Nightlife

Top Choice Pub in City Centre

Turf Tavern

Squeezed down an alleyway and subdivided into endless nooks and crannies, this medieval rabbit warren dates from around 1381. The definitive Oxford pub, this is where Bill Clinton famously ‘did not inhale’; other pa…
Top Choice Pub in Oxford

Head of the River

For a summer-evening riverside drink, central Oxford holds no finer setting than the Thames-facing terrace of this imposing former warehouse – hence the hand-cranked crane, still outside – and later a boatyard. The …
Top Choice Pub in Jericho & Science Area

Lamb & Flag

This relaxed 17th-century tavern remains one of Oxford’s nicest pubs for a sturdy pint or glass of wine. Thomas Hardy wrote (and set) parts of Jude the Obscure at these very tables, while CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien sh…
Top Choice Pub in Oxford

The Perch

This thatched and wonderfully rural 800-year-old inn can be reached by road, but it’s more enjoyable to walk half an hour upstream along the Thames Path, then follow an enchanting footpath punctuated by floral pergo…
Cocktail Bar in Jericho & Science Area

Raoul’s

A long-established local favourite, Jericho’s finest retro-look bar is renowned for its expertly mixed cocktails – typically priced at around £7.50, and infused with fresh fruit – along with its moody booths, laid-b…
Pub in City Centre

Bear Inn

Oxford’s oldest pub – there’s been a pub here since 1242 – the creaky old Bear requires almost everyone to stoop while passing from room to room. An ever-expanding collection of ties, framed and fading behind glass,…
Pub in City Centre

King’s Arms

A mere 400 years old, the ‘King’ in question being James I, the self-styled ‘brainiest pub’ in Oxford is owned by Wadham College and run by Fullers brewery. Drop in and see how its predominantly academic clientele i…
Coffee in City Centre

Jericho Coffee Traders

Usually busy with students enjoying fine coffee and slabs of home-made cake, central Oxford’s friendliest independent coffee house is an intimate, wood-panelled space. A single giant coffee table and low benches fil…
Cafe in City Centre

Thirsty Meeples

In the UK’s original, and still Oxford’s only, board-game cafe, paying £5 (£7 if you don’t eat or drink) lets you play as many games as you like for three hours, choosing from over 2500 titles, and guided by expert …
Cocktail Bar in City Centre

Varsity Club

At this sleekly minimalist rooftop cocktail bar, spectacularly located in the town centre, you can sip fruity cocktails (£7 to £10) while soaking up sensational views across Oxford’s dreaming spires. Heaters, blanke…