Three students sit in Main Bar, dimly lit.
Bars

The Union is home to three bars, each with its own atmosphere and special drinks!


Main Bar is busy with people sitting around tables and chatting.

Main Bar

By day, Main Bar is a great place for breakfast or lunch while you study. By night, you can expect competitively priced drinks in a safe environment. It's one of the most popular student bars in town.

Booking Main Bar

Main Bar can be booked for events, but not private functions. See Book a space for more info.


Sandy pulls a pint at the bar, he is smiling and wearing a tie with images of Looney Tunes characters.

Sandy's Bar

At the back of Main Bar, you will find Sandy's. Named after our late Bar Manager, the bar decor centres around the notable selection of quirky ties Sandy had.

In Sandy's you will find local beer, and a real ale on tap, but the first thing that hits you when you walk into the space is the smell of leather coming from the Chesterfield sofas and armchairs.

This bar has been decked out with all the equipment needed to put on small music events, stand-up comedy, karaoke, and sports screenings.

Booking Sandy's Bar
  • Capacity: 100 (seated)
  • Cost: depends on ticketing, contact [email protected]
    • If you require the bar itself, there is a minimum spend of £50/hour. You will be liable to cover any difference, up to £200.
  • Audiovisual equipment:
    • Two wired microphones
    • Speaker system
    • Projector

See Book a space for more info.


Two cocktails site on the bar in Beacon.

Beacon Bar

Beacon Bar offers a top-class range of gin, rum, and other spirits, complemented by our cocktail list. With designer sofas and views along Market Street, Beacon is an excellent place to escape the hustle and bustle of downstairs.

Whether you are celebrating or just want to relax with friends, this is the place to do it, without having to pay the premium prices you might find elsewhere.

The options available will change throughout the year; if you find something you like, please let us know via [email protected] and we’ll endeavour to keep it coming back.

Booking Beacon Bar
  • Capacity: 140
  • Hire cost: £50, to cover staffing
    • If you require the bar itself, there is also a £50/hour minimum spend. You are liable to cover any difference, up to £200.
  • Audiovisual equipment:
    • 1 wireless microphone
    • Ceiling speakers for background music

See Book a space for more info.