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Ark T Centre
Reviews
Cowley Road Area (map)


Crowell Road
Cowley
Oxford
OX4 3LN
Tel: 01865 396778
www.ark-t.org
mail[at]ark-t.org 
Good wheelchair/buggy access
Intimate yet lofty venue with a pleasingly floaty acoustic. Some very minimal parking. Wheelchair friendly.

 
Facilities can include tables, chairs, screen, flip charts, PA and catering by the café on premises. 
Asian Cultural Centre
Reviews
Cowley Road Area (map)


Manzil Way
Oxford
OX4 1GH
Tel: 01865 425000
www.asianculturalcentre.org.uk/
accoxford@hotmail.com 
Good wheelchair/buggy access
Community centre for classes and workshops, including yoga. Home of the Oxford Recorder Group. Wheelchair friendly.

 
 
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Baby Love
Reviews
Central (map)


3 King Edward Street
Oxford
OX1 4HS
Tel: 01865 200011
www.baby-bar.co.uk
drumbabydrum@hotmail.co.uk 
Good wheelchair/buggy access
Trendy central bar playing electronica, drum & bass, etc. Large cocktail selection. Sister bar on the Cowley Road. Cocktails. Dress Code. Wheelchair friendly.


An intriguing bar with a great atmosphere, the bartenders were surprisingly knowledgeable, and the music (a mix of funky beats... read more

 
 
The Old Bookbinders
Reviews
Jericho (map)
Capacity: 120


17-18 Victor Street
Oxford
OX2 6BT
Tel: 01865 553549
oldbookbinders.co.uk/
info@oldbookbinders.co.uk 
Good wheelchair/buggy access
April 2013 - we are informed the pub does not have Arms in its title, even according to its pub certification!
Friendly nook-and-cranny-filled pub known for its real ale and boardgames. Also the base for 'What a Load of CrÍpes' catering company. Sofas. Wheelchair friendly. Wifi Access. Late licence till 12.


Free monkey nuts every night. On rare very special occasions I have enjoyed free crepes. Every Sunday there is a great acoustic... read more

 
In-house PA and preamp 
The Bridge
Reviews
Central (map)


6-9 Hythe Bridge Street
Oxford
0X1 2EW
Tel: 01865 242526
www.bridgeoxford.co.uk
info@bridgeoxford.co.uk 
Good wheelchair/buggy access
Commercial dance, RnB, old skool, themed student nights, etc. See website for full info. Lounge Bar has waitress service & table reservations. Sister bar is Anuba on Park End St. Cocktails. Sofas. Wheelchair friendly. Late licence till 2.


I am a Fresher and went here for the first time last week. I come from Manchester so when I heard that it was the 'best club in... read more

 
 
The Bullingdon (formerly The Art Bar)
Reviews
Cowley Road Area (map)
Capacity: 250-280


162 Cowley Road
Oxford
OX4 1UE
Tel: 01865 244516  
Good wheelchair/buggy access
Gig & comedy venue (still called The Backroom at the Bully) with newly refurbished bar on the front. Food is now cheap and plentiful, and the decor very mediterranean palazza. Cocktails. Cloakroom. Sofas. Wheelchair friendly. Late licence till 2.


What a horrible makeover and name! Went to a gig there last night, arrived early for a drink to be greeted by a bank of TV... read more

 
Own equipment, do enquire. 
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Carbon
Reviews
Central (map)
Capacity: 400


Pennyfarthing Place
St. Ebbes
Oxford
OX1 1QF
Tel: 01865 242770
www.facebook.com/pages/Carbon/279963415361415  
Good wheelchair/buggy access
Bar & club )formerly Thirst Lodge). Funktion 1 soundsystem over 3 floors. Cocktails. Sofas. Wheelchair friendly. Late licence till 3.


I see no review has been added in a while. I would like to be the first to comment on the place as a gentlemen's club. On entering... read more

 
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The Chequers (central Oxford)
Reviews
Central (map)
Capacity: 40


131 High St
(down small alley on left as you approach Carfax)
Oxford
OX1 4DH
Tel: 01865 727463  
Good wheelchair/buggy access
The Chequers is hidden in a cul-de-sac off the High St, and you'd be forgiven for never finding it. Small courtyard for summer. Wheelchair friendly. Wifi Access.


Has a terrible habit of sequentially closing off various parts of the pub, just after selling you a drink! For example, most... read more

 
 
Christian Life Centre
Reviews
Cowley Road Area (map)


The Regal
300 Cowley Road
Oxford
OX4 1US
Tel: regaloxford@the-regal.com
www.the-regal.com  
Good wheelchair/buggy access
Grade II listed former cinema/bingo hall/nightclub, in 2012 the base for Oxford's Christian Life Centre. Live music, dance lessons & community events continue. For our feature on the history of The Regal see here. Cocktails. Cloakroom. Sofas. Occasional dress code. Wheelchair friendly. Late licence till 4.


I was at the Reg Hunter show and my seat was fine. The venue probably could have had more air conditioning but I feel that way... read more

 
2009: new Funktion-One soundsystem, professional projection facilities, in-house sound engineer & PA for live shows, substantial green room. Please enquire for full specs. 
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Examination Schools
Reviews
Central (map)


75-81 High Street
Oxford
OX1 4BG
Tel: 01865 276905
www.examschools.ox.ac.uk
conferences@exams.ox.ac.uk 
Good wheelchair/buggy access
Oxford's largest city centre conference venue, with nearly 13,000 square feet of floor space in the suitably imposing Grade II listed building where sub-fusc-clad Oxford University students take most of their final exams. Otherwise open to the public for the occasional special lecture. Dress Code. Wheelchair friendly. Wifi Access.

 
 
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Far From The Madding Crowd
Reviews
Central (map)
Capacity: 150
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Friar's Entry
(off Magdalen St)
Oxford
OX1 2BY
Tel: 01865 240900
www.maddingcrowd.co.uk  
Some ethical products available hereGood wheelchair/buggy access
The only fully independent pub in central Oxford, tucked away in the passage linking Gloucester Green to Magdalen Street (Friar's Entry). 6 rotating real ales on tap, extensive cider & perry selection; quarterly beer festivals; some live music; free wifi. Cocktails. Sofas. Wheelchair friendly. Wifi Access.


I like the Far and use it regularly, but 2 hours of Morris Men outside and in (Dancing through) is a bit much, I still have... read more

 
Generally open mics & acoustic bands provided by different promoters. Regulars Delicious Music have a nice setup. 
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Hawkwell House Hotel
Reviews
Iffley / Rose Hill (map)
Capacity: 200


Church Way
Iffley Village
Oxford
OX4 4DZ
Tel: 01865 749988
Fax: 01865 748525
www.hawkwellhouse.co.uk
reservations@hawkwellhouse.co.uk  
Good wheelchair/buggy access
66 rooms set in 3 acres of grounds 2 miles from Oxford centre.
Arezzo Restaurant attached.



Dress Code. Wheelchair friendly. Wifi Access.

 
 
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The Jericho Tavern
Reviews
Jericho (map)
Capacity: 150


56 Walton Street
Oxford
OX2 6AE
Tel: 01865 311775
www.thejerichooxford.co.uk/  
Good wheelchair/buggy access
Excellent sound system and in-house engineer in the upstairs gig venue; good continental beers on draught; spacious patio garden. Cocktails. Sofas. Wheelchair friendly. Wifi Access. Late licence till 12.


Been there twice for food but never again. The food was horrible and the service was very slow, both times. Had to wait 40... read more

 
In-house PA with monitors. Good engineer. 
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KRTSC (Kidlington Recreational Trust & Social Club)
Reviews
North of the ring road (map)
Capacity: 180


Yarnton Rd
Kidlington
OX5 1AT
Tel: 01865 841526
www.krtsc.co.uk
contact@krtsc.co.uk 
Good wheelchair/buggy access
Members' club est. 1971. Games bar, lounge bar, function room and small meeting room (latter two both available for hire), large enclosed garden with two patio areas. Dress Code. Wheelchair friendly. Wifi Access.


Excellent venue for parties and concerts. Up and coming venue for all music lovers. have attended many gigs there and they have... read more

 
Kitchen, parking, garden, smoking area, skittles, conference facilities, accessible (excluding toilets). Stage area for bands and discos, large dance floor, private bar, catering. 
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Magdalen Road Church
Reviews
Cowley Road Area (map)
Capacity: 100


41a Magdalen Road
Oxford
OX4 1RB
Tel: 01865 245887
www.mrc-oxford.org/
admin@mrc-oxford.org 
Good wheelchair/buggy access
Nestling in interfaith harmony, the Magdalen Rd Church sits alongside the Thrangu House Buddhist Centre. Magdalen Road Church is evangelical in nature, and part of the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches. Wheelchair friendly.

 
 
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North Oxford Association Community Centre
Reviews
Summertown (map)


Ferry Centre
Diamond Place
Summertown
OX2 7DP
Tel: 01865 552295
www.northoxfordassociation.org.uk/  
Good wheelchair/buggy access
VERY active community centre in Summertown, just behind the main shopping street. Activities range from language and computing lessons to Bridge Club and babysitter training. Dress Code. Wheelchair friendly.

 
 
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O2 Academy Oxford
Reviews
Cowley Road Area (map)
Capacity: 1350 in total, with approx. 1000 of that downstairs.


190 Cowley Road
Oxford
OX4 1UE
Tel: Box Office: 0844 477 2000 / Info: 0905 020 3999 (25p/min)
www.oxford-academy.co.uk  
Good wheelchair/buggy access
Oxford's biggest live music venue (bar Brookes Student Union) and part of the national touring indie bands circuit. Live music every night during university term from 7.30-10ish, followed by a selection of regular and specialist club nights. Main venue is downstairs, with a street-front bar which can be closed off to become another small venue; upstairs is a smaller venue and bar. Cocktails. Cloakroom. Wheelchair friendly. Late licence till 4.


Music wise itís a great venue, every band I've wanted to see has been great, and I look forward to seeing some bands again and... read more

 
Full kit for playing through the in-house system; in-house engineers of varying quality; state-of-the-art lighting rigs. All new in autumn 2007. 
The Oxford Blue
Reviews
Cowley Road Area (map)


32 Marston Street
Oxford
OX4 1JU
Tel: 01865 460215
www.theoxfordblue.com  
Good wheelchair/buggy access
Under new management from Nov 2012. Exciting-looking food-to-wine matched paired dishes, organised seasonally and locally sourced. Live jazz nights and food and wine evenings. (Food pics on this page by Tony Brett, Apr 2012.) Wheelchair friendly. Wifi Access.


We took advantage of their ingenious individually targeted street discount coupons on main meals. We had our favourite Kirin... read more

 
 
Oxford Business Park
Reviews
Temple Cowley (map)


Garsington Road
Cowley
Oxford
OX4 2JZ
Tel: Park Management & Marketing Office: 01865 749749
www.oxfordbusinesspark.com  
Good wheelchair/buggy access
Oxford's main business park, 2 miles south east of the city centre. North and South zones are intersected by the Garsington Road. Home to the headquarters of Oxfam UK, Harley-Davidson Europe and others. Wheelchair friendly. Wifi Access.

 
 
Oxford Playhouse
Reviews
Central (map)


11-12 Beaumont Street
Oxford
OX1 2LW
Tel: 01865 305305
Fax: 01865 793748
www.oxfordplayhouse.com/  
Good wheelchair/buggy access
Oxford's serious receiving house also hosts musicians in concert, literary events and an annual Christmas panto. Has two theatre bars (one upstairs, one down) and full facilities for disabled people.



Free tickets are available for under 26's for some performances. Apply in advance, for Tues or Wed evening or Sat matinee performances and selected shows at the BT. More details



Edifying and entertaining lectures are often held before the play at 5pm on a Friday. Wheelchair friendly.


The Playhouse, like the Ashmolean, has been refurbished. Walking into the Playhouse now feels like gliding into a glacier mint... read more

 
 
Oxford Town Hall
Reviews
Central (map)
Capacity: 642


St Aldate's
Oxford
OX1 1DP
Tel: 01865 252195; Box office 01865 252351
tinyurl.com/67jx74s  
Good wheelchair/buggy access
Grade II* building in the heart of the city. Regularly hosts classical concerts, popular music and variety shows. Holds an organ recital season between April - September. Refreshments or bar facilities can be provided upon request. Parking difficult but near multi-storey car park. Cloakroom. Wheelchair friendly.

 
Upright piano, organ, performing licence. 
Oxford Union
Reviews
Central (map)


Frewin Court
OX1 3JB
Tel: 01865 241353
www.oxford-union.org
enquiries@oxford-union.org 
Good wheelchair/buggy access
Wheelchair friendly.

 
 
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Phoenix Bar
Reviews
Jericho (map)
Capacity: 50


Phoenix Picturehouse
57 Walton Street
Oxford
OX2 6AE
Tel: 0871 902 5736 (10p/min from landline)
Fax: 01865 310 594
www.picturehouses.co.uk/site/cinemas/oxford/cafe-bar.htm
phoenix@picturehouses.co.uk 
Good wheelchair/buggy access
Lovely teeny bar upstairs at the cinema with good wine list, exotic beers, cocktails & cosy atmosphere. Sofas, plants, art exhibitions, live acoustic gigs. Cocktails. Sofas. Wheelchair friendly. Late licence till 12.

 
Standard music sound system, upright piano, record player. 
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The Randolph Hotel
Reviews
Central (map)


Beaumont Street
Oxford
OX1 2LN
Tel: Reservations - 0870 400 8200, Restaurant - 01865 256410
Fax: 01865 792133
www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk/randolph
sales.randolph@macdonald-hotels.co.uk 
Good wheelchair/buggy access
5* hotel, possibly the grandest in Oxford. Parking, for residents only, must be pre-booked. £20 per 24 hours.

Spa in the basement, featuring Thermal Suite: rock sauna, bio sauna, aroma steam therapy room, steam room, ice room, and hydrotherapy. Plus 4 treatment rooms.





Wheelchair friendly. Wifi Access.


We stayed at the Randolph overnight. I felt for the price the Randolph did not deliver that extra special something (say compared... read more

 
 
Rusty Bicycle
Reviews
Cowley Road Area (map)
Capacity: 70


28 Magdalen Road
Oxford
OX4 1RB
Tel: 01865 435298
www.arkells.com/pubs_more2.php?id=609  
Good wheelchair/buggy access
Smallish pub with charm, refurbished & reinvented in 2009. Sandwiches served all day. The bicycle hanging up outside is disappointingly free of rust, but perhaps this is the landlord's declaration that he intends the pub to be around for a while. Sofas. Wheelchair friendly. Wifi Access.


A nice pub with a good selection of ales and friendly staff. Food is high quality but portions can be disappointingly small... read more

 
They have a PA; anything else you must bring yourself. 
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St John's Garden Quadrangle Auditorium
Reviews
Central (map)
Capacity: 197


St John's College
St Giles
OX13JP
Tel: 01865 277325  
Good wheelchair/buggy access
Wheelchair friendly.


Generally the college suggests that events should conclude by about 11pm, but this is definitely negotiable within reason. Hirers... read more

 
 
St Michael at the Northgate, Oxford City Church
Reviews
Central (map)
Capacity: 100


Cornmarket Street
OX1 3EY
Tel: 01865 240940
www.smng.org.uk  
Good wheelchair/buggy access
11th century tower, 13th century church. Brilliant central location on Cornmarket; little nearby parking. Arguably Oxford's oldest building. Monday lunchtime concerts (see our Concerts listings section). Wheelchair friendly.


If you approached Oxford from the north 950 years ago, coming down St. Giles, the most conspicuous building in your line of sight... read more

 
 
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Thirst Bar
Reviews
Central (map)
Capacity: 200


7-8 Park End Street
Oxford
OX1 1HH
Tel: 01865 242044 (5-9pm)
www.thirstbar.com/oxford/
rob@thirstbar.com 
Good wheelchair/buggy access
Large, lively cocktail bar with DJs. Surprisingly large & pleasant courtyard at rear. Stupid hours & happy hours daily (cocktail menu on website). Central to Oxford's 'west end' clubbing scene. Cocktails. Sofas. Wheelchair friendly. Late licence till 3.


This place is amazing! Friendly service every time, always charming, and no doubt if you do experience bad service it's because... read more

 
DJ events only 
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The White House
Reviews
Abingdon Road (map)


38 Abingdon Road
Oxford
OX1 4PD
Tel: 01865 790106  
Good wheelchair/buggy access
Welcoming family-run pub. Food, pub games and pool table available. For all enquiries about music events, or hiring the function roon, contact Missi: (01865)790106 or missimerica28@gmail.com. Other events can be arranged directly with the management. Wheelchair friendly.


A pub with a warm and friendly atmosphere were you feel welcome the moment you walk though the door. There's a wide selection... read more

 
PA available most nights and by prior arrangement. It's a 150W five input Peavey. Other equipment (bass amp, 4xPAC56 light rig, 120mW colour laser and odds and ends of band equipment) are available for hire. 
Wolfson College Auditorium
Reviews
Banbury Road Area (map)


Linton Road
Oxford
OX2 6UD
Tel: +44 (0)1865 274083
www.wolfson.ox.ac.uk/conference/rooms
events@wolfson.ox.ac.uk 
Good wheelchair/buggy access
Architecturally striking and brand new, the Wolfson Auditorium has much to offer, including: Tiered theatre auditorium comfortably seating 50Ė150, touchscreen audio-visual control, seminar rooms for 20 (boardroom layout with screen and projector), plentiful cycle parking, easy car parking evening & weekends (50 spaces), located on bus and Park & Ride routes, disabled access. Available for conferences, lectures, performances, rehearsals, and small day meetings in term-time and vacations. Cloakroom. Wheelchair friendly. Wifi Access.

 
Full AV via touchscreen control on lectern console, plus high-tech AV booth (lighting, microphones, huge screen, all mod-cons)