Falmouth and Penryn by night
Penryn is a small town just on the outskirts of Tremough campus and a lot of students skip right past it for a night out in Falmouth, but there are some real gems to be found.
Three Tuns Inn:
For a quiet night out with a couple mates, grab a pint or two at the Three Tuns Inn. They have a great selection of local ales and bitters and everything is well priced. If you plan on drinking much more, or want to make a racket, it’s best if you leave the Three Tuns as the local patrons don’t care for it.
The Seven Stars:
The Seven Stars in Penryn is one of the oldest pubs in the area and it’s situated in the center of the town on Helston Road. It’s best on nights when a live show is going on. The drinks are cheap and the place is soaked with history.
This is definitely the most student-oriented pub in Penryn. There is a huge selection of beers, liquors, wines, and everything in between. During the day they also serve tea and coffee. Throughout the week they have pub quizzes and open mic nights, which are some of the best in the area. A great place to start and end an evening, or use as a first stop before heading into Falmouth.
Located at the bottom of Penryn at the end of the Jubilee Wharf is Miss Peapods Cafe. Miss Peapods serves hot drinks and excellent food with a vegetarian/vegan-friendly menu during the day, and at night they have a well-rounded selection of drinks. Live shows are frequent and the acts are diverse so there’ll be something for you, no matter what your taste. Head down midday Sunday to enjoy one of the best roasts in Penryn with a cold pint while sitting right on the harbour.
Falmouth is a mid-sized town, bustling with students and residents alike. The town hosts many interesting and alternative evenings as well as the usual hot spots for a night out. With so many venues jam packed into this town you're sure to find a favourite.
Located right by the bus station and taxi drop-off point, Wetherspoon’s is a good place to get in a few cheap drinks before starting the night out. The atmosphere is that of a chain restaurant, but the upstairs area can be nice with a large group. Really though, the main draw to Wetherspoon’s is the really low prices on the drinks.
A cosy little pub near the Woodlane Campus. Friendly atmosphere and a good way to meet local people who are very student friendly. It’s in the heart of ‘student-ville’, the streets around Marlborough Road where a lot of students live. Monthly pub quiz, free internet access and they also have rooms as a bed and breakfast – good for when the parents come to visit. They have a very friendly dog called Millie who likes sticks and students.
The Mason Arms:
For a mid-day pint in the hot sun, The Mason Arms is great. It’s a small pub in an old house with a rear garden right on the Moor. The staff are really friendly and it never gets too packed so you won’t be struggling against a crowd.
Also right on the Moor, the Q-Bar is a bit like a pub and a club combined. It’s a relatively small space, but still works as a spot for music and dancing. If you want to dance, but don’t want to deal with enormous crowds, bouncers, and dizzying lights, check out the Q-bar.
At night, Toast can get really busy, and for good reason. They have a great selection of drinks and sofa seating. It’s a great place to meet a lot of people quickly. The only downside is that once it does get packed it’s sometimes a struggle to move around.
You might walk past Watermans without even knowing it because it’s slightly hidden down a side alley. A great pub that hangs right over the sea. There is an enormous outdoor seating area that is completely covered in any weather, so it’s a great place if you’re a smoker. There’s a good selection of drinks and on average cheaper than most pubs in the area and inside there is a large dance floor and plenty of space so it's a great place to shake your tail feather.
The King’s Head:
A great old-fashioned pub located half way down the high street. It never gets too busy so you’ll never have to wait to get your drink. A great place to have a first date or get to know someone better over drinks. You’ll never have to yell over the crowd or struggle to hear. They also have jazz nights every now and then from local artists. Overall a great pub.
There’s a section of the high street past the Kings Head that doesn’t have any pubs, but if you don’t walk further down you’re going to miss out some gems at the other end of the high street.
The Chain Locker:
Another great old-fashioned pub. Going into the Chain Locker is a lot like stepping back in time. The placed is decorated with pieces of Falmouth’s maritime history from top to bottom. A great selection of real ales and, like the King’s Head, it’s never so busy that you to have to wait for your drink. There’s also a large outdoor seating area right on the pier, so it's perfect for a pint in the sunshine.
The Waterfront (The ‘Front'):
One of the best student pubs in Falmouth. It’s a smaller pub but everything else makes up for it. Being a freehold pub there is huge drink selection at a good price and the staff are amongst the friendliest in town. The owner, Matt, always makes sure to bring in the best ales from all over, including seasonal ones. If you’re not sure what to try, ask Matt or any of the staff and you won’t be disappointed. Whatever your drink of choice, again the outside benches make it another great place for a midday drink.
5 Degrees Below is a pub come club, playing music into the early hours of the morning (open until 3am, it is the last venue to close in Falmouth). Located in the basement of 5 Degrees restaurant, this is a jam packed venue that serves cheap drinks and often hosts alternative event nights (wrestling night, Frozen Planet screenings, live poetry nights and Jagerbomb world record attempts to name a few). If you want a bustling night out and don't mind squeezing to the bar, then this is the place for you.
The Shed is a restaurant and bar that looks more suited to a city side street than the Falmouth Harbour. The interior is a mishmash of kitsch furniture, flock wallpaper and copper tiled walls that pull together to create a fun informal atmosphere. Go here for the buy one get one free cocktails on a Monday night and the Tapas platter to share.
An uptown boutique hotel and bar, The Townhouse fuses it's Georgian townhouse setting with modern furnishing to create an chic, if slightly expensive venue. Come here for a game of pool in an alternative setting and the delicious cocktails that are worth the expensive price tag.
There are lots of pubs, bars, clubs, and everything in between in Falmouth, dozens upon dozens not listed here because you really should investigate for yourselves. You are guaranteed to find something you enjoy.
Money and Transportation
Here are just a few ideas to make things a little easier for you on your night out.
Buses or taxicabs can bring you anywhere you want to go in the area relatively cheaply. If you want to save money, call a taxi company and ask for a larger accommodation cab and split the difference between a group of friends. Century Taxis (01326 212000) offer a fixed student rate of around £6 from Tremough to Falmouth, so you won’t get any nasty surprises with prices. Buses are more expensive at night, but sometimes the taxi companies are incredibly busy and the wait time can be a while, (book in advance) so the bus can be an excellent back-up plan.
Getting into town from Tremough is incredibly easy, but a few things can mess it up. The taxi drivers in the area are really friendly, but there are some things to avoid doing. If you call a taxi to pick you up, make sure you’re ready when they say they’ll be there. If you make them wait, they might leave without you, and if they do wait, they are going to be less then pleased. Also, don’t distract the drivers while they’re driving by being loud. They’re constantly listening to calls from the company for other people who need rides and if they can’t hear anything, they’re losing money.
If after a heavy night, you’re not feeling well, don’t get into a cab! Wait for a bit until you’re sure you’re not going to be sick. If you get sick in the cab, everyone suffers and someone has to pay for it to be cleaned.
- A night out can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are a few suggestions that can save you tons of money.
- Have some drinks at your place before you go out. You probably won’t spend as much in town as a result. Go around and invite neighbours around to join you and tell them to bring something. It’s a great way to be communal, meet new people, and save a little cash for later.
- Think about the prices. You’ll be less likely to go all out if you really think about what it’s costing you.
- Start the furthest away from the town center and work your way back. If you’re walking back through town you’re more likely to stop at another place for some reason such as running into a friend, or just impaired judgment. This also means the more you’ve had to drink, the closer you are to transportation, and thus, home. It’s never great to wake up the next morning and realize you spent £30 you don’t remember spending (although you will feel it).
- Only take as much money as you’re willing to spend and leave your card at home. You can’t spend it if you don’t have it.
- House parties are a great way to spend an evening, but don’t go unless you know a few people there. This way you avoid uncomfortable circumstances and have a bit of a safety net.
- Drink a few pints of water before and after you go out. You can avoid a nasty morning with this simple idea.
- Don’t push your luck. If something isn’t working out, whether it’s a bouncer being unfair, or a pub kicking you out, or whatever it might be; just move on to somewhere else.
The nightlife in Falmouth is simply fantastic. There is something for everyone no matter what you like. As a student, going out is a major part of your time here. Enjoy it as much as you can.