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    Far from the Madding Crowd: Far from the Madding Crowd

    by King_Golo Updated Jul 10, 2011

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    Yet another favourite pub of mine: Located conveniently in the city centre, "Far from the Madding Crowd" is still, well, far from the madding crowd of tourists. Nonetheless, it's a very nice place for a pint or two, and they have some of the best pub-made pizza in Oxford. The owners are very nice and there are some cosy couches on one side of the room and the regular tables and bar stools on the other.

    The reason I like this pub very much is the "German Stammtisch" taking place there every second Thursday in term time. Teaching German in Oxford, this is my (and everybody else's) opportunity to get to know my students outside a classroom situation. Join us, if you speak German and are thirsty!

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    The Turf Tavern: The Turf Tavern: "An education in intoxication"

    by King_Golo Updated Jul 10, 2011

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    Particularly popular with students (hence the pub's motto), the Turf might well be the city's most difficult to find pub. Every student will know where it is, so if you're lucky to find one of this rare species, just follow him or her and you'll sooner or later end up in this pub.

    The Turf Tavern is located in the backyard of a backyard which again is at the end of a very narrow alley branching off New College Lane. Nonetheless, it is generally very crowded. Perhaps it's its nice atmosphere, its history dating back to the Middle Ages, the numerous sorts of beer and ale they offer, the great pub food, the famous visitors (such as Bill Clinton who allegedly didn't inhale the smoke from his joint here) or simply the fact that the species "student" isn't actually that rare in Oxford... Just give it a try yourselves!

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    The Bear: The Bear: Take care of your tie!

    by King_Golo Updated Jul 10, 2011

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    Very popular at 6.52am on May Morning: The Bear

    "The Bear" is probably one of the weirdest pubs I've been to. It's comparatively small with very low ceilings (the building it is in dates back to the 17th century, but there already was a pub in 1242!) and every possible square inch is decorated with ties. The tips of the ties, to be specific, which have been collected here since 1950. It is said that there are more than 5000 tie tips in this pub, so you can imagine just how full the walls and ceilings are. Several of them are put up in groups, such as "rugby club ties", "golf club ties", "college ties" and the like. I don't know if it is true, but rumours have it that the owner pays for a pint if you "donate" your tie.

    Dress Code: depending on how much you like your tie... ;)

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    The White Horse: White Horse: If you don't overlook its entrance...

    by King_Golo Updated Jul 10, 2011

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    The White Horse from above (at the very left)

    ... you'll be in one of Oxford's nicest pubs! "The White Horse" is squeezed between Blackwell's two entrances, so it is easily overlooked. Whoever does so misses a lot! This place is generally quite packed but very nice to sit and enjoy your evening pint. Prices are alright, and so is their selection of drinks and food.

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    Head of the River: Head of the River: Another great place for a drink

    by King_Golo Updated Jul 10, 2011

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    The best located pub in Oxford

    "Head of the River" is one of Oxford's biggest pubs with approximately 100 places outside and another 50+ inside. The reason why I mention the outside seats first is their prominent location. You can sit on chairs directly next to the river with no railing to prevent you from falling in. This is especially nice in the early evening when the sun sets behind the Folly Bridge next to you. The pub is slightly more expensive in contrast to other pubs, but the location is worth every penny.

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    The Fir Tree: The Fir Tree: Great place for a drink

    by King_Golo Updated Jul 10, 2011

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    The Fir Tree in winter

    "The Fir Tree" is a great typically English pub - decorated with everything that the owners could find, crowded, overheated and with its own special charme. Prices are lower than in the city centre bars. Fortunately, this place is just around the corner from where I live! Interestingly, "The Fir Tree" is also very international. It's rather uncommon that you do not hear at least one other language than English - and it's usually not tourists, but expats who live and work in Oxford.

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    Jericho Tavern: lively spot

    by mickeyboy07 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    A great pub in Jericho offering a good range of beers and spirits at reasonable prices,friendly,relaxed atmosphere and pleasent staff.There is a beer garden and function room above.The pub is also one of Oxford's leading music venues.

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    Pubs & Bars: The Gloucester Arms: Rock pub!

    by illumina Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Great little pub, hidden away in an alley, that has a really good atmosphere if you're into rock and metal. The decor is topical, and the jukebox has a wide variety of music from old stuff to nu-metal (something for everyone at least!), plus they have DJs on Thurs, Fri and Sat nights. They have a selection of real ales and proper cider, and if the rump steak and chips we had was anything to go by, the food is fairly decent too (gorgeous onions rings, mmmm)!

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    Pubs & Bars: Gloucester Arms, Oxford.

    by planxty Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Gloucester Arms, Oxford, England.

    This tip comes with a serious caveat. Do not, under any circumstances, take your Granny or your nervous maiden aunt in here! Believe me. This is a proper rock boozer (and I use the term advisedly). The bar staff generally look like extras from some sort of heavy metal / goth music video, and the place is fairly dark and covered with fraying music posters.

    Do NOT, however, let this put you off. It is one of my favourite bars in Oxford. Everyone is really friendly, and it is certainly full of atmosphere. The jukebox is excellent and, should you feel so inclined, you can have a steak dinner for £3:95, surely a bargain in a tourist town like Oxford.

    The reason I've tipped this as a nightlife spot is because there are heavy DJ's here on the weekend, and also live bands. I've only ever managed to get to one gig here some years ago (don't even know who the band was) but it was a really good night.

    If you're not put off by people that maybe don't look quite like you, you can have a really nice time in here. Great pub.

    Dress Code: If you can manage full-on tattoos, piercings, leather and studs - great. Otherwise, the locals won't actually ridicule you if you are wearing jeans and a T-shirt.

    I wouldn't, however, recommend a Versace dress and Manolo Blahnik shoes!

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    Chequers: Chequers: Great for an after-work drink

    by King_Golo Written Jun 1, 2010

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    Chequers is one of my favourite pubs in the city centre. Located conveniently on High Street, it's usually among my first choices for an after-work drink. It tends to get quite full on weekends, but the pub is quite big so you should still be able to find a place to sit. The only drawback is their rigid "last order" policy: Within minutes, they kick everybody out of the upper part of the pub when closing time approaches. You are not even allowed to finish your drink without rushing. Apparently, this is the regular way at Chequers - you find many other reviews on the internet mentioning this.

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    Cape of Good Hope: Cape of Good Hope: Live music and quiz nights

    by King_Golo Updated Jun 1, 2010

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    The Cape of Good Hope is another great pub in Oxford where I often enjoy a drink or two. It's halfway into the city centre from my place, so easy to reach from most parts of Oxford. Often packed with people, this pub offers the usual selection of drinks and pub food, but also stages live music once a week and a quiz night on another day. Be sure to try it out when you're in Oxford.

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    Jude,The Obscure: Walton st.delight

    by mickeyboy07 Written Jan 25, 2010

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    Named after a 'Thomas Hardy'novel this delightful pub is a very friendly,cosy place to eat and drink,situated in the heart of Jericho the pub has become very popular with the locals,sit in one of many comfy armchairs or relax in the delightful beer garden.Drinks prices are slightly expensive.

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    The Gardeners Arms: Lovely local

    by mickeyboy07 Written Jan 25, 2010

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    A very pleasent and friendly pub in Jericho,Oxford offering a variety of beers,wines and spirits and pub snacks,comfy leather chairs inside and a small outdoor area are part of the charm in this local pub,Note that the pub only serves vegetarian food.

    Dress Code: Casual.

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    The Trout Inn: By the River

    by mickeyboy07 Written Jan 25, 2010

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    Situated in Wolvercote,Oxford several minutes walk from Godstow Abbey on Port Meadow is this delightful pub/restaurant,which lies at the side of the free flowing River Thames.The inn is a grade 2 listed building,built in the 17th century with alterations in the 18th century.The inn featured in 'Colin Dexter's''Inspector Morse',which was written and filmed in and around Oxford.The pub has excellent facilities such as a large outdoor area were you can sit by the river on sunny days or under the patio heaters in the winter.The food is said to be very good and the service is great,drinks are reasonable depending what you have.

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    Red Lion: Cheap Beer

    by mickeyboy07 Updated Aug 15, 2009

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    The Red Lion is another popular city center pub in Oxford,particulary popular with students and tourists with its very reasonable prices for both food and drinks.The pub is very spacious with lots of seating and tables and has a large beer garden were there is both sheltered and open areas,only had drinks here and they were quite cheap compared to other city center pubs nearby.
    Open daily 9.00am till eleven,mon-thu
    10.00am till half midnight,fri-sun

    Dress Code: Casual.

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