Exeter nightlife returning to normal – a look at some ideas for a great night out

The past few months have been downright spooky in and around Exeter, with all the closures and restrictions. Yes, it has been the same everywhere, but it always hits hardest closest to home when it is a place you know and love. It’s therefore been fantastic to see life return to something very close to normal over the past couple of weeks.  

Even better news, summer seems to have timed its arrival with the easing of restrictions. To celebrate here are some ideas for great nights out in Exeter this summer where we can all let our hair down –while remaining responsible, of course! 

The Quayside 

There’s no better spot for an early evening drink on a summer evening, and despite the lack of restrictions, you’ll still want to grab a seat outside and enjoy the gentle breeze. There’s no shortage of bars, cafes and restaurants, so you’ll be certain to find something to suit your taste and budget.  

Feeling lucky? 

Casinos have been hit especially hard by recent events, with many of their regulars tempted by the online alternatives. They certainly have their benefits, and Casinowithdrawal.co.uk makes reviews on withdrawal times so you can choose the best one. But still, there’s something special about playing casino games in the flesh, and both Admiral and Merkur have slots, video poker and more, and are open into the wee small hours. For something a little different, you could even try Mecca Bingo on North Street. If you’ve never played before, you’re guaranteed to have a blast. 

A night at the theatre 

The Northcott is one of the most popular destinations for a sophisticated evening of entertainment, and it is such a pleasure to see the schedule filling up again. Forthcoming events include Treasure Island in the second half of August and a hilarious take on the Three Musketeers in early September. Speaking of comedy, David Baddiel and Sarah Millican are among the big names visiting for one night only, so don’t miss them!  

Live music 

Exeter has a great history of attracting the top musical talent, from famous names of yesteryear to youngsters with great futures ahead. There are several venues to choose from, but the Corn Exchange is probably the best-known. Respected tribute act the Mersey Beatles are a highlight over the coming weeks, but the biggest news is that The Drifters will be playing in October, performing hits from an incredible 60 years of music making.  

Out on the water 

Prefer to make the most of the mild weather while it lasts? There’s nothing better than an evening out on the water in midsummer, so let’s finish where we started, back at the Quayside. Stuart Line and Exeter Cruises both operate canal trips down to the double locks and back. The total journey takes about 90 minutes, and departure times vary, so check the blackboards while you are exploring the Quayside and make your decision on the night!  

The Exeter Daily