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. 

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Last updated on 18th June 2024

Be At One Reading

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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. 

Oakford Social Club

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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.

Lola Lo Reading

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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 gorgeous Italian bar can be found on Valpy Street, flaunting rustic wooden walls covered in vines and shelves stacked full of wine. Vino.Vita. is renowned for its curated selection of bottles, which pair perfectly with their menu of indulgent pasta dishes, hand-stretched pizzas and sumptuous grazing boards. And if you're planning a private event? You can hire space for up to 150 guests here.

Purple Turtle

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?


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.

Coconut Bar & Kitchen

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. 

Revolution Reading

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.