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

Toast is a cosy gin, cocktails and ale bar, ideally situated near the Riverside Square restaurants and the Vue cinema.  Toast Riverside’s resident mixologist can host bespoke cocktail masterclasses for eight people (£30pp) Drinks will be complemented by Toast’s fresh antipasti boards and guests are greeted with Prosecco arrival drinks. To book check out their website.

Gin Infused Tea Cocktails


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.

Recently opened, the Slug & Lettuce on Bedford High Street boasts its own cocktail area, also hosting masterclasses. The new décor is the perfect backdrop for those Porn Star Martini-fuelled Insta moments!

Between the High Street and the Cultural Quarter, the Flute wine bar is on Ram Yard. DJs and live music add to the atmosphere.

Espresso Rumtinis

The Third Place