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This pub is a real students' haunt and due to its location, tourists usually do not find it. It is located in an area usually referred to as Romsey town, an old workers' area off Mill Road. Their weekly pub quiz (tuesday) is probably the most popular and one of the most challenging in town. Other events like comedy and music take place regularly as well, but due to space reasons, many of them were moved to the "brother" pub called the Emperor. The Empress has usually a good choice of ales and gets pretty full from around 8 pm, especially on pub quiz nights. Decoration focuses on pictures from good old Queen Victoria. Pub games are available, but sometimes there is just no space to play them....
Good pub and probably one of the best places to meet locals (especially students) instead of tourists.
Written Jul 23, 2012
Address: Thoday Street, Cambridge CB1 3AX
Not long before I went to Cambridge, the Emperor had a major makeover, including owner change. Quickly, the Emperor became the popular new kid with a number of changing activities. This does not include beer tasting events (which are held by almost every pub in Cambridge), but many other activities like open mic nights, live music, quiz nights etc. Pool and dart are available, although I would not recommend to have both in use at the same time. Note the hexagon shaped pool table. Unfortunately, the kitchen has very limited opening hours (only three hours for lunch and longer opening times for Sunday roast). If you are a student, you can count on discounts for meals between Monday and Wednesday. The atmosphere is good, the audience usually consists of students. Although the Emperor is open for the whole afternoon as well as for lunch, it does not seem to come to life before around 7 pm, especially on weekdays.
The Emperor is run by the same guys as the Empress, which has won many awards, including pub of the year in 2010. Definitively, one of the better choices in Cambridge!
Written Jul 3, 2012
Address: 21 Hills Road, Cambridge CB2
This pub wins because of its atmosphere which was cheerful and friendly on a weekday. It is well visited, people are sociable and is unusually decorated: Dark atmosphere, with Jack Daniels bottles serving as chandeliers and a collection of pig-related items, mostly consisting of postcards. Food is served only for lunch, outside of these time only snacks in form of crisps and similar stuff is available. The audience is pretty mixed, with all ages groups and styles present. Guest ales are available (unfortunately, I made a bad choice on that day and drank a true headache-maker called Stormstay). Defitintively, it is a good recommendation for a night out, if you don't want the traditional pub atmosphere and something with a somewhat more continental charm.
Written Dec 11, 2011
In summer you can go and watch performances of Shakespeare plays in the college gardens in Cambridge. We were lucky and got tickets for Hamlet in the garden of Robinson College.
It was fantastic!
The company gave us a wonderful performance. To act in a garden is so much more difficult than on a real stage, but they did just great. The ghost scene was done by a huge, white piece of cloth, which seemed to have been blown up by a sort of huge hairdryer, people were moving underneath, it gave a very eerie atmosphere.
The players inside the play were done in a sort of Punch and Judy show, a great idea.
I admired the actors even more, when it started raining rather heavily, and they just went on.
However, after the play they disappeared very fast, probably in order to get into dry clothes.
Picture taking during the performance was not allowed.
If you happen to be in Cambridge in July or August, don't miss this festival.
Dress Code: Dress comfortably, don't forget a coat and most important bring your umbrella.
Updated Jul 23, 2010
Cambridge, for a town of its size has remarkably large choice of clubs. [At the time of writing] The ones frequented by the 'Young people' include Ballare (aka cindies- best on Wednesdays), Cocos (Thursdays but this might be changing). My favourite is Fez club on Monday. Get there before 10:30pm and you'll find a queue during term time. The music is a good mix of rock, indie and current hits- all v. dancable. Sundays are best at Life (mostly know for being a gay club). Feel free to email me if you have any questions
Written Aug 23, 2005
The Corn Exchange can be relied upon to deliver some fairly big names in the world's of music and comedy.
When packed, it can seat almost 2,000 people and with the thousands of students in the city, the place is assured of strong ticket sales.
It's also an impressive building to see in it's own right.
Check out the website below, and don't forget that with such a lively arts scene there are several other theatres in the city such as the Cambridge Arts theatre.
Written Mar 8, 2005
Here's a place you'll find me from time to time, most likely on a Friday evening. It's in the Mill Road area, and generally pubs here are less busy than those in the city centre. It's a great pub with a good choice of beers, and a great atmosphere. There's lots of seating, a jukebox and they serve food in the early evening as well.
Look out for the bicycle suspended from the ceiling as a decoration!
Written Jun 6, 2003
Address: Tenison Road, Cambridge
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