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17th Apr 2024

London has been officially named the UK’s worst city for a night out

Ryan Price

The capital is apparently not the one if you’re looking for a good time.

A new survey has revealed that London is officially the worst place to go for a night out in all of the UK.

Bonus Finder carried out extensive research to find out which British city could be considered the modern day ‘party capital’, and which leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to a good session.

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 11: Beer pumps in a pub on March 11, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Several key factors were examined, including the price of a pint, the average hotel cost and the number of pubs and bars per 10,000 residents.

Of the fifty cities included, each received a ‘party score’ ranking out of 10. Information was gathered from well-recognised sources such as TripAdvisor and Numbeo’s Cost of Living Index.

Granted, everybody has their own definition of a good night out. One thing we can all agree on though is that paying more than £8 for a pint is out of order, regardless of how well it goes down.

One of the biggest criticisms of a night out in London is just how expensive it is, and how long it can take to get from one place to another.

London beat the likes of Paris, New York and Tokyo to top the list (iStock)

It may or may not be a surprise then to hear that the capital came rock bottom of the Bonus Finder findings.

London received a ‘party score’ of 5 out of 10. Despite being spoiled for choice in terms of the amount of pubs and clubs available, the average cost of a pint being £7 and roughly £209 for a one-night-stay in a central London hotel means that it’s just not feasible to enjoy yourself in the big smoke.

London was followed by Bristol and Belfast as the least desirable places to go for a knees up. Bristol has one of the lowest numbers of pubs and, surprisingly, poor affordability considering the average cost of a pint is £5.

Similarly, Belfast has a high pint price, and steep hotel prices with one night averaging £119 per night.

So, if those are the three worst spots for nightlife, which UK cities are at the top of the ‘good time’ tree.

Brighton topped the scale with a party score of 10 out of 10. The seaside resort came in with a perfect score thanks to it’s wide variety of bars and nightclubs, along with its range of entertainment on offer with live music venues, amusement arcades and stand-up comedy shows galore.

Prepare to fight for your place on the beach (Photo: Brighton Beach, Getty)
Prepare to fight for your place on the beach (Photo: Brighton Beach, Getty)

Brighton is ideal for a weekend getaway. If you live in London you can escape the overpriced drinks of the capital and be by the sea in just over an hour by train.

On top of that, with Brighton’s LGBTQ+ inclusive atmosphere and legendary events such as Carl Cox on the Beach and Fatboy Slim’s legendary DJ sets along the beach, it’s one of the more vibey hotspots to be in the summer.

In second place, and at the opposite end of the island, is Newcastle. The memorable TV show Geordie Shore showcases the city’s extensive nightlife scene, featuring its bustling bars and clubs, including the Bigg Market and the Quayside, both renowned hotspots for nightlife entertainment.

Pint prices average around £4 and a night in a four star hotel will set you back just £84. The toon is affordable and promises a good time, so you really can’t go wrong in the north-east.

Completing the top three cities for nightlife in the UK is Doncaster. Good old ‘Donny’ in South Yorkshire boasts 18.72 pubs per 10,000 residents and you can get a lovely fresh pint for the bargain price of £3.75. According to Bonus Finder, starting your night off at Vintage Rock Bar is a good start to your evening, before moving on to Warehouse Nightclub where you can dance the night away.

While it’s bad news for Londoners, it is nice to see other parts of the country get some love for keeping prices low and enjoyment high.

Speaking about the findings, Fintan Costello, Founding Director of Bonus Finder, stated: “Our analysis illuminates not only the best party destinations but also the diverse factors shaping the UK’s nightlife landscape. From affordability to cultural vibrancy, each city offers a unique tapestry of experiences for revellers to explore.

“However, our study delivers a sobering revelation: London, Bristol, and Belfast languish at the bottom of the list. Despite their cultural prominence and histories, these cities clearly grapple with challenges ranging from exorbitant costs to a scarcity of nightlife venues in comparison to their population. The disparities among cities underscore the profound impact of the cost of living crisis on our nightlife economy.”

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