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Cambridgeshire nightlife venues

Cambridgeshire can deliver a memorable night out and here are the best places to have a drink. If you fancy kicking your night off with a cocktail then 196 on Mill Road is a great place to start and Novi also serves a great botanical cocktails. In the centre of town, the roof terrace at the stylish Varsity Hotel is probably the best place to have a drink with a view in Cambridge. Meanwhile Riverside, the area around Magdalene Bridge, comes alive at night, with people sitting by the river enjoying a drink. Cambridge Wine Merchants on Bridge Street is a brilliant spot for people-watching. The Cambridge Brew House not only serves good beer, but it brews it, too. You can see the micro-brewery, Cambridge Brewing Company, within the pub, and two of its favourite ales are always served such as King’s Parade or Misty River. BrewDog has a funky new bar on Bene’t Street, and boasts 25 beers on tap and The Pint Shop is a great place to go for a proper beer. On King Street you’ll find Thirsty & Hungry, a spin-off from the small Thirsty bar on Chesterton Road.

Over in Ely, Poets House is a charming hotel that also mixes mean cocktails to perfection. If you like a decent glass of wine, too, the Sonnet Bar is the place to come. 3At3 is a real ale and craft beer cafe, serving locally-sourced produce from Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. In Willingham, a small village just outside Cambridge, The Bank Micropub is said to be the first micropub to have opened in Cambridgeshire. Out in Linton, south of Cambridge, is Wylde Sky Brewing, a craft brewhouse that features music nights and pop-up food trucks, as well as a fantastic array of beers.  New to the scene in Huntingdon is Olmo Lounge on the High Street – a contemporary bar serving food, which oozes atmosphere. The Old Bridge Hotel in Huntingdon, although renowned for food, is also a great place for drinking in the evening.

Our picks

Parker’s Tavern

52-42 Regent Street, Cambridge CB2 1AD

The bar at Parker’s Tavern is a cut above the usual Cambridge drinking establishment, where the chink of ice and the stir of cocktails continues late into the night, customers sinking into velvet sofas in a dark, wood-panelled room for a private tête-à-tête. In the main dining room, red leather benches and dark wood give evening meals the feel of a city classic, gently lit by night. By day, the dining room is flooded with sunshine from windows featuring stained glass shields of Cambridge colleges, which look out onto Parker’s Piece. Visit website

Academy of Ancient Music
Cello player

11b King’s Parade, Cambridge CB2 1SJ

The Academy of Ancient Music is an orchestra with a worldwide reputations or excellence in baroque and classical music. Bringing music to life in committed, vibrant performances around the world as well in their home town of Cambridge. See their website to buy tickets and to find out more about their Cambridge concerts. Visit website

Hidden Rooms
Cocktail making

7b Jesus Lane, Cambridge CB5 8BA

The Hidden Rooms on Jesus Lane is a well-hidden cocktail bar below the elegant Pizza Express restaurant. It’s open from 7pm (6pm at weekends) and there’s no entrance fee, but it’s best to book. It serve amazing cocktails and there are often live events, too. Visit website

The Liquor Loft

2-4, King Street, Cambridge CB1 1LN

The Liquor Loft, upstairs at Stolen restaurant on King’s Street, is a cocktail and wine bar with an outdoor terrace, which – as the name suggests – has a huge range of spirits. Great for watching the night sky with friends, or cosying up with a throw in its intimate interior. Visit website

Cambridge Corn Exchange
Live music

2 Wheeler Street, Cambridge CB2 3QB

If you’re looking to watch some live music, head for Cambridge Corn Exchange, located right in the centre of town. It always hosts big-name bands and a wealth of artists that people clamour to see, often on the first leg of their tour after playing London. It also puts on plenty of top theatre shows, too. You may want to check out the website before you visit in case there’s someone you really want to see as gigs often sell out, but it’s also worth just turning up to the box office in town. Visit website

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