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The Best Pubs Near Blackpool Tower Dungeon

  • Tuesday September 12th 2023

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Discover the finest pubs near the Blackpool Tower Dungeon. From great entertainment to the best pub grub, find your perfect spot for post-Dungeon relaxation!

An Introduction to Blackpool's Favourite Pubs

When it comes to pubs in Blackpool, you certainly won’t be stuck for choice. From family friendly pubs to the town’s finest pub grub and even pubs with live music, the seaside town offers something for everyone.

Blackpool’s pub scene has not always been as huge as it is today. In the beginning, pubs were far and few. One pub that was a huge hit, however, was the Saddle Inn built in 1776. Even today, 247 years later, the pub is still trading and loved by the town’s locals.

It wasn’t until the late 18th century that Blackpool really started to develop. Blackpool’s selection of pubs and bars grew massively in line with the demand from holidaymakers as the town’s growth continued across the 19th and 20th century.

Today, pubs in Blackpool massively vary to suit the town’s array of visitors. Here are some of the best pubs in Blackpool.

The Best Live Entertainment

Catch some Award-Winning Live Music at The Little Black Pug

In recent years, the nightlife industry has been shaping as more and more pubs are beginning to offer live music. One place in Blackpool passionate about live music is the Little Black Pug, which offers a great line-up of acts both day and night.

The former catholic school has been given a modern makeover, yet still retains some of its original features, making it a unique drinking venue. The award-winning live music venue covers a variety of music genres and serves homemade pub classics made with locally sourced produce.

The reasons why this venue is loved so much doesn’t stop at the live music; the bar is also dog friendly making it a must-visit for both locals and holidaymakers.

Enjoy a Karaoke Night to Remember at Marvin's

When it comes to special events, karaoke is always a hit and is the perfect form of entertainment for groups of varying sizes. Marvin’s is a small bar chain in the Blackpool and surrounding areas known for its karaoke experience.

Established only recently in 2018, Marvin’s is a one of a kind in the area. In addition to the private karaoke booth experience offered to its guests, the bar’s theme also makes it stand out from surrounding pubs, with the chain being home to Soul and Motown.

If you’re looking for a fun, cool venue where you can soak in the Soul atmosphere with friends and maybe even enjoy a singsong yourselves, make your way to one of the four Marvin’s venues situated across the Fylde Coast.  

Blackpool's Finest Pub Grub

There's Something for Everyone to Enjoy at Vintro Lounge

Vintro Lounge is located right in the heart of Blackpool town centre. The café bar is an informal, neighbourhood food venue which offers something for everyone.

The bar is themed with vintage fairground touches, bringing a touch of the seaside inside – perfect considering it’s a pub in Blackpool of all locations! Throughout the week, the café offers different deals including Tapas Tuesdays, where guests can enjoy three tapas and a glass of wine for £11.75.

When not tempted by one of the midweek deals, visitors can choose from burgers, flatbreads and a variety of other main dishes. The choice on the menu combined with its fun and unique theme makes Vintro Lounge one of the best pubs in Blackpool.

Try some NYC-style Pizza at Dirty Blondes

If you’re looking for one of the best pubs in Blackpool for pizza and cocktails, Dirty Blondes is a must!

The bar itself is nestled down an alley so isn’t necessarily popular amongst tourists to the town. The locals, however, know all about this cool bar and let us tell you, it’s a popular choice! If you’re looking for a chilled bar that serves huge NYC-style pizza slices and delicious cocktails, Dirty Blondes is the place for you.

Enjoy Classic Pub Favourites at the Albert & the Lion

The Albert & the Lion is no other than a classic JD Wetherspoon. When it comes to pub favourites, Wetherspoons have it all.

What makes the Albert & the Lion particularly great compared to other pubs of its type is its ideal location. If you’re looking for a pub near The Blackpool Tower, The Albert & the Lion makes a great choice. Situated on Blackpool seafront, next door to the town’s iconic landmark, the family friendly pub is in a prime location.

On a sunny day, you can soak in the air and enjoy the pub’s outdoor seating area whilst looking out to the sea.

Check Out the Brew Room's Famous Smoked Footlong Sausages

If you’re on the search for a real ale pub in Blackpool, the Brew Room is always a good choice. The historic pub is home to the West Coast Rock Brewery and has a range of 10 cask ales for customers to choose from.

Although the pub is the birthplace of Blackpool Football Club, this is surprisingly not what it’s famous for. Instead, the Blackpool pub is known for its smoked footlong sausages, rated very highly by their customers. Cooked in a big smoker oven, the pub uses ale-soaked wood chips to really bring out the flavour. Not only that, but they’re even made fresh for the pub by a local butcher.

Blackpool's Most Unique Pubs

Step Straight into Our Very Own Red Lion

When it comes to unique pubs in Blackpool, there really is no other pub like our very own Red Lion! You can hang out with The Blackpool Tower Dungeon’s characters and enjoy a tipple in the iconic pub’s setting.

As you step into the Red Lion, you will be transported back to a vibrant and decadent pub of 1896. The pub’s theme is fun, bringing history to life. It truly immerses both adults and older children into Lancashire’s Medieval and Early Modern history.

With no other venue like it in the whole of Blackpool, the Red Lion is undoubtedly one of the best pubs for visitors to the resort.

Blackpool's Family Friendly Pubs

Soft Play at the Family Pub at the Manchester

The Family Bar at the Manchester is situated slightly south to Central Pier, making it a popular location for tourists visiting the beach.

Not to be mistaken for The Manchester, which is situated directly underneath, the Family Bar serves classic pub food at reasonable prices.

Not only does the family friendly pub offer an amazing view of Blackpool seafront, it also features a soft play area, ball pool and mini arcade, providing cheap entertainment for children all day long.

Endless Kids Entertainment at the Pirate Bay Bar

Located on Central Pier, the Pirates Bay Bar provides endless fun for little ones and gives guardians the chance to sit back and relax with delicious food and drink.

Open 7 days a week until late, and situated in a prime location, the pirate-themed pub is popular amongst both local and visiting families. Although the pub expectedly gets busy during the summer months, it offers plenty of seating so finding a place to sit down and chill shouldn’t be a struggle.

If you’re looking for a cheap pub in Blackpool which will entertain the kids, go and check it out!

FAQs about pubs near the Blackpool Tower Dungeon

Is there a pub near the Blackpool Tower Dungeon?

The Blackpool Tower Dungeon has its own pub located onsite called the Red Lion. The Red Lion takes on the theme of a vibrant and decadent pub of 1896, rooted in Lancashire’s Medieval and Early Modern history.

Can I bring kids into the Red Lion at the Blackpool Tower Dungeon?

Although people of all ages are welcome, due to the nature of the attraction and the chance guests could see characters from the Dungeon, we recommend to not bring children under the age of 10 years old.

Are there family friendly pubs in Blackpool?

Blackpool has plenty of family friendly pubs, which each offer something different. Some favourites include The Family Bar at the Manchester and the Pirates Bay Bar located on Central Pier.

Where can I see live music in Blackpool?

Blackpool offers plenty of live music venues. The Little Black Pug is one of the local’s favourites which offers live music day and night, and even welcomes dogs onto the premises.

Another popular bar is Marvin’s, which offers a private karaoke experience.

Which pubs in Blackpool have the best food?

If you’re looking for pubs with the best food in Blackpool, some great options include Dirty Blondes, which offers great NYC-style pizza slices and The Brew Room, known for their famous smoked footlong sausages. Vintro Lounge also has great pub food for the whole family.