Nights Out In Southampton

By: Paul Serellis

Southampton is located on the South Coast of England. It has a population of around 225,000 of which over 40,000 are students. The high student population gives Southampton an energetic and vibrant night life.

The City has much to offer those seeking an evening's entertainment. There are many pubs, clubs, cinemas, restaurants and casinos to choose from. The visitor should remember that smoking in public places, which includes pubs and restaurants, is now illegal in England.

One of the ways to start your night out is to visit one of the many restaurants in Southampton. The city has a restaurant for every taste whether you are looking for a formal 3 course meal or a simple pub meal with friends.

Oxford Street is home to many of the top restaurants in the city. The White Star Tavern is a well known eatery and was featured in the Which? Good Food Guide 2006.

Dockgate 4 Bar and Grill is another popular restaurant and combines a bar and a night club in the same venue. It has a vibrant upmarket atmosphere.

Kuti's Brassiere is an ideal option for those who like their food a little spicy. This restaurant serves Indian Cuisine in a Bangladeshi style.

It is not possible to list all Southampton restaurants in this article but Greek, Italian, Chinese and French cuisine is all available.

As with most cities in the UK, Southampton has a number of pubs. Every type of pub can be found in the city from the traditional and historic, to the modern bar with loud music and dancing. If it is historic you are after then visit The Duke of Wellington pub on Bugle Street. The pub has been operating since 1490 and is full of charm and character. The Polygon area of the city is home to some of the coolest modern bars; venues such as The Lizard Lounge, The Orange Rooms and Chambers. These venues are a student favourite and are always busy.

If you are feeling lucky there are a number of casinos in Southampton such as the Southampton Harbour House, the Southampton Stanley Casino, and the Grosvenor Casino. All three offer a range of tables and slot machines and are a great night's entertainment.

Southampton has 3 cinema complexes, Odeon Leisure World, Cineworld Cinema and Harbour Lights Picture House. Between them you are able to see all of the latest movie releases.

As you may expect in a student city there is a wide choice of clubs. Every taste in music is catered for. The Ikon and Diva Nightclub in the Leisure World Complex is the biggest night club on the South coast. With a capacity of 2,500 people, revellers are offered 2 dance floors and a choice of 6 bars. The night club is host to some top name DJ's. Other venues such as The Rhino Club and the Kaos Nightclub also offer a great night out.

At the end of your evening there is a night bus available which stops at destinations as far as Winchester and Portsmouth.

Southampton has a vibrant night life and is a favourite venue for nights-out in the region. People travel to Southampton for Stag and Hen nights as well as for its great clubs. So why not visit Southampton and experience the buzz of its nightlife for yourself.

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