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Light up your SOcial life in… the City Centre

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In this series of blogs, we’ll take a look at some of the ways you can light up your SOcial life here in Southampton…

There’s never been a better time to explore our city by night so rather than head straight home after work or shopping, make the most of what our city's nightlife has to offer. Check out our Light Up Your SOcial Life page for more inspiration.

We’ve shared our blogs on the Bedford Place, Old Town, the Cultural Quarter and Westquay areas of our city, for this blog, we are looking at some of the fantastic late-night businesses you can find around the rest of the centre of Southampton. Take some inspiration from the details below and plan your next big night out.

Places to dine the night away

Frontage of Neds Noodle Bar inside of the Marlands

Head to the Marlands Shopping Centre at night for a variety of choices. Start your night out with Neds Noodle Bar – where gluten-free, vegan and halal options are also available. Or grab a burger or wrap from takeaway, Fran and Go. Sample some traditional Polish dumplings at Pierogarnia.

Frontage of Kokoro

On East Street, a short stroll from Above Bar Street, you can find Padharo, a new restaurant specialising in Indian cuisine.

Continuing with the Mediterranean vibes is La Tavernetta, found on Civic Centre Road.

For food from further afield, Kokoro, offers Japanese fare to take away or to dine in. There’s also Mint Dosa for some Indian food.


Fancy something quick and easy? German Doner Kebab, on Above Bar Street offers gourmet doner kebabs.

And if you are after something sweet to finish your night off, be sure to head to the Sprinkles dessert bars on Above Bar and Below Bar.

Pubs, clubs and bars

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If drinks are more what you are after, but perhaps you fancy a quick bite to eat too then there’s Yates pub, One-0-Four and the Slug and Lettuce on Above Bar Street.

Evening entertainment

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Grab a bunch of friends or some colleagues for some evening fun. On East Street, try to compete against each other at Axeology for some axe throwing or High Score Arcade – where after paying a flat entrance fee (booking required), there’s plenty of fun to be had by playing the various free-play arcade games.

There is also Rocket Ronnie's Pool Hall on High Street, open 7 days a week. Book a pool/snooker table or just turn up with friends or family for a few games and a drink.

1st Base Gallery

On East Street, you will also find 1st Base - an indoor batting cage with ball-tracking technology so it's like playing in a real stadium! Make sure you book online here.

Plan your next big night out

As you can see, there are SO many places for you to light up your social life around the city centre, get exploring now and plan your next big night out. And don't forget, check out our SO Card offers to make the most of savings off food and drink, activities and much more.

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