Over the last eight years that I have been for a night out in Mansfield, I have seen pubs and clubs come and go and trends change. I have read the one other review on this subject and as it was written in 2002 thought I would do an updated one.
Alot of people go to Mansfield for a night out mainly because it is convenient rather than a top night out! However there are many different types of pub to choose from so there is something for everyone.
A good starting place is now by the market place is Wetherspoon's which is called Courthouse. It is quite small and as you would expect attracts alot of older people but because it is always light in there it is a good place to meet up with friends.
Next round the corner to The Swan. The music is always loud and gets you in the mood for a good night out. There are tables and heaters out the back for all the smokers and since the smoking ban this area is always packed. There is an outside bar that occassionally opens in the summer that sells bottles which can be good if you can't be bothered to wade through the mass of people.
After The Swan turn right towards the post office and there is a bar called 53 degrees. This doesn't tend to get busy until a bit later so don't go too early. It looks quite dark when you first go in and has the feel of a mini nightclub almost! Later into the night the upstairs also opens up with another bar and dance floor. They tend to play alot of RnB dance music which I like so always make sure this is included on my pub crawl!
After here I would head back up towards the market place and up Regent Street where you will find Yates Wine Lodge and most probably a huge queue! It always gets really busy in here and is one of the most popular pubs during a Friday and Saturday night. I do like going here but find trying to get a drink at the bar is a nightmare, patience becomes a virtue!
Across from Yates is Romans which has got the main Bar upstairs and an upstairs bar with some seating that doesn't tend to get that busy. Across the other side of the main bar there are stairs leading to the toilets but if you continue up the stairs there is also a cocktail bar that again has seating and a fruit machine! The cocktails are very nice and and the whole the drinks are quite cheap here.
After Romans you can go straight up where you will find a little bar (and I mean little!) that is more famous for it's shots! It has a whole menu dedicated to them and it always gets really busy here too! This is a must have place to visit so long as you don't mind small spaces!
Further up the road there is And Why Not which is a quite a classy place to drink in and also very nice to have a meal in too! The upstairs to this is a Nightclub called Late Lounge, which isn't huge but is still quite popular during the weekend. It is also popular with the gay community on a Wednesday night.
Across the road there is another Wetherspoons which is quite a big one so if your wanting to sit with a cheap drink this is the place to go to!
You will also find a big nightclub which has had many different faces over the years but finally seems to of been turned around into something half decent. It is called QI and seems very popular with a lot of the younger clubbers.
Along Clumber street we have Marthas Vinyard which has bars upstairs and downstairs. This is popular with all ages as it plays a variety of different music to suit all tastes.
Next to Martha's is Chicago Rock Cafe. It has free entry before 9pm and then costs about £5 thereafter. It plays cheesy music that gives you the feel good factor and as it opens until late many people choose to stay in here rather than go clubbing, while others use it as a stop off point.
Further down the road is another nightclub called Liquid, I used to go to this one all the time but it did close breifly due to its roof collapsing but has now been fully refurbished and is open for business once again! You have to go upstairs to reach the club and it is all in one big circle with bars around the outside and a circular dancefloor in the middle. They have recently been given permission for a smoking terrace on the roof as well.
Across from Liquid is yet another night club which was previously Lexus but now called Illusions. I haven't been to this one but it seems to do well and attracts a variety of ages unlike QI and Liquid which only attract the under 30's with a few exceptions!
There you have it a pub crawl in Mansfield! There are other pubs that i haven't mentioned but I think I have covered all the major ones.
Ask most people where Mansfield is and they’re not sure. They have a rough guess and go for Yorkshire. But Mansfield is deep in the heart of Robin Hood country, in North Nottinghamshire, close to the Derbyshire border. Having lived in the area till I was 24, I can claim to know the region pretty well. Until just recently Mansfield was the home to its own brewery, manufacturers of the fantastic Mansfield Smooth Bitter which blows the socks off anything of the same ilk, including John Smith’s variation. After a hostile takeover though, the beer will now be brewed in Wolverhampton, meaning the famous smell of freshly produced ale will no longer linger over this market town. It will be still available in pubs for the time being, but for how long is not yet known. If you’re planning a night out, whatever the occasion, Mansfield can be definitely considered as a good venue for a very enjoyable evening, and a chance to savour the taste of Mansfield beers, while you still can . Any night out in Mansfield should begin in the region of the bus station. On arrival, this may not appear as the most glamorous setting for starting your evening, but if you head away from the town centre first, just a two minute walk over the busy main road, you’ll find trendy bar The Red. This pub is a popular starter and meeting point and also has an American bistro, next to the main bar. In summer, many people congregate out on the back terrace which has been designed like a ship. It also has outdoor heaters, just in case the temperature drops. The competitive amongst your group can also take basketball shots or play table football in this outdoor area. The next point of call is to head back to the bus station and along the pedestrian area. Opposite Tesco’s is Huxter’s, again a bar used for a meeting point or starter by revellers. As you walk in you have the choice to drink downstairs or to go upstairs. From there you can keep your e
ye on proceedings as there is a huge balcony spanning the whole of the upstairs. There is a second bar up there too, which comes in handy when things get hectic. After here, it’s about a five minute walk to the market place. There if you turn right, there is what we locals call The Swan. It changed it’s name to TP Woods, but I’ve never heard it called that by anyone. It’s a large pub, if not a little bit too loud, and like The Red has a back terrace with outdoor heaters. Unlike The Red the setting is not so great, as The Swan has a view of the car park opposed to the nautical design of the former. This is a very popular venue though and is often very busy from 8pm onwards. On leaving The Swan’s main entrance, I recommend that you bypass The Bank, which you may notice situated on the corner as you come from the market place to The Swan. When it first opened in 1996, it was very lively and busy, but despite cheap drink offers (it’s only advantage) it has slowly gone into decline. After The Bank turn right and start to walk up Regent Street. This is where Mansfield has greatly improved over the last few years. I’ll describe the bars in this area, which after 9pm are full of people. First on the left is Mansfield’s token Yates’ Wine Lodge. Having visited quite a few of the chain throughout the country, the one thing that strikes me about this place is how bright and spacious it is compared to other Yates’. The music varies from modern chart and dance, but they have a “Happy Hour” of old music, which always gets everyone dancing in there. Unfortunately, the prices don’t change at this time. Opposite Yates’ is what the locals call the Cafe (no accent on the e) but is now called Roman’s after it’s renovation in 2001. It’s ok just for a quick shot or drink, there isn’t really anything worth staying in there too long for.
Moving up the hill to the top, you’ll see two bars on the left and a road leading straight on. The two bars on the left are also quite new. The first, on the corner was known as Nelson’s but closed for a while until being reopened as Martha’s Vineyard last year. The bar is very big inside and is well liked by pre-clubbers. Next to it is the newly built Chicago Rock Café which is the “in” place in Mansfield at present. The bar again is large inside and has varied music, with old music again getting everyone up and dancing. After leaving the Chicago Rock Café, turn left past Martha’s Vineyard onto Leeming Street. There you’ll find the complete diversity of Mansfield’s drinkers in just two bars. The first on your left is The Bowl In Hand. This was always the pub where everyone’s parents went to escape the sheer volume and noise of the young Mansfield crowd. But in 1999 the pub began selling doubles at very low prices, so it’s now as popular with the young ones as the old, with double Vodka and Red Bull for about 2.50 each bringing everyone in. The Bowl In Hand has the feel of a northern pub, and some of the people in there are a tad odd, but don’t let that put you off visiting this cult pub. Opposite is And Why Not… another new bar to Mansfield. Opened in 2000, this is Mansfield’s smartest bar. The wooden floors and the whole smell of new furniture as you walk in make this bar seem out of place with the old Mansfield, as witnessed in The Bowl In Hand. It recently opened a club above it called The Late Lounge and is very popular but can be difficult to get in as management is quite choosy over the clientele. A very nice bar, which belongs in a city, as does its prices. If you’ve still got something left in the tank, there are other clubs you can go to in Mansfield, with Lexus only five minutes walk from And Why Not…, in the direction of the Chicago Rock Café. Th
ere is also The Village and Ten in Mansfield, and each club has it’s loyal followers. Mansfield’s club scene changes regularly, so what is hot now could change easily in a short space of time. If you are a big clubber, then Ten is for you, as the music is geared more for dancing. The Village has an over 25’s section, called The Cavern and you can dance to cheesy old music there till 2am. Although the Mansfield area suffered greatly due to the closure of the coal mines, it’s nightlife has gone from strength to strength.