6 ISSUES FOR £6 Subscribe to Cotswold Life today click here

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

Archant

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

A post shared by Rylee.pruk (@rylee.pruk) on

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

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

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

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

A post shared by Evie Shonk (@evieshonk) on

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

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

A post shared by Fin (@fin_ling) on

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

A post shared by Retreat (@retreatcheltenham) on

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

A post shared by Alice Paisley (@alice_paisley7) on

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

A post shared by Ben Hawker (@benhawkerwine) on

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

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Cotswold Life visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Cotswold Life staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Cotswold Life account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from Food & Drink

9 minutes ago

The quintessential British treat of finger sandwiches, scones and cakes and, of course, tea, can now be enjoyed at home thanks to Mrs D’s Vintage Afternoon Teas

Read more
Mon, 11:10

The Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials is one of the world’s leading events

Read more
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Restaurateur, writer, businesswoman, TV presenter – and the Cotswolds’ own – Prue Leith is the new judge on Channel 4’s The Great British Bake Off. Katie Jarvis caught up with her at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons and almost found out more

Read more
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Once the preserve of high society, an afternoon tea is now widely available in cafes, tearooms and restaurants across the UK. This is no less true in the Cotswolds. We pick 19 of the best places to enjoy this indulgent treat in the region

Read more
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

In the Cotswolds, we’ve got a cheese to suit every mood and they’re all award-winners...

Read more
Thursday, August 3, 2017

Real ale is more popular than ever as local breweries create beers to satisfy a new breed of beer-drinkers

Read more
Wednesday, August 2, 2017

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

Read more
Monday, July 24, 2017

A glance in an estate agent’s window, a chance meeting with a renowned Cotswold foodie and almost by accident Chipping Campden had got its high-quality butcher back

Read more
Monday, July 17, 2017

Calling all fizz and food lovers! Cheltenham is set to host its very own pizza and Prosecco festival in December this year and we’re excited

Read more
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

There can’t be many better places to enjoy dinner and drinks than in a stunning riverside setting in the Cotswold countryside. From a position on the banks of the River Thames to the River Churn, here are some of the best riverside pubs that the region has to offer…

Read more
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Cool down this summer with these deliciously refreshing Raspberry & Peach Smash Popsicles - yum!

Read more
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Sales of gin have soared to record levels in the UK with a number of Cotswold distilleries leading the way

Read more
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Enjoy a day in the sunshine at these wonderful Pick Your Own fruit farms in the Cotswolds...

Read more
Monday, July 10, 2017

Travel in style with your canine companion.

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory
A+ Education

Subscribe or buy a mag today

subscription ad
Cotswold Life Application Link

Local Business Directory

Cotswold's trusted business finder

Job search in your local area



Search For a Car In Your Area

Property Search