Pubs and Clubs in Southend-on-Sea

Our summary of the drinking and dancing haunts that you’ll find in and around Southend Town Centre

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Pubs and Bars in Southend:

There’s a pretty varied range of bars and pubs in the centre of town. Here are a few of the hotstops

  • Last Post – On the site of the old Post Office in Clifftown Road, this is a pretty big pub, and it’s a fairly standard Wetherspoons – typically a meeting place for folk on their way out for the evening, the place is always full of characters. No music.
  • The Hogs Head – at the top end of the High Street, close to Pizza Hut and Frankie & Bennys. Pretty mainstream, real ale and satellite TV
  • O’Neill’s – Very close to Southend Central station, and just in front of the college building. Not a bad place, but there’s a lack of seating and it’s a little smokey.
  • Yates – Top of the High Street near Bella Italia and the Odeon. Pretty spacious, pub food’s OK, and quite pleasant during the day
  • Varsity Bar – Just off the High Street, close to Nat West, Warrior Square Car Park and Mayhem nightclub. Fairly new, lively, with a young crowd. A popular place in a prime location
  • Saks – On Clifftown Road, opposite Southend Central station. Music, Football, fairly trendy, with a small basement club
  • Seymours – Just opposite Mayhem and Varsity. Various themed nights ( Monday: Karaoke, Tuesday: Spanked for Students, Thursday: Comedy. Friday and Saturday are normal club nights). Formerly Chicago Rock.
  • The Townhouse – Off the high street, opposite HMV. Mainstream and popular
  • Clarence Yard Bar – Just off the High Street in Clarence Road, laid-back, and dark.
  • Pipe of Port – Off the High Street in Tylers Avenue. Hidden gem known for its great wine and fab food.
  • The Shorehouse – About the only kiddie-friendly pub in Southend – Around ten minutes drive east of the pier on the seafront road to Shoebury
  • Sun Rooms – Loads of character, an alternative quirky, grunge meeting place, tucked away off Alexandra Road, down from the Inane Cafe
  • The Inane Cafe – Is it a bar, café or club? Small and trendy venue next to Bakers Bar on Alexandra Road.
  • Sunrooms – A non-mainstream bar that’s open during the week later than many. Find Bakers Bar on Alexander Street, and turn down the alley
  • The Alex – Pub on Alexander Road, just off the High Street

Clubs in Southend:

There’s a busy nightlife. The main venues are listed below, but many of the bars listed above also have a club atmosphere in the evenings. Note that the three contributors to this section are in their 30’s, and aren’t clubbers…

Talk Nightclub – On the way to the seafront, in Lucy Road – probably the most well-known club in South Essex (formerly TOTS). Talk Website

Talk Nightclub
Mayhem – New kid on the block, in an excellent central location (just off the High Street, near to Warrior Square Car Park and Southend Central station). More

Storm Nightclub – Catering for the more mature audience, off the High Street, down the street from Starbucks

Bakers Bar – Club and bar on Alexandra Road. Open late, dance music, popular with the locals.


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