On the face of it, Wigan may not give you the impression of a ‘happening’ town. During the day, people go about their lives at a gentle, easy pace. Add to this the calm, pastoral landscape, and you feel surrounded by a relaxed atmosphere. You may be forgiven for thinking it is a bit boring. But come night time Wigan truly ‘wakes up’.
A Cheerful Spirit
As soon the evening rolls in and the skies sparkle with stars, the streets begin to fill with a certain vibrancy. You can almost feel it in the air. There is a sense of excitement and expectation as the people fill out the bars and the clubs. You will hear laughter echo from these establishments as the stress of the day or the work week is quickly forgotten. Wigan at night offers an interesting contrast to its character displayed during the day. Tourists especially will find this contrast to be an alluring one.
A Most Happening Street
You could say that it is an English way of life to get together after work and share a pint or two. The street where this is most evident is King Street, the nerve centre of the town’s nightlife. Here you will find a high concentration of bars, clubs, and street food options like Kebab shops. The one thing that you need to be wary of, especially if you are a tourist, is that some of these places have an age restriction. So if you are younger than 25, check to see whether the establishment will allow you in the first place. If you are older than 25, the entire town is your oyster.
Some of the most visited spots in King Street are Revolution bar, Liquid and The Hub. These clubs offer some foot tapping music and a range of spirits and cocktails. The music is what makes these places, so if you are not in the mood to shake a leg, then you are better off avoiding them. Jumping Jaks and The Wiend are also popular attractions on the street and attract a good crowd on the weekend.
Visit King Street when you are in the mood to get a real taste of Wigan’s energy and appetite to party.
There may be some of us whose ideal evening consists of knocking back a few pints, having an interesting conversation, and listening to some light music. Wigan offers plenty of good options in this regard as well.
One of the top pubs you will find is the Wigan Central. Their selection of beer alone is worth making a trip to the establishment. Their ambiance, too, has been designed to give visitors a feel of the town’s true identity rather than pander to a tourist ideal. There is an ever changing selection of beer and ciders to keep things interesting, and a roster of live musicians that will keep you entertained and humming throughout.
One thing that is for certain is that there is never a dull moment once the sun sets in Wigan.