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Interesting/Hip/Offbeat Places in Nottingham

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Toronto, Canada
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Interesting/Hip/Offbeat Places in Nottingham

Hi all!

I'm moving to Nottingham in July, and I'd like to get the scoop on some interesting places and things to do while I'm there. I've had a search on Google and couldn't come up with much.

What are some 'hip' areas for young folks (not uni students) in and around Nottingham? Interesting or independent restaurants, boutiques, bars, anything like that. Nothing too commercial, you know?

I've been to the City Centre quite a bit, but I was wondering if there is anything else out there in any of the burroughs - and if there is anything like what I'm looking for within the actual city centre?

Thanks in advance!!

nottingham, england
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1. Re: Interesting/Hip/Offbeat Places in Nottingham

Hi there...Im struggling to come up with some interesting/hip/offbeat places for you to visit..which are aimed at young people but not students!!!

I suppose it largely depends on what you like to do.

The suburbs around Nottingham, really are just that...suburbs! Not very much hip or interesting things going on for most!! The odd Neighbourhood Watch meeting, or Zumba class maybe!


If you are here in July for the Splendour Festival at Wollaton Park, that may be of interest to you.

Sorry not to have been more help...If I think of anything else, I will let you know. Oh and welcome to Nottingham!!

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2. Re: Interesting/Hip/Offbeat Places in Nottingham

I reckon that maybe the closest to what you are looking for would be West Bridgford, which is just across Trent Bridge, and has a number of bars and restaurants.

The Stratford Haven is well worth a visit, and there are plenty of other places to eat and drink too.


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3. Re: Interesting/Hip/Offbeat Places in Nottingham

Yes this is a difficult one - as tinker 23 said, Nottingham is not the hippest place in the world. If you know the city then you will know that Rock City is the home of many "off beat and hip music experiences", and this weekend we have had the download festival at Donnington Park ( lots of motor racing there throughout the year again this year now that it has re-opened)...those attending will have got very wet...the weather is dreadful here today! Later in August there is V Fest..although sold out officially I am sure tickets for the Midlands version can probably be acquired on Viagogo. There are several fairly non - commercial outdoor concerts in the area through the summer. Sometimes music from earlier decades e.g. 70s or 80s with famous acts from those days. Often these are in beautiful locations on National Trust properties ( access can be tricky, but they are great fun...might not fit your definition of hip of course!!)

Again as said earlier if you let us know your interests then we can make suggestions but for bars etc , I am sure the city is the place.

My niece loves vintage clothes and she is always kept busy when up here...there is a retro boutique in Beeston a suburb town and I am sure several in the city too.

Hope this helps, and hopefully someone will post who has some on topic knowledge to help us here!

Nottingham, United...
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4. Re: Interesting/Hip/Offbeat Places in Nottingham

Well alot of the 'hip' places do attract students, but that doesn't mean they're exclusively for students!

Here's four suggestions, let me know if they're on the right line for you because I can probably think of some more!


The alley cafe bar sells vegetarian and vegan food, as well as lots of organic food and drink. It also has some live music and DJ's that's always a bit different. It's off market square on a little side street, near Tesco.


The Maze is a live music venue that has lesser known bands playing every night of the week. They usually have DJ's on the weekend. It's usually between nothing and £5 to see a gig. It's on Mansfield road, about 10 minutes walk out of the city centre.


The Golden Fleece is my favourite pub, good music, fantastic food (try the Sunday lunch, it's incredible), nice atmosphere and staff and a great roof terrace. It's again on Mansfield road, though about five minutes closer to the town centre than the maze.


The Broadway cinema is an independant cinema that shows mainstream and many independant films also. It certainly attracts a 'hip' crowd. The food's good too and they do a meal and a film deal which is quite good value.


Lee Rosy's tea - well they sell tea. All sorts of different tea. It's a somewhat 'hip' tearoom that I would recommend if you happen to like, tea!

Toronto, Canada
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5. Re: Interesting/Hip/Offbeat Places in Nottingham

Wow, thanks for all of the amazing suggestions, everyone!

My taste is pretty diverse, I'm from Toronto and I'm really into the Kensington Market/Camden market vibe. I love vintage everything and live music (mostly jazz, but doesn't matter as long as it's good). I like funky cafes and bars, and shopping areas with independent stores.

Clare_Allen, your suggestions were spot on! If you have any more, let me know! :)

Nottingham, United...
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6. Re: Interesting/Hip/Offbeat Places in Nottingham

If you like jazz do you like blues?

Afaik, there is no dedicated jazz bar in Notts but there is this:


It's purely blues music, and they have live bands in on the weekend.

Their cocktails are the best in Nottingham (in my opinion) and every day between 5 and 7 almost all their cocktails are £3.50 each.

For jazz however there is:


It's in the main square (market square) and is a nice enough pub (it claims, along with a couple of other Nottingham pubs, to be the oldest pub in England...)

However, they don't seem to like young people in there. They really seem to want to keep their clientele within the 60 and above age category which is a shame since I genuinely like jazz (my dads a jazz pianist) and I'm not old and grey! Take I.D because if you're not grey and wrinkly, they won't let you in without it! I've been with friends in their late 30's who got turned away...

In regards to independent and vintage stores there used to be quite afew but unfortunately, the recession has seen alot of them shut down :( There's still some vintage stores dotted around the city centre and on Mansfield road (where The Maze and The Golden Fleece is) so just keep an eye out; I don't know what they're called I'm afraid.

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Fade is again, on Mansfield road (the same side as the golden fleece and the maze, and about halfway between them).

It never gets busy or noisy, so is great for a quiet drink. However they play good music, sometimes have live acts (I've seen a live folk band in before) and very friendly staff. They also stock an interesting range of beers. They recently got a mixed fruit beer on tap which is just lush!


Spankyvandykes is a quite new addition to the city. It's nicely done out with tons of comfortable seating. They often have live music; there was a very eclectic duo playing there this weekend! And they host other interesting things like art competitions. Foods not bad too.

Why are you moving to Nottingham anyway?

Toronto, Canada
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8. Re: Interesting/Hip/Offbeat Places in Nottingham

Oooh wow! These places look awesome! Thank yooou! I do also enjoy Blues. :)

I'll be in Long Eaton, but I'm not averse to taking public transit into the town centre. :)

Nottingham, United...
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9. Re: Interesting/Hip/Offbeat Places in Nottingham

I work in Long Eaton. There's not many hip places around there I'm afraid!

There is a very good cheesecake shop though :)

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10. Re: Interesting/Hip/Offbeat Places in Nottingham

Hello - You're probably already here by now!

If you like Jazz / live music, there's a very good pub in Beeston which is one train stop away from Long Eaton. The pub is called the Victoria Hotel and is right next to Beeston Train station.

They have a festival on for 2 weeks (started this week I believe) with loads of live bands / bbq food etc.

They also have Monday night Jazz each week and live music every Sunday night.

Here's a link to the website: http://www.victoriabeeston.co.uk/

If you like vintage clothing, there are a couple of places that I love to check out. One is called Baklash. It's in the centre on Norfolk Street. It can take a bit of finding, but is a great place. The address is:

Baklash Clothing

2 Norfolk Place



The other one is like a big warehouse. It has loads of vintage clothes and is just a 5 min walk from the centre - not too far from Oceana club.

The Vintage Warehouse

82-84, Lower Parliament Street



A great website all about Nottingham a is Left Lion: http://www.leftlion.co.uk/

It's a great place to start when you want to find out what's on, where to go for something and where's great to eat. The other good Nottingham site is: http://www.itchynottingham.co.uk/ - it has loads of restaurant, pub and shop reviews and guides to what's on. Baklash and the Vintage Warehouse are both mentioned on there.

Hope you enjoy your time here. Email me if you want any further info.