Southampton city guide

This month, join us in Southampton.


Where to drink

For a relatively small city, there’s a wealth of awesome places to eat and drink in Southampton. For house-made craft beers, check out London Road Brew House, Brewhouse and Kitchen, or Dancing Man Brewery. For good music, games and craft beer, head to Beards and Boards or to The Alexandra. Popular spot Belgium and Blues are regular hosts to live bands, as is the Platform Tavern. For a properly cosy micropub feel, head to The Guide Dog or to The Butcher’s Hook.

Where to eat

Lakaz Maman and Bayleaf Kitchen are some of the best restaurants in the city for Indian food, according to locals. For a relaxed, delicious meal with friends, visit Bacaro (for Italian small plates) or La Regata (Spanish tapas). For beers and tasty, dirty food, head to 7 Bone Burger Co - who do great vegan options too - or Sadler’s Bar & Smokehouse for meat and real ale. Lunch-wise, Cafe Thrive do some of the best vegan sandwiches in the land, and Piecaramba! is one of the most highly-rated food places in the city.

Southampton breweries

The county of Hampshire has some great breweries. Around the beautiful New Forest national park, Vibrant Forest Brewery (who I’m sure need no introduction) and newcomer Pig Beer (which even grows its own hops!) are relatively close to Southampton. Ringwood Brewery, known for its great cask beer, is on the other side of the New Forest, but still less than an hour’s drive away. Winchester is a mere 15 minutes on the train, and is home to Red Cat, brewers of eclectic, imaginative beers. And finally, in Southampton itself, Unity has been making juicy pale ales, Belgian-inspired brews, and soft, easy-drinking beers - all with very aesthetically-pleasing labels - since 2016. And Tap It Brewing Co. makes, by its own admission, the kind of beer its brewers want to drink, because they know we will love it too.

What to do in Southampton 

For a bit of history, visit the Tudor House and Garden on Bugle Street (it is so *swoon*). The Southampton City Art Gallery is an amazing building in itself, and is great for a leisurely wander around. The SeaCity Museum houses an interactive model of the Titanic, and the Solent Sky Museum has a load of cool vintage aircrafts to marvel at. On a sunny day, Southampton Common and Palmerston Park are great spots for a picnic and an al-fresco beer.

Photo credit: Ronald Saunders

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