Cheltenham week is soon upon us and we are all getting a little excited, and as seasoned Cheltenham goers we feel it is our duty to pass on our knowledge. As we all know there is much more than just great racing to be had, so I hear you ask what do you need to know! We have put together the needs to knows- What bars to go to, How to get there and the must do’s and avoids.
The journey after racing
The Final Flight Bar
It seems an obvious one but often these racing after parties can be a bit pants, but luckily Cheltenham have pulled this one out of the bag! The Final Flight is a great place to keep the party going and not having to move, tickets are on sale for £20 and you must pre-book. There is a live band and great all round atmosphere filled with cocktails and laughter before heading into Cheltenham town.
Getting to town
There are a few easy options, Stagecoach service D runs every 10 minutes during the day and between 10-60 minutes Monday to Saturday evenings. Service 527 also provides a regular service from Cheltenham Centre to Bishop’s Cleeve and Gotherington via the Racecourse Roundabout. At The Festival up to 70 buses will be operating, picking up at Cheltenham Spa Railway Station and outside WH Smith in the centre of town before dropping off at the Racecourse. Return buses pick up from the Racecourse with stops at Pittville Street and then the Station. https://www.stagecoachbus.com/about/west
Alternatively you can use normal taxis or UBER. http://uber-rates-cheltenham-gloucestershire-uk.uber-fare-estimator.com/
Need a bite to eat?
If you’re like me and pretty much never end up eating between leaving the course and getting to a bar, I’ve got a few recommendations to hopefully make your evening last that little bit longer! There are a few great options in town, including Zizzi located in an old church and is well worth a visit for that alone. There are also the normal places like Ask, Cote and the Chelsea Brasserie which I highly recommend! I’d highly recommend booking before you arrive as there will be another 50 thousand hungry racegoers at the door….
Fancy another tipple?
All this racing is thirsty work, so if you have skipped dinner or are just looking for nice place for a drink it has to be 131, this is one of my favourite spots in Cheltenham and has a great bar and some tasty light bites too. The Montpellier Wine bar is also another fantastic bar and has a great feel and vibe, it will be full of fellow racegoers so you are sure to leave with a story or two! If cocktails are your thing I am yet to find a Revolution bar that has disappointed me and this is no exception, the new menu is amazing and crying out to be sampled!
To the Club?
Now if you make it this far well done! It’s a very long day and half of you will be asleep in the corner but for those of you who are ready for some more dancing let’s go! There are some awesome clubs in Cheltenham but I must warn you they will be packed! The place everyone recommends is Club21, and if you can get in before it’s too busy it is so worth it and you will have the best time. Two of my favourites would be COCO and Subtone for some old school tunes and nothing fancy!
This is something I much prefer to have planned ahead of time, I have been caught out before standing in a taxi queue for an hour and March is not a warm month! So if you can pre-book or try UBER before leaving the warmth of a bar!
Hopefully we have all made enough mistakes so that now you don’t have to but never fear to let the night take you and end up in a random pub drinking Guinness singing Galway Girl for now real reason!