Bars in Reading
While it may be heralded for its festival flings and welly-laden wanderers, Reading is also a right old romp when it comes to a night out in the UK. Brimming with tasty nooks, cool cocktail bars, boozy favourites and far-flung flavours, Reading a hot-to-trot haven of hang-outs and fun liquid haunts. Check out our recommendations for some of the best bars in Reading and have yourself a slap-up night on the tiles.
Last updated on 15th May 2016
Unique, sought after and based on award winning party plots found in East London and Berlin, Matchbox is the first of its kind in the city. A top notch cocktail bar in Reading boasting geometrical and modern interiors alongside a photobooth, ping pong table and more, head on down for a drink and stay for the club nights afterwards.
Spanning four levels, Sakura is an expansive, Japanese-inspired late night bar and nightclub. Head down and hit the bar to sample the of punchy-yet-pocket-priced concoctions that the mixologists here rustle up - we'd particularly recommend the Tokyo Peach Tree! With a cocktail in hand, hit the illuminated LED-lit dance floor for some Japanese jiving.
A notable name on the cocktail scene, Be At One is coming up trumps as one of the best cocktail bars in Reading. Heralded for their party attitude and ever so rowdy bartenders, Be At One are a force to be reckoned with thanks to their roaring happy hours, and cocktails the likes of their Oreo laced 'Irish Disco Biscuit' cocktail.
Lola Lo brings a touch of Tiki to Reading’s thriving late night scene. A huge hit with students thanks to their wallet-friendly rates, you can enjoy a lively night out without breaking the bank here. Snap up an exotic cocktail from as little as £2.95, mix it up with a vibrant crowd and throw those hands in the air to mix of RnB, indie, commercial and house tracks until 3am.
This funky, award-winning cocktail bar in Reading is a buzzing hot spot any night of the week, open until 2am every day for that weekday unwinding or those Saturday night shenanigans. The weekend sees resident DJs take over the floor so go nuts for these banging beats. Cocktail masterclasses and exclusive £4 drinks deals are the icing on this decadent cake, so grab your mates, strap on your highest heels and head on over to a favourite of the DJ bars in Reading.
One of the best bars for live gigs in Reading, this roof is permanently raised by the best in vocalists and musicians. Expect some alternative rock groups and Indie artists alongside some awesome DJing of party mash up beats. One of the few late-night bars in Reading to be buzzing until the early hours every night of the week, party until 4am on a Monday and forget those silly workday conventions - who says we have to wait until the weekend, anyway?
This bar in Reading is a hot spot for live music gigs, with regular performances from top notch musicians and a thriving atmosphere every night of the week. Open until 2am at the weekends, this late night bar in Reading's buzzing city centre is always a great place to take your mates and let loose. The Ruby Jean Diner inside served up some quality American grub too, so line your stomach with some fine food before you get on that booze.
A cool haunt located in a loft above the Shed Cafe, MILK is an indie haven brimming with cutesy nooks, a charming pull and a cracking number of cocktails. Whether you're tucking into their heralded selected of rum based concoctions, dosing up on their vinyl DJ nights or enjoying a quick beer, MILK has it all.
Treehouse is a plush new plot in Reading where cocktail cavorting, plush lounging and stylish design all fuse for a night of debauchery and dancing. Discover a world of futuristic design in Treehouse where opulent lights glow and you can bop between this two floor spread for all of your drinking, beats and karaoke needs.
A South American inspired haven with a cool dose of Brooklyn boozing to contend with, Rynd is a heaving blend of patty ploughing, cocktail cavorting and cool vibes. Whether you've hunkered down for their South Carolina pulled pork burger, or you're admiring the dive bar dapper innards over a cocktail, it's sure to impress.
A lounge of lush mixology propped up by a kitchen ploughing out fine Oriental fusion foods and Pan Asian cuisines. Take a seat at their long bar and watch the bar staff knock up crafty libations by the boat load - creamy, fruity, Champagne laced and classic characterise their blends. Coconut Bar & Kitchen is a space of urban cool where tucking into plush plates and supping on exquisite drinks comes as standard.
A UK wide favourite known for their affordable fare and top notch tipples, it's no wonder that Revolution has such a standing in Reading too. From their 'Bourbon Bad Boy' burger and roaring DJ nights, to cocktails the likes of the lush, Rodeo Peach Smash, Revolution is the party bar in Reading that has a little something for everyone.
Forbury’s leads the way when it comes to wine bars in Reading. Counting no less than 275 bins on a wine list that swells to feature bottles from all corners of the globe, there’s a glass for any mood with your name on it here. Head in after work, come for a catch up or settle in for a few relaxed drinks on date night.