Aiming to bring its clientele the best wines from across the world, this Summertown bar is run by an independent retailer focusing on smaller, boutique wine-makers. It makes the bar itself a treasure trove for oenophiles, with a choice of over 100 bottles and more than 20 by the glass. Classy place, too.
While it’s hardly going to rival London for diversity or liveliness, Oxford’s nightlife is well equipped enough to cater for most tastes. Venues tend to cater for either locals or students (“town or gown”, as the saying goes) but there’s always a fair amount going on. Check In Oxford (www.inoxford.com) for reliable info on what’s coming up, or Nightshift (www.nightshiftmag.co.uk) for detailed music listings. The likes of Supergrass, Radiohead, Foals and Ride are all products of the local music scene, which remains a fertile one.