The state of the pubs and barsin Hertford is quite dire. Maybe its the people who drink in Hertford or maybe its the town itself, but generally its is a horrible place.
The Stonehouse is over crowded and expensive, boasting a tiny dance floor where you have to pack in like sardines to dance.
The Blackbirds used to be quite a good pub but it has turned into a bit f a scummy place, where you are forced to que to get in to nasty little pub and if you smoke (which a large portion of society do) you have to pack into a tiny little court yard to have a cigarette, also if you don't go to the Blackbirds or the Stonehouse on the student night (Thursday), its can be very expensive.
Weatherspoons is good value for money and a good space to drink, however it can get quite crowded and they generally do not have enough staff to cope, so you have to wait for a long time to get served.
There are loads more pubs and bars, like Elberts or Bar Rouge,(which are over crowded and expensive too) however these are the most visited.
There are a few nice places to drink in though. The White Horse Pub, by the castle is a fantastic pub with a great selection of ales and a really warm and home like feel to it.
The Old Barge down by the river is a nice pub, expensive, but nice, with a really good quiz on Sunday nights.
If you like a good night out somewhere, don't go to Hertford!
well there's no shortage of them that;s for sure. but it would depend what you are looking for. we have a good old whetherspoons. The six templars. in the town centre. the town centre isnt that big, so all the pubs in the town centre i speak of are easy to find. then it depends what you want form a pub. the old barge, just over a bridge form town is good for food and a pub quiz and its more what i would call a "village" pub, just in a town. has ales on tap too. youngsters prefer blackbirds, with its thursday student deals. during peak times the queues can be quite long. they have recnetly introduced a rock night and had a live band play. then there's the stone house. also has thursday night deal. but is bigger. and on fridays and saturdays you have to pay to get in there. the most recent hangout for the younger hertford members seems to be sugar hut. this is relatively small but does have a lot of garage and dnb nights. but i have only been once so it may be best to find out more on this one. then theres the duncombe. they have a lot of themed night, skool disco and carribean nights. hertford house hotel (obviously has the advantage of being a hotel too) has become busier these days. and they also are introducing live music. Deco across the street is good with cocktails i have heard but i have not been in there myself. most of these pubs serve food.these are the main pubs in hertford i guess but theres lots lots more. for individual reviews i would seek out reviews on the pub you chose.