively – not the place for a quiet pint but a decent spot for dancing and cheap drinks later in the evening. Various offers are available all night including shooters for £1 and “double up on spirits” for £1.
Tilt – “Blues and cocktails” bar Tilt is small but perfectly formed. Expect mismatched décor, live music (most nights) and table service (most of the time). Best of all, arrive before 7pm (Tuesday to Friday) and the (excellent) cocktails are just £3.50.
Squares – the aforementioned Squares offers much more than just cheap eats; it’s a prime budget boozer too. Offers include 2 bottles of Desperados, Hooch, or Bulmers for £6.95 (all day every day).
Bad Juju Tiki Shack – slip on your dancing shoes (and your hula skirt) for a trip to the tropical-themed Bad Juju Tiki Shack (aka Bad Papa’s Tiki Shack). Playing host to special events throughout the week, on Fridays and Saturdays this undersized and understated venue offers 241 cocktails from 7 ‘til 10 pm, served to an eclectic backdrop of Motown, Funk, and Soul.
Cucamaras – for a great night out with really cheap drinks and no pretentions, Cucamaras is the place to be. Cocktails can be had for just £2.30 – wash them down with a £1 tequila slammer – it’s the only way. Did we mention the drinks are really cheap?
Pit and Pendulum – part of the “Eerie Pubs Co.” this gothic-themed pub is arguably one of Nottingham’s quirkiest venues (and categorically boasts the city’s most unique toilets). The music is mostly metal, and the drinks are generally good value – especially the two for £7.50 offer on their sinfully-delicious “Saints and Sins” cocktails.
Foxy’s – Foxy’s is a lively late-night bar where the music is loud and the crowd are always up for a good time. It’s excellent value too with various 2 for £5 or £6 offers and £1 shots.
What to Do
Maximum budget: £8.25
Bowling – situated on the outskirts of the city centre, Nottingham’s branch of MFA Bowl boasts, well, bowling. There’s also pool tables, the usual arcade machines, and most importantly of all, a bar. One game will set you back £5.80.
Adventure Golf – head downstairs in Nottingham’s entertainment complex The Cornerhouse and you’ll find yourself in the magical land of “The Lost City”, which is actually a set of two elaborately-designed mini-golf courses. An 18 hole game (which takes you around one of the two courses) will cost you £7.50.
Film at Broadway Cinema – there’s two main cinemas in Nottingham city centre (not counting the single-screened “Screen 22” and the Savoy, just outside the city in student-haven “Lenton”) however the better value of the two (and arguably, more pleasant – you can take a drink into the film for starters) is the independent Broadway Cinema. A standard ticket will set you back £8.20, however if you’re a regular cinema-goer you can become a “member” for £27 a year, after which tickets will cost just £6.30.
Alternatively, you can take advantage of the Broadway Bites deal which gets you a cinema ticket and a meal for £14 (£12 for members) leaving £6 or £8 respectively for those post-picture drinks.
Fun Station – not in the mood for a round of mini-golf? Hop on the escalators to the first floor of The Cornerhouse where you’ll find Fun Station, a “family entertainment centre” packed with activities including bowling, air hockey and state-of-the-art arcade games. Spend as much or as little as you like and collect points that can be traded for prizes.
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