A night out in Cheltenham can be a good one but only generally if you want to stay out untill pubs shut. The nightclubs have gone downhill rapidly (have they or am I getting older?) and seem to be inhabited by fifteen year old school kids who I remember being first years when I was leaving school...anyway, I deliberate. Boom seems the only watering hole worth taking a look after 11.00pm but recently the council have seemed to become a lot more genorous as regards licensing as other places have been granted an extra hours drinking at weekends, but I will come to them in a minute. The pubs in Cheltenham seem plentiful but are actually quite spread out compared to other towns and cities that I have drank in. In Montpellier there are a few pubs worth having a pint in. O'Neils offers the same as any O'Neils in any city but the atmosphere is usually good especially during race week. Down from there is Bar Casa which although, looks and is very nice, is also very expensive and has not been unknown to charge £3 a pint. Huxters is the next bar down and a favourite of mine because it is usually busy and it opens up the terrace in the summer so it is nice to have a drink ouside and watch the world go by. Carrying on down the promenade brings you to two chain pubs, Yates wine bar and The Pulpit which is an it's a scream pub, both are very similar to how all their respective chains are run, although the pulpit used to be a church and is huge. Cheltenham has had a number of new bars open recently and one of these is the Toad. Again a chain pub it is one of the bars that has gained a licence until 12.00am on weekends, and from the few times I have frequented it, it seems a decent place, although it does get busy quite early and people have been known to queue. There are many other bars in Cheltenham, these are just a few but enough I am sure for a good night out.
Having a varied countryside, Gloucestershire has a range of fantastic rural pubs, lots of which offer great, cheap food. You can sit beside the Severn, gaze at the Malverns, get totally lost amidst the Cotswolds, or find something a bit more Urban in Cheltenham or Gloucester. A few personal favourites are, The Old Spot, Durlsey, a lively local with good beer and a very friendly atmosphere. The New in Waterly Bottoms - perhaps the best rural pub ever, nestling between the hills, hidden amongst the lanes. Hard to find but well worth the trip. Hunter's Hall, near Tetbury. You might run into Prince Charles as this is his local. Lovely food, very atmospheric. The pelican - Stroud's alternative Pub, wonderful, strange, and a perfect dive. Gloucestershire is full of pubs, which are great if you are walking. From experience, msot are very friendly towards walkers and children.