Step into a world of thumping beats, cool cocktails and soaring energy as we unveil the ultimate guide to nightlife in Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley! When the sun dips below the horizon, the city comes to life with lots of options to light up your night. From chill urban chic bars that redefine sophistication to pulsating pubs and clubs that keep the party going, there is something for every night owl in this lively scene. Get ready to dance, laugh and make memories!  

Check out the list below of the most happening spots that Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley area has to offer: 


Downtown Wilmington: 

Location: 902 N. Market Street, Wilmington, DE 

Wilma's Group LoungeLocated in the heart of downtown Wilmington, Wilma's seamlessly blends the soul of New Orleans with modern vibes. The lively and welcoming atmosphere is accentuated by vintage video games taking center stage and bowling infused with nostalgia, inviting patrons to step into a world of retro fun. Open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Wilma’s serves up a curated selection of cocktails and mocktails inspired by the New Orleans diaspora. Don’t miss Wilma’s weekly events - like Late Night Happy Hour on Tuesdays until 11 p.m. with DJ Mac Wondo - where you can indulge in discounted bar bites and drinks! 

The Knight’s Bar at The Queen Wilmington 
Location: 500 N. Market Street, Wilmington, DE 

Shine A Light Concert at The QueenWhere there is a knight, there is bound to be a legendary night out! Introducing The Knight’s Bar at The Queen! Step into this indoor and open-air patio bar designed for an epic night out. Local Wilmington and visiting musicians take the stage weekly. Plus, be sure to check the performance schedule of the Knight Bar’s big sister, The Queen, there you can catch a performance, comedy show, or dance party. Combine the two venues and you’ve got the formula for an unforgettable experience! 

The Quoin (pronounced Coin) 
Location: 519 N Market St, Wilmington, DE 19801 

The Quoin Hotel is one of Wilmington’s newest – and hippest – hang-out spots. It’s a boutique hotel, rooftop bar, speakeasy style cocktail lounge, and neighborhood eatery all wrapped up in one pretty package.  First, take a trip to the penthouse level and step into the Rooftop Lounge, an exclusive experience boasting views of the charming courtyard next door, and the historic Old Town Hall steeple.Rooftop lounge at the Quoin Hotel, Wilmington, Delaware It serves as a laid-back workspace by day, and by night, it transforms into a haven of fireside delights and masterfully crafted cocktails. Open from Monday to Thursday, 4 p.m. - 11 p.m., Friday & Saturday, 4 p.m. – midnight, and Sunday, 4 p.m.- 10 p.m. Looking for something a little more intimate and secluded? Step into Simmer Down, a stunningly styled craft cocktail lounge nestled in what was once known as "The Money Room." (The Quoin was at one time a bank.) This opulent space pays homage to its storied past with its domed brick ceiling and captivating mural that artfully weaves together pieces of the city’s unique narrative.  

Open from Thursday to Saturday, 6 p.m. – 12 a.m., Simmer Down invites you to revel in history, elegance, and exceptional libations. The Quoin serves as a hotel, and restaurant with enhancing authentic boutique experience—a perfect added bonus for a staycation after a night on the town. 

The NoMad Bar 
Location: 905 Orange St, Wilmington, DE 19801 

This is Wilmington's hidden gem – a true local secret, our own underground jazz scene. Inside this nondescript building just blocks off of Market Street, you’ll find some of the best jazz music around. The NoMad cranks out smooth jazz sets featuring an impressive roster of talented artists, hand-crafted drinks, and an impressive beer selection. Operating on Thursdays and Fridays from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m., and Saturdays from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m., the Nomad is a must-experience if you are a jazz fan. 

APEXX Longe 
Location: 913 Orange St, Wilmington, DE 19801 

Step into the vibrant atmosphere of APEXX Lounge for a perfect blend of club vibes and an intimate setting. Experience APEXX Fridays for a night of unwinding with exceptional drinks and quick bites, including flavorful wings. Saturdays come alive with Caribbean Night, a celebration of local Caribbean culture with a unique twist.  

APEXX Lounge opens its doors from 4 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and from 12 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Sundays, providing an urban oasis to enjoy the nightlife. The APEXX lounge welcomes guests from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Mondays through Wednesdays.  

Tonic Seafood & Steak 
Location: 111 W 11th St, Wilmington, DE 19801 

At Tonic Seafood & Bar, the experience goes beyond exceptional dining. Dive into the lively atmosphere of its bar and lounge, especially during Happy Hour from 3-6 p.m. every Monday through Friday. The energy amplifies on Friday and Saturday nights with live music, creating the perfect backdrop for a five-star evening that lasts until 1 a.m.  

For those craving a late-night treat, Tonic Seafood & Steak has you covered with a tempting selection of eats such as the self-named “Tonic” burger! Dive into the Y-U-M and match it with the F-U-N! 

Tonic Seafood & Steak

Tonic Seafood & Steak is an upscale bar and restaurant at the heart of downtown Wilmington. Our rotating menu focuses on creative cuisine dishes…

Christina Landing: 

Suite 4 Eleven 
Location: 411 S Walnut St, Wilmington, DE 19801 

Just a quick 5-minute drive from Wilmington's Riverfront, this Christina Crossing hotspot seamlessly blends Southern cuisine, hookah delights, and upscale vibes for an unforgettable experience. The sizzle isn't just on the menu – the ambiance itself is set to spice up your evenings.  Thursday and Friday, the kitchen fires up the flavor until midnight, with takeout options available until the same hour. No need to stress parking; Suite 4 Eleven offers ample free parking for your convenience. In addition, to free parking, why not try Keem’s Cuisine which is right next door to add some flavor to your nightlife! 

The vibes are electric with Friday hours from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., Saturday from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Head to Suite 4 Eleven for the ultimate experience of fun, flavor, and free-spirited vibes. 

Trolley Square:  

Looking to explore more, then visit the Trolley Square area of Wilmington. Trolley Square offers culinary experiences that food enthusiasts would love. Nestled within its charming confines is a hidden gem: Little Italy, where the aroma of authentic Italian cuisine fills the air, and the spirit of Italy thrives. From cozy trattorias to bustling pizzerias, there's something to tantalize every palate. Whether you're craving traditional pasta dishes, gourmet pizzas, or decadent desserts, Little Italy promises a feast for the senses. So, if you're seeking a memorable dining experience filled with good company, lively ambiance, and, of course, exquisite food, Trolley Square and its culinary delights await your exploration. Here are our recommendations for late-night bites in Trolley Square. 

Trolley Tap House 
Location: 1616 Delaware Ave, Wilmington, DE 19806 

Welcome to the stage, where the spotlight awaits, and the music is your playground! At Trolley Tap House, you just don’t listen to the band, you become a member of it, with their live karaoke!  But before you hit those high notes, let's talk about what makes Trolley Tap House the ultimate destination for craft beer lovers and social butterflies alike. Trolley Tap House is not just a bar, it is a community hub where friends, family, and yes, even your furry companions are always welcome. With an extensive selection of craft beers that will tantalize your taste buds, it promises to satisfy even the most discerning palate. 

 Throughout the week there are engaging events that will keep you coming back for more. From the thrill of Music Video Bingo to the brain-teasing challenge of Trivia nights, there's never a dull moment at Trolley Tap House. And of course, their Live Band Karaoke steals the show, giving you the chance to unleash your inner rock star and shine like never before. Open seven days a week, from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m., so there's always time to drop by and join in the festivities. So, what are you waiting for? Grab the mic, gather your friends, and get ready to make memories that will last a lifetime at Trolley Tap House!  

Catherine Rooney's 
Location: 1616 Delaware Ave, Wilmington, DE 19806 

Looking for a great location that honors the spirit of Irish hospitality, Embracing the essence of Irish craic, the establishment offers exceptional food, drinks, and entertainment, creating a welcoming space for all-well look no further! Operating throughout the week, with hours from Monday to Thursday 3 p.m. to 1 a.m., Friday 11 a.m. to 1 am, and Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 1 a.m., Catherine Rooney's beckons patrons to unwind in its inviting atmosphere. Delaware's Best Kept Secret, Hummingbird to Mars, exudes the ambiance of a speakeasy, offering patrons a taste of elegance with its meticulously crafted cocktails, selection of fine wines, and classic beer options. Nightly entertainment adds to the allure, bringing this hidden establishment to life. With live music on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights from 5 pm to 1 am, guests are transported back to a bygone era of sophistication, where they can savor life's simple pleasures within the confines of Catherine Rooney's. 

Kelly’s Logan House 
Location: 1701 Delaware Avenue, Wilmington, DE 19806 

Check out the country's oldest continuously family-owned Irish bar, that has been a Trolley Square hot spot since 1864. It has been the epicenter of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations for nearly 150 years. Kelly’s Logan House currently provides a tavern style dining experience along with live entertainment. Step into Kelly Logan House for a tavern-style dining experience paired with live entertainment that'll set your soul on fire! From Monday to Wednesday, Kelly’s Logan rocking from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., while Thursdays and Fridays keep the party going until 1 a.m. On Saturdays, join us from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. But it's not just about the music—it's about the vibe. As melodies fill the air, feel the energy pulse through Trolley Square, where every corner holds a story, and every bite is an adventure. Catch a breeze and tantalizing aromas outside on their patio, and grab a seat, soak in the tunes, and let Kelly Logan House be your go-to for good vibes and great times!  

Crimson Moon Tavern 
Location: 1909 W 6th St, Wilmington, DE 19805 

Step into the world of Crimson Moon, the ultimate all-inclusive hangout for the LGBTQIA+ community located in the Little Italy section of Wilmington. Crimson Moon offers a first-floor video bar, a second-floor dance club, and a private deck. From lively drag shows and Thursday night karaoke to special events and irresistible drink specials, Crimson Moon brings city vibes to the community, earning its title as New Castle County's Longest Running LGBTQIA+ Dedicated Space.  

Thursday kicks off the party at 8 p.m. and goes on until midnight, while Fridays and Saturdays extend the fun from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Don't miss the lively Happy Hour starting at 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Get ready to dance, sing, and revel in the revelry at Crimson Moon! 

From live music to craft cocktails, there is no shortage of excitement waiting for you in the Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley area. With its rich offerings, Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley area provide a vibrant night out for those seeking craft beers, live music, and tasty cuisine. So, gather your friends and dive into the city's dynamic nightlife scene, available every day of the week. Do not forget to capture those memorable moments and share them with us using #VisitWilm. We cannot wait to see you at these fantastic venues, creating memories that will last a lifetime! Cheers to the nights you will never forget, here in Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley area! 

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