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The Vaults

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14A Trinity Street, Cambridge CB2 1TB, England
441223632479
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5:00 pm - 1:00 am
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Sat - Sun 12:00 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Description: The New Vaults is a snack and cocktail bar nestled under the streets of...
The New Vaults is a snack and cocktail bar nestled under the streets of Central Cambridge. After 15 years in the same place, the venue was bough in 2014 by two young entrepreneurs from London, who since then have set about updating the venue, and a turning it around. It has been redecorated throughout, and now features warm lighting, comfy sofas, and even backgammon tables and ping pong. The Vaults has always been famous for it's cocktails, and nothing has changed here. The menu is short and focused, but the skilled bar tenders are more than happy to make you anything you can't see, or even create you a custom creation. Alongside the cocktails are the beers, wines and ciders. There are 8 different types of beers on offer, which often change, but always include a variety of pale ales, lagers and even a few wheat beers. The food now comes in the form of Gourmet Hot Dogs. The team offer up such creations as The Umami (Smoked Sausage, Tomato Salsa, Olive Oil & Garlic Chives) and the Fat Cat (Frankfurter, Diced Gherkins, Blow Torched Cheese on Ciabatta), all of which have been named after the different venues from around the world that have inspired them. Sides such as Sweet Potato Fries, or Skinny Rosemary Chips tie it all together. Open from 5pm on Weekdays and 12 noon on the Weekends, it's a great place to take the weight of your feet, try something new, and meet friends. There are also a few rooms available for private hire, perfect for events and birthday parties.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    2.5 of 5 stars
Quirky, friendly place

Down steps from the entrance, which is pretty much hidden, you'll find the underground 'vaults' It has an ecletic feel about it, a modern feel with plenty of the ubiquitous distresed leather chairs and sofa's. A good selection of cocktails and beers, with a very generous happy hour which... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
foxyfoxholes
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London, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Bar scene
  • Romantic
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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Down steps from the entrance, which is pretty much hidden, you'll find the underground 'vaults' It has an ecletic feel about it, a modern feel with plenty of the ubiquitous distresed leather chairs and sofa's. A good selection of cocktails and beers, with a very generous happy hour which lasts from 5:00 pm until 9:00pm; well on the week night... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Private hire of half the venue for my party. Me and my 40 mates had the best night. A great venue, cool decor but still room for quirkly bits in all the right places. We really enjoyed the cocktails, table footie and lush sweet potatoe fries! And the staff are so accomodating. We're already missing Frank (we nicknamed the fox).... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

This is a long-standing institution in Cambridge which I have visited many times over the years. They often have great live music. Came here for cocktails with a friend and had a good time. Very friendly staff and a great selection of cocktails. It's underground, so don't come here for people watching. It's more of a cool, vibe speakeasy. Great... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015 via mobile

We went back to the vaults for a cocktail class for my aunties hen do due to being so impressed after going this time last year. Once again we could not have been more impressed with everything in this place. Fantastic correspondence with Sophie (general manager) to book the cocktail making class. Everything was organised when we arrived and we... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

The food was good and the prices reasonable The environment was nice and different. I was not impressed, neither disssatisfied though. I would just prefer if the venue was a bar only or a restaurant only one, in order to keep things separate. The bar is nice and cozy for small gatherings or couples.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 via mobile

Outstanding. So chilled, great food, yummy drinks and great vibe. Service was excellent and there's a happy hour also. One to visit again.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Two for £8 cocktails during happy hour? What's not to love? My favourite was the Porn Star martini - a fruity martini cocktail with a shot of prosecco on the side.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Visited here for a few drinks on a Friday night. Wasn't too busy, but there weren't many tables, staff quickly directed us to some empty tables hidden away around a corner. Cocktails were buy one get one free and staff advised us to order them before 9pm as deal finished then, which was really good as we then ordered all... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Saturday shopping trip stumbled upon this watering hole. Reminded me of the cavern club in liverpool. Very chatty welcoming aussie barman welcomed us in and could teach the baroosh staff a thing or two. Venue in it itself a joy. Ping pong and football table foc. Quirky decor. Various snug booths scattered around. A labyrinth of enjoyment all topped off... More 

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Leo B, Owner at The Vaults, responded to this review

Hey - so please to hear you liked it! We've put in soooo much work in the last few months, so it's amazing to hear that people are liking the changes. Getting compared to the mighty Cavern Club is high praise indeed! Thanks for coming. p.s Your barman was Oli. He was super stoked to get a mention! More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

2 cocktails for £8 made by a friendly barman, I recommend the dark and stormy! Food sounds good, but I would like to go back and try it as it sounds delicous and looks very reasonably priced. Nice atmosphere, and nice drinks.

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Additional Information about The Vaults

Address: 14A Trinity Street, Cambridge CB2 1TB, England
Phone Number: 441223632479
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cambridgeshire  >  Cambridge
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 am - 1:00 am
Monday 5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Thursday 5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Friday 5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Saturday 12:00 am - 1:00 am
Average Prices: USD 8 - 23
Cuisine: American, Hot Dogs

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 14A Trinity Street, Cambridge CB2 1TB, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cambridgeshire  >  Cambridge
  • Phone Number: 441223632479

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 23
  • Cuisine: American, Hot Dogs

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Bar scene, Romantic

Description

The New Vaults is a snack and cocktail bar nestled under the streets of Central Cambridge. After 15 years in the same place, the venue was bough in 2014 by two young entrepreneurs from London, who since then have set about updating the venue, and a turning it around. It has been redecorated throughout, and now features warm lighting, comfy sofas, and even backgammon tables and ping pong. The Vaults has always been famous for it's cocktails, and nothing has changed here. The menu is short and focused, but the skilled bar tenders are more than happy to make you anything you can't see, or even create you a custom creation. Alongside the cocktails are the beers, wines and ciders. There are 8 different types of beers on offer, which often change, but always include a variety of pale ales, lagers and even a few wheat beers. The food now comes in the form of Gourmet Hot Dogs. The team offer up such creations as The Umami (Smoked Sausage, Tomato Salsa, Olive Oil & Garlic Chives) and the Fat Cat (Frankfurter, Diced Gherkins, Blow Torched Cheese on Ciabatta), all of which have been named after the different venues from around the world that have inspired them. Sides such as Sweet Potato Fries, or Skinny Rosemary Chips tie it all together. Open from 5pm on Weekdays and 12 noon on the Weekends, it's a great place to take the weight of your feet, try something new, and meet friends. There are also a few rooms available for private hire, perfect for events and birthday parties.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 am - 1:00 am
Monday
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Thursday
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Friday
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Saturday
12:00 am - 1:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?