Whether you like an Old Fashioned, Espresso Martini or Mojito, you’re never far from a good cocktail here in Bedford.

Bears & Tales on St Cuthbert’s Street boasts Tom Faden as the mixologist with the most, blending unique flavours and well-known classics. The décor is opulent and table service means you’ll have more time to chat to your friends and no time spent queuing at the bar. The perfect place to begin or end your evening.

Bears and Tales

Pen & Cob in The Swan Hotel is a great choice if you are looking to imbibe in a luxury art deco setting. From there, just over the bridge is the Albero Lounge who serve some classic cocktails as well as serving some with a twist such as Biscoffee Cheesecake (think White Russian with a twist) or Cherry Bakewell.

Pen and Cob

On St Peter’s Street, the Third Place is in the heart of Bedford’s thriving independent quarter. A great place to meet friends for pre-theatre or post-dinner drinks accompanied by a super-cool soundtrack from resident DJs.

Espresso Rumtinis

The Third Place

3 St Peter’s (almost opposite the Third Place) has been designed as an opulent bar with high ceilings and luxury décor. Operating as a member’s bar on Friday and Saturday evenings. Or head further down St Cuthbert’s Street for great Gin and Tonic’s at Herd.

Aston’s has recently opened as an over 30’s members bar boasting a carefully curated gin menu and a cocktail menu that includes Negroni’s, Cosmpolitan’s and Old Fashioned Manhatten’s. You can choose to drink accompanied by a disco on one floor and live music on another. Late night Cocktails (and dancing) can also be found at The Auction Rooms on Duke Street.

Between the High Street and the Cultural Quarter, the Flute wine bar is on Ram Yard. DJs and live music add to the atmosphere. Alternatively head to The Lane (Castle Lane) for cocktails – with outside terrace overlooking the Castle Mound.