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Inside Henry's, a narrow bar and restaurant along the River Cam in Cambridge.

Inside Henry's, a narrow bar and restaurant along the River Cam in Cambridge. (Sean Kimmons / S&S)

Inside Henry's, a narrow bar and restaurant along the River Cam in Cambridge.

Inside Henry's, a narrow bar and restaurant along the River Cam in Cambridge. (Sean Kimmons / S&S)

Situated behind a row of flat-bottomed wooden punts sits Henry's, a spacious bar and restaurant in Cambridge.

Situated behind a row of flat-bottomed wooden punts sits Henry's, a spacious bar and restaurant in Cambridge. (Sean Kimmons / S&S)

CAMBRIDGE — The River Cam cuts slowly through this academic city, past architectural wonders and under picturesque bridges belonging to historic colleges.

Upriver, the calm current of this dark river first drifts by Quayside, a dock where flat-bottomed wooden punt boats rest and a handful of restaurants operate.

Overlooking the tranquil river is Henry’s, a spacious bar and restaurant. The venue borders the river with numerous tables and chairs positioned indoors and outdoors near the waterway.

On pleasant days, the umbrella-shaded outdoor seating area is the place to be. An open seat can be difficult to find. However, patrons can always sit along the dock for the chance to be under the sun.

"We’ve got a fairly big outside area," Clare Curtis, the bar’s deputy manager, said. "When it’s nice, you can sit out in the sunshine. It’s a very relaxed setting."

The punting boat company, Scudamores, has a line of boats available for hire next to Henry’s. Once done eating or drinking, take a cruise along the river for a special sightseeing experience.

Boats can be rented for 16 pounds per hour on weekdays and 18 pounds on weekends. Those who are lazy or don’t want to break a sweat while pushing the boat can take a 45-minute chauffeured boat. This is much more expensive at 14 pounds for each adult and 7 pounds for each child younger than 12.

Inside Henry’s, a curved bar greets drinkers to the long, narrow establishment. Comfy sofas and bar stools are speckled throughout the place, giving patrons various options on where to set up their party headquarters.

On Friday and Saturday nights, the whole place can be standing-room-only as drinkers revel in loud dance music.

"It’s a vibrant kind of place," Curtis said, who added that the bar gets a mixture of customers, from business people and tourists to students.

A list of almost 40 cocktails is one of the main reasons people decide to pop into the bar. Bartenders have to do their homework before they know each one by heart, Curtis said.

"There’s quite a lot to learn," she joked.

Some of these concoctions include specialty martinis, daiquiris, Long Island iced teas and champagne cocktails. A Grand Mimosa (Grand Marnier and orange juice topped with Jacquart champagne) is a favorite during brunch.

Getting there

Location: Quayside, Bridge Street, Cambridge CB5 8AB

Drinks: Almost 40 kinds of cocktails including martinis, daiquiris, Long Island iced teas and champagne concoctions for 5.50 pounds each. Selected drinks are on special this summer for only 2.95 pounds. Beer and an extensive wine list are also available.

Food: Typical pub grub including deli sandwiches (7 pounds), salads (7 to 10 pounds), burgers (8.45 pounds) and pastas (9 to 11 pounds), and English fare from fish and chips and all-day breakfast to sausages and mash, between 9 and 10 pounds each.

Entertainment: Live disc jockeys on Saturday nights. Free wireless Internet access can be found here as well.

Hours: Mondays through Thursdays, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fridays, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturdays, from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Clientele: Business types, tourists and students.


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