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196 – Mill Road
This is clearly done on purpose to create the idea of 196 being a hidden gem known only to the locals, but this warm and modern bar really does make you feel like you have discovered some hidden secret upon entering. Though very small, being no bigger than the average living room, they do incredibly well with the space and manage to seat people comfortably, even at full capacity. Upon entering the place was already packed but the staff managed to somehow create space out of nothing by playing a game of people Tetris. A part of me thinks that their stealthy marketing practice might actually be to manage numbers rather than create a feeling of hidden exclusivity.
The bar was dimly lit, which gave an incredibly cosy feel and an intimate atmosphere. This made you feel a million miles away from the rest of the world. Perfect for those cold winter nights. It reminded me of other pubs in Cambridge like The Flying Pig.
A couple of beers later, they told us they were closing for the night. They serve up until midnight which is always good to know for future nights out. We finished our drinks and paid our tab. The prices were as you would expect for a place in Cambridge serving premium cocktails, beer, and wine. So don’t come in here expecting a bargain. We did, however, leave feeling that we had paid good money for quality drinks and a unique experience. This can be hard to find and I personally feel like it was worth every penny.
We left feeling good and everyone speaking highly of the place. I have had 196 on my radar for some time now and it didn’t disappoint. It was exactly what I expected but that was no bad thing!