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Southampton has a wide selection of pubs, many of which are only a short walk from the University campus. From traditional British pubs with spacious beer gardens to student bars full of 80’s movie memorabilia, you are bound to find the perfect venue to suit any occasion.

Giddy Bridge

The Giddy Bridge is the local J. D. Wetherspoon pub. Its proximity to Southampton’s nightclubs means that it has a slightly different atmosphere to other Wetherspoon establishments, particularly at the weekend. The cheap drinks, generously portioned food and central location make it a student favourite.

The Cricketers

The Cricketers is another student favourite. Located inbetween many of Southampton’s most popular nightclubs, 'The Crick’ (as it’s referred to by locals) is the perfect spot to meet with friends before heading onto one of the larger nearby venues like PopWorld or Tokyo.

The Hobbit

The Hobbit is Southampton’s famous Lord of the Rings themed pub. The affordable cocktail menu, stunning beer garden and intimate live music room has made the Hobbit popular with local bands and students alike.

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The Red Lion

This historic pub dates all the way back to 1148 and still maintains many of its original features. As you might expect from somewhere with so much history, The Red Lion is popular with ghost hunters. Luckily, the management have always been more than willing to let fans of the paranormal perform their ‘investigations’.

The Alexandra

'The Alex' is a popular pub located close to the University campus and other night-time attractions. The Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones themed cocktails are a big hit, and visitors to the pub are kept entertained by the huge collection of 80’s film memorabilia on display.


Talking Heads

The Talking Heads takes its name from the legendary New York rockers responsible for hits like ‘Psycho Killer’ and ‘Burning Down the House’, and attracts a surprising number of international artists to its modest stage. The pub also hosts regular acoustic, folk and open mic nights.

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The Rockstone

The Rockstone is a superb community pub located near the city centre. This friendly pub has picked up a string of national awards by combining locally sourced and homemade food with a subtle rockabilly / blues theme.

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The Angel of the South

The Angel isn’t exactly the most beautifully presented pub in Southampton, but that doesn’t mean that it’s without charm. With friendly regulars, a much loved quiz night and a varied selection of bar games, The Angel is definitely worth a look.

The Joiners

The Joiners is a legendary pub and music venue which hosted the likes of the Arctic Monkeys, Two Door Cinema Club, Coldplay and Biffy Clyro long before any of them found mainstream success. A must-visit venue for any music fan.

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Frog & Frigate

After being closed for a few years, the old favourite Frog & Frigate has recently reopened to much delight from Southampton's residents. By it's own admission a 'spit and sawdust' pub 'The Frog' is a great place for real ale and live music, all in a friendly atmosphere.


Stein Garten

Lovers of German beer will love Stein Garten. The pub transports you to the bierkellers of Bavaria with a variety of traditional German beers and food, including pretzels and, of course, bratwurst. You may also be lucky enough to be serenaded by a German oompah band!

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