Best Waterside Pubs and Bars in Nottingham

It's that time of year again as we welcome the arrival of sun cream, shades and smiles all round. As a city, we're blessed to have both a river and a canal carving through the city. And naturally, with that comes an array of pubs and bars from which customers can admire the views. So what're you waiting for? Get outside and start exploring Notts, one waterside beer garden at a time.

Canalhouse Bar

As a personal favourite of mine, Canalhouse has been featured on our blog a few times. The location is perfect for a sunny day, with ample outdoor seating creating a buzzing atmosphere. Catch some rays beside the canal and admire the Grade II quirky canalhouse, bursting with character.

We all know how unpredictable English weather can be. If a shower does fall upon us (God forbid!), the glass roof adorned in fairy lights has got you covered! This one is a must for anyone visiting Nottingham. It really is one of a kind.

Cured Café Bar

This unique spot may easily be overlooked. The average passerby may only see a cafe, unaware of what lies beneath. But head downstairs and the secret canal-side seating area awaits. This exclusive spot is on the smaller side, so be sure to get there early on a sunny day to secure a spot!

Serving everything from beers and coffees, to hot bagels and charcuterie boards its the ideal secluded spot to grab a peaceful bite to eat with a view.


As the home of many bank holiday DJ events, this is a popular spot for students and locals alike.

Walking past, you can guarantee every seat at the Waterfront will be occupied by an excited Brit enjoying a beverage, with the echoes of chatter and laughter travelling across the canal. If you fancy a more lively atmosphere, this ones for you.

The Navigation Inn

This is another spot often unacknowledged. The Navigation Inn is an unassuming pub located right next to a lock. Sat by the canal on their picnic benches, you may even be lucky enough to see a boat pass through.

Having been in the same spot since 1850, The Navigation Inn is a grand old relic of the industrial revolution, who has watched over Castle Lock for over 170 years. The owners love a chat with their customers, giving it a more personal, wholesome feel.

Waters Edge

This Hungry Horse pub is situated on the periphery of Castle Marina Retail Park, as the name would suggest, right on the water's edge.

Since the interior is nothing more than a classic English family pub, al fresco dining is the way to go at this tranquil spot. Take a note out of Tom Felton's book (yes, the Harry Potter star was spotted here a few months back!) and head to the Water's edge to watch the boats sail by on a sunny summer's day.