Welcome to the enchanting city of Oxford, Mississippi – a quintessential Southern college town long known for its literary heritage, stunning architecture, and over-the-top game days. Aside from being the home of the University of Mississippi, Oxford also has some super fun places to “unwind”. Whether you’re looking for a cozy place to unwind after a long day, watch the game, or dance the night away, we’ve got you covered. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at some of the best bars in Oxford, Mississippi, ranging from The Coop at The Graduate Hotel to Funky’s Pizza and Daiquiris.
The Coop at the Graduate Hotel
If you’re in search of a rooftop bar with a stunning view of The Square, look no more because The Coop is the place to be. Located on the 4th floor of the gorgeous Graduate Hotel, The Coop serves up fluffy chicken biscuits, delicious cocktails, and boasts a lively atmosphere perfect for college students and young professionals looking to have a good time.
The vibe here is relaxed, the music is curated to perfection, and the drinks are expertly crafted by some of the best bartenders in town. Trust me; you won’t be disappointed. Try a Frosé; it’s awesome!
Fun Fact: The Coop was named “The Best Rooftop Bars in the U.S.” byMen’s Journal.
Don’t be fooled by the name; this is not a place to study. Library (on 11th Street) is one of the coolest bars in Oxford, MS, and for a good reason. Made up of three separate spaces (a sports bar, music hall, and patio, they offer good drinks, live music, and a lively atmosphere that guarantees a great time.
The Library almost always charges a cover and it only gets more expensive the later it gets. Get there early! Patio is open Thursday through Saturday nights.
Bartenders at the Library are friendly and fun, and their drinks are potent, making it the perfect spot to let loose and have fun.
Nestled in the heart of Downtown Oxford, Bouré is one of the most popular bars in town, and also part of the elaborate City Grocery Restaurant Group. The space is stylish, with wood-paneled walls, a long bar, and a comfortable patio that’s perfect for sipping ice-cold beers on a warm afternoon while admiring the beautiful courthouse square.
Bouré serves a range of delicious pub-style appetizers, including nachos, wings, and sliders, that pair perfectly with their extensive collection of beers. If you’re looking for a relaxed night out with friends, this is the spot for you. It is especially popular with parents visiting Oxford.
Need a drink suggestion? The Pickle Martini, made with Cathead Vodka, is quite unique, or the Burner Phone, a tiki rum punch.
You’re in for a treat with Funky’s Pizza. This spot is not only Oxford’s favorite pizza joint, but it’s also one of the best bars in town. The beer selection here is impressive, with over 15 on tap, including local favorites. Still, all the rage is over the killer daiquiri selection, including the Fat Tuesday, a locals’ favorite.
Expect to hear a mix of indie and alternative tracks playing in the background, a surefire way to get you on the dance floor. The New-Orleans style vibe here is eclectic, and the pizza is delicious, making it the perfect spot to start your night.
The Blind Pig Pub
Tucked away on Van Buren Avenue, The Blind Pig Pub has the kind of vibe that makes you feel like a local. This spot is small, with exposed brick walls, a limited bar, and a quaint outdoor area. But don’t let its size fool you; The Blind Pig Pub is a place where everyone knows everyone, and the drinks are poured generously.
This is a popular spot for game nights; you’re guaranteed to find enthusiasts rooting for their favorite teams. The energy is always on point.
A new addition to the Oxford cocktail scene, Saint Leo is a trendy Italian that serves great drinks in a swanky and intimate atmosphere. Located on the Square, Saint Leo’s outdoor patio is the perfect place to enjoy a classic Negroni or a glass of wine while admiring Oxford’s beautiful architecture.
Besides the nightlife scene, check out the brunch cocktails at Saint Leo, featuring Prosecco pops, or the all day impressive wine menu with options from around the world.
Fun Fact: Saint Leo was a 2017 James Beard Foundation “Best New Restaurant” semifinalist.
Which Bar Will You Visit?
There you have it, folks – the ultimate guide to the best bars in Oxford, Mississippi. Though Oxford is full of bars, we think these are the best. Each offers something unique, resulting in completely different experiences.
Have fun in Oxford, MS. Hotty Toddy!
Guest post from Wherever I May Roam.
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