Beer, books and banter: The essential guide to pubs in Falmouth

Whether you like it or not, a key part of student life is drinking. Going to the pub is a great way to socialise and blow off a bit of steam after a day full of lectures – online or in person – and to support our local businesses after the last year. Here are some of my favourite places to drink and hang.

Chintz

Go to Chintz if you prefer something a bit quirky. The decor is mad, with mannequins nailed to the walls and masks hanging from the ceiling, chaise lounges to, well, lounge on. The drink prices will “rob you blind”, but in my humble opinion, it really is worth it. Go if you’re feeling a bit fancy and have a cocktail, or two, they’re delicious. I recommend the espresso martini and the G&T, and I’ve heard good things about the honey tequila.

There’s also a selection of board games, and they often have live music, including a jazz night on Sundays. The space is small though, so if you’re keen to spend your evening there, don’t hang about.

Beerwolf Books

If you’re the kind of person with a TBR pile as tall as you, Beerwolf will make you feel right at home. Pub come bookshop, this cosy space just off the high street serves reasonably priced pints and has friendly bar staff and comfy sofas. It’s a lovely place to work off an afternoon or to while away an evening with your mates. I love the atmosphere here – it’s a very old English pub.

Games Room

Games Room is genuinely a fun time. They play classic indie tunes (right up my alley), serve cheap drinks (£4 cocktails anyone?), and of course, they have games in abundance. There are board games aplenty, including chess, monopoly, and the like. They have giant Connect Four, Jenga, and air hockey tables, and their upstairs has pool tables for hire too. Great for a chill night with your mates or even for a first date if you want to avoid the usual dinner and a film and get a little competitive.

Honourable mentions

The Brig: a cosy little bar off the high street that serves food and drink. Staff are friendly, and the cocktails are yummy.

Small Ships: great for drinks and nice atmosphere.

De Wynns: great cocktails and a chill vibe.

Quayside Inn: lovely view and all the classic pub things.

Lemon Twist: cheap happy hour and all your classic cocktails.

Rattler: not a bar but a cider. You don’t live in Cornwall if you haven’t had a Rattler.

As always, check out what this cracking little town has to offer, and please, drink responsibly.