The nightlife in Cambridge revolves around the pub, but don’t expect to find a typical, dull bar scene here. Pubs have names like Cricketeers and Clarendon Arms, and you can expect to encounter an eclectic group of locals, Students from Anglia Ruskin University, University of Cambridge and tourists, so you’ll never get bored of the same old scene.

If you’re looking for some history to go along with your drinks, don’t miss the Ancient Druids, the only Cambridge pub to brew its own beer. Just a few blocks away is King Street, home of the legendary King St. Run. At one point the street had 7 pubs, and to complete “the run,” Cambridge students were supposed to drink a beer at each one! Today the street has three very good pubs: Champion of the Thames, "St Radegund", and the appropriately named King St. Run.

For modern Cambridge students, the night-time district of choice is Grantchester, distinguished by its good scenery and its good pubs. It is possible to punt to Grantchester along the upper parts of the Cam, a somewhat challenging yet scenic journey due to the mud that fills this section of the river. At least punters will have worked up an appetite for a meal and a beer, both of which can be found in abundance in Grantchester.

 Fez Club is no doubt a good place in Cambridge to go to, located on Market Passage in the town centre; it is open every day of the week 10pm-3am, and without fail manages to produce amazing nights and the best DJ line-ups. It is a small Moroccan themed venue, with a wide selection of drinks and if there isnt one on the menu, just ask the barstaff who would be more than happy to make it for you. It has a friendly atmosphere and a fantastic music vibe.

Dancing is not as popular as pubbing, but there are a few thriving discos in Cambridge. Ronelles Night Club, ironically positioned next to St. Andrew’s church, is always a good bet as it is open late. If you’re seeking music without the dancing, check out Norfolk Street for the popular Man on the Moon club, which hosts a live jazz group several nights a week.

You should be aware  that the ordinary British pub, and even in Cambridge they can be very ordinary,  closes at 11.00pm.   The atmosphere can be loud and abrasive and any sense that you are welcome can be singularly absent.  Choose carefully!!!