Light up your SOcial life in... Southampton’s Oxford Street

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Rather than head straight home after work or shopping, make the most of what our city's nightlife has to offer.

For this blog, we are looking at some of the fantastic late-night businesses you can find around Oxford Street, Southampton. Take some inspiration from the details below and plan your next big night out.

Places to dine the night away

If you fancy starting your night out with some food, then take a look at some of the tasty offerings you can find around Oxford Street.

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For authentic Italian cuisine, Marco’s Bar Ristorante offers all of your favourite classic Italian dishes along with hand-crafted cocktails and a fine wine selection.

People eating and drinking at Porters steakhouse

Calling all carnivores, Carnicero is a Galician steakhouse right in the heart of Oxford Street. Choose your favourite cut of meat and combine it with a glass of wine from the restaurant’s extensive wine menu.

Just off Oxford Street, in Queens Terrace, Porters Steakhouse serves up charcuterie, steaks and some fantastic wines.

Frontage of XOXO on Oxford Street

Relaxed yet stylish, Oxford Brasserie is a great choice if you are looking for cosmopolitan European food. With outdoor seating too, this is a perfect spot for watching the world go by.

From bottomless brunches to an everchanging cocktail menu, XOXO sits at the centre of Oxford Street.  Plus, if you are looking for a venue to hire out for a hen do or work party, XOXO has a private hire basement bar perfect for events!

Go Greek at Miss Pita, an authentic Greek restaurant offering sit in or takeaway options including gyros and souvlaki pitas.

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Last but by no means least, The Grand puts both classic and modern dishes on the menu. Looking for something alcoholic? Then don’t forget to check out Ruby’s at the Grand, their on-site classic cocktail bar and for a little music, keep your eye out for their jam sessions.

Pubs in and around Oxford Street

If you are looking for a pint or two then there are some great pubs around Oxford Street.

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Prominently located, The Grapes offers the traditional feels of a pub but with a cosmopolitan feel. The pub was formerly a haunt for sailors and sea faring kind and has connections to Titanic. Today, you can pick from a wide selection of national and local real ales and Majestic-selected wines. The pub has a strong sports theme and is a popular spot for Saints fans on match days. The pub also offers accommodation.

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Fuller’s pub, The White Star Tavern, offers a great selection of wines, ales and cocktails as well as traditional pub food. The Tavern also has accommodation and makes for another option for visitors wishing to stay in the Oxford Street area.

Cocktail bars, lounge bars and nightclubs

Dress up and head out later by visiting some of our cocktail bars, clubs and late-night events venues. There are plenty of options for continuing your night on in the Oxford Street area.

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For cocktails, try The Mail Room, one of Hampshire’s finest venues. Plus, on Friday and Saturday nights, the venue’s resident DJs start the party with the best chart hits played from 7.30pm.

Open 7 days a week, Medbar is a great spot to drink, dine and dance. Serving up a wide range of cocktails, liquors, shorts, mocktails and everything in between and open until 2am.

Outside seating area in front of Rita's cocktail bar

For 1920s vibes, head to Art Deco-decorated Rita’s Bar & Kitchen. Rita’s offers craft cocktails – with flavours you may not have tried before. Perhaps give an Amazonica a try? This cocktail features Canaima gin, jasmine and peach tea, apricot jam, lime and beetroot dust. Classic cocktails are also available from the menu.

Looking for something different to do?

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If you love your live music then plan your night out to include a visit to The 1865. The venue hosts regular music events from cover bands to gigs.

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Fancy a night of cabaret? The London Hotel is one of Southampton’s premier cabaret venues and regularly hosts international drag artists, bingo nights and DJs along with a wide variety of drinks.

Try your hand at blackjack, roulette or the slots at Genting Casino, just a short stroll away from Oxford Street on Terminus Terrace.

Somewhere to stay


We’ve mentioned a couple of places to stay above however if you are looking for some home-from-home vibes then room2 makes a great choice when staying in the Oxford Street area. This hometel has some stunning views over Queen’s Park and the harbour and includes a gym, laundry and a “living room” where guests and visitors can stop by for a quick bite to eat or a drink or two.

As you can see, there are SO many places for you to light up your social life around Oxford Street, get exploring now and plan your next big night out. And don't forget, check out our SO Card offers to make the most of savings off food and drink, activities and much more.

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