Norwich is a great student city with a vibrant nightlife. UEA undergraduate student Jessica Howard gives you a run down on 10 things to do in Norwich on an evening out.
Although you’re technically in Norwich to study, you can’t go through your time at uni without experiencing some of the nightlife the city has to offer. Make sure you don’t spend your entire three years locked in your room, stressing out about coursework deadlines (I’m sure you won’t, but just in case).
1. The big night out on campus
UEA wouldn’t be UEA without the LCR. Hosting everything from weekly club nights to gigs and plays, anyone who tells you they haven’t been there at least once throughout their time at UEA is clearly lying! Plus, you definitely won’t be the only one feeling a little bit groggy for your 9am lecture on Wednesday morning.
2. Dance the night away with a student night on the tiles
If you fancy venturing a bit further for your nights out, jump on the bus to the city and head down to Prince of Wales road. With a range of different venues, from karaoke bars to clubs such as Mantra, you’re bound to find something to dance to. And the selection of burger joints to hit on the way home will leave your mouth watering!
3. Relax and watch movies with cheap student cinema tickets
Fancy a night off campus but not in the mood to deal with yet another night of partying and dancing? Cinema City could well be the place for you! Norwich’s very own picture house, showing many of the mainstream films, as well as more arts house cinema screenings. They have a student membership, which gives you a couple of free tickets and money off food and drink. And just in case you fancy a glass, they even let you take wine into the theatres with you.
4. The latest big screen blockbuster
In the mood to watch a film but can’t find anything you like on Netflix? And Cinema City isn’t showing the latest Marvel film you really want to watch? Head upstairs in Castle Mall and spend your night at Vue. With every current film you can think of, you’ll definitely find something that takes your fancy. Or, at the very least, enjoy a few hours of peace and ice cream thanks to the Ben & Jerry’s counter.
5. A night on campus in the Blue Bar
Want to stay on campus but in the mood for a little more than a pint and a round of pool in Red Bar? Head round the other side and spend your evening at Blue Bar (aka the place where Coldplay broadcast live on Radio 1). Filling the evenings with live music and football games, it’s great if you need a break from studying. And by staying on campus, you’re still within walking distance of the LCR if you decide you want to keep on partying into the night.
6. Fancy a drink?
If your idea of a good night out is more Ale than Apple Sours, The Birdcage is the place for you. Beautifully decorated, the venue hosts gigs, open mic nights and even life drawing classes, so it’s for anyone who fancies a night out without sweating next to random strangers. And, if you get there before 7:30, they let you eat your chips from The Grosvenor Fish Bar across the road while you drink your pint.
7. Venue with a difference
Like your drinks with a bit more of a twist? Mr Postles’ Apothecary is one of many cocktail bars within the city. With a drinks menu ranging from the classics to martini glasses half-filled with meringue, you can even justify happy hour by staying for dinner.
8. Cocktails, tapas and fiesta!
If you like your cocktails with a tad more rum, Revolución De Cuba is the best place to go. Cocktails, burritos and tapas are all sure to cheer you up after submitting your coursework, and with money-off deals throughout the week, you definitely need to head there at least once during your degree.
9. Norwich Playhouse – theatre, comedy, and a pint!
If your style is more comedy night than cocktails, head over to the Norwich Playhouse. With everything from comedy to musicals, there’s even children’s shows for when your little sister comes to visit. And if you fancy a beverage before, after, or in the interval, there’s the excellent Playhouse Bar, with its great riverside garden next door.
10. The Norwich Puppet Theatre
Still craving the stage, but fancy something a bit different? Why not take a walk just outside the city centre and visit The Norwich Puppet Theatre. Part of a dying breed of building-based puppet theatres across the country, it hosts shows, workshops and activities for everyone to get their teeth into. And how often can you tell your parents you went and hung out with a 30-year-old puppet on your night off?
As you can see, Norwich really does have something for everyone. You don’t need to spend a fortune to have a good night out either as there are plenty of offers and cheap drinks available to you to ensure you have a good time. Just cross your fingers you don’t have too many 9am lectures…….