For all the hottest spots to celebrate during Cheltenham Race Week 2023, SoGlos selects a winning round-up of cool clubs, stylish restaurants and buzzing bars to party the night away.
Cheltenham’s five scene Home & Botanic nightclub and bar features a beautiful Insta-worthy Botanic Room, relaxed Beer Haus, Piano Bar, upbeat Clubroom and lively Disco Disco. If you’re looking for the perfect place to party in style in the centre of Cheltenham – you’ve found it!
Cheltenham Festival is back from Tuesday 14 to Friday 17 March 2023 – and when the last races have been run at Prestbury Park, the revelry is set to continue until the small hours.
So, whether you’re dressing up for Ladies Day or hoping for a windfall on the Gold Cup, discover where to let your hair down, have a few drinks and tuck into some fantastic food in SoGlos’s round-up of top Cheltenham Race Week 2023 venues.
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With the bar open from 6pm, the celebrations start early at Home & Botanic. The venue plays host to the official Guinness after dark party – and it’s not just the black stuff on offer, you can tuck into fantastic food from Burger Delivery and Urban Cheesecake too.
The party goes on until 5am and there’s a room to match every mood. Step into the stylish Botanic room to enjoy gin and cocktails; sashay into the Piano Bar for some lively music from the perfectly pitched piano man; for a more relaxed vibe, the Beer Haus is a breath of fresh air; dance fans will love the low-lit clubroom playing house and R’n’B all night; while for disco divas, shimmy along to the dance-tastic Disco Disco space.
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With boozy brunches; live music every morning and night; and a whole host of incredible bars and restaurants to visit, The Brewery Quarter is THE place to party.
Fill your evening with theatrical cocktails and live DJs at The Alchemist, enjoy live music at both The Botanist and Brewhouse & Kitchen, or try your hand at social darts while sipping Race Week trophy cocktails at Flight Club. Or for anyone who prefers a more chilled out vibe, grab a beer and catch every race live on the big screens at BrewDog.
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With a host of craft beers and ciders on tap to raise a pint to celebrate or commiserate, the racing is screened all day at Dunkertons Cider on the edge of Cheltenham, if you fancy following the action away from town centre crowds – plus there’s live music every evening during Race Week.
Kicking things off on Tuesday 14, The Shadow Monkeys hit the stage at 6.30pm; on Wednesday 15 its Unhooked’s turn at 7pm; The Persuaders are the main attraction at 7pm on Thursday 16; and bringing things to a close, Splat the Rat takes to the stage at the end of Gold Cup Day on Friday 17 March 2023 at 6.30pm. There’s plenty of pizzas, burgers, and Indian food to enjoy, too.
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The independent Filipino restaurant on Clarence Street is hosting lively singalong karaoke sessions every night from Tuesday 14 to Saturday 18 March 2023 from 8pm until midnight.
To keep your vocals fully fuelled, Pyesta serves up a whole host of delicious dishes, including garlic butter prawns; lumpia – Filipino pork and veg spring rolls; lechon kawali – tender, slow cooked then deep fried pork belly; and the Philippines national dish, adobo, with food served daily until 9pm.
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Enjoy the authentic flavours of Japan and Korea, with Nagomi open until midnight all week. Right next door to Pyesta on Clarence Street, racegoers can fill up on sharing plates or try out traditional Japanese and Korean barbecue on smokeless table grills for a bit of added theatre, with food being served until 9.30pm.
Then the bar is open until 12am, whisking revellers away to the Far East with Japanese Kirin Ichiban beer on draught, saké and Korean Soju in different flavours, including pomegranate, all on offer.
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Tucked away in The Courtyard in Montpellier, Sam’s Montpellier offers a range of small plates and sharing dishes from its innovative earth, land and sea menu that are ideal for a quick bite, or an extended dining experience to savour with friends.
The menu features fresh, locally-sourced produce for a delicious dining experience like no other, that’s bound to perk up weary racegoers – and if you fancy a quiet place for drinks, its creative resident mixologist is on hand to stir up something special.
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A laidback place to celebrate your wins with epic Cocotails, relaxed street food and authentic flavours, not to mention an awesome atmosphere, The Coconut Tree in St Paul’s is sure to be a popular spot during race week.
It’s shareable Sri Lankan street food dishes include kotthu, curries, devilled wings, crispy cuttlefish and SoGlos favourite, cheesy columbo, which are perfect for feasting with friends after a thrilling day at the races. Its sharing Cocotails, like the Wild Bling Ting which comes with a bottle of prosecco on the side, are just the ticket for toasting, too.
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Raise your glasses to a win at this chic cocktail hotspot in Montpellier. Open from 5pm every day during Race Week, no bookings are needed so thirsty racegoers can wander in, grab a seat and enjoy.
The Urban Fox also has live music from Jack Gaylor on Gold Cup Day on Friday 17 March 2023 from 7pm.
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Let live DJs take you from the racecourse to the sun soaked Caribbean Islands at Turtle Bay, with a chilled atmosphere, great food and enough cocktails to shake a pineapple at.
Tasty Jamaican-inspired food is the order of the day here, with plenty to satisfy your race week appetite. Cocktails are all two for one throughout Race Week, too, with new drinks hitting the menu including Tobago Tea, Grapefruit Fizz and Tingaling.
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Nestled next to Cheltenham Town Hall, The Cheltenham Trust’s Imperial Garden Bar boasts glorious views over Imperial Gardens. Serving drinks and street food from 5pm each day, there’s live music from 7pm throughout Race Week, too.
Just outside of town, The Heritage Café next to Pittville Pump Room is being transformed into an Irish bar for Race Week, with drinks poured from 5pm to 8pm, hot snacks available and live music making it an ideal pit stop for breaking up the long walk back into town from the racecourse – and with live music and a bar, The Prince of Wales Stadium is also conveniently close to the racecourse for post-race refreshments.
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Dine in style at Cheltenham’s iconic The Daffodil during Race Week, with the former 1920’s cinema giving diners a taste of a more elegant era with its unique Art Deco setting and glitzy Hollywood vibes.
Book a table for a show, dinner and live music from the 80s, 90s and 00s from £55 per person during Race Week, with diners being treated to a glass of fizz on arrival. Chin chin!
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For low-key celebrations after a busy day at the races, head to The Tavern in Royal Well Place. Wind down with a wide selection of beers, cocktails and wines paired with comforting pub grub that’ll make you feel right at home.
During Race Week there’ll also be live music at the venue, with soulful sounds from Alex Taylor, Devon Mayson and Marc James.
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For anyone planning to party into the early hours, MooMoo on Regent Street has three floors of fun with bargain booze and pumping music to really let loose and celebrate. Dance to tracks from the 70s through to the latest releases on the pop floor; hit the aura floor for dance and house music with light lasers and a CO2 cannon; or if that’s not your style, there’s also a smooth R’n’B room lined with leather furniture to unwind.
Drinks deals include four shots for £10 or two bombs – with choices including a classic Jägermeister or a Fireball cinnamon with Red Bull – for £6. On Wednesday 15 March and Thursday 16 March 2023, the club is open from 10pm until 3am and on Friday 17 March 2023 doors close at 4am.
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Right in the centre of Cheltenham on Clarence Parade and housed inside a beautiful former church, Revolution gives racegoers a wide range of cocktails and food to choose from. Doors open at 12pm and stay open until 1am during the week or 3am on Gold Cup Day.
Happy hour runs until 9pm on Tuesday 14 and Wednesday 15, then all day on Thursday 16 and Friday 17 March 2023, with two for £10 on cocktails – and don’t forget your dancing shoes, as there’s a dance floor at Revolution, too.
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Lounge 72 on Cheltenham High Street is a great spot to take your party into the early hours, with the venue open from 3pm to 3am every day during Race Week.
There are great deals including 12 pick ‘n’ mix vodka shots for £15 or 30 shots for £30, as well as signature cocktails like the Candyfloss Cosmopolitan and Cherry Bakewell. For anyone who’s feeling lucky, challenge the barman to flip a coin for £1 – if you predict the side it lands on correctly, you get double your drinks!
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On Gold Cup Day, head to The Exmouth Arms on Bath Road to finish the week on a high note as Kickback play live at 9pm.
Along with a pint, grab some proper pub grub whilst you’re there, with a selection of creative burgers and mains being served from 6pm to 9pm.
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On the edge of town, Kemble Brewery Inn is housed on Fairview Street in a quieter area, ideal if you’re looking for a less crowded place to toast your wins. Small and traditional, this hidden gem isn’t too far from the racecourse and has a friendly atmosphere.
Throughout Race Week, The Trouble Notes are playing live music, with the bar serving supper from 5.30pm to 8pm, too.
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This friendly and independent pub on Suffolk Road is sure to be buzzing with live music during Race Week.
The Suffolk Arms‘ traditional food menu is served until 8.30pm, with dishes including Irish stew, fish and chips, burgers and the signature Suffolk Arms pie. The bar is open until 11pm, with a great choice of beers, wines and even a small selection of cocktails.
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If you can’t make it to the racecourse, you can catch all the action at The Bayshill Inn, with the races showing live throughout the day.
Sitting on a corner at St George’s Place, this traditional pub is also hosting live music throughout the night during Race Week, creating a buzzing atmosphere.
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A hidden gem for those in the know, this coffee shop on Regent Street has more strings to its bow than just cappuccinos and cake.
Come sundown, The Coffee Dispensary transforms into a candlelit hideaway complete with creative cocktails and a brilliantly buzzy vibe. The team is serving up specialty coffee cocktails from dawn, as well as a host of fruity favourites right up until 11pm during Race Week.
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End Cheltenham Festival on a literal high at Cheltenham’s only rooftop restaurant. The Race Week afterparty at the Quadrangle starts at 10.30pm every night of the races, with live music, DJ, cocktails and dancing following dinner service.
Tickets cost £25 and it’s free for dinner guests at The Nook on Five to join the party, which is set to continue into the early hours with a 1am finish.
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Splash out on the finest sushi and sashimi this Race Week at Cheltenham’s original Japanese restaurant, KIBOU. Dive into a decadent range of chef’s specials, including rich seafood ramen, melt-in-the-mouth wagyu tataki and delicious anko rolls – and toast it all with chic cocktails, mixed especially for Race Week.
With a great selection of fizz, fine wine, Japanese beers and premium whiskies behind the bar, revellers can keep the party going until midnight on Tuesday 14 and Wednesday 15 and until 1am on Tuesday 16 and Friday 17 March 2023.
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