Reading's resurgent bar scene 

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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.


Eldon Arms_PC110233_web.jpgThe traditional riverside pub, the Fisherman’s Cottage, has undergone a major makeover reopening as an independent family-run community real ale and food pub.

 These recent openings join The Greyfriar, which opened alongside Reading Station 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.  

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.


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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.

Local favourites

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.

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 











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