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Cabaret and Rock Bars - Nightlife and Entertainment in Torquay

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Torquay has a long tradition of entertaining its guests, offering fine British seaside entertainment as well as some great pubs. In recent years, it's become the hot spot for the South Devon area, with upmarket joints opening up to provide vibrant nightlife for the area's party animals.

Seaside cabaret


Torquay's theatres have their roots in the old music hall days, and still offer a lively blend of music, dancing, and comedy. The town is a popular stop for shows touring the UK, especially stand-up comedians and musicals from London's West End. In smaller theatres such as the Babbacombe, you can find glitzy cabaret shows featuring local talent.


The Princess Theatre


This 1,500-seater venue attracts some big names to Torquay, especially those from the world of comedy. There's a full restaurant in the theatre, so you can have a meal before catching a show.


Torbay Road, Torquay TQ2 5EZTel: +44 844 871 3023


The Princess Theatre website


Babbacombe Theatre


For an old-fashioned British variety show, the Babbacombe can't be beat. Its in-house revue, Starlight, offers a raucous mix of comedy, music, and dance.


Babbacombe Downs Road, Torquay TQ1 3LU. Tel: +44 1803 328385


Babbacombe Theatre website

Stylish bars and nightclubs


There's a vibrant nightlife in Torquay, especially in the summer when visitors mix with stylish locals in upmarket hot spots. You can cool down with a refreshing cocktail on the terrace of a trendy bar, or dance into the early hours to cutting-edge DJs in one of the town's nightclubs.


Soho Bar


Expert mixologists blend premium spirits in this beloved cocktail bar. You can shake it on the dance floor, with DJs spinning until 2:30 AM on weekends.


1 Palk Street, Torquay TQ2 5EL. Tel: +44 1803 411585


Soho Bar website




This 4-story waterfront venue hosts live bands and DJs until 3 AM each night. You can get down on the dance floor or head up to the rooftop bar and sip a cocktail while looking out over the bay.


7 The Strand, Torquay TQ1 2AA. Tel: +44 1803 291112


Mambo website


Traditional English pubs


Among all the flashy, modern bars, you can still find plenty of old-fashioned English pubs. These proud establishments serve a range of local ales, as well as locally produced ciders, in an environment that hasn't changed much over the past few centuries. They're still one of the best places you'll find for a drink and a chat with good friends.


Hole In The Wall Pub


Proudly declaring itself Torquay's oldest pub, this charming, cozy pub has been serving drinks since Henry VIII was on the throne.


6 Park Lane, Torquay TQ1 2AU. Tel: +44 1803 200755


Hole In The Wall Pub website


Live bands


There's a thriving music scene in the area, and if you explore the bars around Torquay you'll find emerging bands and singer-songwriters doing their thing. It's laid-back, fun, and most of the gigs are free, so you can grab a drink at the bar and see if the music is to your taste.




This bar and restaurant hosts regular gigs, including weekend shows from the resident band, plus a midweek open mic night.


13-14 Vaughan Parade, Torquay TQ2 5EG. Tel: +44 1803 292108


Offshore website


Rock Garden


Classier than your average rock bar, Rock Garden hosts live bands that keep the music coming all evening, while you enjoy cocktails and stone-oven pizzas.


40-42 Swan Court, Torquay TQ2 5ES. Tel: +44 1803 200558


Rock Garden website