The Vicious Penguin

The Vicious Penguin is the MCR Bar in Churchill College. It is located in the Sandy Ashmore Room which forms the heart of the graduate community in College. The Bar is entirely run by students, and we are always looking for volunteers to help out! If you have any questions, please contact the Bar Officers.

We stock a veritable cornucopia of drinks; from fruit juices to a few things with a little more kick. We have all the usual bar favourites, including a fine selection of wines, ales, whiskies and liqueurs, plus some more unusual items: we currently have a fair supply of grog (it seemed like a good idea at the time). Drinks are cheap, the staff are friendly, and if you come along to an academic seminar there will even be cheese.

It’s not all about drinking though. For your non beverage-related amusement, various board games are kept in the sports equipment cupboard. The TV room outside also hosts a Wii in the electronics cupboard. The MCR has lots of comfy sofas, wifi, a mini-library of donated books, and gets plenty of newspapers and magazines, making it an excellent place to come and relax even when the Bar itself isn’t open. On top of that, we have the best view in College, overlooking the Hepworth on to the playing fields. Families and non-drinkers are always more than welcome.

Aside from day-to-day activities, special events are held throughout the year, the highlights being our termly Guest Nights.

Bar Opening

The Bar is open most evenings during term, usually some time between 7:30 and 11. Please check the bar rota for the current term. The best way to keep up-to-date with the Bar’s opening is to follow online (see below).

Anyone who is bar trained may open the Bar. If you’d like to become member of the bar staff, please contact the Bar Secretary, (

The Bar Online

To keep up-to-date with happenings in the bar you can like our facebook page. This is a perfect way to find out when the bar is open, and hear about planned upcoming events.