Nightclubs and bars in Oxfordshire

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  • Park End Nightclub: Park End Nightclub

    by daniday Written Sep 8, 2002

    Definitely the best of a poor bunch of clubs in Oxford. Each night is slightly different but are mostly very mainstream and cheesy. Good for dancing, best when drunk. Drinks very cheap on Mondays and Wednesdays (beer £1 a pint).

    Dress Code: Nothing too outrageous. Trainers and jeans normally OK. Bouncers have been known to be rude and sometimes racist, but generally they are no problem.

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  • .....and daylife as well,...

    by simon_g Written Sep 7, 2002

    .....and daylife as well, please.....

    Not a particular place, but more of an independent ratings list of ALL of the PUBS inside the ring-road (142 of them at the last count!), painstakingly researched again and again over the past 5 years or so.
    To save space you can view them at this site:

    http://www.earth.ox.ac.uk/~chrisw/pubindex.html

    My particular centrally located favourites would have to include the Bear, the Turf Tavern and the Royal Oak, which are all old and tourist-friendly(apart from the Royal Oak, inexplicably) but you should really try a few and judge for yourself - after all it would be rude not to.....!
    Hmmm - interesting page format...?!

    OK - NIGHTCLUBS! - well they're nothing much to write home about, to be honest - Oxford is more of a pub place unless there's a big group of you (in which case any place is simply what you make it). For cheesy music you're in paradise - try DTMs or 5th Avenue, both in the centre (5th Ave hidden away upstairs in a shopping centre - I kid you not), or Park End (towards the railway station) for a slighlty more serious crowd (read 'some people go there and actually think that they're in a cool club!' - they are sadly disillusioned however...). On the roundabout out past Magdalen College is a place called Club Latinos - the name says it all (almost!?!) as it plays some latin dance as well as the usual british stuff, and is apparently run by some bolivians. Or for a proper night out try the Zodiac, which is up Cowley Road (east Oxford) - probably the best club in the city.

    Dress Code: Pubs - anything within reason...........

    Clubs - SOMETIMES not allowed trainers, but remember that this is a student town where people are naturally scruffy. Park End might try to be fussy about this, and ditto the Zodiac on some nights, but in general the club is just a pub extension due to the ridiculous licencing laws in this country (general rant ahoy...!), so see 'Pubs' above. We're really classy around here, honest.....!?!!

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    nigth life ends very early as...

    by yasi Written Sep 7, 2002

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    nigth life ends very early as in every other place in england.Pubs are good for an early start to drink then u may close the nigth at the discos.But don't forget that drinks(other then beer) and cigarets are expensive

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  • 5th Avenue: 5th Avenue

    by JennyLuker Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Love it or hate it, as a student at Oxford, you will inevitably end up here. The good side is that you tend to know the majority of the people there, the bad side is, it's Filth (literally - the name students have christened this fine establishment). As a none student, you may have trouble getting in on a week-day without STudent ID. Be prepared for serious cheese.

    Dress Code: Normally pretty much anything goes. During the week even trainers are OK (as long as you are still vertical by teh time you get to the front of the queue). Slightly smarter at the weekend.

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    For clubbing, head for one of...

    by zoe_c Written Aug 26, 2002

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    For clubbing, head for one of the following: The Studio, Park End, the Zodiac, The Bridge...
    Often playing cheesy music, these are a great night out if you've had a bit too much to drink!

    You need a student card for some of the nights (Studio: Tuesday, Park End: Weds, Zodiac: Mon, Weds, Thurs, Bridge: Thurs), so if you don't have one it's probably best to check...

    The Zodiac has some great gigs.

    Dress Code: Anything you like, usually! They're pretty casual.

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    The Isis: The Isis

    by yellowstar Written Aug 26, 2002

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    The Isis is a pub directly located at the river thames. In summer it is a great place to go out, sit under trees and enjoy a beergarden atmosphere. You have to walk there for about 10 minutes. This means there are no cars, no noise, except for the rowing teachers on their bikes who pass by regularly and shout instructions to their students sitting in their boats and row.

    Dress Code: there is no dress code

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    The Park End club.: The Park End club.

    by Tara2001 Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    This has to be the biggest and most popular club in Oxford. There are various rooms with all kinds of music playing, although generally a bit cheesy, there's nice atmosphere and its a good laugh!

    Dress Code: Anything goes except for trainers.

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    Turf Tavern: Turf Tavern

    by ldahl Written Aug 24, 2002

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    A 13th century pub, with the low ceilings to prove it (watch your head). Built against the ruins of the city wall. Has a great patio for those warm summer nights.

    Dress Code: It's a pub...dress however you want.

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