Cool and Quirky Bars in Cambridge

Housing one of the best universities in the world and a correspondingly high student population, the great minds behind Cambridge's nightlife scene are always going to be looking to push the boat out a bit and try something a bit daring. From hidden speakeasies to elegant rooftop terraces, this quaint city leaves tradition behind for the moment, instead choosing to immerse its revellers in an unique cultural experience. So with that in mind, here's a list of cool and quirky bars in Cambridge. 

Last updated on 20th May 2019

Hidden Rooms

1 user review 5

Nestled nicely on Jesus Lane, Hidden Rooms offers its visitors an opulent and sophisticated spot in which to escape the outside world. Framing all proceedings, their line-up of talented jazz performers lull the audience into a haze, sending mellow notes quavering through the night. Grab a Kochaine Cytryna or a Hazelnut Aleksandra, sit back and unwind at this unique bar in Cambridge.

12A Club

10 user reviews 5

Inspired by the secret speakeasies of America's prohibition era, 12A is a private members club perfect for a cool and quirky night out in Cambridge. Equipped with a late license, a bar stocked full of the finest spirits and beers, and a beautifully decorated cellar area, it perfectly captures the decadence and devil-may-care attitude of America's roaring twenties. Trust us, you won't forget a night here anytime soon.  

Smokeworks Station Road

291 user reviews 4

The second Smokeworks pub in town, Station Road is a quirky Cambridge bar with a lot of character. This steampunk-inspired BBQ spot serves up some of the best grub in town with ribs and BBQ meat loaded fries being just a couple of their specialities. This cool Cambridge pub also carries a hefty bourbon list at the bar, and serves up some very cool cocktails as well. 

Formerly an actual old bicycle shop where Charles Darwin himself was rumoured to have purchased a two-wheeler of his own, this quirky Cambridge bar and restaurant is the perfect hang out spot whether you're with friends, family or newly acquired acquaintances. Open for brunch, dinner or just a casual drink, this cool bar in Cambridge is one of the city's trendiest hangouts.

Come 8 o'clock, the Roof Terrace bar at the top of the Varsity Hotel is completely covered by a blanket of red and orange, as the sunsets behind the city's skyline. Complementing the amazing location, the bar's mixologists put their experience to the test, concocting delectable cocktails and pouring ice-cold pints for the city's hardworking residents. As sleek as the city it's based in, the Roof Terrace is, without a doubt, one of Cambridge's more unusual yet thrilling watering holes.