Formally a historic market town, now a buzzing hub home to one of the UK’s top universities, Reading offers an endless array of evening entertainment options. The big Berkshire town is filled with an array of trendy bars and clubs, catering to all ages and music genres – perfect for dancing with your friends or enjoying a relaxed drink!

From your favourite chains to popular local bars, we have rounded up some of our favourite nightlife spots that Reading has to offer:

Purple Turtle a 16-minute walk from L&Q at Huntley Wharf

Purple Turtle is one of Reading’s most popular bars and clubs. Located on Gun Street, the venue hosts a range of music events – from supporting up-and-coming local artists to fundraisers and charity gigs. Purple Turtle is famous amongst locals for being one of Reading’s longest running independent bars – so you’re always guaranteed to see some familiar faces in there!

Lola Lo a 17-minute walk from L&Q at Huntley Wharf

Lola Lo is a well-known nightclub across England with venues in Reading, Bristol, Manchester and Cambridge. This bar is a Polynesian paradise with a tropical atmosphere, serving exotic cocktails including their sundowner spritz and passion fruit martinis (plus a range of delicious mocktails!). Lola Lo is the ideal party venue to enjoy a range of dance and R&B tracks.

The Milk Bara 12-minute walk from L&Q at Huntley Wharf

Reading’s only independent cocktail bar, The Milk Bar is home to a team of talented mixologists. With a unique and creative cocktail menu (which is 28 pages long!), it is a perfect spot for sipping on cocktails whilst catching up with friends. The bar has a retro aesthetic and a lively atmosphere – making it one of the most popular destinations that Reading’s nightlife scene has to offer.

Oakfield Social Cluba 10-minute walk from L&Q at Huntley Wharf

Located next to Reading Station, Oakfield Social Club offers an extensive food and drinks menu for guests to indulge in. Alongside being a delicious eatery, this bar is well-known for being the home of live music in Reading. A host venue for numerous local bands and artists, including Twin Sun, there is always a great atmosphere – suitable for any kind of evening you fancy!

Popworlda 17-minute walk from L&Q at Huntley Wharf

Love a sing along? Popworld is the perfect place to dance the night away to pop classics, from Spice Girls to One Direction – the dream night out for 80s and 90s babies! Famous for its neon lights, disco balls and fun-filled atmosphere, Popworld is the place to get dressed up and go for a boogie on a Saturday night.