Newquay is a town with a flourishing tourist trade. There is an enormous range of entertainment, from beaches to tourist attractions such as The Blue Reef Aquarium. Families and groups of holiday-makers alike can find something to suit their interests.
Newquay's night-life, however does perhaps favour groups of young people over families and individuals or couples, having a bit of a reputation as an infamous stag and hen night destination, or a UK version of Ibiza! There are several nightclubs in Newquay to suit a wide range of party-goers, including The Barracuda Bar, The Chy Bar, Tall Trees Club, Corkers Bar, Sailors Nightclub, Berties Club, Central, Fosters, The Beach and Bar Help.
The Koola Bar is set over three different levels and offers a soundtrack of hip-hop, rock, funk, drum and bass and beats as well as a variety of house music from a wide range of resident and guest DJs. There are also live bands on occasion. The Koola Bar is open seven nights a week during the summer months and entry is inexpensive.
As a complete alternative, Berties Club caters more for those looking to meet the opposite sex, with its emphasis on drinks promotions and beach-wear or wet t-shirt evenings! Music tends to be commercial dance and chart and cheesy tunes and there are certain nights with reduced rates for ladies.
Other nightclubs offer DJ or live music nights and have a range of music options, such as Tall Trees club with its three separate levels, each with a different music option.
There is a huge variety of pre-nightclub entertainment, with Newquay’s abundance of restaurants and pubs. Quieter, more chilled-out evenings can be spent in many of the local restaurants, where a meal can be eaten overlooking the sea. Some of these include: The Lewinnick Lodge, with its Mediterranean, modern food and stunning views; The Sand Brasserie at The Headland Hotel with a seasonal menu of Cornish cuisine and FIFTEEN Cornwall at nearby Watergate Bay, where Jamie Oliver's young aspiring chefs serve quality seasonal and local produce. There are many more restaurants as well, catering for all culinary tastes.
A more casual, inexpensive night out might include munching fish and chips or a Cornish cream tea on one of the many benches overlooking the harbour or the cliffs and beaches, or eating out in one of Newquay’s many pubs. There are also Indian, Thai, Italian or Mexican restaurants available.
Laid-back pubs that aren’t pseudo-surf and pretentious include The Skinners Ale House: a proper real ale pub with beer from the local Skinners Brewery and with bare wooden floors carpeted with the shells of the monkey nuts that are provided. The Traveller’s Rest, just north of Newquay also provides real ales and has some good home-cooked food. The Cornishman in Crantock also fits this bill.
Several other Newquay pubs are more suitable to those who are heading on to a club or who enjoy the bar atmosphere rather than that of the pub. These pubs include Walkabout, overlooking Towan Beach, which is always busy and is a good place to grab some food before heading on to a club. The nearby Chy Bar also caters for pre-club folk with DJs and cocktails most nights and Central Inn always draws a pre-club crowd.
Newquay has an active night-life so accommodation should be selected according to the visitor’s tastes. For those who want to be near to the party atmosphere and who are on a low budget, Newquay offers a wide range of back-packer, surf-lodge and bunkhouse accommodation. For those who prefer to be further away from the night-time hustle and bustle, but still enjoy being close to the beaches and day-time activities, there are many hotels, bed and breakfasts, guesthouses and self-catering accommodation to choose from. There is such a wide range of holiday accommodation in Newquay that there is bound to be something to suit everyone and to match the accommodation to the night-life that is being sought.