Pubs and Bars in Colchester

After a hard day of sightseeing, shopping or exploring you may find you want to unwind in one of Colchester’s many watering holes. There’s plenty to choose from around the town centre.

Keep an eye out for Colchester Beer Festivals too. Colchester Arts Centre hosts summer and winter events in conjunction with Colchester CAMRA, and the East Anglian Railway Museum is home to the popular Chappel Beer Festival. Plenty of other pubs, breweries and organisations hold further events throughout the year as well.

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Food & Drink in Colchester

For Real Ale

If you’re after a classic pub, with original features, low lights, occasionally sticky carpets and most importantly great beer you will need to wander slightly out of the town centre. To the North, towards the mainline station, lies The Victoria Inn, and Bricklayers Arms, whilst south of the town you can find The Odd One Out and The Old New Inn. All heartily recommended in CAMRA’s good beer guide.

In the town centre you can find some excellent craft beer bars as well, most notably the Queen Street Brew House, Three Wise Monkeys and Church Street Tavern

Queen Street Brew House

For Dancing and Live Music

Fancy letting your hair down on a Saturday night? You’ll find plenty of pubs with live music and DJs. The Bull on Crouch Street has a great reputation for traditional pub bands playing originals and covers, there’s often great bands of exciting theme nights on the top floor of Three Wise Monkeys, and don’t forget to stop by Twisters Bar for a venue that prides itself on the music it plays.

For a really late night, head towards Queen Street where bars like the Silk Road and Fashion Cafe keep going as late as 4am.

For Cocktails

There’s plenty of bars serving both classic and original cocktails around the town. You could try the ever-popular Twisters Bar on North Hill or its sister bar V Bar on the High Street. There are great drinks to be had at all of them.

For Food

If you’re after a bite to eat with your drink the historic and popular Purple Dog in the heart of town serves traditional pub food. You can find fancier fair at the excellent Church Street Tavern or The Old Siege House Bar and Brasserie or tuck in to some American-style barbeque food and burgers at Three Wise Monkeys

For Something Familiar

If you don’t want to take a risk with the unfamiliar, Colchester has plenty of familiar chain pubs and bars as well, most notably the Wetherspoons called the Playhouse, which is located in a former Theatre and has the very impressive décor to match.

Three Wise Monkeys

Heading Out of Town?

There’s plenty to explore further afield. Try The Sun Inn in Dedham, The Black Buoy in Wivenhoe,The Hare & Hound at Layer Breton, The Cock Inn at Polstead or the Victory by the sea-front in Mersea. There really are too many great places to list. We recommend asking a friendly local for their recommendations, or get in touch with us and let us know what you’re after for a more personalised recommendation.

The Victory