Exeter’s Best Bars and Clubs

Group of friends on the street

Group trip. Photo svetikd

Exeter has a surprisingly good selection of bars and clubs.

And this is where you’ll want to spend at least one of your holiday nights, even if you’re planning on hiking through nearby Dartmoor National Park in the day.

Leave the car at our motorway Exeter Travelodge, ask our staff about a good taxi service, and try out one of our favourite spots:

1. The Ship Inn

Reportedly frequented by Sir Francis Drake, the Ship Inn is one of Exeter’s most loved, historic taverns. The Tudor-beamed pub is right in the heart of the city and is the perfect place for a laid-back pint of real ale or Devonshire cider.

Friends eat at a pub


The tasty Wednesday carvery is a deal you’ll want to grab if you’re feeling peckish, and the lively weekend entertainment is well worth a visit to this old English pub.

2. The Monkey Suit

For live music and great cocktail deals, head to The Monkey Suit, right in the middle of Devon’s capital.

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New fave band

A cross between a bar and a club, this is your go-to destination when you can’t quite make up your mind what kind of night you want to have. Set over two floors, pick from three bars to have a drink, chat or boogie.

The plush interior is a trendy backdrop for sipping on a craft beer or dancing the night away to your new favourite band.

3. Arena

For lively club nights, party on down to Arena for the latest in hip-hop, dance and chart music.

The spacious venue is a favourite with locals and students, so you’re definitely in for a good time. A multi-award winning club, Arena runs different events nightly, so make sure you check ahead to see what’s on.

Saturdays at Arena are especially good, and between 10pm and midnight entry is free and all drinks half price.

If you fancy something a little different, why not learn the art of mixology at a cocktail masterclass? They’re only £25 a person if you’re travelling in a group of six.

4. The Old Firehouse

This candlelit pub is often crowded and for good reason! Spread over three floors of an 18th-century building, the good food and classic selection of drinks at The Old Firehouse just seem to reel in the fans.

With weekly events ranging from pub quizzes to live jazz, you won’t be stuck for things to talk about.

Open until late, this is also the place to come for a handmade rustic pizza at the end of your night.

Then collapse in to your Travelodge bed, fully satisfied and ready for the next morning.