1. Pub on the Park, London
Overlooking London Fields, Pub on the Park is a summertime hot spot. Head there for outdoor screenings of soccer, or have your drink poured into a plastic cup and party over in the park.
2. The Boots Bar at Clachaig Inn, Glencoe
Known for its “legendary atmosphere,” The Boots Bar is a hidden gem that can be found amidst the Scottish Highlands at Clachaig Inn. It’s the perfect spot to cosy up next to the real log fire with a pint after a day of hiking. Don’t forget to try the traditional Scottish breakfast the morning after!
3. The Old Queens Head, London
Located in Islington, The Old Queens Head comes complete with a karaoke room and weekend DJ sets which have seen the likes of U.K. icons Ms. Dynamite and Mike Skinner take the stage. For a more chilled out vibe, check out their Sunday roasts or £2 pub quizzes.
5. The Tempest Inn, Brighton
This isn’t your typical seafront bar. A night here means exploring the dozens of caves that make up the Tempest Inn. With great views of the sea, and fish, meat, or vegetarian sharing boards that won’t hurt your wallet, this one is a must.
6. The Perch, Oxford
The Perch is one of Oxford’s oldest pubs. Not only is it rumored to be the place where Lewis Carroll first read Alice in Wonderland, it also boasts a thatched roof, beautiful garden, and is located a short walk away from Port Meadow.
7. Philharmonic Dining Rooms, Liverpool
The Philharmonic Dining Rooms is rumored to be “one of the most lavish and ornate pubs in the country.” Stop off at this Liverpool classic for a pint with some added Victorian grandeur.
8. Porter’s, Cardiff
Home to the city’s first “pub theatre,” Porter’s is all about the entertainment. Visitors can nurse a pint while watching a play, comedy show, or open mic night!
9. The Bell Inn, Bath
Sit outside to soak up the rays in the garden or head inside for board games, foosball, and live jazz & blues music. For around £6.50, the homemade stews served on weekends are a must!
10. The Castle Hotel, Manchester
The Castle is tucked away in the city’s Northern Quarter. With bands performing regularly, it is just as much an intimate music venue as traditional pub. Boasting the “best jukebox in Manchester,” head here to dance the night away.
11. White Lion Bar, Bristol
White Lion Bar is part of the Avon Gorge Hotel in Clifton. Head straight for the huge terrace for stunning panoramic views of the suspension bridge! Don’t miss the classic Tom’s Pie, mash & gravy which is only £9.95.
12. Urban Tap House, Cardiff
Urban Tap House is relatively new, having only arrived to the city in 2013, but it has already become a local favorite. With an arcade machine and a large selection of well-priced burgers (there’s a new one every Thursday), this spot is a must for any craft beer lovers.
13. Panda and Sons, Edinburgh
Panda and Sons is one of Edinburgh’s hidden gems — literally. Disguised as a barber shop, this vintage-themed speakeasy offers fancy cocktails, meat, and cheese boards.
14. The Ship Inn, Tresaith
Tresaith beach in Wales doesn’t just offer breathtaking views of the Cardigan Bay, it’s also famous for being a dolphin watching hotspot. With fresh local seafood offered every day and traditional English “puddings” (desserts) such as a Bakewell tart or Eton Mess for under a fiver, where better than the the Ship Inn to soak up the best of South Wales?
15. The Plough and Harrow, Monknash
Dating back to 1383, The Plough and Harrow in Monknash is one of the oldest pubs in Wales. Legend has it that the “Wreckers of the Wick” would tempt ships onto the rocks by tying lanterns to sheep on the cliff so that captains would think they were nearing the docks. A number of ghosts are said to haunt the pub, as it was allegedly used to store bodies from these shipwrecks.