Quirky bars in Cambridge

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Where to find quirky bars in Cambridge?

Off the beaten track, quirky and the places locals hang out. Here are my favourite quirky bars in Cambridge tourists don’t know about. 

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Calverley’s Brewery in Hooper Street

We have been visiting Calverley’s Brewery on our food walking tours since the day of opening since 2014. Their craft beer is the best in Cambridge, and they have been growing from strength to strength. 2020 will be a big year for them. They will be opening another brewery on Chesterton Road and expanding their present venue in Hooper Street. They are open on Thursday and Friday night, and Saturday from 11 am to 11 pm. A rotating selection of street food traders pops up here to match their beer. 

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OtherSyde at the Museum of Technology

In 2019 the Engineer’s House at the Cambridge Museum of Technology was converted into the quirky OtherSyde. Formerly the residence of the chief engineer at the Cambridge Pumping Station, it now comprises a riverside bar, a cafe, and a large garden that is used for a wide variety of arts and entertainment events. Escape games, currently being built within the house and the museum, will explore the future of technology through a fictional lens

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Thirsty Bar & Bottle shop on Chesterton Road

This quirky bar is the brainchild of Sam Owens. Thirsty on Chesterton Road started off as wine merchant, but soon converted to the present set up. It is one of the funkiest venues in Cambridge. You can look forward to excellent wines and beer, a rotating offering of street food traders and exciting events. Check out their website to find out more. 

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Thirsty & Hungry in King Street – Temporarily closed

The second enterprise of Sam Owens. If you thought that his venue on Chesterton road was quirky, this is even more eccentric! This tiny cafe, Thirsty & Hungry, with the smallest kitchen in Cambridge opens at 5 pm and serves up a rotating offering of street food from Wednesday to Sunday. Just as at Thirsty, excellent wines and craft beers. The significant advantage is that it is in the city centre, but away from the crowds. Due to the size of the venue, you can even hear each other talk even when it is packed! Check out their website and social media to find out who is popping up here. 

Not what you are looking for? Check out my blog about bars and pubs in Cambridge.


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