Chester is enriched with history and things to do; from the Roman Walls to its bustling nightlife, the city never disappoints.
Chester has so much great stuff going on, things that can be easily missed if you’re not looking for them.
There are many hidden gems tucked away in the various nooks and crannies of Chester. Be it an unconventional family-run restaurant or a hidden bar within a bar – Chester is known all-around for its quirky qualities. Here are just a few corners of Chester you absolutely cannot miss.
Prohibition: This speakeasy-style bar is located at the end of Watergate street. You walk up the steps, down a little alley and knock twice on a door, only to be met with a peaky blinders-esque looking man, the smell of incense and the sound of blues music coming from the piano. It’s seductive, it’s hidden, it’s a time machine. The menu is embedded into old books and the whole experience is welcoming, old-timey and unique.
Liquor & Co: Located just opposite Prohibition on the Chester Rows, is Liquor & Co. Another bar with an old-timey feel to it. They can make pretty much any cocktail you ask for. Here’s the twist, though: if you go up to the bar and ask for the ‘Caretaker’, you’ll be taken upstairs and into a small cupboard. The man will hold down a little can on a shelf and voila! You emerge into a hidden bar with an even wider selection of alcohol! What more could you want?
Godstall Lane: This is a quirky little part of Chester – especially beautiful at night. A little alley by Chester’s Cathedral is home to places such as Duttons and Metronome Jazz Bar; places unique to Chester. It’s a corner of Chester always bustling with life; an intimate space where everything is in close proximity. It’s an excellent part of Chester, right smack bang in the centre, and it will keep you busy for hours.
The Meadows: A beautiful, expansive piece of land for lovely leisurely walks along the river Dee. Particularly beautiful in summer and a great spot for a picnic. Watch rowers or boat tours move back and forth down the river. Grab an ice cream from Snugburys on the other side of the bridge. Or just sit and rest the day away in the grass.