Oxford Pubs and Bars
4 Oxford Castle
Krispy Kremes Donuts has been swankified into this wine bar in the Oxford Castle complex. Serves light bites, coffee and (obviously) wine. 25% off during happy hour Mon - Thurs 5pm - 6.55pm.
Although I still mourn the loss of Krispy Kreme, 1855 wine bar is a worthy replacement. Slightly hidden in the Castle complex... read more
124 High Street
Stylish in a clean, chain bar kind of way. Large enough to mean there is nearly always somewhere to sit down. Former premises of Russell Acott - instruments and sheet music sales, 1894-1999 - as the tiled mosaic on the doorway floor testifies.
Having only ever glanced into All Bar One through their huge glass windows, I didn't realise quite how large the place is! It... read more
55 Little Clarendon Street
Tasty cocktails; whole street front section opens directly onto the pavement for summer. "Heavenly Hour" from 4.30 - 9pm every day. Outside catering available.
We liked going to Angels last night and enjoyed two drinks half price due to a happy hour that goes on until 21:00.... read more
13 Park End Street
The purgatory of Bridge, many fear being relegated to this side-bar when the Bridge line is too long.
It totally depends what night of the week you go. Sometimes it is dead, sometimes it is great. But there is one night of the week... read more
240 Cowley Road
Open under new management April 2014. This small and chic Moroccan-style venue has a lovely tiny courtyard at the back for summer and serves excellent cocktails. Children welcome until 7pm.
This place is absolutely amazing! The staff are brilliant, the cocktails are some of the best that I have seen. The music... read more
234 Cowley Road
Lost my phone here and when I rang it the manager answered and let me come round to get it even though they were closed! That... read more
28 Appleton Road
16th century pub / restaurant with oak beams and log fires. Oliver Cromwell once resided here and there's supposed to be a ghost. Specialises in welcoming all ages.
The Bear and Ragged Staff has all the comfort of a classic olde worlde English pub while providing an above average menu... read more
18th century Cotswold stone hotel 12 mins train journey from Oxford. 13 rooms. Restaurant serves fine food, locally sourced.
95 Cowley Road
A pub/bar/eatery hang out zone on the Cowley Road on the site of the old Elm Tree pub. Has a welcoming ethos and want to be doing something a bit different from your regular pub or bar, opening itself out to being used by local people; there is a space for pop-up shops on Saturdays, they are planning to have pingpong tournaments, groovy quizzes, live gigs, and different local DJ's on Fridays and Saturday nights, when they are open until 2am.
It's such a hard life working so close to many restaurants and takeaways. Sometimes the DI team crack under the pressure, especially... read more
Family-run pub with accommodation in central Thame, specialising in gluten-free food (extensive and exciting menu which lists ingredients, knowledgable staff, guests are even welcome to see the kitchen to admire the lack of cross-contamination!). Also offer accommodation, and have live music on Saturdays. Plus Sunday roasts, specials board, senior citizens' meal deals and kids eat free (t&c's apply). They even stock gluten-free beer! And if you stay there you might meet the resident ghost.
213 Cowley Rd
Formerly Baby Simple. Bar, nightclub and live venue. Upper bar mezzanine (Trees Lounge) hosts works by local artists, plus occasional live music gigs. Ground floor comprises cocktail bar, dance floor with a new lighting and sound system and an external smoking booth with seating. Dance floor area is free to hire. Available for parties/private hire - phone: 01865 202506 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
28 Market Square
The room seemed ok at first but it was on the second floor with no lift - oldies beware. The bathroom was out of the ark with... read more
119 Cowley Road
The craft beer revolution has come to Oxford.
In the spirit of neighbourhood watch, we at Daily Info felt it was important to check out the food at Brewdog - the new kids on... read more
6-9 Hythe Bridge Street
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
23 Cowley Road
56-60 Cowley Road
Moroccan-style bar with occasional live music.
Tarifa is a pretty venue with a nice atmosphere. The drinks are overly expensive but fairly good. However, unfortunately they... read more
One of Oxford's finest independent music venues, flying the flag for the cutting-edge live scene alongside nights of house, electro, drum & bass, dubstep, hip-hop, reggae and ska. Do also keep a look out for the odd comedy show that can pop up from time to time. Drinks on offer are a selection of beers, ales, wines and spirits.
The Cellar is without doubt at the forefront of the Oxford music scene, being independent, in touch with the youth, and about... read more
28 Friars Entry
Cafe by day, shisha and cocktail bar by night. Covered pavement seating area. 10% student discount Mon-Thu. 2-4-1 cocktails during daily happy hour, 5-7pm. Free wifi.
12 New Road
Formerly the Bell and Compass. It's still a Marstons pubstaurant with bulk cocktail deals, pub food and an enthusiastic weekend DJ. The menu contains such delights as a burger with pb and raspberry jam, or sweet potato fries with toffee sauce. Plus tons of MacNCheese!
Fabulous restaurant(s - one Thai brasserie, one British bar) in insanely luxurious boutique hotel (branches also in London & Beaconsfield). Also has farm shop attached.
The Crazy Bear at Stadhampton is part of a small chain of hotels, bars and a farm shop – the latter of which is located... read more
283 Banbury Road
Cheap and cheerful eat-as-much-as-you-like Chinese buffet restaurant. All major debit & credit cards accepted (min. £10); no cheques. 10% service charge applies to all meals. Entertainment & karaoke on request. Also takeaway & outside catering. Children under 120cm pay half price.
Been here about 4 times. Its a bit café tacky inside but friendly staff. Food is cheap and of good quality, only gripe is that... read more
Slightly surprising combination of beautiful country pub, Carvery and full lavish Indian & Bangladeshi menu. Watch the sunset on the patio with a cold pint or a shisha pipe, as you wish. Additional cuisines available on different days: Sunday carvery, Monday burgers, Tuesday pie night, Wednesday fish and chips, Thu & Fri steaks. Plus tapas and full Indian menu available all the time. 10% off food for RAF personnel.
5-6 Little Clarendon Street
Half-price cocktails: 5-8.30pm Sun-Thu, 5-7.30pm Fri & Sat. Tables can be booked by phone.
Feels rather behind the times in the overall scheme of things in the drinks world, but far and away the best of the Jericho cocktail... read more
28-31 St Ebbes Street
Nightclub and cocktail bar in the centre of Oxford. Beloved of students.
Camera became Emporium in Autumn 2015. It shall be somewhat missed. All the below reviews concern Camera.... read more
48 George Street
Sports bar, very convenient for coach station. Also a hotel! Sky Sports & BT Sport. Six screens and a projector.
Under new management as of December 2015... read more
Restaurant: High quality British nosh, with many ingredients sourced from the hotel's own kitchen garden (and the rest sourced sustainably and non-GM). The farm and garden are stocked with veg and herbs, and Dexter calves, Tamworth pigs, ducks, chickens and quails. Food miles (and food yards!) are printed on the menu. Now with a dedicated vegetarian menu. Oxford 9 miles.
Fallowfields Country House Hotel is a hotel and restaurant in rural Oxfordshire; set in acres of green land with frolicking... read more
64a Corn Street
Cosy gig and comedy venue, often hosting bands from Oxford.
Fat Lil's had already livened up our little market town for years with its vibrant music scene but since last autumn... read more
158 Cowley Road
Coffee lounge which transforms into a pan-Asian buffet (self-service, eat-as-much-as-you-like for a set fee) for lunch and dinner. Free wifi.
On Friday 19th it was my daughter's birthday so we went out for lunch with her. As soon as we got in the door, we had a lovely... read more
The Flowing Well has recently undergone a complete makeover with extensions and a new manager. The new layout is great; very comfortable... read more
Ozone Leisure Park (Vue Cinema Complex)
Impersonal New York Italian good for hot chocolate after a cold car boot sale. Often full of children having birthday parties.
I've been here a few times in 2011, as it is 5 minutes away from our house. We normally go for a late breakfast. There is a deal... read more
119 Walton Street
Converted church with art exhibitions, soaring classical architecture, occasional live music of a jazz/blues orientation/DJs on weekends. Cocktails and wine. Small sun terrace at front for summer posing.
They no longer serve food [this is sadly true! - Ed]. However, they still have the exceptional range of cocktails.... read more
71 George St
New (early 2008) slightly organicky, family-friendly, smily, right-on type of place with sunshiny outlook, and other products to buy as well as food.
Firstly were we seated and then told that the table had been booked so we had to move, not a problem but a bit of a faff. ... read more
76 St Clement's St
Community pub offering a great range of drinks (but no food as of mid August 2017).
A perfectly positioned pub-spot at the London-end of St Clement's, 76 St Clem's used to house The Duke of Edinburgh pub (which... read more
84 High Street
'The site of the first coffee house in England (according to Samuel Pepy's Diary, 1650)'. Small, posh café by day (high and champagne teas, etc.), cocktails by night (happy hour 7-11pm Mon- Sat). Interesting décor, especially the door-closure device. Very crowded on May morning and at exam time. No bookings taken. Private hire available.
Nice atmosphere, and probably a good place for a drink. The scones were fresh from the oven. But the sandwiches were very disappointing... read more
36-37 Queen Street
From the team behind Thirst, comes a new take on the classic American hamburgers and dance floor palace that was Maxwell's. Classic cocktails, a dance floor, a large function room for private hire, and a selection of street food. Named after co-owner Al's recently deceased cat, a lovable stray.
106 Bridge Street
Public house with good old fashioned Bed & Breakfast. Good people, great beer, home cooked traditional food, warm fire, soft music and a warm and welcoming atmosphere at all times! Historical note: an early form of Radiohead may have played here as they began in the garage behind the pub!
It is a fun pub with a nice atmosphere. It's only a short walk from the train station. The Open Mic Night is on the 2nd... read more
11 Wheatsheaf Yard
Blue Boar Street
New cocktail bar from the owners of the Duke of Cambridge, with upstairs games room.
Not at all bad if you want somewhere civilised. Bit of a drawback that if you want to get to it from the High you have to navigate... read more
130 Godstow Road
Formerly the Red Lion, this is a new all day dining pub, delicatessen and bistro concoction brought to you by the talented minds behind Jacobs & Field. Open July 2013.
Who is Jacob? He seems to be taking over the Oxford food scene. Between Jacobs and Field (the café in Headington), Jacobs... read more
27 Park End Street
Modern, open-plan restaurant, bar & arts centre at rear of former marmalade factory building. Local, organic food alongside selling exhibitions by local artists. Acoustic gigs, talks, films, workshops, etc.
Having eaten, drunk and enjoyed many evenings at the Jam Factory, I thought it was about time I submitted a review. First of all... read more
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
260 Banbury Road
Barstaurant, with emphasis on the bar. Lots of big comfy brown-leather-upholstered crannies to sit in.
I was working in Summertown and decided to try Joe's Bar & Grill. Upon arrival the façade is rather underwhelming and... read more
Bar-meets-crazy golf with three golf courses.
Daily Info staff aren't known for our golfing prowess but when a bar-meet-indoor-crazy-golf pops up we definitely have to pop... read more
27 Cowley Road
Kazbar has several attractive features, including its sangria, tasty tapas (regular lunchtime '1 drink & a couple of tapas' offers), Moroccan/Spanish feel, guitar on a string weighing the door closed, amazing loos & lovely staff. You can't book, veggies are well catered for and there is disabled access. If it's full you may be able to squeeze into its tiny sister bar, BaBa, further up the Cowley Road.
Distinctive in its appearance both inside and out, Kazbar on the Cowley Road is well-liked by locals and visitors alike for its... read more
37 Park End Street
Smartish themed bar with silver walls, giant lips and hundreds of different kinds of flavoured vodka.
Kiss have started opening on Mondays and they where keen to tell me they intend to do the same on Wednesdays too. These nights... read more
68-69 Mill Street
Friendly backstreet local with good cheap pub grub. Sunday roast choices are pork, lamb and beef. Big screens show National Geographic channel when not sporting. There's a pool table & a rack of ships' clocks showing the time in various Antipodean towns and the red kite above the bar are worth noting, as are the photos comparing the local area in 1914 and 1993.
In the 2000s, The Kite was one of the very best pubs in Oxford, but neglect and bad management have led to the situation we find... read more
182 Cowley Road
Independent establishment with two bars and a heated garden. DJs at weekends (reggae/dancehall/hip-hop etc.).
30 Walton Street
Jericho cocktail bar on the former site of Sugar Browns. Daily happy hour from 4.30pm - 9pm.
Great bar, good cocktails, ambiance, welcoming staff and good table service. Best birthday party ever-highly recommend this venue... read more
43 Iffley Road
Brush up on your riddles as you'll have to answer one to get in the door of this Alice in Wonderland-vibed speak easy. The Hatter's also got a big vat of dry ice, bowlered bartenders and a photobooth.
I had a really fun evening at The Mad Hatter. The Alice in Wonderland cross with speak easy vibe is fantastic, a unique way... read more
36-37 Queen Street
Ground floor of Pizza Express,
Golden Cross, Covered Market (Cornmarket Street entrance)
Really just the swish waiting station for tables at the restaurant above, this bar serves tasty, pricey drinks and has one entirely glass wall.
Mill House Hotel
Converted stone mill (dating back as far as 1086) set in 10 acres of lawn gardens (including trout stream) in what Country Life Magazine names as England's favourite village. 23 luxury bedrooms (refurbished 2008). Mill Brook Room Restaurant has two AA Rosettes; menu features local and organic produce. 75 mins train journey from London; chauffeur driven Mercedes courtesy car available to and from Kingham Station. Oxford 24 miles.
Goring on Thames
97 St Clements
Great, friendly cocktail bar (happy hour: 5.30-8pm - 30% off) & Oxford's only Slovakian restaurant (reviewed favourably by both the Guardian & Daily Info).
Delightful all round. Well-thought-out, delicious food; splendid cocktails; excellent service; nice atmosphere. Menu pleasantly reliable but also has interesting specials board.
I've only ever heard very favourable things about Moya, and here are a few more. Oxford’s only Slovakian restaurant offers... read more
One of the oldest remaining pubs on the Cowley Rd (formerly the New Inn, open on the site since 1876). Now an eating and drinking house with sharing pies and cracking burgers.
What an amazing change from the Corridor pub. Staff are extremely friendly and the food is amazing. Very well priced, and you... read more
2 Botley Road
Formerly The White House pub, now a fusion restaurant and bar offering Chinese and Thai food, with a good dim sum selection. Open late on Friday and Saturday nights.
32 Marston Street
Speciality meat, much slow-cooked and with a heavy BBQ slant, Oxford Blue Smokehouse is the latest addition to Oxford's burgeoning American food scene. Sister to the Chequers Smokehouse in Witney, this new palace of meat (and to a certain extent, cheese, and to a distinctly less certain extent, vegetables) promises patient expertise alongside enormous wood-smokers. Get it while it's hot!
American-style BBQ is about dedication. It is about the right cut of meat and the hours of preparation that goes into it before... read more
215 Banbury Road,
Serving breakfasts, light lunches and a la carte dining, with a fully licensed bar. British food, sourced locally. Extremely high quality fine dining style food, including tasting menu with wine pairings. Beware - the website plays music at you!
This is an exceptional restaurant. You might not guess that from the modestly priced menu and the pleasant but unpretentious decor... read more
1-2 Hythe Bridge Street
Gastropub occupying the space formerly home to the Antiquity Hall.
Another great meal at the Retreat. Steak was cooked exactly as I like it, rare. Lovely relaxed atmosphere. Thanks Webster and... read more
38 South Parade
Formerly the much-loved Summertown Wine Café - reopened in April 2013 under new name and management after a 4 month absence. Specialist wine bar. Sample wines or buy bottles that take your fancy. Food served to complement a large selection of wines, coffees and teas. Ideal. Informal wine tastings and jazz on Sundays.
I've never been to a wine tasting before. It seemed a bit intimidating - terminology I don't understand, etiquette I don't know... read more
Gastropub next to the windmill and quarry. An evening's cycle ride from Oxford, or the end of a good walk. Real ale, home cooked food, and rooms as well. Gluten-free, takeaway and Walkers' Specials menus available. Views of 7 counties from the beer garden...
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.
Greene King. Traditional friendly village pub. Buzzing even on a Wednesday lunchtime. Looks out onto Wolvercote Green, the canal and Port Meadow beyond. Heated covered outdoor area for smoking or just braving the wintry elements. Serves standard Greene King ales with regular guests, imported lagers being Staropramen and Becks Vier. Menu includes such exotic delights as baked avocado.
Thank you to The Plough for making my gran's 99th birthday one to remember! There were 18 of us for a lunchtime meal and they... read more
82 St Clements
Cosy split-level pub serving home cooked food. Sky sports and beer garden (open in the summer). Real log fire in winter. Benches on street at front. Lower bar available for private hire (£50).
Went here for lunch today and was very impressed with the roast. I had slow cooked pork which was delicious. My friend had... read more
7 South Parade
26 Market Place,
7 South Street
Formerly The Watermans Arms, this new pub seems to be related to one of the same name in Cambridge, and specialises in good food. Thursday night English folk session.
I've now been here three times to eat in the last 3 months as my favourite choice of restaurant in Oxfordshire! - currently... read more
Frewin Court (off Cornmarket Street)
Part of the old Oxford Union cellars. The music is filtered throughout the series of caverns by the jukebox. There are vintage posters, a dance floor, table football and the walls can get sweaty. Happy hour 8pm - 10pm daily.
Watch your watches, they thieve them in here. But great posters on the walls.... read more
92-94 High Street
There's something immensely reassuring about Quod. It looks right, it feels right, they get the orders right (including allergy... read more
32 Walton Street
Great cocktails, happy hour, light lunches, jam-packed on the weekend, high-tech soundsystem, trendy, liquid deli. Frequent nominee for various prestigious UK 'best bar' awards.
Wow. I went to Raoul's for the first time last weekend. What can I say: superb, imaginative drinks served in a cosy and fun environment... read more
Between Towns Road
13 St Ebbes Street
The White Horse Brewery's first pub is now in the Good Pub Guide for its selection of consistently good ales, and serves food with good Veggie choice and largely made from locally sourced ingredients, mostly from the Covered Market. Live TV sport is mainly rugby, with the pub being very busy during international rugby tournaments. The Wednesday quiz starts at 8.30pm and has a couple of music rounds and a cheese raffle.
When me and a few colleagues decided to go there for lunch we had a nice time. The place is like a hidden gem in Oxford. It looks... 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
Stanton St. John
Formerly the 7 Stars.
34 The Green
Indian and Bangladeshi restaurant & takeaway based in village pub. £8.50 min. order for delivery; delivery free if over £14.50; 10% discount on collection. Corkage applies to BYO.
The Fox & Goat
Friendly pub serving local beers and fresh locally produced pub grub.
The Fox and Goat has the appearance of a quintessential English country pub. While there’s a decent range of Oxfordshire ales... read more
7 George Street
The Grapes is a traditional pub that has been the purveyor of good times for over 100 years.
249 Banbury Road
18th C. canal-side pub with bed & breakfast accommodation and Caravan Club registered camping/caravan site (with private fishing for guests). Extensive pub grub and grill menu, soup, sandwiches and bar snacks.
216 Banbury Road
Canal-side pub (bridge 223) with lunch & evening menus. Snug & restaurant. 48 hour visitor moorings opposite.
Really brilliant pub - love the ambience - great staff - and fantastic live music every month too!... 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
The Covered Market
9a High Street
Over three floors. Coffee and free wifi by day. Cocktails by night. Happy hour Mon - Fri 5pm - 7pm. Private hire. Stunning unique roof terrace now open!
96 Cowley Road
Temporary pop-up wine shop and bar, October - December 2017. Exciting and eclectic wine and gin selections.
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).
One of the many elements to love about Oxford is the circle of lovely villages that surround the city. And within each of these... read more
126 Godstow Rd
Community-owned Free House which has a good range of well kept local ales. Regular live music events and sessions including the Oxford Jazz Kitchen Jazz Jam. BT sports as well as Pool, Darts and Aunt Sally. It hosts the local Farmers Market every Sunday Morning. Food served from 10am - 9pm on Sundays.
Beautiful place, a nice beer garden, a conservatory when it's cold, good beer, superb front-of-house staff and grossly let down... read more
Friars Entry (Gloucester Green end)
Pub-flavoured gig and DJ venue where the Gloucester Arms used to be, opened Dec 2012. Promises to make "the best pizza in Oxford". Also has cinema screenings!
Delivery available through Deliveroo.
As someone on a gluten-free diet*, pizza is one of those rarities that is often craved and seldom enjoyed. Supermarkets have... read more
9-13 George Street
Formerly Copa, two-floor, glass-fronted venue has enormous TV screens showing all major sporting events & enormous bouncers who presumably are there to check you have the right kind of shoes on. Popular with young local townsfolk. Can get VERY full on weekend nights. DJ Fri & Sat; various drinks and food promos.
I love going to Copa. It is one of my favourite restaurants to go to have lunch or a drink. I find the way that the staff work... read more