What makes Chester’s nightlife so popular?

Chester, with its medieval buildings, famous zoo and renowned horse racing track, punches above its weight when it comes to culture.

What’s more, it promises a first-class night out, too. Fancy a dance with your drink? How about a taste of Prohibition Era old-school fun? Chester has it all and more. Having developed a reputation for offering great drinks in unusual spaces, we’ve narrowed down some of the best places to toast the town.  

Charging ahead of the competition, Chester proves it’s not all about the races with these must-see cocktail bars. 

Mix us a drink

Our pick of the seven best cocktail bars in Chester that will mix you up a masterpiece:


This quirky 1920’s era bar is a hidden gem, serving cocktails to customers in true Prohibition style. If Jazz or the Blues float your boat, there’s regular music playing in the evenings, and you can pop along for speed dating, small batch tasting, and more. 

Good for: couples, relaxed music

Prohibition Cocktail Chester

Liquor and Co

If you prefer to sip on a fancy drink whilst hunkered down in a cosy booth, Liquor and Co is the perfect choice. It’s open almost all day long, with dim lighting and a relaxed feel that will have you watching the world go by until the early hours. 

Good for: chilled out afternoons, fancy drinks, afternoon-to-evening

Liquor & Co Cocktail Chester

Lono Cove

A Polynesian paradise: Lono Cove encourages visitors to escape - if only for a few hours - with its tropical Hawaiian themed drinks, lush green interior and welcoming atmosphere. With cocktails dashed with exotic ingredients such as hibiscus syrup, fresh pineapple and lots and lots of rum, Lono Cove is a great night spot to start the party and is open until late on the weekends.

Good for: getting the party started, rum lovers

Lono Cove Cocktail Chester


If rock music is your jam, you’ll love Kuckoo. The ultimate destination for people who enjoy a classic cocktail, this dark and stormy bar has an extensive menu that puts a new spin on old favourites. They even have their own creations, which you can mix up yourself during their popular cocktail making lessons. 

Good for: rock enthusiasts, big menu, atmospheric

Kuckoo Cocktail Chester

The Suburbs

This neighbourhood-style cocktail bar is renowned for two things: quirky cocktails and very friendly staff. Enjoy a little banter at The Suburbs while the mixologists whisk you up something superb. Popular for parties and seasonal events - think Mother’s Day - it boasts a relaxed atmosphere, Instagram-worthy interior and a foodie-inspired snack menu. 

Good for: solo sampling, parties, chilled out afternoons

The Suburbs Chester Cocktail bar

Fiesta Havana

A Chester staple: Fiesta Havana’s Latin-style tapas and Caribbean themed drinks make it the heart of many nights out on the town. Our most lively recommendation, it hosts regular DJ sets and is somewhat of a fusion bar/nightclub. Definitely the choice for when you want it live and loud!

Good for: getting the party started, drinks offers

Fiesta Havana Chester Cocktail Bar

The Alchemist

Mixology masters at The Alchemist focus on making the perfect cocktail. This is the bar for the cocktail connoisseur, with an alternative theme and an ever-changing menu. One to visit again and again, with a well-earned reputation for theatre and drama. 

Good for: couples, atmospheric, big menu

The Alchemist Chester Cocktail Bar

Get there in time for opening hours

Spotted your next haunt? Get to the Chester from Liverpool in 40 minutes or from Birmingham in just over an hour and a half; we guarantee you’ll have a night out to remember. 

Whether you’re planning a hen do or whisking your other half away for a romantic getaway, getting the train to Chester couldn’t be easier. With frequent trains running from London to and from Chester, it is the perfect place to explore. The only problem? Which one of these stylish bars to descend upon first…


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