Throughout Ipswich town you’ll find an array of options for a night out, ranging from your old fashion classic pubs, to sports bars, cocktails bars and nightclubs. Whether you want a wild night or a chilled one with your mates, there’s something for everyone. To help our students find their way of a night time, we have compiled a guide for all the main pubs, bars and nightclubs to help you make a choice of where to head to on your night out…
Ipswich night out hacks
- Thursday nights are the official University of Suffolk Student night out, meaning cheaper entry, cheaper drinks and a chance to meet other students.
- Generally, most venues offer free entry before a specific time, normally 11 or 12pm. It’s always worth checking first to save yourself some money and a nasty surprise.
- Heading to Revolutions? Get yourself a Revs card to get discounted drinks all weekend, not just Thursdays!
Want that clubbing experience? Unit 17 offers 3 diverse rooms offering music for everyone;
Disco -Like Spice Girls/The Killers/Michael Jackson? You’ll definitely want to head for the colourful dancefloor here.
Arena –The main room in Unit playing non-stop pop and party with 2 large bars and the largest dancefloor.
Xtra -Looking for chart topping R'n'B / rap / grime? Then look out for the Xtra sign next to the stage in Arena.
Unit 17 often hold live acts such as Sean Kingston, Example, Charlie Sloth any many more, making Unit the most popular nightclub in town.
The cocktail bar turned club – although that sounds confusing, when you arrive at Revolutions you’ll know what we mean. Spread over two floors, Rev’s has 3 rooms offering a variety of music, ranging from charts, house, RnB and disco.
Night’s out doesn’t always need to mean going “out out”, Revolution also offer the very popular Monday night quiz, with big prizes and the odd themed quiz e.g. Harry Potter and Marvel.
Sin is known within Ipswich for its short blast of popular songs and glittery, mirrored walls. Sin is situated right the town centre on the square along with Revolution, Rays and New York Exchange.
New to Ipswich in 2017, Yates is a well branded bar that described itself as a “High-street pub that transitions into the high-energy party pub at night!” With a dancefloor, pool tables and plenty of seated areas, you can understand why they call themselves a ‘Party pub’. Yates often show live sports matches so if you like your sports, Yates is a great spot to watch the games.
The Cricketers (J D Wetherspoons)
The holy grail of British pubs right in the heart of Ipswich town centre. If you know Wetherspoons, then you’ll know you’re in for cheap drinks, good conversations and a long old stair case to the toilets. If you don’t know Wetherspoons, then no worries, it will soon become your best friend. With no music, Wetherspoons capitalises on talking and meeting with people over a good pitcher and maybe some sides dishes if you fancy it – highly recommend the chicken wings. Make sure you keep an eye out at Freshers and ReFreshers Fair for their huge student discount books!
The Rep is a part of the huge Greene King pub chain, offering good food and well-priced drinks. The Rep has a more relaxed pub vibe, however, when they do throw a party you know you’re in for a good one.
New York Exchange
Known for their “Reckless Monday’s” Rock night, and their wild and wonderful array of cocktails e.g. Flaming Zombie, Tokyo Takeaway and Moonshine. New York Exchange is a smaller bar but with a great theme and have been known to through unconventional parties such as ‘Pillow Fight Party’ and ‘Bubble Wrap Party’.
Issacs on the Quay
The name offers a huge hint to its location… situated right on the quay, Issacs’s is a traditional pub with a modern twist. With large space of indoor and outdoor areas, you’ll be able to find somewhere to sit and get some food and drinks. Issacs’s is a well-managed pub with plenty of staff and bouncers of an evening. With a large number of TV’s all round, you’ll be able to find a comfy seat while watching the game.
The Gardeners Arms (TGA)
Here’s one for the sports fans… If you like golf, tennis, football, snooker and any other sport for that matter, TGA will be showing it on one of their many plasma TV’s. Located only 2 minutes from Athena Halls, you’re only a short walk to sports, pool, food and drinks. What more could you want.
Fancy something a little less rowdy?
One of those that doesn’t like all the noise and fuss, prefers excellent food, good company, a good conversation and excellent beer and wine, head to The Forge, just on the corner it does bottomless coffee and a fantastic breakfast, has free wi:fi and Student focused prices, popular with Students and staff, those studying Post Grad/MBA’s a nice easy going place to hang out, look out for Comedy and the adhoc live band.
Cult Café & Bar
Whilst a café in the day, Cult transfers into a chilled bar environment of an evening. Located underneath the James Heir, this waterfront bar is in the perfect location on campus. Here you’ll be able to grab a booth and have a laugh with your mates and receive 10% student discount on food and drinks. Cult often hold jamming sessions for local bands to come in and perform, so if you enjoy live music this bar is ideal for you.
Are you a Student Parent? Then Cult might be your place to hang out, with exceptional views over the Waterfront, Cult hosts excellent guest wines and ales, a relaxed home from home environment and is a place where you can both eat, chill and meet up with those is a similar position to yourself. It is baby and toddler friendly to and the nearest bar to Athena Halls, the main Student accommodation on Campus.
Briar bank Brewery
Did you know Ipswich had it's own Micro-brewery right on your doorstep? You Probably didn't, but it's true! The Briar bank Brewery it's the place to go in Ipswich for a unique, microbrewery to bar, beer experience just a moments' walk from the Waterfront Building.
You may have walked past the Lord Nelson many times without realising but you should definitely give them a try! A classical English pub located at the heart of town, just a few minutes' walk from the Waterfront Building! They sell lush pub grub too!
Popular for real ales, whisky selection and pub grub- located just a stone's throw away from the Atrium Building.