60A Bromham Rd, Bedford MK40 2QG
Legendary live music venue. Anyone who is anyone on the indie/alternative scene will have played here. Well known on the circuit, international acts as well as homegrown talent such as Tom Grennan credit Esquires in their path to success Look out for “FoodDrunk” (street food) events, new music events such as “Ceremony” all dayer and Sunday sessions.
Cut Throat Lane, Bedford MK41 7FY
Not really sure if this fits (my own) brief, but I feel its well worth inclusion. A landmark Wells & Co development on the outskirts of town (in the charmingly named Cut throat Lane), offering the freshest of beers, ales and lagers (brewed on the premises), brewery tours, beer garden. Watch out for live music and special events such as movie nights, Oktoberfest and the legendary “Barrioke”.
The Devonshire Arms
40-42 Wellington St, Bedford MK40 2JX
Aka The Devvy. Located in Dudley Street, this is one of Bedfords last back street boozers. Perfect on a winters night by the roaring fire. Also has a cute beer garden for alfresco drinking. A good community pub, hosting a wide range of events including regular live music.
32-34 Mill St, Bedford MK40 3HD
A tidy town centre pub run by legendary landlord, Harry. Excellent Guinness as standard. Good for Irish sport, jukebox and a bit of craic. Choice of 2 bars. We generally opt for the front bar, unless it’s Christmas or St Patrick’s Day (not sure of the logic, but that’s how it goes).