06 Sep After Hours: Things To Do In Oxford When The Sun Goes Down
Although Oxford is a relatively small city, it has a thriving nightlife. Even when the students go home for the summer holidays the city keeps buzzing into the small hours.
If you’re visiting Oxford then there’s no reason why you can’t keep enjoying what the city has to offer come the evening. No matter what you’re into you’ll find something to do in the city of dreaming spires.
Take In A Show. If you love the theatre then Oxford has some great choices. The New Theatre is the place to go if you want the big stage spectacle. With a programme of hit musicals such as Blood Brothers and The Rocky Horror Show you’ll get all the atmosphere of a West End show. If you prefer the intimacy of a small production then look no further than the Burton Taylor Studio, part of the Oxford Playhouse. This tiny, 50-seat venue puts on shows from the serious to the comedic by local and national artists and offers a much more low-key but intense evening.
Laugh It Up. What better way to spend an evening out than nearly choking on your drink. The Glee Club in Oxford hosts local comedians and some of the best acts on the UK comedy club circuit. With its theatre-style layout you won’t struggle to see or hear the comedians at work, and with food and drinks on hand from the bar you can settle in and make it a great night out.
Shake, Lemon and Lime Time. Why not play it safe and hit one of the city’s many drinking establishments. Of course there are your usual chain pubs if you want a sense of familiarity, but then you’d be missing out on some of the best bars in the land. If you want an evening of retro cocktail chic, then hit Raoul’s on Walton Street, where they serve up a liver-punishing variety of delectable tipples, from old classics to wondrous new inventions. Or, if you’re a more traditional sort then why not visit The White Horse (featured on Morse) for a low-ceilinged, wooden-beamed Oxford pub.
Music, Maestro. What better way to spend an evening in the town that produced Radiohead and Supergrass, than to enjoy one of the many live music events that take place. The O2 Academy is an obvious choice, and you’ll catch some of the bigger names here, running from heavy metal to pop and dance music. But take a trip away from the arena and you’ll find all kinds of gems. The Jericho Tavern is steeped in musical history and is where Supergrass scored their record deal, and continues to play host to quality acts. If you’re into electronic music, reggae or dub then you have to visit The Cellar, a subterranean venue full of atmosphere.
With all of this on offer, and more, Oxford should have enough to keep you satisfied from dusk till dawn, or at least until it is time to retire to one of Oxford’s many luxury hotels. Just remember to pace yourself.
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