Anyone that’s been to Lincoln will tell you it’s not just about pre-twentieth century architecture; in fact, Lincoln is home to one of the U.K’s craziest nightlife. The city itself is pretty small, yet laying in the shadows of the mighty Gothic Cathedral and the somewhat daunting castle lies a whole host of bars, venues and clubs, all serving up mid-week and weekend treats to enjoy. With the advent of the new university came an influx of cash-heavy student, looking to enjoy their final years in education and as a result, luckily for the residents of Lincoln, came a growth in the city’s cultural nightlife.
The University’s campus itself, set in the glorious Brayford Pool, plays host to perhaps the city’s most popular spot for live music, The Engine Shed. As a result, the city’s laid-back atmosphere creates a somewhat unique mix of students and locals. Consisting of parts, the Electric Shed has seen numerous top bands and DJs pass through their doors in recent years such as Kings of Leon and Disclosure, plus some top names in the world of comedy. Additionally, contained in the building are also The Platform and The Tower Bar, two awesome smaller venues (yet still 700 capacity!) where an eclectic theme of student nights take place ranging from Pop Rock night Mutiny on a Tuesday to Roller-discos and club night Shuffle every Wednesday.
With six themed rooms, each with their own vibe and character, eight bars plus a roof terrace and private VIP lounge, the gigantic Home is a popular choice at weekends. Boasting a wide array of musical themes and varieties, Home caters for every kind of night out, whether it’s a night out with mates or a slightly more sophisticated night. Their private management team are perfect for tailoring your crazy Lincoln night out.
Also on the map is the fiendishly difficult to pronounce Lola Lo Lincoln. You may already be familiar with Lola Lo with a few Polynesian Tiki-Bar themed night spots having been set up around the country already. Regularly putting on student nights, this is the perfect place to relax on a night out, with a lei (one of those flowery things) round your neck and a cocktail in hand. It’s the closest to a sunny beach you’ll find in Lincolnshire. Well known staple venues such as Walkabout, Revolutions and Moka also take up residence in Lincoln, offering decent drinks offers, table reservations and all round good times for your weekends.
Moving 20 minutes away from the centre of town, you’ll find the Moda Warehouse. The guys behind the Moda project (two of whom are Radio 1 DJs Jaymo & Andy George) are pushing things forward musically for the city of Lincoln. The local boy’s dream has grown and grown, expanding from intimate 200 person capacity venues in the heart of Lincoln to sets on The Terrace at Space Ibiza. Sunday 4th May saw them bring Seth Troxler, Hot Since 82’ and recent chart sensation Route 94 down to Lincoln for an epic night of house. All you ravers be sure to keep your eyes peeled for their upcoming events; definitely something you don’t wanna miss.
On the quieter side, you can’t go too far wrong with the tempting selection of cocktail bars that lie in the heart of the city. These range from the trendy Room Bar sitting under the White Hart Hotel and the 1960’s musically inspired Bar 67 that hosts regular jazz nights, to the Kind Bar, a part time comedy venue with cocktails for every occasion. Lincoln may be a small city but boy it packs a big punch…
By Jack Evans