Looking for things to do near Plymouth on a summer evening? Whether it’s enjoying a catch up over dinner and cocktails with friends, indulging in a bit of retail therapy or sitting back, relaxing and enjoying a movie, it’s time to seize the moment and enjoy an evening out at Drake Circus and The Barcode.
Enjoy late night shopping until 8pm on Thursdays, and with the cinema and many restaurants open until late, we’ve got plenty to tempt you with.
To help with your planning, we’ve created our guide to making the most of your time.
1. Turn up the heat at Nando’s
Head to Nando’s to taste its legendary flame-grilled PERi PERi chicken dishes and mouth-watering sides.
If you’re after a lighter bite, the new summer menu offers a host of plant-based options including the Rainbow Bowl, which features spiced grains, rainbow slaw, long-stem broccoli, pickled golden carrot with houmous and a sprinkle of seeds. Yum!
2. Customise your order at Five Guys
If you’re looking for places to eat in Plymouth, then Five Guys should be firmly on your list.
Five Guys prides itself on making succulent, hand-formed burgers specially to order, served alongside mouth-watering, hand-cut fries.
Its menu offers up to 15 free toppings for each of its burgers, hotdogs and sandwiches, meaning you have more than 250,000 combinations to choose from. Combine that with the milkshake mix-ins which offer 1,000 possible combinations and the choice is endless.
Whether you want to stick to the classics or go big on the customisation, at Five Guys you’ll always get exactly what you want.
3. Dine in a relaxed setting at Cosy Club
Situated in Drake Circus The Barcode, head to the Cosy Club for an evening of relaxed dining, drinking and lounging with friends. Dine under the incredible chandeliers – choosing from the delicious menu including a variety of small plates, mains and puddings – or sip on a few fabulous cocktails at the beautifully instagrammable bar.
Take advantage of some of the great offers available – including ‘Marvellous Mondays’ where you can enjoy a free drink with any main meal on Mondays from 5pm, or after 5pm on Tuesdays choose any 3 tapas dishes and a glass of wine for only £13.95 for its ‘Trememdous Tuesdays’ offer.
4. A coastal craft beer delight
One for the coastal craft beer lovers, head to BrewDog at The Barcode for a hop-haven fit for all. With multiple taps pouring a whole host of draught beers and ciders, as well as a selection of bottles and cans, it’s the perfect spot to meet up with your mates.
Enjoy a drink alongside a mouth-watering menu of burgers, wings, salads and fries… and if you’re looking to be extra indulgent, there’s a dessert menu including deep fried oreos.
5. Grab a friend and shop your summer wardrobe
It’s finally time to enjoy shopping in real life again! With a whole host of shops at Drake Circus – from Accessorize, Monsoon, Footasylum, H&M and New Look to M&S, Next, River Island, Paperchase and Sunglass Hut – enjoy some evening retail therapy on Thursdays and stock up on essentials for the summer.
Why not make a trip out of it and bring your best friend along? They can help you pick the perfect outfit, encourage you to try on new styles and after the shopping is done, you can grab a bite to eat at one of Drake Circus’ restaurants.
6. Enjoy a movie
If you’ve missed cinema mate-dates (or even date-dates), head to Cineworld Drake Circus to catch the latest movies. After a long day at work, a cinema trip offers the perfect opportunity to just sit back, relax and enjoy a movie on the big screen.
With 14 state-of-the-art screens including IMAX, the world’s most immersive cinema experience, and 4DX, Cineworld’s most exhilarating way to watch a film, there are plenty of options.
It’s best to plan ahead. Check out the latest cinema listings and book tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.
7. Get adventurous at Paradise Island
If you’re looking for a fun way to reconnect with friends and family, then ‘swing’ by Paradise Island Adventure Golf at The Barcode and have a go at its two 18-hole Adventure Golf courses for an adventure you won’t forget.
One of the many fun things to do in Plymouth, you can take on the twists, turns, humps and bumps as you explore the treacherous swamps and if you’re feeling like a pro, take on their 19th hole where the perfect hole-in-one could win you a free game.
Adventure Golf is thirsty work, so choose from a selection of thirst-quenching soft-drinks, beers, ciders, wines and spirits to make it the ultimate night out.
Find a full list of our stores, restaurants and leisure operators as well as Drake Circus opening times, on our Eat Drink and Shop page.