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Berkshire nightlife venues

Whether you’re looking for live entertainment or just somewhere with a lively atmosphere, Berkshire can deliver a memorable night out and here is some of the best nightlife. One of Reading’s most iconic venues is the Purple Turtle, a bar of legendary status with a dungeon-esque basement thumping with Reading’s best DJ crews. Another good bar for live music is the deeply cool Oakford Social Club. Bands perform on their neon-lit stage every week.

Windsor is a fine location to spend the evening and the town’s most popular pubs are The Two Brewers, the Prince Arthur and The George, an 18th-century boozer with superb castle views as well as a lovely terrace and garden area. Berkshire is a big county, so it’s impossible to mention all of its fantastic bars, clubs and pubs here. But here’s a very quick round up of some the more notorious: For nightclubs, try Club 1, a sophisticated nightclub for over 25s in Ascot; Jagz – great for live jazz – also in Ascot; Fantasy Nightclub, Slough; Smokeys, Maidenhead; Zinc in Newbury; and the Coppid Beech, Bracknell.


Our picks


Purple Turtle
Live music at the Purple Turtle

9 Gun Street, Reading RG1 2JR

One of the Berkshire’s most iconic venues is the Purple Turtle, a bar of legendary status, find it on Reading’s Gun Street. The bar is quirky and artistic in design, hosting live music and karaoke, as well as the dark and dungeon-like basement hosting Reading’s best DJs. Visit website


The Rowbarge
The Rowbarge

Station Road, Woolhampton, Reading RG7 5SH

The Rowbarge has been serving the needs of travellers and locals alike for hundreds of years. It is a truly characterful traditional pub. There are six different rooms with nooks and crannies aplenty, six different cask ales on tap, a decent wine list and a shelf crammed with malts. And most important of all, you’ll find a warm welcome from a friendly crew who’ll enjoy looking after you. Visit website


The Two Brewers
Serving a beer

34 Park Street, Windsor SL4 1LB

The Two Brewers is one of Windsor’s most popular pubs and is located just by the entrance to the Long Walk. It’s small but perfectly formed – there are only nine tables inside and wooden benches outside – it serves good English beer and old-world wines. Visit website


The Alma
The Alma

61 Springfield Road, Windsor SL4 3PP

The Alma is a traditional British pub with the largest beer garden in Windsor and offers a great beer and ale selection, lovely wines and a fantastic gin and whisky selection. The wooden tables and quirky collection of vintage collectibles, many of which are for sale, make The Alma an eccentric spot for a tipple. Visit website


Duchess of Cambridge
The Duchess of Cambridge

3-4 Thames Street, Windsor SL4 1PL

The friendly Duchess of Cambridge, located right opposite the magnificent Windsor Castle, is a firm favourite with locals and visitors alike with its real log fire in the winter and sun terrier in the warmer months. Make sure you pop in for a pint while you’re here, you won’t regret it. Visit website


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Image credits: ©Bel & the Dragon; Elevate/Unsplash; Luis Santos/Shutterstock.com; The Alma; The Duchess of Cambridge; The Rowbarge

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