Cool And Quirky Bars In Reading

Whether you’re looking for a venue to spice up your nightly routine or you’re just tired of traditional bar settings, Reading is full of unique and eccentric bars with tonnes of character and zest. From tikis huts to ping-pong tables and everything in between, we have a curated list of all the best cool and quirky bars to peak your interest.

Last updated on 9th September 2019

Veeno Reading

308 user reviews 4

Veeno is completely Italian-inspired bar, paying special attention to Italy's ritual of drinking which makes sure to include family and friends, and a relaxing atmosphere. This Reading bar offers a host of authentic Italian wines and spuntini – delicious platters of meats, cheeses and other appetisers imported strictly from Italian producers.

Smash Reading

212 user reviews 4

Test your drunken ping pong skills at this cool stripped-back bar in Reading. With Olympic-grade ping pong tables and retro musical playlists, Smash is a guaranteed smashing time for you and your colleagues or mates. This bar also specialises in freshly-made artisan pizza and promises and unrivaled range of delicious craft beers, ciders and cocktails. 

Lola Lo Reading

105 user reviews 3

Experience this unique Polynesian-inspired Tiki bar in Reading if you're seeking a young, care-free place to vibe out to. Lola Lo plays a mix of music, everything from RnB to indie and stays open as late as 4am. Make your way to their dance floor to party at the centre of bamboo interiors and evocative lighting during one of their specially themed weekend nights.

They say there's no place like home and if that's true, then Pavlov's is where the heart is with its upholstered armchairs and framed pictures on the wall giving it a homey feel. Its extensive selection of affordable cocktails, beer garden, array of televisions streaming Sky Sports and extras like a pool table make it a wonderful hang out spot for anyone searching for a vibrant crowd.

The party doesn't have to wait until the weekend at this pulsing Reading bar. Dance, drink and sing along to daily live musical talent until 3am on weeknights or 4am on weekends at the Purple Turtle. This cool Reading bar provides you affordable classic cocktails and melodic thrills. And if you needed another quirk added to the list, you can catch regular burlesque performances here.

If you want to party like a rockstar, you have to go where the stars go. In Reading, Sub89 is your cool bar spot for everything underground music related with both international touring and local acts, with past talent including Ed Sheeran and Gary Numan. Doors open at 7pm – hosting musical guests, comedians and club nights – and drinks start from just £1.