Reading’s pub and bar scene is booming with a wave of recent openings, new landlords and chefs and refurbishments, with a return to real ale and new vibrant spaces the themes of the day.There’s never been a better time to enjoy a night out in Reading.
Town centre favourite, Pavlov's Dog, reopened in February following a major refurbishment, complete with USB ports on every table and new craft beers
Real ale enthusiasts formerly of The Alehouse in Broad Street, and The Grumpy Goat are reopening the Horse and Jockey as the Castle Tap with real ales, cheese and meat platters in February.
New landlords Russell Mackenzie and his wife (from Zimbabwe and South Africa respectively) have refurbished the Eldon Arms (left) and are serving real ales, South African food and wines in a truly cosy atmosphere.
The traditional riverside pub, the Fisherman’s Cottage, has undergone a major makeover reopening as an independent family-run community real ale and food pub.
Artigiano (below right) opened in Broad Street recently. Operating as a café during the day, by night it transforms into a continental style bar.
These recent openings join The Greyfriar, which opened alongside Reading Station in 2014 as a real ale pub and has free film nights.
Coconut Bar & Kitchen in St Mary Butts which, alongside Far East and South East Asian cuisine, offers more than 50 cocktails.
RYND (left) is a new American loft style bar in Castle Street with the ground floor for drinks and food with friends and the first floor home to comedy and other events.
La Courbe is a new wine bar and Lebanese Restaurant, open in King’s Walk.
Riverside Bel & the Dragon have unveiled a stunning addition to both the restaurant and corporate entertainment and party scene in Reading with a floating venue alongside the restaurant.
A new venture above Monroe’s, Marilyn’s Loft Bar is a new space for private parties, theatre and latin dancing.
Reading legend, the Purple Turtle (right), has a great programme of events and live music to celebrate its 25th anniversary following the £1 million make over last year which transformed the interior and garden.
The Retreat has new landlords serving real ale with ukulele lessons in a terraced house!
Famous town centre names on the Reading night scene such as the real ale pubs, the Ale House and Allied Arms continue to do a roaring trade; Zero Degrees is a town centre favourite with its fruit-flavoured home brews to wash down mussels and pizza; the Warwick is a must for fans of Thai food while the Oakford Social Club, the Mix Bar and RISC global café are the places to be for music fans, while MalBar remains a glamorous place for champagne sippers and lovers of cocktails.
Not far from the town centre, Reading's pubs are doing a fine job catering for their local communities. The Moderation and its sister pub the Queens Head mix high-quality food and beer effortlessly, the Nags Head in West Reading continues to win multiple awards for real ale and the Abbot Cook (see below) has become a firm favourite with East Readingers.
Reading’s pub and bar scene is truly enjoying a renaissance. With apologies to the many fine establishment missed off the list. More info on Reading's nightlife at www.rguide.co.uk
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