Well, where do I start? Blackpool...what an amazing night out!...whether you like dancing away until the early hours, or even just a quiet drink...you'll be happily pleased. I first experienced Blackpool in February 2009, where we spent the weekend celebrating a friends 21st! As it was out of season, our hotel was only £15 per person/per night...so we thought it was going to be the pits! But...we were all very pleasantly surprised!! The hotel was clean, friendly and most importantly had a little bar! This hotel was called The Coach House. The owners were very friendly and helpful with information about Blackpool. It was situated not far from the centre of the town, about a 10minute walk! So...after getting dressed and after a few drinks in the hotel bar off we headed for the town centre! We couldnt beleive how cheap the pubs were! We were lucky enough to bump into someone selling wristbands, which guaranteed free entry into most clubs/pubs, and free shots or a bottle of wine with first orders at the bar! the wristband only cost £5...and was well worth it!!! After a few hours of going in and out of different pubs, we headed for a nightclub, we heard that The Syndicate was the best, so after a quick walk up the street there it was! Coming from a little town, this place looked huge....but we couldnt beleive our eyes after actually going inside!! After having a walk around, we noticed that there were several different parts to the club...the R'n'B bar...the part of the club playing the cheese!...and also upstairs was a huge part of the club with dance music on! That night at the syndicate, DJ Alex K was upstairs...it was brilliant! We all had a fantastic night dancing away on the revolving dancefloor!! 4am...closing time at The Syndicate...we werent ready to go back to the hotel...so we followed a crowd to another club...'Flamigo's' a gay club situated not far from The Syndicate!...Everyone seemed to be welcome in the club, gay or straight. 6am...closing time...so we hopped in a taxi (they run all night) and went back to our hotel. Saturday morning...after the hangovers had gone, we headed out for the day. Walking along the Golden Mile, Looking in the shops mostly selling sticks of rocks, t-shirts and kiss me quick hats! We had a fun ride on the Trams, and had a really fun time at the Pleasure Beach! Saturday night, and we were all ready to do it all again!! Although Blackpool is classed as quite tacky...its a brilliant weekend, or for just a night out! We spent another weekend in Blackpool in September, and are planning another weekend for early next year! All in all...a fabulously, fantastic, fun, and amazing place to go!
After a recent hen night in Blackpool (well hen weekend actually) I can honestly say I was well impressed with the pubs and clubs in the area. You really can find any type of night entertainment you want in Blackpool from quite pubs to sit and chat and arrange the night ahead to rowdy packed out clubs full of revellers having the times of their lives. If you are on a Stag night lads there are plenty titty bars and don't worry girls we are well catered for with a good few pubs offering very fit half dressed blokes (some less than half dressed)! Whilst the night out was great the prices were somewhat extortionate with most clubs charging around 10- 15 quid to get in and the drinks being very expensive also. We found ourselves paying around £3.20 for a spirit and mixer or £2.20 for a half pint of cider which when compared to the £2.50 for spirits and mixers and the £1.70 for half pints of cider we pay back home is just not on. The pubs and clubs were all packed out on the Friday night when we were there but there was very little trouble although I have heard Blackpool can get a bit out of hand at times and the pubs and clubs are not always this friendly. Almost everywhere we went was packed out with other hen night parties or stag parties and this made for a very good time and fun atmosphere and I would recommend anyone looking for a rowdy good time hen or stag night make their way to Blackpool!!
The Tower Lounge is situated next to Blackpool Tower and is owned by the same company. It's a place I'd never considered going in as I usually have my girls with me and it's a strictly adults only bar that only opens from midday untill late on Friday, Saturday and Sundays, catering for the weekend revellers and the stag/hen parties who descend on Blackpool every weekend. On the Wedneday of my week there I'd gone to the cash machine behind the Tower to get some money ( free withdrawls there, a lot of the cashpoints in Blackpool charge £1.75) and I heard music coming from the Tower lounge and noticed at the entrance a large blow up cartoon figure and a man dressed in a funny costume blowing a horn and handing out leaflets, I also noticed all the tower lounge signs had been covered with banners saying "Family Bar" in large letters. Being nosey I thought I'll have a look into this so I went up to the man, who turned out to be a children's entertainer called Mr Zooka, and got a leaflet. It turned out that the Lounge had started opening as a family bar from 12 noon untill 11pm monday to thursday, with the aforementioned Mr Zooka providing daytime fun and magic, and a pop act, Hi 3, (though they are really a male/female duo) providing the evening entertainment. This was going to be every week untill the 7th September and again in the upcoming October half term holiday. So that night at around 6.45pm me and my youngest daughter are dropped off at the Tower by relatives who were on holiday with us and the first thing we saw was "Jungle Jim" a costumed character from the tower doing his stuff outside the lounge to entice families in and posing for photographs, we spent 10 minutes being amused by his antics which included acting like a lollipop lady so people,could cross the road, then into the lounge. They don't miss a trick in Blackpool, the entance was like a mini arcade, fruit machines and grab a stuffed toy machines, no doubt to induce drunks at the weekend to impres the girls by winning them one. Once past these it was into the main bar area, this was a massive place with loads of tables and chairs set out, a dancefloor and a stage, and a bar down one side. It was already fairly busy but still plenty of tables/seats to choose from. So a trip to the bar while we decided where to sit, a pint of lager and a lemonade was £3.90, a bit steep but it is Blackpool. Sitting at the table there was a drinks promotion leaflet on it, 4 pint jugs of beer and lager £9.00 and large Slush drinks for the children £1.50 and looking round it seemed everyone was buying jugs, (which I did later, 2 of them, the tram ride back to the hotel's just a hazy memory) I can honestly say this was the best nights family entertainment I've had in Blackpool, the D.J was playing party/dance songs when we went in, and having the kids up dancing and playing games, he was joined on stage at various times by "Tower Ted" and also "Jungle Jim" another character from the tower. The group (duo) did 2 spots and were very entertaining with their choice of songs, going into the audience singing, changing costumes, having kids and parents on the stage and leading a couple of congas. This was a well thought out night geared towards entrtaining the whole family not just the children, having parents participating as well. At various times during the night whole families were even dancing round tables to various songs, the highlight being a few dads in front of me who'd had a jug too many trying to do the riverdance. As the night went on it filled up with families walking past the entrances hearing the music and seeing the signs, and coming in. I can't comment on the daytime entertainment as I only went at night. This could have been a disaster due to the size of the place, but it was an excellent atmosphere, so good we went back the next night and it was just as good. My only gripe was, unless I missed a sign somewhere the toilets were up 3 flights of stairs which got harder as the night went on and the beer went down. There's a tram stop right outside on both sides of the prom so it's easy to get to. If you're going in October to see the illuminations and you want some great family entertainment this place is worth a visit.
Blackpool's Tower Lounge must rate as one of the filthiest places I have ever visited. It would be a disgrace to Blackpool (and the UK for that matter)if this establishment were located anywhere within the town, but when you consider the prime location, then Leisure Parcs (for I believe they are the current owners) should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves. On a warm day you can clearly smell the stench from the beer-sodden carpets from two streets away. I don't know when the demise of this once magnificent place of entertainment started - I would guess it was when Karaoke was first considered cool (in some areas of Blackpool, it is clearly still considered cool)- no artiste or entertainers fee, let the punters entertain each other etc. It is of course now just another, albeit very popular, disco. I don't know what sound-level monitoring takes place but I do know that the music can clearly be heard (and felt!) in the Tower Ballroom above where Phil Kelsall and the superb musicians of the Tower Swing Orchestra fight nightly to make themselves heard. My job requires me to work in Blackpool for about two months each year, I love the town and there are some great places but I am afraid that this "flagship" building and one or two others are giving the town a bad name. I called in to the Tower Lounge about a month ago to see if there had been any improvement, I ordered, and drank, a beer then found I could not move from the bar. The "lino" covered area alongside the bar must have been newly mopped down with beer and I had to literally "rip" myself away from the floor. I noted that one of your contributors was recently bitten by fleas in there! Before Leisure Parcs get themselves geared up to turn Blackpool into casino town may I suggest that they first concentrate on another sort of punter - those gambling with their health each time they enter the Tower Lounge.
Tower lounge where do I begin, dump,dump and even bigger dump! This place is the dirtiest,smelliest,flea ridden place(I should know I have had the bite marks!)in the whole of Blackpool. If you want to get drunk and have a fight this is definately the place for you. It seems that all the people who go in must be insane. There is absolutly no room to move let alone dance,the bosses must be in line for an award from record breakers for the most bodies you can fit in there.Here the beer prices are astronomical,people are rude and loud. I just feel sorry for the staff working extremly long hours and having to put up with punters slobering all over the bar and being very rude and foul mouthed. Anyway I would definately steer clear of this one and check out any of the other numerous lubs and pubs in Blackpool,just have fun!!!
If you don't know Blackpool that well and are heading for a night out you are likely to need some help!! There are so many dodgy pubs and clubs about, places that seem to attract trouble and then there are the nicer bars - although they are few and far between!!! I would advise you to steer clear of places such as 'The Down Town Bar', 'The Victoria' and 'The Station' they tend to be the places where drunken men pick fights and try to start trouble. They aren't nicely decorated, your feet will stick to the carpet when you go in - is this a ploy to keep you in there you might ask?? The better bars you should be heading for are 'Gillespies' and 'O'Neills' - they are nicely kitted out with wooden floors and old style decor. These pubs attract the younger (20 ish upwards)more tasteful crowd who are out for a good time - not trouble. Unfortunately, these are the only 2 pubs I would reccommend to people - whilst in comparison the list of places to avoid is endless. I mentioned only 3 dubious places earlier, but you could easily add....'Flashmans', 'Rumours' (meatmarket for old blokes), 'Brannigans' (another meatmarket), 'Tower Lounge'....need I go on? In all honesty, if you are after a night out with a bit of style go to somewhere like Manchester or Leeds - on the other hand if you want a cheap and tacky night out pick Blackpool!!
I have just had the pleasure of a night out in Blackpool and going with the opinion that the beer would be overpriced and the pubs and clubs packed I was in for a great surprise. Although the season is yet to begin, Blackpool is an all year round attraction for the likes of hen and stag nights, so the pubs and clubs are always fairly busy, even in the cold of March. We went in several places with live entertainment,ranging from comedians to dance acts and cabaret one of the cabaret acts was in the Tower Ballroom.FUNNY GIRLS is a showbar with drag queens and that is really good entertainment although the drinks in there where some of the most expensive. Prices for entrance to nightclubs average around a £5.00 but it does depend on the time you enter the earlier you go the cheaper it is. One of the best night clubs in Blackpool is Heaven and Hell and is split into two floors one floor house/dance music and the other chart music etc so there is something for everybody. I would recommend everyone to sample a night out in Blackpool!!!
Well, I know that a lot of pubs in Blackpool are dumps especially in central Blackpool, but there are other areas to stay. Most people just go into the centre not St.Annes or up to the North Shore of town. A lot of pubs don't allow children in, as we have a young 18 month old daughter we found this quite frustrating! Don't get me wrong, we weren't desperate to get 'ratted' or anything, but a nice drink when we fancied it would have been nice. One pub which is worth mentioning is the 'Gynn' a pub at Gynn Square (on the roundabout) at the north shore end (where the carousel illuminations are at the moment). They have a lovely beer garden with a childrens slide/climbing frame and plenty of garden tables/benches. From the beer garden side they have an entrance into the back room, here they have a kiddies elephant ride and a 6' pull down screen (obviously for sky sports) which shows cartoon network programmes at night! I'd recommend you give them a visit if you've got a little on, and it is immaculate inside.
There is no tactful way to say this but the bars of Blackpool really are awfull!! They are dingy, unmodern, smoke filled hovels!! They are spread all over the place which makes a pub crawl difficult. The people that they attract have to be seen to be believed - most start drinking at 11.00 in the morning and don't stop! So the atmosphere gets uncomfortable and hostile - it is a million miles away from the relaxed atmosphere of a spanish holiday If you are going to Blackpool on holiday (which by the way is an excellent place) do yourselves a favour & go to Preston for a night out £15 in a taxi and believe me it is money well spent