Friday 20 September 2019

Cheltenham Festival and Gold Cup celebrations guide

See SoGlos's tips for the top places to celebrate during Cheltenham Race Week 2020, including the best restaurants, trendiest bars and liveliest parties in town and beyond.

If you’ve backed a big winner, find out where to celebrate when all the horses have crossed the finish line during Cheltenham Race Week 2020.

The Festival™ will be taking over the Cheltenham from Tuesday 10 to Friday 13 March 2020 – and when the last races have been run at Prestbury Park, the revelry is set to continue until the small hours.

So, whether you’re dressing up for Ladies Day or hoping for a windfall on the Gold Cup, discover the plushest places to let your hair down, have a few drinks and tuck into some great food, in SoGlos’s guide to the top Cheltenham Race 2020 venues.

Guide sponsor – The Bierkeller Cheltenham

The lowdown: Bustling Bavarian-themed experience bar, The Bierkeller, provides a lively setting for Race Week celebrations in the heart of Cheltenham. Whether you’re looking for somewhere to toast your winnings or commiserate your losses, The Bierkeller is a must-visit during The Festival™.

What’s the craic: The bar will be open from 8am to 12.30pm and then reopens from 4.30pm till late from Tuesday to Thursday, while Gold Cup Friday will see it open all day from 8.30am. If you’re looking to line your stomach, tuck into a full English breakfast and enjoy it with an Irish coffee or a pint of Guinness, or pick up a bacon or sausage bap to takeaway. Expect plenty of entertainment, including a resident DJ playing tunes from Monday to Wednesday, a live Irish band on St Patrick’s Day, and a live oompah band on Gold Cup night.

SoGlos loves: Guests can pre-pay for entry by calling in advance, and there’s also the option to reserve space in the VIP area, where you can benefit from dedicated waitress service so you don’t have to queue at the bar.

For more information: Call 07484 055335 or visit directly.

MooMoo Clubrooms

The lowdown: Continue the celebrations into the night at MooMoo Clubrooms, Cheltenham’s biggest nightclub, boasting three great DJs across three floors for one great big Race Week party.

What’s the craic: Whether you enjoy chart, pop, dance or RnB, the DJs at MooMoo will definitely get you on the dance floor. Partygoers start their night in style in the RnB Zinc Room which oozes sophisticated style. The Aura Main Arena offers the ultimate party experience with the biggest dance, house and floor fillers until the early hours, while The Pop Room plays the biggest cheesy tunes from across the decades. During Race Week the club will be open from 10pm to 3am on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and from 9.30pm till 4am on St Patrick’s Day, and 9pm till 4am on Gold Cup day.

SoGlos loves: MooMoo’s exclusive and luxurious VIP booths are ideal if you want to add a bit of glamour to the proceedings, with waitress service offering the chance to order some of the finest Champagnes and spirits direct to your table, with packages also including free entry and queue jump.

For more information: Call 07584 252188 or visit directly.

Fever Cheltenham

The lowdown: Popular Cheltenham nightclub, Fever, offers a lively setting for Race Week celebrations right in the heart of town.

What’s the craic: The club has two rooms to choose from, with the main retro-chic discotheque boasting a colour-changing dance floor, array of glitter balls and brilliant atmosphere, with revellers dancing the night away to the best cheese and pop-party tunes. The second room, known as The Beach, is a seaside-themed space where you can dance the night away to the biggest and best current anthems, among décor such as jet skis, a hammer head shark and boat-shaped bar. During The Festival™, Fever is open until 6am from Monday to Saturday.

SoGlos loves: Partygoers heading to Fever during Race Week can take advantage of a host of money-saving deals and value drink prices. Look out for staff handing out flyers to enjoy 2-4-1 cocktails and drinks, a free shot with your first drink, and discount entry.

For more information: Call (01242) 582558 or visit directly.

The Fire Station

The lowdown: The Fire Station, an all-day dining hub located within walking distance of the centre of Cheltenham, offers a stylish and vibrant space to eat, drink and party during Race Week. Kick off your day with breakfast, celebrate your winnings with a cocktail, or satisfy your hunger with dinner, with a big screen in the bar showing all the races. There’s also a private dining room available for hire, complete with television screens and a personal waiter.

What’s the craic: The Fire Station will be serving breakfast from 9am during Race Week, available to eat in or take away, along with offering a tempting dinner menu featuring fresh and locally sourced ingredients that are cooked over a charcoal grill. There will also be a special Gold Cup dinner, perfect for a bit of post-racing celebration.

SoGlos loves: The Fire Station will be making special cocktails using gin from Cotswolds Distillery, and, in keeping with the festivities of Race Week, there will be Guinness on tap and Irish espresso martinis aplenty.

For more information: Call (01242) 809135, email, or visit directly.

The Find

The lowdown: Licensed Cheltenham café, The Find, is located right in the heart of town on Regent Street and offers plenty to tempt racegoers during The Festival™, along with being just a stone’s throw from bus stops to get to and from the racecourse. Diners at the award-winning café will be able to enjoy the taste of the Cotswolds, with its breakfast, lunch and dinner menus including dishes featuring locally sourced ingredients.

What’s the craic: Get your day of racing off to the best start with breakfast at The Find, with choices including a full English, along with hot takeaway baps. On Ladies Day, guests can enjoy a glass of Prosecco or Buck's Fizz with their breakfasts, while on St Patrick's Day the staff will be dressed up in green to celebrate. A large television screen will be showing all the action live at Prestbury Park, and with free copies of The Racing Post available, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy a pint or two of Guinness, in the warm and cosy setting.

SoGlos loves: A set menu racing supper will be served in the evenings during Race Week, including starters of chorizo and feta salad, celeriac and truffle soup, and tempura vegetables. Mains span pan fried salmon fillet, steak and Guinness pie, and pan fried lamb rump; and desserts include raspberry parfait, orange creme brulee, and Guinness ad chocolate loaf. Bookings are encouraged for large parties, and there’s also the opportunity to host private events at The Find.

For more information: Call (01242) 575228, email or visit directly.

The Outdoor Inn

The lowdown: The Outdoor Inn is a brand-new independent bar concept that brings the festival feel to the heart of Cheltenham. Located just off the High Street, the exciting venue will be opening for Race Week before officially launching mid-April. The space will include a trailer bar, a large tent with dimly-lit festoon lighting, artificial turf, heaters and seating.

What’s the craic: Celebrating its first Race Week in style, The Outdoor Inn will be hosting four Raise The Hoof nights from Tuesday 12 to Friday 15 March 2019. The bustling new venue will be open from 9am to 1am and will be screening the races in the day and offering a party atmosphere, with live music, by night. The bar will be serving draught beers from Cotswold Brew Co., Guinness, a selection of wines and spirits, and the signature Raise The Hoof cocktail.

SoGlos loves: Expect plenty of live entertainment, with local musician Sam Strachen getting the party started from 6pm to 8pm, followed by the house party band from 8pm to 10pm. From 10pm onwards, The Outdoor Inn will transform into a piano bar, with Cheltenham’s Harry Steele playing plenty of sing-a-long tunes.

For more information: Visit directly.

The Brewery Quarter

The lowdown: The Brewery Quarter is party central for racegoers following the final furlong. The entertainment destination is home to a range of bars including The Botanist, Brewhouse and Kitchen, and Babel, alongside live music performances, food and drink, and entertainment until late.

What’s the craic: Head along to plant-themed bar and restaurant The Botanist for live music every night to accompany one (or more!) of the venue’s stunningly theatrical cocktails. There’s also the chance to catch live acts at Brewhouse and Kitchen with delicious, locally brewed ales on tap, while over at stylish bar Babel, tuck into its brand-new spring menu and dance the night away to live DJs playing Irish festive tracks and dance classics. Cosy Club also offers a bustling atmosphere, perfect for celebrating or commiserating after a day at Prestbury Park. If you’re planning on visiting during the day, start your morning off with bottomless brunch at The Botanist, while Babel and Brewhouse and Kitchen will be showing all the racing action on their big screens.

SoGlos loves: Throughout the day during race week, The Brewery Quarter is a calm and welcoming venue, perfect if you’re looking to avoid the crowds. People with children can enjoy special offers at The Play Farm with its teatime meal and entry offer, which is available all day, while there’s plenty of fun to be had at Hollywood Bowl and Mr Mulligan’s Lost World Golf. There’s also tasty fast food available from Nando’s, Five Guys and Creams Café, with sit down restaurants Harvester, Prezzo, Real China, Chiquito and Frankie and Benny’s all ready to indulge you with a relaxing lunchtime treat.

For more information: Call (01242) 574378, or visit

© SoGlos
Saturday 16 March 2019

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