Comfortable and well-run community pub which retains the public bar / lounge bar divide - one a boistrous bar with games and the other quieter. The base for a number of local community activities.
The beer is Wadworths of Devizes, a little further east than its usual haunts. The Malt 'n Hops Ale is recommended.
A genuine Irish pub, by which I mean a pub which is run and patronised by genuine Irish people. Please note that it is *not* called 'O'Shaughnessy's' or 'Paddy Murphy's'. The exterior is also clear of advertising for stout, which is nevertheless available inside. Televised Gaelic football and hurling for those that like that sort of thing. When Ireland were eliminated from the World Cup by Spain, the clientele didn't rush out into the road smashing windows and attacking SEAT cars, the pub flew the Spanish flag outside alongside the Irish one for the remainder of the event. That says a lot about a pub and its customers, and that's why I'm mentioning it here!
Each day of the week is diferent. Funk on a Friday means a good crowd, never any trouble. Drinks are a bit pricey!!! But they always have a couple of drinks at a quid. Tuesday is student night, thursday is Drum and Bass/Techno. two rooms with a unique sound. i love it!
Dress Code: anything goes.
OK, this place is a real dive. I only recommend it for ONE THING ONLY: first thursday night of each month, the hold a night called 'checkPoint Charlie' One of the best nights in the country. Always quality DJs and a friendly atmosphere but can be hard to get in due to size of crowds. Get there early
Dress Code: Anything goes. But not too clean!
Pub with Drinks at a reasonable price. Opens till 2am! you might bump into other travellers! very chilled out crowd. 'everyone in trainers and jeans' sort of place. Its probably the only place where the doormen have never rejected someone!
Dress Code: anything
Opens till 2am. amazingly good atmosphere. Great setting/decor inside too. Kinda mellow. Wednesday is world music, friday/sat can be sort of housey, big Beat, Trip hop thing so everyone is happy. Am over the moon each time i go there anyway! no pints sold-just bottles +spirits. You gotta get a Tequila slammer in there MAN! And coz the music is good, the dance floor will always be busy, but at the same time, lots of good seats around. basically, its halfway between bar and club.
Dress Code: anything
Reading University Students Union
Meet lots of students!
tuesdays-live rock band. Wednesdays and saturdays: 4 rooms each with different music, so everyone is happy. Fridays u tend to get a few pure RnB nights.
amazingly cheap alcohol ofcourse!
Dress Code: anything
A proper pub, just like a pub ought to be but all too often these days isn't. A good place to get into conversation with people when you're at a loose end. Informal live music on Monday evenings and terrific Fullers beer.
Dress Code: Come as you are. Unless you've just got out of the bath, that is!
Not really a jazz club in the sense of a place where jazz is central to the entertainment. These cavernous cellars are a restaurant first of all, a late night bar second, and jazz, either live or recorded, is played. Diners need to book in advance, especially at weekends, and non-diners are not admitted util after 11pm.
Dress Code: Smart casual
Its not really unique but it has a great atmosphere and is nearly always full of people from all over the world (Henley is a rich place and a lot of the families have opairs (excuse spelling) and they all meet here). Its not the cheapest beer in town but it is one of the best. You have to try Brakspere's Chilled Cask Bitter, it works a treat.
Dress Code: Whatever you want.
Another Brakspere's pub. This is unique because it has a beer terrace actually on the river. This is the best of the summer pubs. It is very crammped inside during winter. It can get realy busy during the summer but go anyway and you won't be dissapointed.
Dress Code: Anything.
We went out most nights to the pub for a meal. One night we went into Leighton Buzzard to a Chinese. It was quite expensive, but work paid for that.
We ate on the boat for breakfast and lunch.
Things were low key as it was a work trip not a holiday.
Getting to know Sarah and Helen a bit more.
Dress Code: Jeans, warm sweaters, raincoats and wellies.
It is one of the best in town.
Street Jazz/Disco and Latin American classes. Classes available for ages 8 to 30. All abilities welcome.