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Top bar recommendations from locals

Bar
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“The Purple Turtle is Reading's most iconic bar. It's a quirky and eclectic place with a diverse clientele. Frequent live music and occasional comedy, and a great range of spaces including an al fresco 70s lounge and a dungeon. Open all day, but comes alive at night. Open very late, ID mandatory after 9pm.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Bar
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“Modern chain bar serving beer, cocktails, wine and sharing plates to an after-work crowd.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Pie Shop
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“A Reading institution, Sweeney and Todd's pie shop is appropriately located next to a barber shop. Its décor may have seen better days, but it serves a fantastic range of pies (albeit more suited to carnivores - vegans best eat elsewhere). Good, simple fare at affordable prices - pies are also available to take away. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
“It serves excellent cocktails and there is no need to get a taxi home after ;)”
  • 5 locals recommend
Night Club
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“Unique, sought after and based on award winning party plots found in East London and Berlin, Matchbox is the first of its kind in the city. A top notch cocktail bar in Reading boasting geometrical and modern interiors alongside a photobooth, ping pong table and more, head on down for a drink and stay for the club nights afterwards.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Bar
“This bar in Reading is a hot spot for live music gigs, with regular performances from top notch musicians and a thriving atmosphere every night of the week. Open until 2am at the weekends, this late night bar in Reading's buzzing city centre is always a great place to take your mates and let loose. The Ruby Jean Diner inside served up some quality American grub too, so line your stomach with some fine food before you get on that booze.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“In the summer months try and get a balcony seat overlooking the Kennet canal.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“A notable name on the cocktail scene, Be At One is coming up trumps as one of the best cocktail bars in Reading. Heralded for their party attitude and ever so rowdy bartenders, Be At One are a force to be reckoned with thanks to their roaring happy hours, and cocktails the likes of their Oreo laced 'Irish Disco Biscuit' cocktail. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Casino
  • 1 local recommends
Indian Restaurant
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“Amazing Indian food, coming from an Indian! They have buffet night on Sundays if you want to try a selection of dishes. Call ahead to book a table. Friendly staff and only 10 minutes walk from flat.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Bar
“Nice local with surprisingly good food, recently won a good food guide 2018. Short walk with friendly Bar staff, good selection of crafts, premiums, ale and spirts with occasional live music. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 2 locals recommend
Pub
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“All-day carvery menu in a traditional, family-friendly pub, open for breakfast.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Smart bar chain with a cocktail list, a menu of global classics, and uncluttered contemporary decor.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Latin American Restaurant
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  • 2 locals recommend