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Traditional Pubs, Live Music, and Beach Bars - Nightlife, and Entertainment in St Ives

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St Ives might be small, but it’s buzzing with evening entertainment all year round. Fishermen and miners have been frequenting local pubs for centuries, and the town’s live music scene has taken off over recent years. Old traditional pubs sit alongside modern stylish bars on the harborfront, and beach bars provide respite from bustling streets, as well as magnificent all-weather sea views.

Traditional Pubs


Some pubs in St Ives date back to the 1300s and the town’s rich maritime and mining history has kept those establishments busy over recent centuries. Low beamed ceilings and slate floors create a snug environment, and there’s a wide selection of local ales, beers, and ciders to sample. It’s in these old-fashioned pubs that you’re likely to meet a true Cornish local who can tell colourful stories about the town.


Castle Inn


This traditional real ale pub features beamed ceilings and a colourful stained-glass window. There’s an array of local Real Ales and fresh food, regular quiz nights, live music, and every Easter, the pub hosts a beer festival.


16 Fore Street, St Ives TR26 1ABTel: +44 1736 796833


Castle Inn website


Sloop Inn


Dating back to 1312, this harborfront pub has been a local haunt for fishermen and artists over the centuries. There are 3 dining options, including a rooftop terrace, bench seating in a cobbled forecourt, and there’s weekly live music.


Back Lane, St Ives, St Ives TR26 1LP. Tel: +44 1736 796584


Sloop Inn website

Bars on the beach


There’s no better place to sip a glass of wine or cold beer, than on a beach, and St Ives has plenty of bars just steps from the soft sand. Whether it’s cocktails at sunset at Carbis Bay Beach Club or a pint and storm watching at Porthmeor Beach Café, you’ll be mesmerized by the sea views as Mother Nature works her magic.


Porthminster Café


Nestled below Porthminster Point directly on the golden-sand beach, Porthminster Café is the perfect place to enjoy an Espresso Martini after dinner. The casual setting creates a relaxed atmosphere, and you can soak up azure sea views whatever the weather.


Porthminster Beach, St Ives, TR26 2EB. Tel: +44 1736 795352


Porthminster Café website


Late bars and DJs


Despite being a popular spot for hen and stag dos, nightlife in St Ives is relatively low-key. Over recent years, stylish bars have replaced nightclubs, and you’re more likely to find people partying to DJs’ beats in late bars on the harborfront. Dress code is smart-casual in most bars, and many open until 1am or 2am at weekends.


Hub St Ives


This American-style diner is a popular venue at night, with regular DJs and live bands. The setting is cool and casual, and you can sample craft beers or zingy cocktail on the balcony while watching the sun go down.


The Wharf, St Ives TR26 1LF. Tel: +44 1736 799099


Hub St Ives website


Live music and jazz


Live music is a hot topic in Cornwall and St Ives has produced many talented bands and singers. You’ll find most pubs offer live music at some point during the week all year round, from cover bands to acoustic musicians. Venues are intimate, but the atmosphere is welcoming. Big names in the jazz world often perform at the Jazz Club, and St Ives Guildhall hosts regular concerts and performers from all over the world.


Balcony Bar


Situated on the harborfront, Balcony Bar is a casual surf bar and café with DJs, live music, and televised sports. Open all year round and until late on weekends, Balcony has hosted tours from many up-and-coming bands and artists.


The Wharf, St Ives TR26 1LP. Tel: +44 1736 798482


Balcony Bar website


St Ives Jazz Club


Located in the Western Hotel in the centre of town, this intimate candle-lit jazz club has seen shows from the likes of Clare Teal and the Ronnie Scott Quintet. It’s open to non-members but booking in advance is advised.


The Western Hotel Gabriel Street, St Ives TR26 2LU. Tel: +44 1736 796082


St Ives Jazz Club website