Best for pre-drinks: The Four Candles (Wetherspoons)

The Four Candles (or Fork Handles for fans of ‘The Two Ronnies’) offers the cheapest drinks in Oxford outside your college bar. Located near the majority of clubs and with the reassuring interior of other Spoons you’ve been to, this busy pub is a regular stop-off before a night out.

Best for a drink with a view: Varsity Club

With two cocktail bars, a dance floor and a roof terrace, TVC provides for all your drinking needs. The roof gives a stunning panorama of Oxford right from the centre of the high street. One of the cocktail bars also doubles up as a café during the day so you can get a caffeine fix the morning after the night before.

Best for History: The Turf Tavern

The Turf lays claim to some of Oxford’s best drinking legends as the place where Bill Clinton “didn’t inhale” and former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke set a world record for downing a yard of ale. Low wooden-beamed ceilings and plentiful corners provide an intimate setting for a quiet drink with friends.

Best for Live Music: Half Moon Pub

The cosy Half Moon on the Magdalen Roundabout is a must for its regular open mic nights. With gigs from local jazz and folk bands there’s normally something going on for music lovers. As a traditional pub the selection of real ales is also on point.

Best for Food: Kazbar

A bit of a walk to the Cowley road is rewarded with some of Oxford’s tastiest tapas and delicious cocktails. A vibrant atmosphere with reclining sofas and mosaic tables keeps drinks flowing all night. It’s certainly towards the upper end of a student budget but well worth the trip.

-- Ed, St Peter's College