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Bars in Cheltenham: 18 of the best places to go

PUBLISHED: 14:18 02 August 2017 | UPDATED: 14:27 02 August 2017

The Fire Station Pub, Cheltenham

The Fire Station Pub, Cheltenham

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Whether you’re looking for a cosy pub, a trendy bar or a venue with local beers and live music – Cheltenham will always have something to suit your needs

131 and Crazy Eights

Boasting trendy vibes, a list of rare tipples and one of the best interiors in the Cotswolds, No. 131 is a restaurant and bar with 11 bedrooms, set in the heart of the town. There are a great selection of cocktails on the menu, and the bar staff are always happy to recommend a beverage for the indecisive drinker.

Find 131: The Promenade, GL50 1NW

Lily Gins

The bartenders at Lily Gins know their cocktails, and know their cocktails well. Browse a menu of delicious classics and inventive concoctions, and the experienced staff are on hand to ensure each drink suits your taste. The quirky, lounge-style décor, charismatic bartenders and fantastic playlist make for a jovial, party atmosphere that has evening drinkers returning again and again.

Find Lily Gins: 2A Ormond Terrace, Regent Street, GL50 1HR

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Hotel Du Vin

Nestled in the Montpellier district, Hotel Du Vin is the go-to bar for celebrating a special occasion in Cheltenham. There are comfy leather sofas in abundance and a relaxed atmosphere - perfect for catching up with friends after work or leisurely at the weekend. Wine lovers can enjoy tasting sessions in the Laroche wine tasting room with a purpose built cigar shack.

Find Hotel Du Vin: Parabola Road, GL50 3AH

Clarence Social

Spread across three floors of gorgeous, contemporary decor, Clarence Social is a trendy spot serving a tasty brunch menu in the morning right through to mixing cocktails until the early hours. We recommend trying to find the ‘hidden’ speakeasy bar in the basement and enjoying table service from the knowledgeable bartenders.

Find The Clarence Social: Clarence Parade, GL50 3NY

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Malmaison

The warm, intimate bar set within Malmaison, boasts open fireplaces and a library as a backdrop to its killer cocktail range. Recline into one of the sofas or relax in the conservatory as your waiter delivers drinks to you – no need to go to the bar! Need a recommendation? We suggest the Malmaison Fizz: a delectable concoction of Maison Champagne, Finlandia Grapefruit, Kamm & Sons Ginseng and Belvoir elderflower.

Find Malmaison: Bayshill Roas, GL50 3AS

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Bottle of Sauce

Finalist in our Newcomer of the Year Award at the Cotswold Life Food & Drink Awards 2017, one of the latest additions to the Cheltenham bar scene is already a popular drinking spot throughout the week. Alongside a wide selection of craft beers and lagers, including their own Dodo ale and lager, there’s also a fantastic selection of Dodo cocktails to sample. From Monday through to Friday take advantage of the ‘After Work Drinkin’’ menu; pints are £3 and a glass of Prosecco £4!

Find Bottle of Sauce: 7 Ambrose Street, GL50 3LH

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Montpellier Wine Bar

One of Cheltenham’s most established drinking spots, Montpellier Wine Bar has stayed in the same spot at the end of Montpellier Terrace for over 40 years; and they certainly know a thing or two for ensuring their guests have a good night. Whether you visit during the week or weekend a lively atmosphere is guaranteed, and it’s a wonderful sanctuary after a long day to share a bottle of wine or bubbles with friends.

Find Montpellier Wine Bar: Bayshill Lodge, GL50 1SY

Door 4

Opening recently in Montpellier, Door 4 is already receiving rave reviews for their extensive menu of inventive cocktails, carefully hand-picked wines and tasty sharing boards. Ensuring their guests have the perfect start to an enjoyable evening out, the amiable, knowledgeable bartenders are just one of the many reasons visitors keep returning to this drinking spot.

Find Door 4: 4 Montpellier Walk, GL50 1SD

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Sixways Wine Bar

Another wonderful addition to Cheltenham’s fantastic food and drink scene, Sixways Wine Bar, not only offers guests a wide array of wines – with a selection of 100 whites, rosés and reds – but also an interesting variety of gins! Enjoying a decadent sharing cheese board with a glass of red is a great way to spend a leisurely lunchtime.

Find Sixways Wine Bar: 201 London Road, GL52 6HU

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Soho Bar

Specialising in Champagne and cocktails, Soho Bar is also in Cheltenham’s upmarket Montpellier area. Known for its good music and even better cocktails, the bar attracts an eclectic crowd. Don’t miss a glass of Laurent-Perrier upstairs in the charming Champagne Bar.

Find Soho Bar: 2 Rotunda Terrace, Montpellier Street, GL50 1SW

The Daffodil

Sip champagne in style on The Daffodil’s circle balcony, overlooking the bustling restaurant and open kitchen below. The former cinema boasts an Art Deco interior and plenty of space to accommodate the weekend crowds. Visit on a Friday evening when bottles of Champagne and Prosecco are 50% off – you can even pair your bubbly with oysters. What a way to start the weekend!

Find The Daffodil: 18-20 Suffolk Parade, GL50 2AE

Bar 50

Reminiscent of a trendy New York loft style lounge with industrial decor, Bar 50 is a popular drinking spot in The Suffolks loved by locals and visitors that stumble across it. Well-known for their expertly-crafted cocktails, including a delicious Espresso Martini, it’s also an atmospheric setting for a leisurely evening with a bottle of fizz. When the weather allows, try to grab a table outside and enjoy a glass of bubbly in the sunshine.

Find Bar 50: 50 Suffolk Road, GL50 2AQ

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The Retreat

Whether you want a pint of Guinness, a good glass of wine or try a new craft beer, make sure you visit the popular Retreat for an evening tipple. A vibrant wine bar with a cosy outdoor area at the back – it’s always packed with locals and enjoys an animated crowd of drinkers every weekend.

Find The Retreat: 10/11 Suffolk Parade, GL50 2AB

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The Fire Station

Housed in the former fire station built over 100 years ago, the aptly named bar-cum restaurant boasts enviable modern interiors and gorgeous furnishings, and always attracts a thriving crowd all week long. Take a seat at the bar, watch the bartenders climb and clamber up ladders to the top of the well-stocked bar and sip on a Cotswolds gin and tonic or lovers of the Aperol Spritz should try a Brit Spritz – you won’t be disappointed! If you’re visiting on a Saturday or Sunday morning, why not indulge in the boozy bottomless brunch?

Find The Fire Station: St James Square, GL50 3PU

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John Gordons

If liquor is your thing, then John Gordons needs to be your first stop in Cheltenham. The specialist whisky, wine & champagne saloon bar in Montpellier is an intimate venue, with an impressive back bar selection. Don’t miss the Siblings gin, locally made by a quartet of siblings in Gloucestershire, best served with tonic and blueberries.

Find John Gordons: 11/13 Montpellier Arcade, GL50 1SU

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Wild Beer

Quirky tasting beers, laidback vibes and cosy interiors can be found in Wild Beer, tucked away from Cheltenham’s busy high street. The drinks menu is ever-changing with no less than 20 draught beers on tap and there are plenty of tasty dishes on offer – each designed to accompany your beverage.

Find Wild Beer: 20 Cambray Place, GL50 1JX

AquaVitae

AquaVitae is a contemporary and popular bar with a cocktail menu to match. It has a welcoming and informal environment and it’s the ideal venue to catch up with friends over a drink at the end of the week. For those hoping to continue the party into the early hours make your way into the adjoining 21 Club, a cosy basement bar, playing music until 3am.

Find AquaVitae: 10 Ormond Terrace, Regent Street, GL50 1JD

The Grape Escape

With a warm welcome as soon as you walk through the door and vinyl playing in the background, the Grape Escape is an ideal spot to put the world to rights during after a long working week. The extensive collection of white, red, Roses and bottles of fizz, and offering a selection of over 300 wines each week, there’ll be something to suit even the most discerning of drinkers. Friday night drinkers should take advantage of £10 taken off any bottle of fizz before 8pm – clink!

Find The Grape Escape: 10 Bath Road, GL53 7HA

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