The Lost Caves
There are a few hidden gems in Nottingham, but it this one probably had it’s own stash of hidden gems once upon a time. This unique gin bar sits under the bustling backstreets of Hockley in an old mining cave. Who knew there were secret caves under the streets of Nottingham?
I recently heard about this new bar from a uni friend, so when date night came around I had to drag the boyfriend on a hunt for it. To find the bar you have to find it’s sister bar, Lost Property, but in order to enter here you have to get through a mysterious mind trick door. It sounds confusing, but I don’t want to give too much away! It’s these quirky touches that really set places like this aside from the rest.
When I visited I tried Edinburgh rhubarb gin with ginger ale in a pretty 1920s balloon gin glass – the strong flavours work so well together! The cave itself had a slight gothic feel, but the mood lighting gave the place a snug atmosphere, perfect for a night with your date.
Before I moved to Nottingham to start my first year of uni, I discovered Coco Tang’s Wednesday student night on Facebook. I was soon dragging my friends to come check it out with me. It’s a cosy yet lively basement bar/club with lots of intimate seating, including a den with scattered cushions under pink glowing fairy lights!
The attention to detail is not gone unnoticed, from the urban Vietnamese interior, to the fancy garnished cocktails. On a student night most of these delicious cocktails are under £5, which is almost unheard of elsewhere. My go-to is the Parma Violet cocktail – a sweet shop favourite in cocktail form equals one very tipsy big kid.
They have recently transformed rooftop smoking garden with decor that will transport you to 1950’s Saigon. Look out for the red lantern on Bridlesmith Gate which will welcome you to the House of Coco Tang.
The Hockley Arts Club
I found this bar on Instagram and as soon as I saw the neon lights I knew it was my next place to explore one evening – I’m a sucker for that red glow. This is another one of Nottingham’s blooming wall flowers, also tucked away in the streets of Hockley.
I took my mum here for a girl’s night date and we took lots of inspo from their funky Scandinavian interior. I ordered a fruity cocktail which came topped with an actual Twister ice lolly! (I get excited over the littlest things.) Mum ordered one that came in a cute Tiki head tumbler; we wanted to take it home to go on our own tropical garden bar that we set up in summer!
I’ve also been to Boilermaker; disguised as a boiler room this bar has a mystery door similar to that of the Lost Caves. I now wish I had taken more pictures to show you in this post!
Thanks for reading! If you know the Nottingham area I would love to know what other hidden bars you’ve come across – let me know in the comments.