With its extremely large student population Lancaster very much caters for the student tastes. Cheap drinks and lots of offers.... Especially during the week. Even on a weekend you are not likely to pay more than £3 for a drink.
Some of my favourite pubs include:
Fryer & Firkin- Inside an old church at the bottom end of town. Plays chart music and drinks are super cheap (a round for four people comes in under £10)
Varsity- Chain pub, plenty places to sit and stand. More a place to start the night ut lots of drinks offers (two bottles for £5 etc)
Bentleys- Good for cocktails, quite a large pub, can dance. One of the places that does get busy! Jug of cocktail for £9.
Walkabout - Chain bar. In my opinion the best bar in the chain. Very large bar, round of four drink for around £11. Great for dancing however probably one of the only places in the town I have ever seen rammed full!
Revolution- Part of the vodka chain bar. £2 entry after 11 however open until 3am on weekends. Places to dance plays chart music
Avoid Cuba, its dirty dingy and full of characters!!
For a small city there are a lot of pubs!! The pubs are quite close together so you won't have far to walk between bars.
There are a few of clubs " Elements" which was formally Liquid and Toast. You also have the likes of Revolution and Walkabout staying open until 3am on a weekend! Clubbing isn't great Toast and Elements are slightly rough in my opinion and you would be better off going to Revolution or Walkabout until closing time.
Also there are a lot of takeaways open until the early hours meaning you have plenty of choice whether it be kebab, pizza... chips... or all three if you are feeling hungry!!
It's not the best night out you will have in your life... but it will be a good one, and wont bankrupt you!
For a small city, Lancaster has a lot of pubs. Having said that, they in no way appear to dominate the town or detract from the many fantastic shops. Among my favourites are the Blue Anchor and Paddy Mulligans. Both of these are very popular with both students and locals alike and have great atmospheres at all times. The best thing about them is that they're obviously not part of some huge chain, run by someone who's never visited half of their outlets. The Blue Anchor and Paddys are both locals, like pubs used to be in the good old days!! People get really attached to these places as they are so welcoming - whether you've been going there for fifty years or just pop in once. Lancaster has loads of other great pubs with atmospheres - one of the few cities left in the country which can say this. It has got a firkin and several other "brand" pubs but even these don't seem quite as souless as they tend to do elsewhere. There really is something to cater for every taste in Lancaster. If it's a trendy wine bar you're after then look no further than Muse or Reds. If you want a more sedate pace and a quieter evening out than the Brown Cow and the Lord Ashton are a must. Even on Friday and Saturday nights it is possible to enjoy a quiet pint in many places without having to compete with a full-on disco. Of course, if it's a party you want then you should try the Friary and Firkin (a pre-Sugarhouse must) or some of the other more central pubs. Many of the town centre pubs also offer really good food at fantastic prices. Some of the best deals are to be found at the Merchants, Paddys or the Blue Anchor. Whatever you look for in a pub then Lancaster is bound to have it - try a few!!