Historic Bars

Explore our collection of historic bars in Derby city centre.

Immerse Yourself in a Rich Piece of Derby's History

Enjoy a drink in some of the oldest bars in Derby city centre.

The Old Bell Hotel has been at the centre of Derby’s food and drink scene for centuries. During the early 1900s The Old Bell Hotel had six different bars and lounges across the site. Today you can experience the rich atmosphere of these bars and enjoy a wide range of drinks from local real ales to luxurious gins.

Tavern bar at The Old Bell Hotel

The Tavern Bar

The Tavern bar at the front of The Old Bell Hotel captures the feel of the original coaching inn from the 17th century. The original hotel room bells can be seen above the bar as well as other original features that nod to its history.

The Tavern bar features eight different local real ales on pump as well as a wide range of special craft beers from brewers across the UK.

Sunday – Thursday 12 noon – 11:30pm
Friday – Saturday 12 noon – 1:30am

The Tudor Bar

The Tudor bar was known as one of the most exclusive bars in the city during the early 1900s. As a gentleman’s only bar it was frequently visited by significant people in Derby’s history.

Now open to everyone the Tudor bar is home to our impressive collection of gins and whiskies. Located down the old alley the Tudor bar is an intimate space steeped in history and one of the most atmospheric bars in the city.

Thursday 6pm – 11:30pm
Friday – Saturday 12 noon – 1:30am

Tudor bar at The Old Bell Hotel
Belfry Bar at The Old Bell Hotel

The Belfry Bar

The Belfry bar was once home to Derby’s up and coming stars and celebrities. Often the place to find local footballers it was a lively bar until it closed in the 1980s. Now reopened it is part of the new Belfry Steakhouse and is the perfect place to enjoy a quiet drink before enjoying some of the best steak in Derby.

Wednesday – Saturday 5:30pm – 10:00pm