Bolton Night Life

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Places to go on your night out

If you fancy a night out in Bolton then it is likely to be at some of the popular local bars and pubs as some of them are open till 3am at weekends. There is plenty of alcohol and the locals are a friendly bunch who are happy to dance the night away. Ikon is probably Bolton’s biggest and best known night club. The club is open from 10pm at night until 3am the next morning. There is also a smaller club known as Jaxx in the downstairs area of Ikon. Here the music tends to be slower but the bar is not as busy as in the Ikon and it’s easier to get served. The music is mostly dance and rock music. The club has been refurbished and has more of a dedicated stage area for live music acts. Along Deansgate in Bolton there is a variety of bars, pubs and fun pubs, about fifteen in all and this is one of the town’s favourite areas for people out on a pub crawl.

The Hardy Hall club has live music every weekend but it is mostly local tribute bands that play there. The music is quite good and some of the tributes are very well done and the atmosphere is friendly. The Old Three Crowns is a Victorian pub with much of its original exterior décor. The Old Man and Scythe is Bolton's oldest pub and it was rebuilt in 1636. The Earl of Derby is said to have spent his last night at this pub before he was beheaded for his massacre of parliamentarians during the civil war. The pub gets quite busy and lively, especially on a Saturday night, it is also said to be haunted so watch out for the other kind of spirits when you are there.

The Goose on Deansgate is part of a chain of pubs and bars around the country and tends to attract a more sophisticated crowd. The pub serves food, which is reasonably priced and you can get coffee and tea as well as alcohol. The Soundhouse is a great place to see live bands, the music is good and the crowd is friendly. J2 is another night club and it’s a bit more stylish than Jaxx or Ikon. The club has three reasonably sized dance floors and each one has a different type of music so there is something to suit most people’s musical tastes. Music on the ground floor is mostly R&B and there is a good chill out area where you can go and sit and just listen to the music. The Atlantic night club is one of Bolton’s biggest clubs with a traditional atmosphere and music from the last three decades as well as chart and disco music. The Temple Mondo has a great atmosphere and music ranges from garage and hip hop to rhythm and blues, Bar Juice offers a similar range of music including funk. No matter what your idea of a good night out, you are bound to find something that will please you in Bolton.