Fun Things to Do in Chester at Night for Students

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The city of Chester was recently ranked as the third-best place in the UK for students to enjoy a night out! This is according to a poll conducted by the Student Nightlife Index 2019, which saw Chester come in third behind Huddersfield and Derby. It beat big contenders like Liverpool and Newcastle to a spot in the top three!

  According to the survey, while the area has just two major nightclubs, there are plenty of fun things to do in Chester at night. There are around 50 bars, pubs, restaurants and takeaways that keep the place buzzing. It’s affordable too – a pint will cost around £2.95, and taxi fares start from £2.50. Not only that, the city has scored good safety ratings and 90% for the availability of green spaces, with 7.6 out of 10 for general happiness. All of which led to a rating of 60.80 out of a possible 100.

  So, where are the best places to visit in this student nightlife hotspot?


  A pumping nightclub that spans across three floors, with an open-top roof terrace, VIP booths, an exclusive champagne lounge and a pizza kitchen. Rosies Chester is just the place to unwind.


  A luxury nightclub situated in the city centre, featuring six different themed areas and hosting some of the hottest DJs. Students will enjoy a glamorous night out at Cruise Chester.

The Church

  A famous Chester bar, restaurant and live music venue, located in a beautifully restored historic church building. The Church has plenty of good food and drink to enjoy and a special ambience to soak up. 

Chester Storyhouse

  Get your culture fix with theatrical performances and stand-up comedy at this awesome Chester community hub. Storyhouse is a combination of a theatre, cinema, cultural centre and restaurant.

Upstairs at The Grill

  A Manhattan-style steakhouse in the city centre. Upstairs at The Grill is open as late as 10:30pm most nights, serving locally sourced aged beef and seasonal sides, plus a traditional roast on Sundays. Bring your appetite!


  A cocktail bar and restaurant in the heart of Chester. Revolution has a main bar and vodka bar, and is the perfect place to unwind with a handcrafted cocktail.

Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre

  Watch a classic movie or play under the summer stars at this popular outdoor theatre. A special place to bring a date, or enjoy a great evening out with your besties.


  A late-night café and bistro on Steam Mill Street, in the Canal Quarter. Artichoke serves food until 10pm Mondays to Saturdays, and is open for drinks until midnight.

Red Door

  Classic tunes and delicious cocktails are the order of the night at Red Door in Chester. You and your friends can also book a masterclass and learn how to mix your own classic cocktails, which is great for birthday parties and special get-togethers.

Chester Live Rooms

  The biggest independent live music venue and nightclub in Chester. You’ll find a diverse array of artists and genres being hosted at The Live Rooms

Night-Time Events at the Chester Zoo

  A little bit of “wild” nightlife with a difference! Chester Zoo visits are normally reserved for daylight hours, but occasionally they will host an after-dark event like a botany evening or a magical Christmas lantern show.

  If you’re studying in this bustling British city, be sure to find the right Chester student accommodation, to give you an easy journey to and from campus as well as your favourite nightspots.

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