Canterbury has a very lively pub/bar/club 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. Many serve food - see main TA restaurant listings. Most pubs close by midnight. Canterbury has a great late night bars/nightclub scene, with most establishments having licences to remain open until 02:00 or 03:00am. Nightclubs can be open as late as 6am on some nights.


Club Chemistry, Station Road East. Wednesday and Thursday until 3am, Friday 4am and Saturday until 4am/6am (see events for details). Bank Holiday Sunday until 6am.

Canterbury's largest and latest nightclub spread over 3 floors with different music on each. Caters for a wide audience. Chemistry Wednesdays is predominantly a student night. Thursdays offer either rock music or 80s and 90s nights. Friday Night Project is the largest premium Friday night in the City with many 'Made in Chelsea' cast members coming to party. Saturdays offer some of the best new music around along with a wide range of international DJs. Table service available every night.

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. 

Steinbeck & Shaw, St George's Place. New late night venue opened in Sept 2015.



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

The Oasis 11 Butchery Lane. New bar opened 2016.

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.


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

The Champagne Bar at ABode Canterbury, High Street. The ABode Hotel's upmarket champagne and cocktail bar open to the general public until midnight Mon-Thurs nights, until 2am Fri & Sat nights. Resident pianist Monday afternoons and Tuesday evenings.


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 pub newly refurbished in late 2015, now offering a cocktail menu.

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 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: Newly refurbished for Sept 2015 by the Stonegate pub co, ditching the previous "Scream" branding.

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

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.