Whether you’re a local looking for a new place to try out, or you’re holidaying in Cornwall and are unsure where is best, this guide to the best bars in Cornwall is sure to help you out! We asked our loyal social media following for their recommendations, and they didn’t disappoint! From local ales to all the flavours of gin you can imagine, there is something here for all to enjoy…
Toast is a lively bar on Church Street in Falmouth. Right in the heart of the town, Toast is the place to be, whether you’re looking to eat, drink or dance. With a welcoming atmosphere, exciting events and down to earth prices, Toast attracts both locals and students alike, offering a wide range of spirits, ciders, lagers and local real ales. Their cocktail menu is extensive, we particularly like the sound of The Wibble – A delicious and tantalizing mix of blackberry, lemon and gin flavours, this cocktail is the liquid tribute to long afternoons spent in September sun.
Whiskers are winners of BEST BAR and BEST OVERALL SERVICE in Newquay’s Bar and Venue Awards and rated number one for bars on TripAdvisor! In a chilled out oasis in the centre of bustling Newquay, Whiskers brings you the 4 best things in life: FRIENDS, BOOZE, LIVE MUSIC…AND CATS! Whiskers Bar and Live Music venue is the home to fantastic drinks, excellent smiling staff and fantastic live music, all in the comfort of some quirky cat-inspired surroundings.
Palacio Lounge, Falmouth
The splendid entrance takes you into a striking lobby with hanging chandeliers and a grand, curving staircase. They’ve gone for a classic 1940’s lounge look downstairs with floral wallpaper and a few portraits. Upstairs things take a more interesting turn with high ceilings and low-hanging lights. Their wine list is small but beautifully formed, with whites, reds, rosés and prosecco all by the glass and bottle. They stock a good range of draught and bottled beer and cider and their cocktails include all the established classics and some particularly fiendish concoctions unique to Loungers.
Hand is a specialist beer bar in Falmouth, Cornwall. They sell 200 world beers and growing, have great tunes, wine and spirits. You can also enjoy free wi-fi during your visit, a walled courtyard and they’re dog & child friendly.
Lemon Twist, Falmouth
They serve simple rustic fresh Tapas with a fusion of classic mediterranean cooking and fresh local Cornish sea food and ingredients. They are located next to one of the main harbours in Falmouth so if you chose to sit outside in the sun then you can enjoy the scenic views of the water. But if that’s not your thing then don’t worry, pop inside to their fully fitted bar where you will find a wide selection of classic cocktails, Cornish gin, whisky, rum and wine! They also have a piano which is open for all to play and weekly events and live music.
Tom Thumb, Newquay
Tom Thumb is a high end, speak-easy bar situated in the beautiful coastal town of Newquay, Cornwall. Serving premium Cocktails and Coffee with a unique & extensive range of Spirits, Wines, Beers & Ciders. At Tom Thumb they like to keep things elegant, alive and fresh. There’s something for everyone whether getting some work done with a coffee or meeting friends for a cocktail!
The Balcony Bar, St Ives
Balcony Bar St Ives overlooks the harbour and boasts a big spacious interior, putting on great events year round. They offer televised sports, Dj’s and bands. You can enjoy your drinks whilst taking in the amazing view.
The Watering Hole, Perranporth
The Watering Hole are the only bar on the beach in the UK, fact! It’s a spot that is a must see attraction on this fine island down south of our country, ‘when you go, you will never leave’. They are found in the middle of Cornwall’s finest beach on the west coast, with a 3 mile stretch of sand shadowed by dunes and sea as far as the eye can go, with Holywell on their right shoulder and St Agnes on their left. You can enjoy live music all year round and a huge amount of beverages, including some from Cornwall’s St Austell Brewery.
The Lamp and Whistle, Penzance
They all about Craft Beer and serve real Ales including Harbour Brewery, FireBrand Brewery, Black Flag Brewery and Rebel Brewing Co. As the only micro Freehouse in PZ they are constantly rotating and putting on new beers for their customers to enjoy. Their draught range is all about craft and quality with a number of very rare imported beers on tap including Brooklyn Lager, Red Hook Long Hammer IPA and Kona Hanalei IPA. They have a variety of speciality imported trappist and abbey bottled beers, as well as a huge array of premium spirits.
The Noughts and Crosses, Polperro
The Noughts & Crosses Inn is situated in the heart of Polperro on Lansallos Street, approximately 80 paces from the picturesque harbour front. The bar is well stocked with draught lagers, ales and ciders, a good selection of house and quality wines and spirits as well as speciality gins. They have a drink for you, whatever your tipple is.