If you're about to set off to Uni, you'll undoubtedly have everyone telling you to make the most of it, as they're the best years of your life. Well, it's advice we're going to have to second. Especially, if your Uni of choice happens to be Portsmouth. The South Coast haven of good vibes has all the ingredients to make for more than a few tasty nights out. But, with this being many of your first times visiting the city, you're going to want to get clued up on all of the best student bars and clubs in Portsmouth, so you can impress your newfound mates and make the most of your time together.
Well, that's where we come in. We understand that more than half of the Uni experience is the nights out and memories made on them; the degree is just a nice added bonus. So, we've put together this list to make it as easy as possible to familiarise yourself with the Portsmouth nightlife. So, get scrolling and start planning your nights, and preparing to be morbidly hungover in your lectures.
Image: The Dockyard on Facebook
Where: 13-19 Guildhall Walk, Portsmouth, PO1 2RY
A short walk away from all of the Unis, Gunwharf Keys, and the famous Dockyard area (which it is aptly named after), The Dockyard is known as one of the best student haunts in the city and for good reason. With a whole host of cheap beers and a range of craft ales, alongside a diverse menu that caters for omnivores and herbivores alike, the location is unrivalled and they'll never be a time you don't recognise someone from your lectures inside.
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Image: The Astoria on Facebook
Where: 37-39 Guildhall Walk, Portsmouth, PO1 2RY
The go-to place for a night out in the city amongst the student population, and it's easy to see why. With three dance floors to choose from and loads of great deals on drinks, The Astoria is always absolutely bouncing. Plus, with Dirty Disco on a Tuesday ( a club night that’s been going in Portsmouth for over ten years)you get one of the best Portsmouth student nights where the entertainment goes beyond the dancefloor with Dirty Disco hosts, fire breathers, stilt walkers and DJs.
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Image: The One-Eyed Dog on Facebook
Where: 177-185 Elm Grove, Southsea, Portsmouth, PO5 1LU
With its great location and affordable prices, this lively tavern is one that should be on any Portsmouth student night agenda. It's the perfect place to kick back and have a few chile bevs with the newfound pals and with its assortment of classic pub games from darts to pool to foosball tables, there's little wrong about this place, and will be one that you frequent regularly.
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Image: Eden on Facebook
Where: Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, PO1 3TP
Part tiki bar, part disco club, part waterside terrace bar, Eden may be a bit classier (and therefore more expensive) of an establishment than you’d frequent as a student, but it is without a doubt worth a visit every now and then. Plus with three rooms in the Eden club to choose from, there's a vibe for all of your mates to enjoy.
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Image: Mr Miyagis on Facebook
Where: 29-33 Guildhall Walk, Portsmouth PO1 2RY
This awesome oriental-style cocktail bar is a go-to for anyone who will be spending their uni life in Portsmouth. Offering up some of the best drinks in the city, alongside a range of fun bar games from beer pong to pool, all alongside live DJs, it's some of the most fun to be had in the Portsmouth student nightlife scene. You also can't miss their beer pong night on a Monday!
Image: Hampshire Boulevard on Facebook
Where: St Pauls Rd, Southsea, Portsmouth PO1 2QN
Being the only gay club in Portsmouth, Hampshire Boulevard has to make this list. With cheap booze, cheesy music, and late closes, it's the ideal place to dance the night away without a worry in an accepting environment. Plus with regular discos, karaoke nights and drag nights, there's so much fun happening here every night, a must-visit amongst Portsmouth student nightlife.
The Bridge Tavern
Image: The Bridge Tavern on Facebook
Where: 54 East Street, Old Portsmouth, PO1 2JJ
A traditional waterside pub, the Bridge Tavern is situated on Old Portsmouth's Camber Dock, with its wonderful atmosphere that is very student friendly, alongside a great menu of quality food and drinks. The only surviving pub on Old Portsmouth's East Street, it is the perfect spot for a nice pub night, or pres before a night on the town.
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Image: Popworld Portsmouth on Facebook
Where: 1 King Henry I Street, Portsmouth, PO1 2PT
Right, we all know what we're getting with Popworld, once you’ve been to one you’ve been to them all, but why should that affect the reality of the situation; it's one hell of a fun, carefree night. With super cheap drinks and even cheesier music, it’s barrels of fun that everyone can joy (unless you're ‘too cool’ in which case we dint wanna go with you anyway.) A classic, and one you’ll undoubtedly spend loads of your loan in.
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Check out our What's On Guide to discover even more rowdy raves and sweaty gigs taking place over the coming weeks and months. For festivals, lifestyle events and more, head on over to our Things To Do page or be inspired by the event selections on our Inspire Me page.