Cheltenham Festival evening entertainment: 7 of the best live music venues

PUBLISHED: 10:07 04 March 2015 | UPDATED: 09:58 11 March 2015


Want to know where to go once the days’s action during Cheltenham Race Week has come to a close? To make sure you are at the liveliest party in town we have rounded up six of the best pubs and bars offering live music, so you can carry on partying once you have left Cheltenham Racecourse

The Frog and Fiddle will have live music on both Thursday  and Friday nightsThe Frog and Fiddle will have live music on both Thursday and Friday nights

Frog and Fiddle

313-315 High Street, Cheltenham GL50 3HW

Rather appropriately for a pub with the word fiddle in its name there will be a strong Irish theme to the celebrations on St Patrick’s Derby Day (March 12) with the traditional Irish band Henry Marten’s Ghost in residence. Their set list includes Irish songs, ballads, reels and jigs. While on the Friday three bands are in residence; The Ramonas, Red Light Rebels, The Setbacks, so let your hair down and celebrate the week’s action, winners and losers.

The Tavern

Royal Well Place, Cheltenham GL50 3DN; tel 01242 221212

Looking for something different? On Tuesday 10 and Friday 13 March one of the country’s best beatbox bands Duke will be performing at The Tavern, a bar and restaurant famed for its food and atmosphere just a minute’s stroll from Cheltenham’s Promenade. Catch them putting their unique musical stamp on proceedings.

The Kickback Band will be playing at The Strand on Thursday March 12The Kickback Band will be playing at The Strand on Thursday March 12

The Strand

40-42 High Street, Cheltenham GL50 1EE; tel: 01242 511848

On St Patrick’s Derby Day (Thursday 12 March) The Kickback Band will be playing a diverse array of music including classic and recent rock and pop songs at The Strand on the top end of Cheltenham’s High Street,, ensuring everyone gets in the party mood and ready for Gold Cup day. If the weather is good there is a beer garden people can spill out into and there is a television screen so you don’t have to miss any of the action from the major races including the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

The Exmouth Arms

167 Bath Road, Cheltenham GL53 7LX; tel: 01242 528149

This popular pub on Bath Road has live music on both Thursday and Friday nights. On Thursday the Bad Back Band will be playing favourites from the 80s, 90s, noughties and today. While, if you are still in town, on the Gold Cup night The Hoolies will be showing you how to celebrate Irish style - get your jigging shoes on. If there was an Irish winner expect the party mood to run and run...

Getting into the Irish spirit during Cheltenham Raceweek at the BreweryGetting into the Irish spirit during Cheltenham Raceweek at the Brewery

The Brewery

Henrietta Street, Cheltenham GL50 4FA; tel: 01242 574378

It’s party time in Cheltenham and The Brewery is one of the places to go. Join the happy thong of locals and racegoers for a week-long party of live music, Irish dancing and general festivities. Kicking off the action every night at 5pm will be Irish band The Dublin Jacks who will be performing a mixture of traditional and contemporary Irish folk and country music, accompanied by dancers from the McCarthy-Felton School of Irish dancing. Then on Tuesday and Thursday night at 7.30pm The Lighter Thieves take to the stage, while on Wednesday and Friday nights acoustic duo Thunder Road will keep the crowds entertained.

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Six Degrees Of Separation

6 Regent St, Cheltenham GL50 1HE

On Tuesday March 10 The Strays will be in residence at Six Degrees from 8-10pm playing acoustic rockabilly, soul and pop covers. Located in the centre of town it is the perfect venue to enjoy some post-race cocktails and fab music.


4 Cambray Place, Cheltenham GL50 1JS; tel: 01242 255453

Situated in the centre of town, this trendy spot will have live music all week, from Tuesday till Friday. They bands will be playing a mix of covers and sing-along songs so you can’t fail to get up and dance, and get merry. And when you aren’t at the racecourse you can still keep up with all the action from every day, including Ladies’ Day and the charity race St Patrick’s Derby, as the pub has two big screens, 5 plasmas and 9 televisions… so you will be able to see every thrill and every spill from the Festival.

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