Welcome to Bedford Esquires; one of the UK’s most beloved independent small music venues.
Here at Esquires, we have three bars each offering something different. Over nearly 3 decades , the 250 capacity Main Stage has played host to some of the UK’s biggest bands. Muse, Coldplay, Franz Ferdinand, Elbow, Biffy Clyro, The Libertines, Wolf Alice, Royal Blood, Alt-J, Bloc Party, and Enter Shikari have all graced our little stage. And we’re still the place to catch the stars of tomorrow today…
Esquires’ Bar is open Wednesday to Sunday and offers a friendly atmosphere, although it can get competitive around the pool table! Every Wednesday night is our always popular ‘Jam Session’ (with full backline), so bring along an instrument and join in. Additionally, there’s free live music most Fridays and Saturdays, along with the now legendary ‘Sunday Sessions’.
And finally Holy Moly’s with regular gigs, club nights 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.
Fiercely independent and alternative. No dress code, no idiots.
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 16+. If you look young for your age, bring ID! 14-15 year olds can attend only if accompanied by their parent / legal guardian. Club Nights downstairs on a Friday / Saturday are 18+.
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 find difficulties with this. It is our ambition to resolve this situation as soon as possible. Most promoters working at Esquires will offer carer / companion tickets. Please contact us for more details.