Bars in Oxford: drinking beneath the dreaming spires. As you probably know, Oxford is one of the oldest university towns in the world. This means that it could lay claim to possessing the oldest student boozing tradition in the world, too. Whether that’s the case, or even appropriate (Oxford students spend their nights in garrets, scribing away by the light of a guttering candle, right?), the bars Oxford has to offer are plentiful and varied in atmosphere. The best bars in Oxford reflect the charm of the city of dreaming spires, whose architectural landscape is peppered with buildings from every conceivable era. It’s the kind of history that goes down well with a real English ale. But there are Oxford bars to suit those with more contemporary tastes as well.