Warrington prides itself in boasting a nightlife and cultural scene that is on par with neighbouring urban centres like Liverpool and Manchester.
Once home to the legendary and often unduly forgotten nightclub Legends, which changed the British clubbing landscape, Warrington hails from a great entertainment tradition – and its centre has a lot to offer to visitors and locals alike.
Block 1 Serves Cocktails with a Twist
Conveniently located near the Warrington Central railway station, a wide array of shopping, entertainment, and nightlife options await. Taking a stroll around the buzzing Golden Square Shopping Centre is a must for families on Saturday mornings. With a lot of retail stores to shop for clothes, electronics and books, Golden Square sets the tone for the neighbourhood, bringing together many good restaurants, pubs and coffee shops. The latest addition nearby is Block 1, an impeccable cocktail bar that opened a little over a year ago on Bold Street.
No stranger to the city’s DJ scene, 32-year-old James Glover has taken over the space that up until then hosted The Apartment in order to bring a breath of fresh air. The venue specialises in out-of-the-box cocktails and aims to bring a different touch to the Warrington nightlife. Its first cocktails featured names like Jelly Baby Martini and Cup A Tee 4 Me, while shots included Tonsil Burn and Lemon Escobar. They are regularly hosting theme nights and regulars are already excited about the upcoming Halloween Zombie Invasion night on October 27th – with fire breathers, a prize for the best costumes, and DJ Bobby on the decks paying tribute to Michael Jackson.
Games, Culture and Dance All Feature in Warrington
Just across the street from the shopping mall, fans of games will have a field day at Clue HQ, the ultimate live escape venue in Warrington. Here, players team up in groups of up to six and try to beat the clock and solve puzzles to reveal clues that will let them escape from the locked room in under 60 minutes. Its six themed rooms span across varying difficulty levels and include The Betrayal of Cluetankhamun, Bunker 38 and Dungeon of Doom. If you are into more old-fashioned and less stressful games, then right across the street from Clue HQ you will find Buzz Bingo Warrington, a bingo club open every day and with main events running at 1pm and 7pm (or half an hour later on weekends), where snacks and drinks are also served. If bingo is not your style, then maybe an evening of laser tag at the Warrington Quasar 50,000 sq.m. arena will do!
As the night draws in, you might want to walk a little but further downtown to the Pyramid and Parr Hall. They are the heart and soul of Warrington’s cultural quarter and they regularly host concerts, gigs, theatre, ballet, comedy nights and other cultural events. If you are looking for somewhere to dance, then maybe Reflex Babylon, situated nearby, is the place for you. Only open on Friday and Saturday nights, Reflex and its colourful dancefloors pay homage to the great ’80s and ’90s club dancing scene. They also have a dedicated list of “proptails” – cocktails that come with props like cowboy hats and windmills – and no less than four different cocktails inspired by Madonna herself, including Papa Don’t Peach and the Queen of Pop with the secret ingredient of popping candy.
This, of course, is just the tip of the iceberg – there are countless things to do at the city centre of Warrington, and a lot of great pubs, bars and venues to explore, suitable for every taste.