New swanky bars in Cambridge

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Discover the 6 new stylish bars in Cambridge

Who doesn’t like a fancy cocktail? I like it strong, so a Negroni or a dry Martini stirred, not shaken, are right up my street. My new love these days is actually an Old Fashioned, perfect for a cold winter’s day, and on a hot summer’s day, I go for a lighter twist made with Adnams Whisky.

Wondering where to go for a nice cocktail in Cambridge? You’re in for a winner! Cambridge wasn’t lacking great cocktail bars, and recently it has become even better!

Cambridge Iced Tea at the Orator takings its looks from the River Cam

The Orator at the Cambridge Union

After a complete make over the Cambridge Union Society re-opened during the summer of 2021. It has long since hosted famous speakers for drinks after spirited speeches or passionate debates. While this history still stands strong, The Orator Brasserie and Bar now provides a perfect destination for city dwellers and visitors, as well as Union members. Tucked away behind the Round Church in Bridge Street is a hidden gem away from the crowds.

The bar at the Garden house hotel at Mill Pond

The Garden House at the Graduate Hotel

The Garden House at Mill Pond is a relatively easy find if you know Cambridge, but you’ll be surprised how many visitors to our city never visit this scenic spot. The recent refurbishment of the Gardenhouse is absolutely stunning! It hosts a restaurant with views over the river, the poshest riverside terrace in Cambridge, and a pretty swanky bar!

The Tipsy Vegan at the Quayside

The Tipsy Vegan at the Quayside

Just a stone’s throw away from the Orator, you’ll find The Tipsy Vegan at the Quayside with stunning views over the River Cam and the Colleges. This excellent Vegan Restaurant opened its doors in July 2021, and although it is not a dedicated cocktail bar, it serves some smashing cocktails! Michelle, one of the owners, loves Bourbon, so you are in for a treat if it’s one of your favourite drinks! Head over to their website to book your table!

Kota Cambridge Kitchen & Bar by the creators of Novi Cambridge

Classy bars by big names in Edington

Two of the new openings are in Edington in North Cambridge, just off Histon Road. It’s easy to get to from central Cambridge and a perfect location for a short stay in Cambridge away from the crowds.

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Dutch Cambridge in Edington by the creators of Bar 196 on Mill Road

Kota Kitchen & Bar and Dutch Cambridge

Kota Kitchen & Bar is the sister restaurant/bar of Novi Cambridge in Regent Street, and Dutch Cambridge is by the creators of the Mill Road institution, Bar 196.

The Lab Cambridge – copy right Lloyd Mann photography

With a twist of science in central Cambridge

The latest opening in the cocktail bar scene is LAB Cambridge in Regent Street. The LAB Cocktail Bar and Kitchen is back with a bang on Wednesday, the 27th of October. This popular cocktail bar has undergone a huge refurbishment and will now be open Wednesdays – Sundays from lunch until late. They will be offering a wide range of sharing dishes and snacks, as well as their signature cocktails and all the classics. Come join the experiment and enjoy a drink in their brand new 1920s themed bar, with a twist of science throughout!


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