Canterbury has a very lively pub scene, thanks in part to the huge student population. Many pubs are owned by Shepherd Neame, a brewery in nearby Faversham. Its pubs mostly sell its own beer brands. Others are independent or owned by various national pub companies. 'Freehouses' are those not tied to a particular brewery. Many serve food - see main TA restaurant listings. Most pubs close by midnight. Canterbury is not renowned for having a great late night bars/nightclub scene, with most establishments only having licences to remain open until 02:00 or 03:00am. The larger clubs tend to attract a young crowd there for the drinking rather than the music.


Chill, St George's Place. 6 nights a week, until 02:00am Mon-Wed and until 03:00am Thu-Sat. Young crowd. 

Club Chemistry, Station Road East. Wed until 3am, Friday and Saturday until 4am. Large club on 3 floors with different music on each. Caters for a wide audience. Wednesdays are TEASE which is an all student night. Friday is FNP which has hosted a number of nights with Made in Chelsea members and closes at 4am. Saturdays offer some of the best new music around along with a friendly and fun atmosphere and again open until 4am. Open all bank holiday Sundays until 4:30am.

Bridge Place Manor. Over 30s nightclub in the village of Bridge about 3 miles south of city centre. Last Sat of the month, 8pm-2am, smart dress. 


Margaritas, 5 Orange Street. Untill 12:30am Mon-Sat. London style cocktail lounge & bistro. Free entry.

Alberrys, 38 St Margaret's Street. Mon-Sat until 2am. Wine/cocktail bar with small but popular nightclub in the basement.

The Loft, 5-6 St Margaret's Street. Until 00:30 Sun-Wed & 02:30am Thurs-Sat. Cocktail bar with dj/club nights.

The Cuban, 41-43 High Street. Cocktail bar with Latin music club nights Wed/Thu 9-1am and Fri/Sat 10-2am. Free entry.

The Ballroom, 15 Orange Street. Quirky cocktail bar/music venue with live blues on Tues, other live music Weds/Thurs (open mic on alternate Weds), djs until 00:30am on Fri/Sat/Sun, 2 for 1 cocktails until 02:30am on Mondays. Free entry.

Bramley's Bar, 15 Orange Street. Bohemian venue next to The Ballroom. Same address but has its own door on street level.

Old Brewery Tavern, Stour Street. Pub & restaurant by day, with djs on Tues, Thurs, Fri & Sat evenings until 2am.

The Lady Luck  St Peter's Street. Alternative/Rock bar. Open till 1am Mon-Thurs, Fri & Sat 2am and 11pm Sundays. Serves lunch during the day, with produce sourced from Canterbury's Goods shed. Regular Dj

Essence Bar, 11 Butchery Lane. A great place for pre-drinks before heading up the club or for those who don't want to go clubbing.  Has different drinks deals every night including 2-4-1 cocktails, £1 shots and double vodka/rum mixers.  Great DJs on the weekend playing house, trance and commercial.  There are themed nights and occassionally speed dating nights! Free entry every night, open to between 1 and 2 am.

Limes Lounge & Diner, 13 Rosemary Lane. Opened late 2013 and currently the city's only LGBT venue.

Club Burrito, 4 Butchery Lane. Mexican beer & tequila bar, opened Dec 2013.

The Pound, 1 Pound Lane. Stylish new bar in the historic former Victorian city gaol next to the Westgate Towers. Opened Dec 2014.

La Sala, 6-7 Upper Bridge Street. A new cocktail bar which opened in April 2015 to become Canterbury's newest nightlife venue.


The Shakespeare Wine & Coffee House, 40 Burgate. 'Annexe' of The Shakespeare pub opened Dec 2013 with own entrance in The Buttermarket square.


Within the line of the city walls (central area):

The Bell & Crown, 10-11 Palace St: Lively freehouse with real fire, good reputation for real ale. Outside seating on historic Palace Street.

The Parrot, 1-9 Church Lane St Radigunds: Historic 14th century Shepherd Neame-owned building. Sadly no longer has the pet parrot which gave the pub its name. Serves food. Secluded courtyard garden

The Jolly Sailor, 75 Northgate. Lively "students" pub along the "King's Mile".

The Cherry Tree, Whitehorse Lane: Small historic 14th century freehouse with a lively bohemian vibe.

The Foundry, Whitehorse Lane: The city's only pub with its own onsite microbrewery. Serves food during the day. Upstairs bar and dance area. 

The Thomas Becket, 21 Best Lane: "The country pub in the city", adorned with traditional hanging hops. 

The Millers Arms, 2 Mill Lane: Shepherd Neame pub attractively located by riverside weir.

The Dolphin, 17 St Radigund's St: Civilised atmosphere, lawned garden. Local real aleas and CAMRA Gold Award 2012.

The Old Buttermarket, The Buttermarket: Surprisingly deep pub in historic city centre square opposite cathedral gates. A Nicholson's Inn.

The Thomas Ingoldsby, 5-9 Burgate: One of the city's two J D Wetherspoon pubs, the UK's largest and generally cheapest pub company.

The White Hart, Worthgate Place: Shepherd Neame pub in quiet corner of city by Dane John Gardens. Large, secluded lawned garden.

The Three Tuns, Watling Street: Historic building, somewhat modernised inside with concrete beer garden. A John Barras pub.

The City Arms, 7 Butchery Lane: Owned by independent microbrewery Canterbury Brewers

The Shakespeare, 5 Butchery Lane. Newly refurbished by owners Shepherd Neame in summer 2013. 

La Trappiste, 1-2 Sun St/15-17Guildhall St: Cafe-bar-restaurant with wide selection of Belgian beers. Table service.

Seven Stars, 1 Orange Street. Shows sports.Weekly live music.

The Canterbury Tales, 12 The Friars: Directly opposite the Marlowe Theatre. Open later at night.

The Cricketers, 14 St Peter's St: Traditional Shepherd Neame pub on the main street.

The Black Griffin, 40 St Peter's St. On the main street by the Westgate Towers. Weekly live music.

The Carpenters Arms, 102 Black Griffin Lane: Back-street pub with pool tables.

St Dunstan's (historic area immediately northwest of Westgate Towers):

The Westgate Inn, 1-3 North Lane: The city's other J D Wetherspoon pub.

The Bishop’s Finger, 13 St Dunstan's St. Busy, historic pub, popular with students. Sky sports.

The Unicorn Inn, 61 St Dunstan's St. Traditional freehouse, renowned for real ales. Serves pub food through the day. The only pub in Canterbury with a bar billiards table.

The Monument, St Dunstan's St. Shepherd Neame sports pub.

The Eight Bells, 34 London Road  Well run nicely presented "local" pub with a garden.

South-east of city walls; just outside centre, within walking distance:

The Flying Horse, 1 Dover St: 16th century coaching inn, directly opposite the city wall.

The New Inn, 19 Havelock St: Traditional back-street local, renowned for real ales.

Two Sawyers, 58 Ivy Lane: Small traditional pub, with garden. A Pubmaster inn.

Old City Bar, 2 Oaten Hill Place: Lively bar, very busy after work. Huge secluded lawned walled garden with games.

Cross Keys, 24 Oaten Hill: Spors bar. Concreted beer garden by a busy road junction.

The Phoenix, 67 Old Dover Road: Traditional pub, very highly regarded for real ales.

Bat & Ball, 163 Old Dover Road: Opposite the cricket ground.

The Two Doves, 25 Nunnery Fields: Small, out-of-the-way pub.

Northgate (immediately north-east of centre by Kingsmead roundabout):

The Penny Theatre, Northgate: Lively "Scream" chain pub, popular with students. Gets very busy on promotional days, often with a queue. Sensible to arrive early on these days!

Tally Ho, 7 Clyde Street. Back-street pub.

Run Of The Mill, 47 Sturry Road: Sports & karaoke pub.

Wincheap (south-west of centre):

The Maidens Head, 28 Wincheap.  Reopened in 2014.

The Kings Head, 204 Wincheap: Traditional beamed inn. 

St Stephen's (about 1 mile north of centre):

Ye Olde Beverlie, St Stephen's Green: Shepherd Neame pub on historic 'village green' by almshouses. Serves food. Closest pub to University of Kent.