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Tiny Irish pub with lively folk music sessions on Sunday and Wednesday evenings (occasionally attended by current and past stars of the folk scene). Also hosts Sparky's Flying Circus on Thursdays and a Jazz evening (usually on the last Wednesday of every month). Now accepts cards!
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12noon - 12.30am Sat & Sun 12.30pm - 2.30am. Wifi access available. Next events at The Half Moon
Real Fire & Live music events
Irish Conversation Group Tue 21 May: 8 - 10pm
Sparky's Flying Circus Thu 23 May: 9pm / Free
Half Moon Shakedown Sat 25 May: 10pm - 2pm
Folk Night Sun 26 May: 8pm. Free entry
Trish Elphinstone Quartet Wed 29 May: 8.45pm
The Talc Daemons Fri 31 May: free admission, 9.30pm.
The Funk Bake – Live Wed 19 Jun: 9pm till late
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The Half Moon takes itself WAY too seriously. On a Sunday 'trad' night, I wasn't even aloud to whisper while a singer belts out a tune - definitely not authentic. Irish pubs should be welcoming, not pretentious!
An Irishman (Unverified), 22/10/12
This really is a fantastic little pub in St Clements. A nice chilled out atmosphere, really friendly staff and good beer. Highly recommend.
Oxford_drinker (Unverified), 16/01/12
I've been to the Half Moon a couple of dozen times now and it is one of the best pubs I have been in. I am not a local to Oxford, otherwise I'd been in there every week. The staff are friendly, the Landlord is an absolute gem and the venue itself is intimate, without being too small. The atmosphere is great and there is often live music, be it an organised event or just a few musical people in the corner playing. The prices are reasonable, the beer is very well kept and a good time is had by all!
Helen (Unverified), 25/04/10
Wow! What a treat to wander past for last orders at the legendary Half Moon last Weds and find a whole jazz quintet stuffed miraculously into one half of the lower bar. I wouldn't have believed it were possible had I not seen it. Nice smooth background classics (Watermelon Man, etc.) to listen to whilst quaffing an ale. Could've done with a vocalist though (or perhaps I missed that bit?). The pub wasn't too full to mean that it was ridiculously squashed in, but there were enough punters for a nice vibe. Especially liked the sax. Hope they come back!
Roo (DI Reviewer), 03/03/09
It is difficult to do justice to this oasis of merriment with words nevertheless, it would be a shame not to try.
Found nestled in popular St. Clements, the Half Moon provides a haven of restful charm by day and a buzzing social mecca for those in the business of fun and free thought by night.
The interior has benefited from new ownership and the feel of a traditional pub has been enhanced with a cosy fire and comfy sofas. Basically, what you have with the Half Moon is something a bit special tweaked to become something utterly fabulous. There is soulful pleasure oozing from the woodwork and a sense of gentle, good humoured wit which permeates the atmosphere.
You can expect a warm welcome from the staff, owner and regulars alike. Call in, sit back and feel safe in the knowledge that you are in good company.
1,000,000 out of 10
Clifton (Unverified), 20/12/08
Best Pub in the World? Probably! I live in Cumbria, and I haven't found a pub to match it! I am visiting Oxford twice in two months just to go back to this pub! The Half Moon has bags of character and charm. The landlord Joe Ryan is a charming and friendly Irishman running what amounts to a pub that could has been lifted from a village in the midst of rural Ireland and dropped into the centre of Oxford. The beer is good, the regulars are amazing people, and if you have a love of traditional music, the place is almost like The Cavern Club....if you're a folky! And if you happen to be around during Folk Festival time you may bump into a famous face or two at the nightly sessions, most likey, Jon Boden of Bellowhead. Regular folk sessions held on Sunday nights and all are welcome to join in, just don't get too boisterous or you're likely to get told off!!
The place does fill up quickly and people just keep coming and coming and coming! Closing time is debatable, I have been 5 times during my visits to Oxford, and the latest I managed to stay was 3.30am!! And the atmosphere was still lively and the hardcore regulars were still going strong!
If you want a unique experience, please, please visit this pub on a Sunday night, you won't be disappointed!
Sarah (Unverified), 10/05/07
An Oxford gem. Utterly authentic Irish pub, with high-class folk music a few times a week. Arrive early on Sunday nights if you want a seat - and be treated to non-stop traditional music with up to 20 musicians. Be polite to the landlord Joe - he's a lovely guy but won't stand for excessive drunkenness, timewasting, disrespect or (crime of crimes) noise during a quiet song. And be prepared for a sore head the next day.
al (Unverified), 29/01/07
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