Oxford has a variety of different pubs and bars spread out across the city, each with their own unique atmosphere. There’s everything from cocktail bars to late-night lounges and fun, quirky all-purpose venues that mix entertainment with great drinks and busy dancefloors. Here are some of Oxford’s favourite drinking spots that everyone is sure to enjoy. To find out more about Oxford see The Highlights.
This long-established award-winning cocktail bar on Walton Street in Jericho is an Oxford favourite. Two floors of funky 60s decor and a retro vibe await you with an intimate and comfy upstairs area. The cocktails are some of the best in town, using freshly squeezed juices and homemade syrups. Friday and Saturdays welcome DJs and their selection of nostalgic classics that’ll have you heading straight to the dance floor.
This historic pub is hidden away down a long winding passageway, with a secret entrance under the Bridge of Sighs. The favourite of fictional Inspector Morse and frequented by locals and students alike, its rather small inside, but opens up to its paved garden, perfect for enjoying the sun. There are up to 12 different draft beers at a time and the beers frequently change, with favorites making reappearances.
Duke of Cambridge
A traditional pub on the outside, The Duke of Cambridge is actually a chilled out cocktail bar. Decked out in dark wooden floors, leather seats and dramatic chandeliers, it’s an elegant, old-fashioned place designed for relaxing and socialising, but has a lively atmosphere at the weekend. There’s an extensive drinks menu with everything from classics to creative twists of different flavours.
This versatile, contemporary venue is a pub, bar, eatery and much more, with something fun going on all the time. There are ad hoc art displays, pop up shops, craft markets and you can even play ping-pong or table football whenever you want. Sip on one of the many beers offered or grab a bite from their menu of tasty comfort food like chicken wings and hot dogs. Plus, check out the local DJs and live gigs that play here.
The Varsity Club
Take in views of the city or watch the sunset from the stunning rooftop bar of this four-storey venue on the High Street - the best place to enjoy a Pimm’s or a cocktail during summer. If it gets a bit chilly, there are several different areas inside including a Moroccan themed bar, the first floor with a DJ and dance floor and areas for private hire, perfect for big groups.
This independent late-night cocktail bar is in the city centre on Park End Street. With four areas including a bookable chill out lounge, minimalist bar rea and large heated outdoor terrace, it’s easy to forget you’re in Oxford. There’s a huge selection of cocktails and a DJ playing top dance tunes that’ll have you hitting the dance floor until early morning.
This contemporary pub is just 5 minutes’ walk from the old city gates and is the most iconic gig venue in Oxford. Head inside where its individuality and vintage character really shine through, combining classic British pub features with a stylish bar atmosphere. There’s even a heated beer garden, so it’s a great spot both day and night where you can enjoy the varied food and drinks menu.
Angels Cocktail Bar
This stylish cocktail bar is located on Clarendon Street in Jericho. The chic lounge decor and friendly, skilled bar staff make it a comfy place to try a few delicious cocktails. Head over during the early evening happy hour to take advantage of the classics on offer, or see for yourself the large selection of spirits behind the bar.
This pre-club bar is a popular starting point for those heading across the road to The Bridge nightclub after. Local DJs mix the latest in house and R&B for an upbeat atmosphere as you enjoy reasonably priced cocktails and a good selection of wines. If you’re around on a Wednesday night, that’s when it really comes alive with its salsa night.