Here's where to find night-time entertainment, if you're looking for live music, theatre, or somewhere to dance the night away
Nightlife in Portsmouth
Whether you're a night owl or culture vulture, there's plenty of nightlife in Portsmouth to keep your interest as night falls. The shops may have shut and the museums locked their doors, but there's still loads to do before bed.
If dancing and celebrations are in order, the bars and clubs of Gunwharf Quays may be your most likely destination. With restaurants open until late and the bars open even later, the shopping outlet comes alive at night. Grab a drink or two overlooking the boats bobbing in the Solent, then head inside to dance away the wee hours. Then, getting home should be easy, with a car park right underneath the complex (for those who haven't had a drink), or a taxi rank alongside Marks & Spencer (for those who have).
Gunwharf isn't the only option for dancing past dusk, though. Guildhall Walk and Palmerston Road are also popular options when it comes to nightlife in Portsmouth.
If something decidedly more cultural takes your interest, there are a number of theatres, concert halls and gig venues across the city, all with year-round event listings. Portsmouth Guildhall is by far the biggest and has played host to some of the biggest names in rock, pop and comedy in its time. In fact, the first performance of seminal Pink Floyd album 'Dark Side of the Moon' took place within its walls.
For theatre lovers there are the Kings Theatre and New Theatre Royal - both of which were designed by revered architect Frank Matcham. The Kings is popular for lovers of musicals, whilst the New Theatre Royal is often the place to go for edgier dramas.
Touring bands that may not have yet reached Guildhall-level still have plenty of gigging options around Portsmouth. The two most noted venues are the Pyramids Centre (a swimming pool and health centre by day, gig venue by night), and the Wedgewood Rooms on Albert Road. These are tried-and-tested stomping grounds for acts that went on to be among the biggest in the world.
The 1,400-capacity Pyramids has hosted the likes of Florence & The Machine, Mark Ronson, Arctic Monkeys, Muse and Coldplay in its time, whilst the 400-capacity Wedgewood Rooms has welcomed Johnny Marr, PJ Harvey, Paloma Faith, Tim Minchin and Kasabian through its doors.
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