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Chester Pubs & Restaurants & Nightlife

Chester offers a mouth-watering menu of delicious cuisine, whatever your budget. Sample dishes from across the world, including Thai, Caribbean, Swedish, Tex-Mex, Spanish and Cajun. Chic café bars abound as do a number of traditional black and white half-timbered inns. You can find Michelin Star dining at the sumptuous Arkle Restaurant at the Chester Grosvenor. If you want something a little different try a canal dining experience on the Mill Hotel Canal Boat. For a traditional venue steeped in history, look no further than the award-winning Blue Bell restaurant located in Chester's oldest building.


Chester Restaurants

Upstairs at the Grill
Upstairs at the Grill is a split-level Manhattan-style steakhouse and intimate cocktail bar located in Chester City Centre. Open Monday to Thursday from 5pm and from 12pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday, we offer our guests the opportunity to explore our selection of locally sourced dry aged beef and extensive wine list. We look forward to welcoming you to Upstairs at the Grill.

Francs of Chester
The French Franc may be dead - lost to European conformity - but here in Chester, Francs is very much alive. We've just celebrated our 23rd anniversary and, true to tradition, we're not conforming to anything! We like to think we add a special ingredient to French cuisine - fun!! The French just don't have their own word for it. Here at Francs, we take fun very seriously... With three dining rooms buzzing with the residents of Chester, tourists from all over the world and local business people, the atmosphere at Francs is legendary - an essential part of what we are. We're not traditionalists but we like to keep the very best of rustic ideas and throw in a few of our own. After 23 years, and more than a million meals, we think we've got the recipe just right. Hopefully you'll be able to make it along soon for a very special Francs welcome.


Chester Pubs & Nightlife

For live music, there's a choice of venues including Alexander's Jazz Theatre Bar and Restaurant at Rufus Court. One of the North West's leading live jazz venues, it also plays host to rock and blues acts as well as an excellent comedy night. Telfords Warehouse on Tower Wharf is a music venue bar and restaurant rolled into one. Chester Gateway Theatre has a great variety of performances from stand up comedy to classical opera. Located in the heart of the city, you'll find plenty of choices for pre and post theatre dinner. Time your visit to coincide with one of the many festivals in Chester, including the Summer Music Festival in July, the Jazz and Blues Festival in August, or the Literature Festival in October. For more information be sure to pick up your copy of What's On in Chester, a free events guide that is published monthly and is available from the Chester Visitor Centre, Vicars Lane, Chester CH1 1QX, or in advance by post. All events information is also published at Chester Tourism.

Chester has a great range of pubs and bars from traditional half-timbered inns steeped in history to sophisticated café bars serving the stylish "Cheshire Set". Some suggestions for those who enjoy an al fresco experience: The Frog and Nightingale overlooks the canal at Hair Lane Bridge, The Boat overlooks the River Dee, or for a courtyard or roof top experience try Tonik Bar at Rufus Court or Watergates on Watergate Street. Among Chester's best historic pubs are The Falcon Inn on Lower Bridge Street, The Boot on Eastgate Row and The Bear and Billet, Lower Bridge Street. For real ale try Harkers on the canal side or the Mill Hotel always has a great selection. The Albion on Albion Street prides itself on being old fashioned and traditional – so there's no music and no children allowed. A number of new trendy bars have opened recently with late licences including the Living Room, Mansion House and the Amber Room.