Complete Guide To Pre and Post Racing Drinks

Whether your celebrating you're winnings, drowning your sorrows or simply carrying on the party RacingBreaks are here to give you the lowdown on be best places to eat, drink and dance on Gold Cup week.

If post racing cocktails are what you crave, there is certainly no shortage of places in Cheltenham.

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If it's going to be a late one, Cheltenham's trendiest cocktail bar has to go to Crazy 8s, part of the No 131 complex. The No 131 restaurant and bar’s luxury interiors mean it's purely indulgent and the place to be. It’s even got Tatler’s seal of approval, calling it  "One of the coolest places to eat in England". Nestled opposite the Imperial Gardens the location couldn’t be better.

Crazy 8s delectable cocktails compliment the DJ, making this the place perfect to sip on a Mojito-colada (our favourite of their cocktails) and spend your winnings. For a morning Guinness, glass of champagne or a pint before the races look no further than the Terrace Bar at 131.

Top Tip - 131 have collaborated with Glow & Dry Hairstylists on race week, solving your last minute hair worries. Appointments can be pre booked, and a number will be available each day on a first come first served basis.

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The Vodka Revolution

On Clarence Parade lies inside a former church, where the stain glass windows dominate the stone walls and the booths make a comfortable drinking haunt.

Clarence Social

Is a another great spot. Right in the heart of the town centre (opposite Revolution), this Georgian townhouse is split into three floors, including a speakeasy basement, better still each floor has their own bar.  

Frequently listed in the top places to eat and drink in Cheltenham, this stylish bar and restaurant will serve pre racing breakfast, lunch and has two dinner servings, as well as a bar open till late throughout race week. With some tables reserved on a first come first served basis, it's one of the few venues where booking is not essential.

Top Tip - They do the best Bloody Mary's in Cheltenham, ideal for a pre racing breakfast.

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For a boozy breakfast or post race tipple, the Cosy Club is perfect. Part of the Brewery Quarter this eccentric gem takes you back in time. The interior mixes oil paintings, clashing eras and bold prints, creating a relaxed ambiance. Sink into the vintage 1930s furniture and enjoy their special Gold Cup menu, or drink into the early hours and people watching out the floor to ceiling windows at the bar area.  

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Wine bars come by the glass full and our favourite spots include The Retreat, a vibrant and fun spot on Suffolk Parade, where some of the most delicious food and flavoursome wines in Cheltenham can be found. For something a little closer to the town centre, give Montpellier Wine Bar a try. It's warm and cosy atmosphere has been satisfying wine lovers since 1977.

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For a post race party there's only one place to go, Cheltenham's best know club  - Moo Moos. The venue of the Gold Cup after party boasts three floors, countless fake chandeliers and a middle floor that's open for race week and about two other nights of the year. We can assure you the night will be entertaining, for those who remember, although there's not quite a way to predict how your night will end, but drinks are undoubtedly needed before you step in.

Choose your vibe and dance till 4am on one of three floors, the first R&B, the second, everybody's favourite pop classics and the third, the main floor lures you in with dance and house anthems playing all night, well actually until 4am when Moos Moos sadly calls it a night.

When Moos Moos has done you in (or closed), fear not. Tucked away in the corner, directly next door lies its cheesy little sister, Fever. You'll appreciate them blasting out 70s, 80s and 90s tunes until 6am every day of race week on their trademark light up dance floor below the glitter balls. You can always use Fever as your pre drink destination, as drinks before 11pm will be on 2-4-1 with a flyer! Then go too Moo Moos then back to Fever, or stay the night. Another spot is round the corner from Fever on the acclaimed Promenade in Under the Prom.

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Harry Cook Free House

23 Montpellier Walk, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 1SD

Described by their own admission as "Blending hip and the wholesome" there's no denying the charm in this charismatic and quirky gastro pub-come-bar.

Based in the iconic Montpellier, next door to The Ivy (which is perfect for those looking for an elegant post racing meal) Harry Cook specialises in premium draught lagers, craft beers, ciders and high quality wine, giving the place an upmarket feel.

The Spectre

73-75 High St, Cheltenham GL50 1DU

Situated on the top end of the High Street, Spectre offers the cheapest pint in Cheltenham (subject as of February 2018), giving the sports bar a packed crowd and lively atmosphere.   

There's tempting drink deals and an attractive range of world beers, real ales, spirits and of course draught beers. If wine's your go to you're in luck, as bottles start at just £9.  

If cheap and cheerful is your thing, other hotspots include Frog and Fiddle, and the classic establishment that is Wetherspoons (of which Cheltenham has two, The Bank House, on Clarence Street and Moon Under Water, on Bath Road, because one just simply isn't enough).


4 Cambray Pl, Cheltenham GL50 1JS

A classic pub, with five plasmas and nine screens, ensure you won't miss a minute of the match. 2.3 miles from the racecourse, Tailors also serves a selection of home cooked food and snacks, to enjoy indoor or alfresco in their outdoor seating area.

Onto beer, this respected Cheltenham venue offers a variety, which consist of traditional brands and a few locally brewed flavours, including some seasonal specials. They have even been awarded a gold in Wadworths 'Perfect Pint' competition, what more could you possibly ask for?

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