Hamilton is a bustling city for its size, but some hidden gems can’t be found during the day. Hamilton’s got it all, whether you’re looking for bars, food, or entertainment. If you want to make the most of your visit to Hamilton, here are some tips on how to plan out your night!

View of downtown Hamilton with Lake Ontario in the background.

1. Decide on the exact destination.

Before committing to a plan, know what you’re going for. What is the main thing you want to accomplish in this visit? Is it finding somewhere to eat? Maybe you want to go out for drinks with some friends after work, or maybe hitting up a local nightclub is the main event. Whatever it is, decide what you’re there for before anything else.

2. Figure out how many people are coming with you.

If your group is more significant than one or two, it might be more worth your while to grab a taxi instead of the bus, as the latter might entail several transfers and hours spent on public transit where you could have arrived much faster.

3. Map out your destination’s location, time of day & available transportation options.

Next up, know where you’re going. If you’re not visiting Hamilton often, the city’s layout can be a bit confusing to navigate through. Use Google Maps or another GPS to save yourself some headaches later on!

4. Know which venues are opened late or have no cover charge.

Many bars and clubs in Hamilton close early (or even stop serving alcohol entirely) during the week, so make sure to check what time they close before heading out. Also, some places might have a cover charge if live music is playing or you plan on attending them during peak hours. There are plenty of places in Hamilton that don’t require a cover charge past midnight, but some do! Knowing this information beforehand will save you some trouble later on.

5. Check the availability of live music or other entertainment at your destination.

Live music venues are great places to buy drinks since they get busier, but it’s good to know if your leading destination has one before you make plans elsewhere. For example, The Baltimore House usually hosts a free open mic night on Mondays, but sometimes it’s on Tuesdays. Knowing this information beforehand will save you some trouble later on.

If your destination is a bar or club, make sure activities are available while you’re waiting to get in. It’s recommended that you arrive at least an hour before the doors open to ensure entry – especially if there is a cover charge.

6. Decide on a backup plan if your first choice is unavailable.

Sometimes it’s better to be safe than sorry, and that’s the case when it comes to Hamilton nightlife! If you’re going somewhere besides Club Seventy-Seven or Club Absinthe – places with strict door policies – make sure you have a fallback plan to guarantee your night isn’t a waste.

If live music is a priority for you, knowing where and when the bands are playing will help ensure that you don’t miss out on anything else.

7. Dress to impress!

It’s a good idea to dress to impress, even if you’re going somewhere that isn’t a fancy club or a place with a strict door policy. If you look confident, you’ll be treated accordingly.- especially in bars and clubs where bouncers can be picky. If your destination has a cover charge, ensure you have enough cash because most places don’t accept credit cards.

It’s a good idea to dress to impress, even if you’re going somewhere that isn’t a fancy club or a place with a strict door policy. If you look confident, you’ll be treated accordingly.

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8. Bring cash!

Hamilton is filled with great businesses, but it’s safe to say that not all of them deal in cards. If your destination charges a cover, bring enough cash to cover it. Bring some money and tip your bartender or server well – they’ll appreciate it!

9. Have a backup plan for transportation at the end of the night.

If you stay out drinking all night, chances are you’ll want to get home safe and sound while still sober enough to drive. If public transportation is available in your area, that’s even better! You won’t have to worry about parking or going home tipsy.

10. And most importantly, have fun!

Planning for a night out in Hamilton shouldn’t be stressful; just have fun! Make friends and meet new people – who knows? You might even make a few business connections along the way.

Don’t try to do everything you want all at once because it will exhaust you, and you’ll end up going home early. If your plan fails, don’t get upset! There’s always next time.

Conclusion:

If you’re going to Hamilton, be sure to do your homework and double-check everything to ensure a secure and pleasant experience in the city. 

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