‘Tis the season to get dancey. If you’re ready to go 'out out', get your glad rags on and check out some of the top late night bars and clubs across the country.
Plug in at Digital, Newcastle
(Open until 3am weekdays, 4am weekends)
If you’re up the ‘Toon and looking to party all night long, then head to Digital for a night of electronic dreams and synthy adventures.
Famous DJs and live acts over its 12-year history include everybody from David Guetta to Deadmau5. The Funktion One sound system is often revered by the technical amongst us and there’s multiple floors of nooks and crannies to lose yourself and your mates in.
WHERE: Times Square, Scotswood Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4EP
GETTING THERE: Nearest station is Newcastle Central – 2h 49 from London Kings Cross, 5h 35 from Cardiff Central or 1h 24 from Edinburgh.
Slink into the shadows at The Riding Room, Glasgow
(Open until 3am)
Lovingly dubbed “that joint on the corner” the acts are as ostentatious as the clientele, bringing you the very best in burlesque, cabaret and sideshow oddities. Sit in a gated booth and sup cocktails in jam jars or silver kettles. Drinks served at the touch of a button and the wink of an eye.
WHERE: 58 Virginia St, Glasgow G1 1TX
GETTING THERE: Nearest station is Glasgow Central or Argyle Street Tram – 4h 29 from London Euston, 58 m from Edinburgh Waverley or 2h 32 from Newcastle Central.
Throw your best shapes at Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
(Open until 4am Thursday through Saturday)
The beating heart of Cardiff is a mixture of live music, top club nights and a good portion of that Welsh spirit. And nowhere in the capital does this better than Clwb Ifor Bach.
Whether you want-in on a late-night hiphop and R’n’B night, to indulge in all things retro – they’re famous for their 1980s nights; recently hosting a Stranger Things-themed party – or to see some experimental bands, this place delivers an eclectic line-up time and again.
WHERE: 11 Womanby St, Cardiff CF10 1BR
GETTING THERE: Nearest station is Cardiff Central – 2h 1 from London Paddington, 6h 03 from Edinburgh or 37m from Bristol Parkway.
Get down and dirty at Corsica Studios, Elephant & Castle
(Open until 3am weekdays, 6am on weekends)
This award-winning venue is the right amount of teeth-achingly cool, and unpretentious.
Corsica manages to book and arrange pure hedonism and top acts, gig after gig, night after night.
Find the door under the railway arches and disappear into a more intimate scene, complete with pounding sound systems and chatty revellers. Party until the early hours with their weekend (and weekday) parties featuring the whole musical spectrum.
WHERE: 4/5 Elephant Rd, London SE17 1LB
GETTING THERE: Nearest station is Elephant & Castle overground and tube stations (Northern and Bakerloo Lines) - 15m from London Bridge or 5h 24 Glasgow Central or 2h 49 from Cardiff Central.
Make a case for a night at Alibi, Belfast
(Open until 2am on weekends)
Everybody needs a good excuse sometimes and Alibi in Belfast provides the perfect ruse.
This bar-kitchen and club space stretches across numerous floors with monochromatic décor and a wonderfully excessive amount of artisan gin.
DJs bring a Balearic vibe and its smoking area looks like a glorious garden terrace, complete with black and white films to bring a bit of Hollywood glamour to proceedings.
WHERE: 23-31 Bradbury Place, Queen’s Quarter, Belfast BT7 1RR
GETTING THERE: Nearest station is Botanic Train Station
Slip in to The Milk Thistle, Bristol
(Open until 3am weekends)
Mounted antlers and mystery, secret doors and whispers in the dark. Swap your heavy beats and flashing lasers, for sophistication at Bristol’s late-night cocktail lounge, The Milk Thistle.
Expect seasonal cocktail menus, stained-glass and vintage furnishings across four floors of one of Bristol’s most historic buildings.
Booking ahead is required, but you won’t mind as you while away the early hours with a Milk Thistle Daisy in hand.
WHERE: Quay Head House, Colston Ave, Bristol BS1 1EB
GETTING THERE: Nearest station is Bristol Temple Meads – 1h 39 from London Paddington, 48 from Cardiff Central or 4h 36 from Newcastle.
Drum up the party The Bongo Club, Edinburgh
(Open until 3am throughout the week)
You’d be remiss to think that The Bongo Club was “just another” nightclub in Edinburgh. It’s actually one of a long line of galleries and creative art spaces. Now situated in the Cowgate, it promises a host of eclectic entertainment to take you through to the wee hours.
With regular nights like Big'n'Bashy, Mumbo Jumbo and Elitrikal, any night you go promises to be a banger.
WHERE: 66 Cowgate, Edinburgh EH1 1JX
GETTING THERE: Nearest station is Edinburgh Waverley or Princes Street Tram – 1h 27 from Newcastle, 53, from Glasgow Queens Street or 4h 17 from London Kings Cross.
Get lit at Smokestack, Leeds
(Open until 3am on weekdays, 4am on weekends)
Forget about drowning your sorrows, the Smokestack in Leeds will rip the blues right out of you with their live acts and DJ sets.
The classic cocktail menu will transport you to the jazz clubs of America, while their dancefloor blasts the best of Northern Soul, funky beats and toe-tapping soul.
With themed nights like Harlem Shuffle and Memphis Soul Stew, you’d be hard-pressed to remember you’re in Leeds.
WHERE: 159A Lower Briggate, Leeds LS1 6LY
GETTING THERE: Nearest station is Leeds Station – 2h 11 from London Kings Cross, 4h 6 from Cardiff Central or 3 h from Edinburgh Waverley
Jump aboard the South London Soul Train, Peckham
Take a trip to SE15, where the CLF Art Café (beloved by locals as the Bussey Building), transforms into The South London Soul Train. You'll find four floors and five rooms of everything from groove to hip hop, to soul and disco, and enough funky beats to shake a stick at.
Themed nights celebrate the likes of legendary James Brown, and a host of spoken word and international acts. This is a night that guarantees variety and vibes unlike any other in London.
WHERE: CLF Art Cafe (Block A, Bussey Building) 133 Rye Lane; Peckham; London SE15 4ST.
GETTING THERE: Nearest station is Peckham Rye – 29m from London Waterloo, 5h 17 from Edinburgh or 3h 11 from Cardiff Central.
Sharpen your claws at La Cheetah Club, Glasgow
(open until 3am weekdays, 4am weekends)
Good things come in small packages, especially if they include animal print sofas. So, with this in mind, head down the stairs at Max’s Bar (grabbing a burger on the way down) in a basement of Glasgow’s Merchant City.
La Cheetah Club gained its moniker from a salsa club but has all the growl of a real beast, despite its super-dinky 200-person capacity.
The clientele is described as 'laidback and considerate', but they obviously know their tunes.
WHERE: 73 Queen St, Glasgow G1 3BZ
GETTING THERE: Nearest station is Glasgow Central – 1h 4 from Edinburgh, 6h 20 from Cardiff Central or 4h 29 from London Euston.