If you plan on travelling to Oxford this summer and fancy treating yourself to some refreshing drinks with friends or family why not have a drink with a view? Here are just 6 of Oxford’s best rooftop bars to visit where you can enjoy the spectacular views and soak up some sun!
1. The Varsity Club
Address: The Varsity Club, 9 High St, Oxford OX1 4DB
Firstly, we have The Varsity Club! This lively young bar in Oxford’s heart is furnished with an eclectic blend of modern and traditional period features. Its main attraction is its incredible roof terrace! With 360-degree views of the Dreaming Spires, you are guaranteed a great visit if you choose to come here. This rooftop bar is open all year round, and they have heaters to keep you warm in the colder months! Table service is customary, and food is accessible during the warmer summer months too. The skilled bartenders only use quality spirits and fresh ingredients to make the cocktails at this rooftop bar. However, there are plenty of non-alcoholic beverages to choose from as well! So why not book now to experience this fantastic rooftop bar for yourself?
2. The Alchemist Oxford
Address: The Alchemist Oxford, Westgate, Bonn Square, Oxford OX1 1TR
Next up, we have The Alchemist! This chain of creative cocktail bars and restaurants has nestled itself in the heart of Oxford on the top of the Westgate Shopping Centre! This rooftop bar offers life-enhancing experiences whereby the cocktails come to life! Theatrical drinks are served here, with a focus on molecular mixology. The staff are friendly and accommodating to your every need, and they also offer great food. So, whether you need a bite to eat after a long day’s shopping or fancy a few drinks with a splendid view, then this rooftop bar is definitely for you!
Address: Victors, RU5, Westgate Shopping Centre 307 The Westgate, Queen St, Oxford OX1 1PG
Thirdly, we have Victors! This restaurant-bar is a lovely place to unwind for a few hours for either a coffee, lunch, cocktails, dinner or a weekend brunch. Also located on the top of Westgate Shopping Centre, this magnificent neighbourhood restaurant is very picturesque. Notably, there is outdoor seating as well, so you can marvel at the stunning sights of Oxford whilst catching up with friends or family! Their drinks are equally as well-crafted as their décor and food. Whether it’s cocktails with the ladies, a craft beer after work, or a glass of wine to accompany dinner, their drinks have an effortless elegance about them. Book now to reserve a table for when we are out of lockdown!
4. Dirty Bones Oxford
Address: Dirty Bones Oxford, 304 The Westgate, Queen St, Oxford OX1 1PG
Next up, we have Dirty Bones! This is the third and final restaurant I would like to introduce you to that is located on the Westgate Shopping Centre roof! Dirty Bones is an excellent Brooklyn-inspired restaurant, and the outside terrace is a lovely space to unwind, view the city and soak up some sun. The cocktails and mocktails are to die for, and if you fancy a snack on the side, as opposed to a big meal, then I recommend the delicious skinny fries, which are sprinkled with yummy onion and garlic salt!
5. Gee’s Restaurant & Bar
Address: Gee’s Restaurant & Bar, 61A Banbury Rd, Park Town, Oxford OX2 6PE
Gee’s Restaurant is set in a unique Victorian Glasshouse that serves a rustic Mediterranean dining experience to locals and tourists. This famous Grade II listed Victorian conservatory was initially designed in 1898 as a greengrocer and florist, but it now houses one of Oxford’s most renowned neighbourhood restaurants. Gee’s Restaurant and Bar also has a brilliant, fixed price menu from Monday to Friday, where you can enjoy two courses for £15.95! Which is such a bargain! If you fancy a completely new rooftop bar experience, then Gee’s is for you!
6. Ashmolean Rooftop Restaurant
Address: Ashmolean Rooftop Restaurant, Beaumont St, Oxford OX1 2PH
The Ashmolean, founded in 1683, is the University of Oxford’s art and archaeology museum. If you fancy a bite to eat or a refreshing soft drink, then why not head on up to the rooftop café and restaurant at this incredible museum. With a range of speciality teas, new artisan baked treats, and homemade Ashmolean gin-infused cake, you can enjoy an elegant afternoon tea while looking out across Oxford’s picturesque sights. All of the Afternoon Tea menus are made with locally grown ingredients to ensure the highest quality. If you’re craving a culturally relaxing experience, then this beautiful rooftop is for you.
Instead of drinking in any old pub, make the most of lockdown being over by drinking in pubs and bars with roof gardens, it’s surely the best way to make the most of the weather this summer! Cheers!