St Ives by night
The days are getting longer, and these cold winter nights are slowly but surely drawing to a close. However, it may still feel like there is a long wait until its warm enough for the beach barbeque evenings and an after-dinner ice cream on the harbour. So, we thought we’d give you a little run down of a few things we find great fun to do in the evenings when the beach just isn’t looking that inviting!
In St Ives there is a great musical community, from supporting upcoming local acts to the St Ives Jazz club that hosts artists from all over the country! After dinner, if you find yourself feeling that you’d like to end your evening with a little bit of live music, we hope this will help you find something to your fancy.
St Ives Jazz Club, ‘The last jazz club before New York’, hosts performances every Tuesday evening at the Western Hotel. The evenings usually begin around 7.30 pm, with the live music from 8.30pm – approximately 11pm. All tickets are sold on the door on the night, so to attend you simply arrive and you will be directed accordingly as to how to purchase your ticket, where to get a great seat, and of course…the bar (there is also a dance floor!). If you haven’t managed to grab some dinner beforehand, not to worry, they also offer a selection of bar snacks and light meals!
If Jazz isn’t for you, the adjacent pub (the Kettle and Wink) also offers live music 7 days a week, ranging from country and blues to open mic nights. If this is more your kind of thing, you’ll also find some great local acts performing at the Beer & Bird and the Balcony Bar & Kitchen. For live updates as to who/when/where, both bars frequently update their social media profiles, so if you’re looking for something like this during your visit, we’d recommend you check them out!
If you are visiting over the weekend, and you’re feeling like letting your hair down, most Friday and Saturday nights you will be able to find the party at the Hub and Balcony, both sitting right on the harbour front, where better to dance the night away to some live DJ music?
Quizzes can be great bit of light-hearted fun for the whole family, and as some of our cosy pubs offer some great quiz nights, we definitely recommend you try and get to one during your stay.
Monday night is quiz night for the Castle Inn, which you’ll find on our beautifully cobbled Fore Street. It kicks off at 8.30pm every Monday night and there is an entry fee of £2 per person, but this also includes a free meal for each member in your team and to top it all off, they have some excellent prizes that change weekly.
The Lifeboat Inn also offers a warm and welcome family quiz every Thursday night at 8.30pm. There is no entry fee so you are welcome to join freely, and if you have your thinking caps on, you may be in with a chance to win their prize of a delicious carvery for four!
Game and Sport
Finally, if you’d love nothing more than to finish your evening off with a game of scrabble by an open fire or watching a game of football with a nice cold pint, here are a few recommendations for you!
The Tinners Arms (Zennor) and the Halsetown Inn (Halsetown) are two country pubs situated in the dramatic Cornish countryside just a short drive out of St Ives. They’re both great spots to try for some food, but a real warming touch to them is their relaxed atmosphere and open fires.
The Tinners Arms was built in 1271 and it is still a timeless pub on the Cornish coast. The pub is dog friendly and they have a good range of board and card games, perfect to pick up and cosy into one of the tables by the fire to enjoy your evening.
The Halsetown Inn, is located in its small village built in the 1830s, and the landscape has changed very little since. Now you will find this long-standing pub open 7 days week. It has a large open fire place, where you can help yourself to a variety of games and sample some of the Cornish drinks and ales. This pub is also dog friendly, so another great way to spend your evening, especially if you wish to take your dog with you!
If being on holiday in St Ives means you are going to be missing any important sports matches fear not, there are a few bars screening all your Sky TV needs! Again, the Balcony is a great location for watching an evening game of footy. With panoramic views of the entire harbour, 3 screens, and cool Cornish beer, it has a great buzz to it! If you’re looking for something a little quieter, The Harbour Pool Club also has Sky Sports, two big screen TV’s, and an open fire. It is a private members club, welcoming visitors, offering an uncrowded environment.
So, there we have it. Hopefully we have given you a little inspiration and a few ideas as to how to spend the not so warm evenings in St Ives. All of these places and events are open to everyone all year round in St Ives, however they can sometimes fall a little quiet during the winter season so whether you’re joining in a quiz for a bit of fun or fancy a bit of knees up at an open mic night, all involvement is very warmly welcomed!
Keep an eye out for some news and updates for things to and events for spring and Easter.