Guide to Oxford’s Gig Venues

Oxford Gig, Club and Performance Venues

Venue type
or Wheelchair friendly

This page is intended as a helpful guide for people putting on live music events in Oxford.
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Crowell Road

Community Arts Centre. The Church is an intimate yet lofty performance space with a pleasantly floaty acoustic. The Hall is a large, streamlined rehearsal room. There is a café onsite and some very minimal parking. Either room can be hired for classes or workshops by the hour, every day 9am - 10.30pm. The venue is not available for parties.

Manzil Way

Community centre in restructured Victorian chapel. Popular for classes and workshops, including yoga. Home of the Oxford Recorder Group. Large upstairs and smaller downstairs halls, second room upstairs, and kitchen are all available for hire (large hall £25-£29; other rooms £11/hour; deposit £200). The large hall can take 110 people seated, and 150+ for receptions. The two smaller rooms can fit about 35 people each. A PA and a projector are available. There is a lift to the upstairs, though the building was not originally designed with accessibility in mind!


Barracks Lane,
off Cumberland Road,

Frequent seedswaps, live music, workshops about growing, in short a good place to get people outside and earthy. You can hire the Garden for events, including its octagonal eco-cabin (seats 40) with woodburning stove, bonfire area and basic kitchen with water heater. It's child-friendly and the composting toilet is fully accessible. Up to 250 people can squeeze into the garden for a big party, but numbers of around 100 are preferred for most events. They're very friendly and happy to discuss your requirements. Please note, no amplified music is allowed and no alcohol is permitted on site.

15 St Clements

Cocktail bar chain with 241 happy hour.

17-18 Victor Street

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 Crepes' catering company.

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

6-9 Hythe Bridge Street
0X1 2EW

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.

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

162 Cowley Road

Gig & comedy venue with newly refurbished bar on the front.

The Bullingdon under new management as of January 2015... read more

131 High St
(down small alley on left as you approach Carfax)

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.

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

10 Littlegate St
St Ebbe’s

A charming and historical building, providing services and representation for Oxford's D/deaf and Hearing Impaired communities.
Three areas are available for hire to the general public and organisations:
Grande Hall (Capacity: 150) Price: £165 full day, £85 half day, £25 per hour
Knowles Room (Capacity: 16) Price: £120 full day, £68 half day, £20 per hour
Lounge/Games Room (Capacity: 20) Price: £120 full day, £68 half day, £20 per hour
Limited car parking is available on site and the venue contains a basic space where it is possible to prepare and serve food from. Tea and coffee are available, as are conference facilities: flip chart, white board, projector, internet, PA and loop system. Extra charges apply for some equipment/facilities (see website) so please mention all requirements at time of booking. A permanent external ramp allows for wheelchair access.
In all, the areas are suitable for music events, committee meetings, dance, yoga, larger public meetings, courses, workshops, seminars, exhibitions, amateur dramatic plays, fitness classes.
Holding a Premises License, a bar is also available for hire.
For availability, a visit and booking details, contact Peter Ryan.


75-81 High Street

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.


Main Street
OX12 7JY

The wooden-floored hall holds 120 people seated, or 90 for a disco. Collapsible tables are available and there is a small stage (12 x 6 foot) which can be extended. There is a music license, a PA system, a CD player and screen. There's no dishwasher, but the modern kitchen boasts plenty of hot water as well as crockery, cooker, microwave and fridge. The toilets have been recently refurbished and include a baby-changing area.


Church Way
Iffley Village

66 rooms set in 3 acres of grounds 2 miles from Oxford centre. The Iffley Blue Restaurant is attached.


56 Walton Street

Excellent sound system and in-house engineer in the upstairs gig venue; good continental beers on draught; spacious patio garden.

The Jericho Tavern on Walton Street has many strings to its bow. Not only is it a friendly pub with a good list of real ales... read more

41a Magdalen Road

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.


Ferry Centre
Diamond Place

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.


190 Cowley Road,

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.

Music wise it’s 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

Garsington Road

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.

11-12 Beaumont Street

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.

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

St Aldate's

Victorian Grade II* listed building (opened by HRH the Prince of Wales in 1897) in the heart of the city. Regularly hosts over 2,000 events throughout the year, including gigs and concerts, drink festivals and conferences, and regular meetings of various sorts. Holds an organ recital season between April - September. It is a popular wedding and film location and is the home to the Museum of Oxford and the Town Hall Café.

Info about hiring rooms:
All spaces are available Monday to Friday 8am -7pm, Saturday 10am-6pm. Depending on the booking they may open earlier/later. They have a late license for entertainment until 2am (Thursday – Saturday). Refreshments or bar facilities can be provided upon request. Parking is difficult but the location is very central. A loop system is installed, available in some rooms. Catering, licensed bar, and a kitchen are available. The organ and other resources and technical equipment are also available for hire.

There are 13 function rooms for hire. The spaces available can accommodate from 12 to 700 people and can be used in any combination. Discounts are available for bookings for multiple rooms.
Main Hall
Capacity: 600 standing, 500 theatre (plus 200 on balcony); 300 cabaret style
Price:£260 p/h
Assembly Room
Capacity: 200 theatre, 140 cabaret, 70 boardroom
Price: £160 p/h
Old Library
Capacity: 120 theatre, 60 cabaret, 30 boardroom
Price: £160 p/h
Long Room
Capacity: 70 theatre, 30 café style, 25 boardroom
Price: £90 p/h
St Aldate’s Room
Capacity: 45 theatre, 30 cabaret, 22 boardroom
Price: £75 p/h
Freeman’s Room
Capacity: 25 theatre, 18 boardroom
Price: £75 p/h
Judges Room
Capacity: 25 theatre, 16 boardroom
Price: £75p/h
Plowman Room
Capacity: 18 boardroom
Price: £75p/h
Barristers Room
Capacity: 16 boardroom
Price: £75p/h
Clerks Room
Capacity: 12 boardroom
Price: £75p/h
Jury Room
Capacity: 12 boardroom
Price: £75p/h
Court Room
Capacity: 43 fixed bench seating and 50 on balcony
Price: £75p/h
Council Chamber
Capacity: 106 fixed bench seating
Price: £75p/h

Frewin Court

Oxford's famous/infamous debating society, sometimes referred to as "the last bastion of free speech in the western world" (usually by the Union itself). Boris Johnson was president back in his Oxford days.


Phoenix Picturehouse
57 Walton Street

Lovely teeny bar upstairs at the cinema with good wine list, exotic beers, cocktails & cosy atmosphere. Sofas, plants, art exhibitions, live acoustic gigs.


Beaumont Street

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.

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

28 Magdalen Road

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. Delivery available through Deliveroo.

The Rusty Bicycle sits in pride of place on the corner of the best two streets in Oxford (Magdalen and Hurst). It holds claim... read more

St John's College
St Giles

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

Cornmarket Street

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).

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

7-8 Park End Street

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.

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

3-5 Hythe Bridge Street

American style sports bar, ruled over by the omniscient Dr Wahoo. Home to the infamous club nights, Propaganda, Fuzzy Ducks, RETOX & PROJ3CT X as well as sports, slow-dating, salsa and more!

Available to hire for a conference, awards ceremony, birthday party or large scale nightclub event. Catering available, with conference facilities. Available during term time Sunday-Tuesday and outside term time Sunday-Wednesday. Standing: maximum 300. Seating: dependent on event (maximum 80 banquet/maximum 200 theatre-style).

38 Abingdon Road

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 Other events can be arranged directly with the management.

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

Linton Road

Architecturally striking and brand new, the Wolfson Auditorium has much to offer, including: Tiered theatre auditorium comfortably seating 50–150, 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.

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