Inspirations for the themes include horror, steam punk, circus, Lemmy, David Bowie and more
Bar hopping in Blackpool is a fun and unique experience as the town has its own identity unlike anywhere else in the country.
Established as a well-loved tourist destination, Blackpool is not only known for its commercial attractions but also its independent entertainment and creativity.
Blackpool is definitely a place where people can feel at home to express their true identity which is shown through its myriad of local businesses.
Here at LancsLive, we took a look at some of Blackpool most characterful bars and cafes that can be appreciated by everyone.
The Crypt – Horror-themed tea room
- Birley Street
Lurking amidst the retail shops on Birley Street lies the UK’s only horror-themed tea room
The Crypt is a hangout for horror lovers and people who love the spooky season all year round.
The walls are dripping with horror movie props, merchandise and memorabilia.
Customers are welcomed by plethora of monsters and mad men such as Freddie Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Dracula and Frankenstein.
The premises also sells Halloween homeware, movie memorabilia and alternative/gothic clothing.
Crypt keeper and owner Kurt ‘Dirt’ Walsh has just announced an expansion which will include the unit next door.
This means the current premises promises to be a bigger and better alternative clothing horror merch store whilst next door will be the “Scream & Shake” horror cafe, bar and live music and performance venue.
For updates and to find out more about the Crypt, please visit the Facebook page here.
Marley’s Rum Bar – Caribbean-themed Rum bar
- North Promenade
Popular Blackpool DJ Jason Fubar has spent quite a bit of time in the Caribbean and ploughed in his life-savings to create the wonderfully-themed Marley’s rum bar.
A fan of the genre, Jason originally wanted his first bar to be reggae-themed.
Deciding that was too niche however, he decided to make it themed around the Caribbean and named it after one of his all time music heroes, Bob Marley.
Lockdown provided Jason and his team a chance to concentrate on the bar’s colourful and tropical interior right down to the authentic Caribbean parasols they had shipped in.
Marley’s brings to its customers the finest selection of rums from around the world as well as cocktails and a whole range of non-rum based alcoholic drinks.
The karaoke room can be hired out and there are plans to have plenty of live DJs, bands and singers in the future.
To find out more, please visit the Marley’s Rum Facebook page here.
Vintro Lounge – Fun-fair-themed diner
- Church Street
This amazing circus-themed restaurant has only just opened this month in what used to be Pizza Express opposite the main entrance to the Winter Gardens.
Doors to the new St John’s Square diner officially opened on Wednesday (June 9), with company Loungers behind the eatery.
An amazing level of detail has gone into the traditional fun fair and circus theme including traditional circus posters, Victorian lighting, and vintage seats.
As for the menu, among the offerings are brunch, sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, tapas, and other mains.
The diner also has board games for big and small guests, toys for the little ones and even refreshment for its canine guests.
To find out more, please visit the Lounge’s website here.
Captain Jack’s – Pirate-themed Bar and Grill
- Central Promenade
Not only is this Blackpool bar and grill themed, but it also has a story behind it.
Apparently, whilst sailing the seven seas, Captain Jack was caught in a ferocious storm that sent his ship crashing into the rocks off Coral Island.
Stranded with nothing but the remains of his beloved galleon, Captain Jack began building this bar and grill selling dishes discovered on his voyages.
You can even meet the man himself outside his grill at 2pm, 4pm and 6pm, or roaming Coral Island with his loot bag of chocolate coins.
The restaurant is famous for its double dipped, extra wide, pork ribs and stacker-burgers layered with fresh ingredients and toppings.
It is open for business beside the Blackpool Promenade doors in Coral Island.
Sporting a stunning old worldly interior, the nautical themed restaurant is sure to impress people of all ages.
To find out more about Captain Jack’s at Coral Island, please visit the website here.
Ziggy’s cafe bar – David Bowie-themed tea room
- Cedar Square
This cafe oozes cult cool and is inspired by non another than David Bowie.
The family-run business is named after the thin white duke’s glam alter ego Ziggy Stardust.
Tables are daubed with Aladdin Sane lightning bolts, Bowie artwork and signed photographs from the man himself.
The cafe’s distinctive ‘Ziggy’s’ sign was actually stolen in 2019.
It has since been replaced however and continues to be a beacon for Bowie fans.
To find out more, please visit the Ziggy’s Facebook page here.
The Yellow Submarine – Beatles-themed live music venue
- Rigby Road
The Yellow Submarine on Rigby Road is the perfect night out for avid Beatles fans and those who love the ’60s.
The Fab Four-inspired bar has a fabulous Abbey Road-themed entrance which has made many an Instagrammable picture.
The bar owned by Crazy Scot’s Bar owner Hamish Howitt has live music every single weekend taking customers back in time to one of the most iconic eras in music.
One review called it the “best Beatles-themed venue they’ve ever been to” with many others echoing the same sentiment.
Not only fantastic to look at but it also has a great selection of cocktails, beers and non-alcoholic drinks.
Music-lovers can also enjoy Scotties Sports Karaoke Bar next door which welcomes both sports fans and karaoke lovers.
To find out more, please visit the Yellow Submarine website here.
Lemmy’s Bar at Waterloo music bar
- Waterloo Road
This infamous Blackpool venue proudly houses the only Motorhead-themed bar in the UK too after staff built “Lemmy’s bar” – which is a bar within the bar – around two years ago.
Dedicated to the frontman’s first band, Blackpool-based, the Rockin’ Vickers, the bar has been added to by Owner Ian Fletcher’s friend, who was actually in the band.
He has donated much memorabilia including frontman Lemmy’s cowboy boots.
The bar’s fridges are also stocked with Cameron Brewery’s Motorhead ‘Road Crew’ beers and upon re-opening after Covid-restrictions in May, it launched a brand new Motorhead Bomber Stout.
Lockdown really afforded staff time to to put into an already fantastic decor of drum kits in the toilet, motorbikes on the ceiling and a plethora of instruments on the walls.
A disused fireplace that was blocked up with bricks now has an epic Motorhead’s War Pig logo painted on the inside.
To find out more about Waterloo Music Bar, please visit the Facebook page here.
Viva Vegas Diner – American style diner
- The Promenade
Described as “one of the best places to eat in Blackpool” the Viva Vegas Diner and Bar is located within the Viva Blackpool complex on the heart of Blackpool Promenade.
Based on the retro feel of the classic 50s diner with a modern twist, the diner extends the ‘Vegas’ theme from its huge entertainment venue and looks like something straight out of a Tarantino film.
The menu offers plenty of favourite American diner classics including burgers, hot dogs, fries, milkshakes, beers and cocktails.
Customers can book a 50s Chevrolet booth and watch live entertainment on the big screen or enjoy sports on the big screen.
To find out more, please visit the Viva Vegas Diner website here.
Cogs Cafe – Steampunk-themed cafe
- Lytham Road
One the most unique establishments in Blackpool, the owners of this cafe really got their cogs turning when they decided to give them premises a steampunk makeover complete with chains and cogs.
Inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery, the retrofuturistic subgenre of science fiction incorporates technology with Victorian aesthetics.
That is why Cogs is decked out with antique wood, brass and boiler-plate and members of staff can be spotted wearing the genre’s staple top hat with goggles.
Many venues have taken inspiration from Steampunk however few have been able to represent the gothic subculture authentically, which isn’t the case at Cogs cafe.
Not only does it have great aesthetics but its menu also offers breakfasts that are to die for along with the freshly baked cakes and coffee.
To find out more about Cogs Cafe, please visit the Facebook page here.
Wild West Diner – Western-themed bar and grill
- Palentine Building Promenade
This authentically themed wild west diner has become a favourite in Blackpool.
The all American restaurant is decked out like a Western Saloon with a cowhide bar, leather booth and ram skulls that look down from the walls.
The setting wouldn’t look out of place in a Hollywood gun-slinging shoot out or bar room brawl.
Cowboys and cowgirls can get their pictures taken at the venue complete with cowboy hats and the hashtag #WWBPOOL.
Customers can order the finest steaks, burgers and ribs including the grill’s favourite Cowboy breakfast.
To find out more, please visit the Wild West Diner Facebook page here.
Paradise Coast – Hawaiian tiki-themed cocktail bar
- Back Church Street
Hawaiian shirts are optional when you visit Paradise Coast however we fell you should embrace the theme fully.
Described as “Pretty f***in tiki” and “slinging tacos and cocktails”, it couldn’t be more accurate.
Opened in October 2020, Blackpool’s first tiki bar is the second child of Dirty Blondes creator, Jake Whittington, who has also just launched the town’s smallest wine bar called Nooke Wine bar.
Located above Dirty Blondes on Church Street, the bar has a cool pink and blue aesthetic and is a marriage of tiki, rum, and beach bum themes.
The bar serves fresh and lively cocktails and Caribbean-inspired small dishes, the likes of which Blackpool had yet to experience.
To find out more, please visit the Paradise Coast Facebook page here.