Nightlife in Blackburn


Blackburn is changing! If you haven’t visited for a while then you’re going to notice a real difference! No matter what your taste –you’re going to be pleasantly surprised with what this former mill towns has to offer.

There are still the old favourate night clubs such as The Cellar Bar, Loop & Nocturnal – all providing a great night out with live music & DJs to dance the night away.

The Sir Charles Napier, a community run pub also offers live music, club nights, quizzes & food.

2017 saw Turtle Bay open its doors & welcome customers for cocktails & Caribbean style food.  They have been so successful that they are adding an outdoor eating area with retractable roof.

A Mano, Italian restaurant and cocktail bar, has opened in One Cathedral Square opposite Turtle Bay & alongside a new Starbucks Coffee Shop.  Café Northcote, tucked under Blackburn Cathedral, continues to be popular with its modern menu full of delicious homemade treats to eat in or take away. And if you are craving something sweet try Haute Dolci hand crafted desserts at their new restaurant on Church Street, Blackburn. 

 Blackburn’s first Micro Pub, The Drummer’s Arms, has quickly become a popular spot for locals & visitors with a taste for local ales.  So much so that the owners have taken over another public house opposite King Georges Hall – The Lemon Tree, serving  burritos and spicy curries. Right next door to The Drummers Arms is The Rock Box  which specialises in classic rock and blues music.

If gin’s your thing - seek out the new speakeasy on Northgate. Complete with crystal chandeliers & a grand piano!  Shh Bar is giving a new sparkle to Blackburn’s night life!

And look out for The Beez Kneez -a new bar on Lord Street, with Live Sports playing on 2 giant screens. 

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Live Music Scene

Blackburn is fast building a reputation for musical talent and has a thriving live music scene across a number of different venues in the town. You’ll find a regular programme of gigs at pubs around the town.

Reidys Home of Music are great supporters of live music. Thier popular Sunday Sessions showcase the best of our local talent. Throughout the year they host live music, workshops & demos on their in store stage.

King Georges Hall provides the town with a major concert venue and has recently started to attract popular tours such as The Mersey Beatles & Jools Holland. There are live shows all year round to suit all tastes from folk to punk, pop to classical.

If dancing the night away is your thing - King Georges Hall also hold regular club nights where you can boogie until late.

Northern Soul

For many, Blackburn has been synonymous with Northern Soul for years and the Three-Room Soul Night at King Georges Hall ceratinly continues to confirm the town's place on the music map. Five times a year, the town is transformed into a mecca for soul-lovers as they travel from far and wide to attend one of the biggest (and probably best) soul events in the UK. With live music, modern soul, R n' B, jazz, funk and disco across three different rooms - if Soul is your thing then you certainly shouldnt be missing out on this. For more details, contact King Georges Hall.

Read an article about Blackburn's Soul Night. (Sept 2010)  

Funny Blackburn

Georges Comedy Club at King Georges Hall has become something of a monthly essential for many. Somehow managing to squeeze in some of the best local and regional talent, the comedy club is always packed to the rafters and offers one of the best value for money nights out in East Lancs.

King Georges Hall also attracts some of the big names of comedy to perform on it's main stage. 2019 sees the likes of Rhod Gilbert, Jimmy Carr, Romesh Ranganathan & Ben Elton visiting Blackburn. 

Family Friendly

For a family friendly evening out, the multi-million pound food and leisure development on the edge of town includes a Vue Cinema, Frankie and Benny's, and family favourite Pizza Hut - and the popular Nando's. These offer fantastic value for money (check out their websites for special offers and discounts) in a safe environment, with the added bonus of free parking and direct links to Blackburn railway station. 


If you love live theatre, then both King Georges Hall in Blackburn and Thwaites Empire Theatre, just outside the town centre towards Ewood Park offer a brilliant programme of plays, performance, song, dance and much more. More...

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