Best bars in and near Blackpool to enjoy a drink with a sea view

Blackpool is blessed with it’s coastline, so where can you enjoy a beer and see the sea?

As the sun shines over Lancashire, it’s only natural that everyone will gravitate to the nearest beach they can find.

At the start of the month (July 2022), Blackpool beach was crowned one of the best in the North by The Times, and it’s easy to see why.

On the sunniest of days, the view of the Irish sea is stunning, so stunning in fact that you could sit with a cold drink and enjoy it for hours.

So we have put together a list of places where you can do just that, grab a drink and watch the sea.

Bloom Bar/The Garden

Bloom Bar and The Garden are (in my humble opinion) the best place to come if you want a sea view. Situated at the end of North Pier, you can’t get much closer to the sea than being above it.

Located in what was North Pier’s old solarium, the gin and prosecco bar is surrounded by glass and it still features the original glass solarium structure.

Operating on a first come, first served basis, The Garden surroundings are perfect for afternoon tea and the space is also available for functions.

There is also be a variety of live entertainment, weather permitting, throughout the summer season.

Beach House Bistro Bar

Just a stones throw from Bloom Bar is Beach House Bistro Bar.

It is set in an iconic building in the town, Festival House, which also houses the town’s tourist information centre and The Wedding Chapel.

Inspired by the synergy of sun, sea and style, the cocktail bar has a relaxed, chilled vibe with wicker chairs and wall hangings along with booths dressed entirely in Missoni – a luxury Italian fashion brand.

Not only can customers take in views of the seafront whilst dining but the bar also offers more photo-worthy pictures of Blackpool Tower and Blackpool North Pier.

Velvet Coaster

The Wetherspoons Velvet Coaster is located at the other end of the seaside resort. It’s in the ideal location for those visiting South Pier or the Pleasure Beach, and serves the wide variety of food and drink we know and love from spoons.

The pub has outdoor seating at ground level, a terrace on the first floor and a rooftop bar area on the second, meaning plenty of outdoor seating for those wanting a sea view.

380 Sky Bar

If you want a sea view, you can’t get much more of one than at 380 Sky Bar. Situated at the top of Blackpool Tower, you can literally see for miles around.

It offers a range of signature and traditional cocktails, spirits beers wines, soft drinks and mocktails with a selection of snacks such as nuts and crisps, too. It is set for a huge makeover and redesign with new tables, chairs, lighting and bar counter refit ready to welcome live music and late-night Sunset Sessions over the summer.

To get to the bar, you will need to book a ticket to go up the tower.

Spy Glass Bar

Having been open for less than a year, Spy Glass Bar is sat right on the promenade.

Customers with a window seat are in the prime position for some wave watching, as they enjoy the spy themed décor and vide range of cocktails.

Terrace Bar

Another pier based bar, this time, on Central Pier. It has been described as an open air, seafront bar designed to capture the outdoor seafront experience.

Here you can watch the waves with a refreshing drink in hand while enjoying summer songs from live performers/DJ’s daily throughout summer.

The Gin House

Not wanting to be left out, South Pier also has a bar where you can watch the waves lap against the shore. In 2021, The Gin House underwent a total renovation since its previous life as the Laughing Donkey family bar.

Throughout the season, The Gin House hosts relaxed entertainment including singers and bands.

Albert and the Lion

Another ‘Spoons which has sea views. The Albert and the Lion has a small section of outdoor seating to the front of the pub, so if you want a seat in the sun you’ll have to be quick.

The pub serves Wetherspoons’ usual menu, with a wide selection of drinks, cocktails and beers, as well as soft drinks and tea and coffee.

So if you’ve come off the beach want want to stay by the sea, you can watch the waves go by here.

The Venue

If you want somewhere away from the hustle and bustle of the town centre, then The Venue is for you.

Located on the stunning seafront at Cleveleys, The Venue is a privately-owned multi-award winning complex of bars, restaurants and function suites.

There is loads of outdoor seating here, and it’s dog friendly too, meaning you can take your pooch for a sea side drink.

The Queen’s Hotel

Located on the promenade at Lytham, The Queen’s hotel isn’t quite as close to the waves as some others on this list.

But we have included it because of the option to buy take away pints and take them over to Lytham Green with a deck chair, meaning you can get as close to the sea as you like (providing the tide is in).

When you’re finished looking at the waves, there are plenty of other seating options where you don’t have to walk as far back to the bar.

  • 13:07, 17 JUL 2022

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