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Oxford Nightlife, United Kingdom

Oxford is the oldest university in England, and for hundreds of years it has had a large student population. With so many young people in the city, the night scene of Oxford can’t be anything but flourishing. The city of Oxford has plenty of places where students, locals and tourists alike can relax in front of a nice meal or a pint of beer. Like London, this university is virtually a cultural melting pot, so there is a little bit of every cuisine or musical genre. The Oxford Nightlife guide will point out a few places that every tourist should check out.

Oxford Nightlife - Eating out

There are many restaurants and fast-foods suited for student budgets, but just because the food is cheap, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s not tasty. The Nosebag restaurant provides cafeteria type services, which is why it is a big favorite with the famished student crowd, but it serves hearty and healthy hot meals. Le Petit Blanc is a charming little French restaurant with excellent dishes and an intimate ambiance. The Spicy Valley is one of the best Indian restaurants in Oxford, with a varied menu and tasty food for reasonable prices. The atmosphere is warm and friendly though somewhat unusual, as the restaurant’s building used to be a school in the past. For those who prefer sophisticated establishments, the Oxford Nightlife guide can suggest several high-class restaurants: Gee’s, The Lemon Tree or The Grand Café.

Oxford Nightlife - Pubs and nightclubs

Pubs and bar are in even greater number than restaurants in Oxford. The Turf Tavern seems like a small and nondescript pub on the outside but it is a favorite of both locals and students. It has a wide range of beers and ales, and other charming details like coal fires in the beer garden during the chilly autumn months.

If you want a pub with history, go to the Eagle and a Child, it used to be the meeting place of a group Oxford dons that included C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.

For a unique atmosphere, go to Freud’s, a pub that occupies a former church building. Prices are a bit steep but the quaint mood of the place makes it worth spending a couple of extra quid on a drink.

There are more than enough nightclubs in Oxford, but some nights are students-only, so you should check beforehand. The Regal plays various music styles, and often has live bands. The venue is very spacious and is an excellent place if you feel like dancing. The Bridge is another student favorite so expect a lot of noise and bustle, but it has plenty of seating space and it is also very clean. Drinks can be rather expensive though.

A word of warning to tourists: Oxford is generally quite safe, but it has its poorer areas which should be avoided at night. While it’s not as dangerous as London or Birmingham, you should probably take a taxi instead of walking back to your hotel after a night out.

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    travel tip by Guinevere1988 posted more then 30 days ago
    Go and see this very nice pub, the Eagle & Child in Oxford. If you like fantasy novels, you should visit it, because JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis used to come and drink here very often. They also have very good food.
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