We tried cocktails at the 380 foot bar in Blackpool Tower with stunning views

Blackpool Tower has its own cocktail bar, 120 meters high.

LancsLive were invited to take the short lift to visit Bar 380, as well as a chance to take in the fantastic views in the early evening sun over the Irish Sea, the resort’s famous three piers, the beach below and Pleasure Beach in the distance along the promenade.

The bar is located on the same level of the viewing deck as the tower’s glass-floored Sky Walk area, with several others higher up to navigate, including the first two, which are outdoors. It just reopened after being closed since 2019 and throughout the pandemic.

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It offers a range of signature and traditional cocktails, spirit beer wines, soft drinks and mocktails with a selection of snacks such as nuts and crisps. It is set for a major makeover and overhaul with new tables, chairs, lighting and bar counter redesign ready to host live music and late night Sunset Sessions over the summer.

How does it feel to have a drink on top of Blackpool Tower?

The experience really begins at ground level. There are reels and reels of fascinating facts and insider information taped to the walls while you’re in line waiting for the elevators to take you. It has been meticulously researched, tracing the building’s history, its origins from its founding as an investment project in 1890, to the significant influence of Blackpool Mayor Sir Joh Bickerstaffe.

You will learn that the structure was built from 2,500 tons of iron and 93 tons of cast steel and you enter under one of the tower’s four arches, the metal protruding from the walls and ceiling. The 380-foot journey is fun, with a voice-over narrating that you watch through the transparent walls of the elevator as it passes the metal frame and the floor rapidly moves further and further away.

The elevators at the base of the tower sit beneath the impressive steel and cast iron structure
The entrance to the elevators at the base of the tower is under the impressive steel and cast iron structure

When you get to the top, the bar is just around the corner to the right, tucked in the middle and it comfortably seats three members of staff, with a mirror covering the back wall and shelves full of spirits, wines and liqueurs. It’s easy to see why the bar is ready for an upgrade as it looks a bit tired and outdated, but we liked the seagoing ship styling and how they packed so much into a compact space.

The mixologists have concocted a selection of cocktails (all priced at £8.75) to try from the current menu – gin and juice (gin, archers, peach liqueur, vodka, strawberry, sparkling elderflower), Long iced tea Island (vodka, gin, Bacardi, carta blanca, omleca, tequila, Contreau, lemon, cola) passion fruit martini (passion fruit liqueur and puree, vanilla vodka, orange juice, sugar and prosecco shot) and sailor punch (Sailor Jerry rum, passion fruit, lime juice, grenadine, Bull tropical red) – while we were also served a tropical spritz mocktail (passion fruit puree, strawberry puree, lemon juice) orange, pineapple juice, elderflower presses, strawberry garnish).

Our favorite by far was the sailor punch as it was quite refreshing, sharp and fruity and we just couldn’t put it down. It was also the least sweet, and if you like a sweet cocktail with a bit of fizz, the Passion fruit martini is the drink for you. We were also quite impressed with the lemony and tangy mocktail, with the fruit purees and juices pairing well with the elderflower press to make a perfect drink for a sunny evening, just like the one we had the chance of being treated.

Bar staff prepare cocktails at Bar 380 at the top of Blackpool Tower
Bar staff prepare cocktails at Bar 380 at the top of Blackpool Tower

The large bar stools and counters have yet to be reinstalled so there is currently nowhere to sit but that didn’t matter as it was just as nice to walk around the circumference of the deck and take in the panoramic views as we sipped our cocktails. Entrance to the bar is included in the price of the Sky Walk and we recommend visiting outside of peak times and checking the weather before you go as we are grateful we were told to move our arrival time from 2 to 4 p.m. when the clouds clear. and the views were much clearer with the hazy sun shining on the water. Magnificent.

To book your visit to Blackpool Tower and for more information on what else it has to offer, including the Circus, Ballroom and Adventure Golf, Click here.

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