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Pubs & Clubs

Nightlife in Oxford - Pubs and bars, comedy venues, live music venues, clubs

Pubs & Bars

Most Popular

Turf Tavern
4 Bath Place 01865 243235
Hidden down an alleyway in the city center, this popular pub was featured in the Inspector Morse (TV) series.

Eagle & Child
49 St. Giles' 01865 302925
This charming pub was the weekly meeting place for the Inklings - a group of writers that included JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis - from the 1930's-1960's.

Lamb & Flag
12 St. Giles' 01865 515787
Across from the Eagle & Child, this pub also has a literary history - Graham Greene and Thomas Hardy used to drink here often.

The Bear
Alfred Street (off High) 01865 721783
Said to be the oldest pub in Oxford, the low ceiling, wooden interior and slanted floors make us believers. The Bear features a very difficult quiz night each Tuesday, so if you think you're smarter than the average Oxford student, show up during term time and give it a go!

King's Arms
40 Holywell Street 01865 242369
Crowded and popular student pub across from the Sheldonian

Pubs & Bars in the City Centre:

All Bar One

124 High Street

01865 258991

Anuba

11-13 Park End Street

01865 242526

Baby Bar Love

3 King Edward Street

01865 200011

Bell and Compass

12 New Road

01865 250099

Brewery Gate

5 St. Thomas Street

01865 250020

Camera

St Ebbes Street

01865 245551

Carbon

Pennyfarthing Place, St. Ebbes

01865 242770

Castle Tavern

24 Paradise Street

01865 201510

Chequers

131 High Street

01865 727463

The Crown

59A Cornmarket Street

01865 256047

Duke of Cambridge

5-6 Little Clarendon Street

01865 558173

Duke of York

Norfolk Street

01865 248507

The Duke's Cut

1 Park End Street

01865 204060

Escape

9a High Street

01865 248480

Eurobar

48 George Street

01865 725087

Far from the Madding Crowd

10-12 Friar's Entry, off Magdalen St.

01865 240900

Four Candles

51-53 George Street

01865 263110

Golden Cross X

Golden Cross, off Cornmarket

01865 790442

Goose at Gloucester Green

14 Gloucester Street

01865 726255

Grand Cafe

84 High Street

01865 204463

Grapes

7 George Street

01865 793380

Head of the River

Folly Bridge

01865 721600

Honeypot

8 Hollybush Row

01865 200208

The House Bar

Blueboar Street

01865 724433

Jolly Farmers

20 Paradise Street

01865 793759

Kings Arms

40 Holywell Street

01865 242369

Kiss

Park End Street

01865 200555

Las Iguanas

40-41 Park End Street

01865 263150

Living Room

1 Oxford Castle

08701 662223

Maxwells

36-37 Queen Street

01865 242192

Merton's Bar

73 High Street

01865 249065

Mitre

High Street

01865 244563

O'Neills

37 George Street

01865 812931

Old Tom

101 St. Aldates

01865 243034

Oxford Retreat

1-2 Hythe Bridge Street

01865 725196

Quod

92-94 High Street

01865 202505

Royal Blenheim

13 St. Ebbes Street

01865 242355

The Red Lion

14 Gloucester Street (Gloucester St)

01865 726255

The Royal Oak

42 Woodstock Road

01865 310187

St Aldate's Tavern (was Hobgoblin)

108 St. Aldates

01865 250201

The Swan and Castle

40 Castle Street

01865 260690

Three Goats Heads

St. Michael's Place

01865 721523

Thirst Bar

7-8 Park End Street

01865 721312

The Wheatsheaf

129 High Street

01865 721156

The White Horse

52 Broad Street

01865 204801

The White House

38 Abingdon Road

01865 790106

The White Rabbit

21 Friars Entry

01865 241177

Wig & Pen

9-13 George Street

01865 246906

Pubs & Bars in Cowley Road, St. Clements, Iffley Road

A1 Pool Hall

10 Crown Street

01865 242381

Angel & Greyhound

30 St. Clements

01865 242660

Aroma

234 Cowley Road

01865 250730

Baba

240 Cowley Road

01865 203011

Bar Baby

213 Cowley Road

01865 202506

Big Society

95 Cowley Road

01865 792755

Black Swan

Crown Street (off Cowley)

01865 242153

Brickworks

182 Cowley Road

01865 245999

Cape of Good Hope

1 Iffley Road (The Plain)

01865 262291

Chester Arms

19 Chester St (off Iffley)

01865 246203

City Arms

288 Cowley Road

01865 725299

Cafe Coco

23 Cowley Road

01865 200232

The Corner Room

1 Iffley Road

Corridor

Corner Cowley Rd, Princes St

01865 247519

The Cowley Retreat (was Hobgoblin)

172 Cowley Road

01865 439496

Donnington Arms

147-151 Howard Street

01865 247860

The Duke

78 St. Clement's

01865 438820

Elm Tree

95 Cowley Road

01865 792088

The Fir Tree

163 Iffley Road

01865 245290

The Half Moon

17 St. Clement's

01865 247808

The Isis Farmhouse

Haystacks Corner, The Towing Path, Iffley Lock

01865 243854

James Street Tavern

47-48 James Street (off Cowley)

01865 247127

Kazbar

27 Cowley Road

01865 202920

The Library

182 Cowley Road

01865 241776

The Mad Hatter

43 Iffley Rd (at Circus)

01865 604959

Cafe Milano

92 Cowley Road

01865 244404

Moya

97 St. Clements

01865 200111

Oxford Blue

32 Marston Street

01865 460215

The Pub

1 Iffley Road

n/a

Rileys Sports Bar (The County Club)

Between Towns Road, Cowley

01865 749147

The Rusty Bicycle

28 Magdalen Road (bw Cowley and Iffley)

01865 204842

The Shamrock Bar

Crown Street (off Cowley)

01865 421970

The Star

21 Rectory Road (off Cowley)

01865 248011

Cafe Tarifa

56-60 Cowley Road

01865 698000

Temple Bar

21 Temple Street (off Cowley)

01865 243251

Pubs & Bars in Jericho

The Anchor Inn

2 Hayfield Road

01865 510282

Angels

55 Little Clarendon Street

01865 554224

Duke of Cambridge

6 Little Clarendon Street

01865 558173

Freud

119 Walton Street

01865 311171

Gardeners' Arms

39 Plantation Road (bw Walton & Wdstk)

01865 559814

Harcourt Arms

56 Walton Street

01865 311775

Jericho Tavern

1-2 Cranham Terrace

01865 429462

Jude the Obscure

54 Walton Street

01865 553344

LJ (Love Jericho)

Walton Street

01865 424631

Old Bookbinder's Arms

17-18 Victor Street

01865 553549

Raouls Cocktail Bar

32 Walton Street

01865 553732

Rickety Press

67 Cranham Street

01865 424581

Sugar Brown

30 Walton Street

01865 515910

The Victoria

90 Walton Street

01865 554047

Pubs & Bars in Summertown

Summertown Wine Cafe

38 South Parade

01865 558800

Dew Drop Inn

258 Banbury Rd

01865 559372

Joe's

260 Banbury Rd

01865 554484

Pubs & Bars in Headington

Ampleforth Arms

53 Collinwood Road

01865 762372

The Black Boy

91 Old High St

01865 741137

The Brittania

1 Lime Walk

01865 760192

Butcher's Arms

5 Wilberforce St

01865 742470

Chequers

17a Beaumont Road

01865 762543

Fairview Inn

16 Glebelands

01865 763448

Mason’s Arms

2 Quarry School Place

01865 764579

Quarry Gate

19 Wharton Road

01865 762593

Royal Standard

78 London Road

01865 764591

Six Bells

3 Beaumont Road

01865 308573

White Hart

12 St Andrew’s Road

01865 761737

White Horse

1 London Road

01865 762447

Other Popular Pubs & Bars

Gardeners Arms

8 North Parade

01865 554007

The Perch

Binsey Lane, Binsey

01865 728891

The Plough, Wolvercote

The Green, Upper Wolvercote

01865 556969

The Punter

7 South Street, Osney Island

01865 248832

Rose and Crown

North Parade

01865 510551

The Trout Inn

195 Godstow Road, Lower Wolvercote

01865 510930

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Comedy and Performance Clubs

To find out who is performing at these venues, visit our comedy pages

Catweazle Club
East Oxford Community Ctr. (crn. Cowley Rd & Princes' St.)

Official Website

Thursdays, 8:00pm. Music, storytelling, performance poetry, etc. Get there early if you want a seat.

 

The Glee Club
3-5 Bridge Street

Thursday - Saturday. Three/Four comedians per night, ending around 11, then turns into a disco. Opens at 7pm, doors close at 8pm for show.

Buy Tickets Online

 

The Free Beer Show Comedy Club at the Cellar
Frewin Court, off Cornmarket
01865 722437

Popular Edinburgh Fringe comedy club, The Free Beer Show presents a weekly show at the Cellar Club in Oxford. See TV stars, award winners, international headliners and the best new talent for only £6 with a free beer. Recommended by The Guardian, Sunday Times, Daily Mail, Oxford Times and Chortle. Doors 8pm / Show 9pm / Bar & Music til 1am. £6/£5 members free beer with every ticket.

Buy Tickets Online

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Live Music

To find out what's playing at these venues, visit our music pages, which can be found in our 'See & Do' menu at the top of the page

The O2 Academy Oxford
190 Cowley Road, 0844 477 2000.
For information on buying tickets, click here.

Freud
119 Walton Street, 01865 311171

Backroom at the Bullingdon Arms
162 Cowley Road, 01865 244516

The Cellar
Frewin Court, Cornmarket Street, 01865 244761. Official Website

Jericho Tavern
56 Walton Street, 01865 311775
It was here that Radiohead debuted in 1987, and where Supergrass played the gig that led to their record contract.

Port Mahon
82 St. Clements, 01865 202067 Official Website

The Wheatsheaf
129 High Street, 01865 721156

The Victoria
90 Walton Street, 01865 554047

The Magdalen
Iffley Road, 01865 243159

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Clubs

O2 Academy Oxford (Carling Academy) (Zodiac)
0844 477 2000, 190 Cowley Road. Official Website

Busy, spacious, and on two floors

 

Wahoo / Glee Club
01865 251838, 3-5 Hythe Bridge Street.
Bar/club and comedy club

New Sports Bar and comedy venue. Will also have live music.

 

The Bridge
01865 242526, Hythe Bridge Street. Official Website
Busy, spacious, and on two floors

 

The Coven II
01865 242770, Oxpens Road

Large, lesser known club just outside of the city centre. Gay friendly, excellent sound system.

 

Purple Turtle
01865 247086, Frewin Court (off Cornmarket). Official Website

Small, cave-like, and free for students with Union cards.

 

Lola Lo Oxford
01865 249171, 13-15 Magdalen Street. Official Website

Fly free into a bounty paradise at Lola Lo, an intimate Tiki bar and club which will transport you to a tropical oasis where the night goes on and on. From a stunning interior featuring bamboo, hand-carved woods, evocative lighting, a unique dance floor and rustic decor to private booths and effervescent bar tenders, Lola Lo re-creates a uniquely authentic Polynesian vibe to make it Oxford’s premium venue of choice for any occasion, whether it’s a hen night or you just want to indulge in some pure partying.

 

Rappongi Official website
01865 241 574 29-31 George Street.

Roppongi is a chic, luxurious lounge and club located in the heart of Oxford. A unique playground for Oxford’s elite, designed for affable debauchery and indulgent fun, without pretentiousness but exuding an abundance of class and style. It is the ultimate destination for Oxford’s exclusive highly effervescent and au fait crowd.

Roppongi opened in April 2010 offering Oxford’s party set the most luxurious lounge and club in which to socialise and drink. We have a strict but fair door policy to ensure a crowd of fashionable, cosmopolitan and like-minded people. This exclusivity allows members to dictate their own atmosphere, making our venue comfortable and welcoming.

 

The Varsity Club
01865 248777 35 9a High Street (Market Avenue 1) Official Website

Laid out over three floors, in the heart of Oxford's busy city centre, this well situated bar has an eclectic mix of contemporary décor with a unique twist of traditional period features.

 

Thirst
01865 242044 7-8 Park End Street Official Website

 

Carbon
01865 242770 Pennyfarthing Place, St. Ebbes Official Website

 

Lava & Ignite
01865 250181, Park End Street Official Website

Open 5 nights a week with three rooms giving you the best choice of House, Trance, Anthems, R&B, Hip Hop and Cheesy Pop Classics.

 

Clementine's (Clems)
01865 247214, 15 St Clements Official Website

Formerly Club Latino, its St Clements location is central for Brookes and Uni students and is a welcome diversion for locals who don't fancy the hustle and bustle (and vomit!) of a night on the town.

 

The Junction
42/43 Park End Street. Official website

Formerly Oceans & Collins and then Kukui.

Live Music venue in Oxford bringing you the best in Live music entertainment.

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