After hours: Priced for a pauper
CAMBRIDGE — It’s not unusual to see St. Andrews and Regent streets in this city’s center overwhelmed with party-goers on a night out.
With numerous bars in close proximity to one other, it’s no wonder this area attracts crowds like moths to a bright light.
Amid it all is The Regal, a spacious three-level bar with budget prices.
Once past the bouncers at the door, patrons walking in might be surprised by the bar’s massive size, much bigger than any other nearby hot spots.
The high-ceilinged ground floor opens up to a long bar dominating the right side, and plenty of tables and leather sofas to pop a squat nearby.
The bar serves up cheap drinks, including pints of beer, glasses of wine and mixed drinks. Its beer selection includes an array of British ales from local breweries.
“We definitely support the local breweries and help introduce them to customers who may not try them anywhere else,” said shift manager Donna Crawford.
When there’s no available seating on the ground floor, one can venture down a set of stairs to a lower level where additional tables surround a small dance floor. On most Friday and Saturday nights, the dance floor is bumping with dancers showing off their moves to anyone who cares to see.
Those in groups should head up to the bar’s highest level where large booths, leather sofas and tables offer more room for large gatherings. There is a smaller bar on this level that sometimes has a shorter line than the one downstairs.
When there’s decent weather or the need for a nicotine fix, one can head for the bar’s outdoor balcony or try an outside area below it. Both are adorned with heater lamps for chilly nights.
Budget-minded patrons also will like the bar’s low- priced menu with main meals ranging from 4 to 6 pounds. There is an ongoing special on a burger and beer deal for only 4.25 pounds.
“We have quality products at reasonable prices, which are good for students and families without much money,” Crawford said.
To see previous After Hours reviews, go to stripes.com/afterhours.
Location: 38-39 St. Andrews St., near Regent Street in Cambridge’s city center.Drinks: Cheap drinks are perhaps the bar’s bread and butter. Pints of beer range from 1.50 to 2.59 pounds, and mixed drinks can be upgraded to a double shot for an extra pound.Food: Main meals are cheaply priced as well, between 4 and 6 pounds.Entertainment: Live DJ on Friday and Saturday nights playing a range of music from R&B, dance and top 40.Clientele: Expect families and older people during the day, then a younger crowd at night.Hours: 9 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday.Web site: The Regal is part of the Wetherspoon chain, at www.jdwetherspoon.co.uk.