Venues

This is a growing directory of spaces in Blackpool, including for performance, rehearsals, and meetings.

Shaw's Cafe

Shaw’s Cafe
www.facebook.com/shawscafe
46 Clifton St
FY1 1JP

Friendly ground floor cafe serving good coffee and fresh snacks. Wooden chairs and sturdy tables with powerpoints, it’s an option for working on your laptop if you are alright with a bit of chatter and you don’t need wifi (it’s coming soon(!)). Popular with bus drivers, who changeover outside, and Blackpool locals and creatives, Shaw’s has been around for 8 years. The layout is one space, with a back and front, and it’s about £2.30 for coffee.

The Layton

The Layton
www.thelayton.co.uk

30 Westcliffe Drive, FY3 7HG
01253 393801

Upstairs at the Layton. Big merry space with a separate bar. Helpful staff. Great rehearsal venue and an option for special nights. There’s a balcony, stage, catwalk, and a number of dressing rooms. The venue is community focussed and regularly hosts bingo afternoons. Needs a bit more tender loving care. Reasonable venue hire.

Access is by a set of stairs. There is retro chair lift with access via a separate entrance. There isn’t a lift for wheelchairs.

Bootleg Social

Bootleg Social
www.facebook.com/bootlegbars
01253 932627
30 Topping Street, FY1 3AQ

Live music and performance venue. Late license. Welcoming rating 5/5. Tech includes mics, stands, PAs, Mixers, 8 lights with DMX controller. Small stage. No dressing rooms. This is a single space, so discussion about ticketing would be needed. For a sit-down performance with good sightline the capacity is around 90. Standing capacity across the venue is 350. Suitable for club/performance nights.
Accessibility: Basement with stair access only.

Pump and Truncheon

Pump and Truncheon pub. Photo of the outside.

Pump and Truncheon
13 Bonny Street
FY1 5AR

Candidate for best pub in Blackpool if you like real ale? A hidden gem to some. Cheapish, pints from around £3. It’s on the back of the promenade on the same road as the back of Sealife Centre and Funland. With high up dark windows you have to go inside to see that it’s cosy and friendly. Apparently there’s a recording studio upstairs. This is a one-room pub and there isn’t a separate space. It sometimes hosts live music and beer festivals and it’s popular with locals. Small intimate ground floor space.
Accessibility: There is a single stair at the entrance.

Scrooges

Scrooges Bar
www.facebook.com/scroogesbar
01253 625559
4 Milbourne Street

This doesn’t look like much of a pub/bar from the outside… inside it’s cavernous and old-school. Cheap drinks, popular with students and regularly hosts live bands in the main space. Upstairs the separate Top Bar can be used free of charge for events. For a sit-down performance the capacity is only 20-30, but higher for standing.

Number 5 Cafe

Image of the front of the Number Five cafe. Bright blue store front with blue chairs outside. Welcoming and clean.

Number 5
01253 752377
5
Cedar Square
FY1 1BP

Smart cafe venue. Upstairs downstairs. Upstairs can be used for intimate events and readings. Generally the cafe is only open 10 – 5, though. Later opening would require discussion with the managers. Takeaway coffees are a bargain (relatively) – £1.40, though more to have inside. 
Accessibility: Access to the upstairs level is via stairs only. There is no lift.