The Student Guide to Bristol Clubs

The Student Guide to Bristol Clubs

Posted on: 31 Aug 2017

So you’ve come to Bristol to study and you don’t yet know what the clubbing scene is like, or you might have lived here your whole life but need to be refreshed on the best places to hang out. First of all, look no further than this comprehensive guide of the best Bristol clubs for students and second - well done for the fact that you live in the city which has been named as the UK’s most desirable location in the ‘Sunday Times Best Places to Live Guide’.


Bristol has long been described as one of the happiest cities in our country and I haven’t met someone yet who has disagreed with that fact; it’s so vibrant, current and trendy but the best thing about it is the fact that it feels as exciting as our capital but with a consistently friendly and intimate feel.


There is literally a club to suit all students and here’s a list of what’s on offer (in no particular order):


02 Academy Bristol

This chain venue is a well-known clubbing hotspot in Bristol and hosts some big international artists as well as showcasing new talent. It is located below the former ice rink on Frogmore Street and Ramshackle is a well-known club night which is held weekly at the venue.



This is the largest nightclub in Bristol and hosts a massive assortment of events, including sets from big DJs and other well-known acts on the dance scene. There are seven themed rooms, five bars and two clubs and it’s situated in Canon’s Road (Harbourside area).



An old favourite, this unique venue is a former cargo ship that is moored in the Mud Dock area of Bristol’s Floating Harbour. It offers a large list of various club nights and also has a massive range of gigs from various artists.

Thekla Bristol


Apparently this is the 19th best nightclub in the world! From the outside, it just looks like an old warehouse space but the inside will take you on a club night journey you won’t forget. Famed DJs are drawn to this place and it’s one of the city’s most famous venues.



Lakota is a nightclub just off the trendy area that is Stokes Croft, Bristol. The building is the only remaining part of the Stokes Croft Brewery and is part of the Stokes Croft Conservation Area. The owners are very proud of the variety of international and local artists that they put on and Lakota is known for the after parties!



This is a new nightclub in Bristol, having opened in April 2017, and it already has proven to be very popular. It’s your more swanky, stylish kind of place and strives to stand out from the rest. Based in Queen’s Road, it also offers a VIP booking service – where you can get a private booth and pick from a range of special options.

Gravity Bristol

The Lanes

If you’re after something a bit different, why not try The Lanes, which is situated in the Old Labour Exchange on Nelson Street. Regular club nights happen there and it features five vintage bowling lanes, an upstairs diner, a huge courtyard and accommodation in the Rock and Bowl hostel. This venue has it all and has a constant flow of DJs and live bands.


SWX night club

Formally known as Syndicate, this is one of Bristol’s largest night clubs and it offers club nights, DJs from all over the world, comedy shows and gigs. It is the home of many big events, such as Gatecrasher & Hed Kandi and has a £300,000 lighting and sound system to show off.


Basement 45

This is an intimate venue where you can get away from the bustle of city life whilst enjoying guest and resident DJs. It has two dance floors where you can take in the mix of music that is on offer and it’s based in Frogmore Street.

Basement 45



For 80s music and party tunes, this is your place! This venue offers the cheese that so many people want, with a glitter ball above the dancefloor and the décor to match. It’s right in the centre, in Baldwin Street, and it’s open until 3am on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.



Article by:

Kelly Jobanputra

Kelly worked as a journalist for the BBC for 12 years before she changed careers and went into the field of marketing. Having worked at BBC 6 Music for several years, she is passionate about many different genres of sound. Her other interests include theatre, comedy, books, food and days out with the family (she has a young daughter who she describes as a "whirlwind of fun.") Kelly is married to Vik who is a true Bristolian to the core! She is also studying nutritional therapy.