cocktail bars in Cambridge

Fancy a glamourous night out? It simply must involve cocktails! There are many excellent Cambridge pubs and cocktail bars to choose from where you can enjoy the classics alongside some modern twists. Here are our favourite 10 cocktail bars in Cambridge.


12 Regent St, Cambridge CB2 1DB

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City centre based Novi is a coffee bar by day and offers botanical cocktails alongside their other quality drinks by night. Perfect for a fun night out in the historic city centre. Enjoy the tasty food offering too!

196 Cocktail Bar:

196 Mill Rd, Cambridge CB1 3NF

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Mill Road based 196 is a top choice for cocktails and small plates. The cosy, refined premises and wonderful cocktail selection are perfect for a classy night out and catch up with friends. Excellent food, drink and service. A quality place with outdoor seating available.

La Raza:

4-6 Rose Crescent, Cambridge CB2 3LL

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La Raza is a great venue for a night out sipping cocktails with friends. It also has an extensive tasty tapas menu so is a great one stop evening venue. Plenty of space for a group booking.

Town and Gown:

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8 Market Passage, Cambridge, CB2 3PF

Pub and theatre Town and Gown opened shortly before lockdown and converted the original Arts Picturehouse Cinema into its cool interior and terrace. Describing itself as a space to ‘eat, drink and revel’, it serves locally brewed beers, spirits and some really delicious cocktails with entertainment including theatre, DJs and pianists.  Described as ‘truly atmospheric!’


14A Trinity St, Cambridge CB2 1TB

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Basement bar 2648 is a cool venue for enjoying cocktails, food and music. Expect DJs playing a range of music including; house, soul, funk and techno. You will also find pop up street food vendors to compliment the cocktail offering. A classical and seasonal choice of cocktails await you.

The Lab:

90 Regent St, Cambridge CB2 1DP

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Science themed, luxury cocktail bar The Lab has recently had a major refurbishment. Here you will find classic and bespoke cocktails which, as the science theme suggests, are the creations of the scientist owners. A beautiful 1920’s décor completes the experience.

The Orator:

Round Church St, Cambridge CB5 8AD

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The Cambridge Union Society owned The Orator is a bar and brasserie in which to ‘speak, discuss, debate, and think freely with friends,’ (Audrey Lim). A great selection of classic cocktails available and the bar boasts a huge beer garden too.

The Smokeworks Tap:

13 Bene’t St, Cambridge CB2 3QN

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Fans of SmokeWorks food will enjoy the SmokeWorks Tap. It shares the relaxed atmosphere of the restaurant and is a great ‘stop in’ venue for a cocktail or two. Pop next door for some of that great BBQ food while you are close- it would be rude not to!

Ta Bouche:

10-15 Market Passage, Cambridge CB2 3PF

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Take advantage of the happy hour cocktail offers at centrally based Ta Bouche. You are also able to order their award winning bottled cocktails by sister company Bottleproof for home delivery so can enjoy their mixology on a night in too.

SIX Brasserie Rooftop Bar:

24 Thompsons Ln · In The Varsity Hotel & Spa, Cambridge

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Enjoy top notch cocktails with stunning views over Cambridge at SIX.  Lychee martini’s, blushing Russians, and summer G and T’s are just some of the combinations on offer. Perfect for a romantic or special occasion venue.

Where are your favourite cocktail bars in Cambridge?

We hope that you enjoy trying these wonderful independent cocktail bars in Cambridge. There is certainly a lot of places to sample so many excuses for nights out. Let us know your favourite places and cocktails in the comments below. Fancy food after? Check out our ultimate Cambridge restaurant guide here.