About Us

Welcome to Bedford Esquires; one of the UK’s most beloved independent grassroots music venues. With three rooms each offering something different – from rock to electronica, metal to jazz, hip-hop to folk, we aim to provide entertainment for everyone here. 

For over 30 years the now legendary 250 capacity Main Stage at Esquires has played host to some of the UK’s biggest acts. Muse, Coldplay (twice!), Franz Ferdinand, Elbow, Biffy Clyro, Kate Tempest, Marc Almond, The Libertines, Wolf Alice, Royal Blood, Roni Size, Alt-J, Bloc Party, Idles and international stars like Lizzo, KRS-1, Ezra Furman and the DMA’s have all graced our little stage. We like to think we are the place to catch the stars of tomorrow today…

Esquires’ Bar is free to enter and offers a friendly and inclusive atmosphere. Wednesday night is the always popular ‘Jam Session’ (with full backline provided), so if you are an aspiring musician, bring along an instrument and join in. Additionally, there’s a pool table and free live music most Friday & Saturday nights. Sunday afternoons in Esquires Bar is the renowned ‘Sunday Sessions’, featuring the finest Blues and Rock’n’Roll bands. 

Finally there is the recently refurbished 180 capacity Holy Molys with regular gigs, club nights, DJ sets and acoustic sessions. Don’t forget to check out our two guardian angels, Jimi and John, on the stained glass windows. Holy Moly’s is also available for private hire, please call us on (01234) 631524.

Independent and alternative. No dress code. Bedford Esquires is committed to supporting diversity and inclusivity. 

Opening Hours: Mon – Tues: Closed (unless there is a gig upstairs, obviously!)
Wed – Fri: 6pm til late
Sat: 4pm til late
Sun: 4pm til 10pm.

Age Policy: All gigs at Esquires are 14+. However if you are under 16 you can only attend if accompanied by your parent / legal guardian. Club Nights downstairs on a Friday / Saturday are 18+. If you look young for your age, bring ID! 

Disability Access: Regrettably we are not currently a fully accessible venue. Our bar and the downstairs venue are accessible to all but the main stage is up one flight of stairs so some customers may have difficulty with this. It is our ambition to resolve this situation as soon as possible and we are currently investigating options. All promoters working at Esquires offer carer / companion tickets. Although Esquires is not a seated venue we can provide you with somewhere to sit if necessary. Please contact us for more details. 

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