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In the heart of our charming city lies some of the most quintessentially English pubs and bars in the country. There’s no better way to get to know Oxford than by visiting the local hotspots.

To discover Oxford’s best drinking spots, consult our guide to the best pubs and bars in the city.

1. The Jericho Tavern

A more modern spot than many of the others in Oxford, this upbeat pub puts a unique twist on traditional tavern culture. Their quirkiness extends to their menu, where you can even find a burger with sweet waffle bits! Add craft beer and cocktails, and this stylish spot is a must-visit. The Jericho Tavern, 56 Walton St, OX2 6AE.

2. The Lighthouse

Originally a pub, The Lighthouse has become one of the best cocktail spots in the city. Choose between views of Oxford Castle or the riverside, best enjoyed on the private terrace. Fresh and local ingredients make this charismatic location come to life. The Lighthouse, 1 Park End St, OX1 1HH.

Sandy’s Piano Bar

This elegant live music venue provides wine by the glass and original cocktails. Seasonal drinks menus change to reflect the best produce of the moment. With a range of talented house pianists and open mic nights, expect wonderful tunes almost every day of the week. Sandy’s Piano Bar, 4 King Edward St, OX1 4HS.

The Mad Hatter

Guess the answer to the riddle to enter this Wonderland themed speakeasy. Expect creative cocktails served in anything from teapots to conical flasks. Eccentric decor and a range of live events make this lively bar one of Oxford’s most thrilling spots. The Mad Hatter, 43 Iffley Road, OX4 1EA.

Angel & Greyhound

With roaring fires and a leafy courtyard, the Angel & Greyhound is the perfect pub no matter the season. Situated right next to the meadow and River Cherwell, it’s a lovely short stroll from the city centre to this charming spot. Angel & Greyhound, 30 St Clement’s St, OX4 1AB.

Angels Cocktail Bar

Independently run, this chic bar offers unique cocktails and classics with a twist. Located in Jericho, this small but classy venue is perfect for your favourite tipple. Open Thursday to Sunday, it’s ideal for a romantic weekend date night. Angels Cocktail Bar, 55 Little Clarendon St, OX1 2HS.

The Turf Tavern

A historical pub hidden away down short alleyways, The Turf Tavern is a local favourite. There is some debate about the exact date of when the pub was formed, but people have been drinking on the site since the 14th century. Now taken over by Greene King, you can expect quality service, a beer garden and a great atmosphere. The Turf Tavern, 4 Holywell St, OX1 3SU.

After a great day of exploring, relax back into our comfortable beds at Vanbrugh House Hotel. To make the most of your visit, discover our special offers.

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