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Things we love:

All the history, old buildings, bikes and eccentric intellectuals everywhere.

The shark house – a house in Headington with a 25-foot long headless shark sticking out of the roof.

Ben’s Cookies was founded in Oxford – you guys are worth getting fat for.

Punting around the rivers.

People walk around in billowing gowns and strange black hats like it’s completely normal.

Things we wish we’d known…

That Hitler didn’t bomb Oxford because if he conquered Europe he was planning on using it as his capital.

The dining hall in Christ Church College was used in the Harry Potter films.

Radiohead and Supergrass are from Oxford.

Oxford graduates include C S Lewis, Lewis Carroll, J R R Tolkien, Hugh Grant, Thatcher and Cameron to name but a few.

 

 

Best bars in Oxford
Best bars in Oxford
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Branca
Branca

Italian chic in the heart of kitsch quarter Jericho, we’re into it. Branca has it all: a cool interior, a bright courtyard, satisfying Italian grub and killer drinks This is the place in Jericho to kick-start your weekend; whether filling Read More

Cafe Tarifa
Cafe Tarifa

Welcome to Morocco, Africa or wherever you want to be, as soon as you step in off the Cowley Road, you’re there. If you took a gap year, you’ll be transported straight back to it (thanks to the incense mingled with Read More

Freuds
Freuds

As far as bars go, this one is impressive. What was once an old church is now Freuds; home to cocktails, pizzas and DJs (tick, tick, boom). This house of worship has been turned on its head, it’s now more Read More

Hi Lo
Hi Lo

Anyone who’s been drinking in Oxford will know how tricky it is to buy a drink after midnight. That’s why this Cowley Road classic is such a winner for those who want to go hard rather than home. When bells Read More

Joseph Perks & Co
Joseph Perks & Co

A cool new bar from the team at The Cocktail Service. Joseph Perks & Co has been created in homage to the legendary namesake bartender, who went missing in the 1970s during his travels, months before he was to open Read More

Raouls
Raouls

This retro haven produces some of the best cocktails in town, so if you’re in Oxford then you have got to swing by. It’s retro cool in here, dress for the swinging 60s if you dare (it’s not actually encouraged Read More

The Bear Inn
The Bear Inn

Welcome to The Bear! Grrrr. Dating back to 1242, this is the oldest pub in Oxford (quite a feat) and it’s as charming as it is aged. With wooden panelled walls, crackling fires, low ceilings and a wooden well stocked Read More

The Courtyard Gin Bar at The Feathers Hotel
The Courtyard Gin Bar at The Feathers Hotel

Found in the Cotswold town of Woodstock, this 17th Century country townhouse isn’t a party-hard location, but it makes for a pretty pit-stop or a great base for a dirty weekend away… Gin cocktails at brunch, that’s how we roll. Read More

The Duke of Cambridge
The Duke of Cambridge

It might sound like a cosy old pub, but it’s actually a pretty swanky cocktail bar, so don’t go expecting the former. There’s a large impressive bar with low hanging lamps down one side and a wave of leather seating Read More

The Jam Factory
The Jam Factory

The Jam Factory is, unsurprisingly, an old jam factory, responsible for Frank Cooper’s finest back in the day. Now it’s a cool, indie hang-out with bare-brick walls, big airy rooms and enough space to show off the best of local Read More

The Magdalene Arms
The Magdalene Arms

AA Gill gave this place a mega write up, which is never a good thing because you go expecting the world. We say go expecting a pretty perfect pub with a happy atmosphere. Looming over the Iffley Road, don’t be Read More

The Old Bookbinders
The Old Bookbinders

We love this pub! With a father and son team at the helm, it’s full of passion and it shows. It is the perfect place to come and hang out whether you’re a tourist / student / local (or BarChick) Read More

The Old Parsonage
The Old Parsonage

This Oxford hotel is a classic, and the ideal place to take a date for dinner (if the snogging couple were anything to go by on our visit) or your mum for lunch, either way it ticks all the boxes. Read More

The Rickety Press
The Rickety Press

Hidden down the back streets in Jericho, this new homely pub/dining room has shaken things up a bit. Sure, it’s a pub, but if you look closely you’ll see that there is so much more to it. The bar is Read More

The Turf Tavern
The Turf Tavern

This is iconic Oxford drinking at its very best. With The Bodleian Library behind you and The Radcliffe to your right, go under the bridge and down the hidden alleyway. Right a bit, left a bit until you come across Read More

The White Horse
The White Horse

Don’t be taking any of your tall friends with you because they will have to hunch over, and the chances of getting a table are pretty slim. Having said that we joined a table of true Oxford breeds, a couple Read More