Portland Summer Beer Festival
Jul 22 @ 4:30 pm – Jul 28 @ 11:00 pm

Join us all week for our Summer Beer Festival!

  • 40+ cask ales, craft beers & ciders
  • Great pizza
  • Quiz hosted by Bruno
  • Live music
  • Games and fun throughout the week to raise money for our house charities


Here is the complete range of beers:

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The Simpsons Pub Quiz!
Jul 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
The Simpsons Pub Quiz! @ THE PORTLAND ARMS

Join us for an evening of laughs and nostalgia at our Simpsons Pub Quiz on Tuesday, July 23rd: part of the Portland Summer Beer Festival!

Test your knowledge of Springfield’s finest family and compete for fantastic prizes (mmm, donuts).
The quiz starts at 7:30pm, and it’s just £2 per person to enter. Gather your friends, brush up on your favourite episodes, grab a pint of Duff and get ready for a fun time!

Don’t miss out on the chance to showcase your Simpsons expertise and enjoy a night filled with iconic quotes and memorable moments. See you there!


Green Mind presents ANGÉLICA GARCIA
Jul 24 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Green Mind presents ANGÉLICA GARCIA

With roots in El Monte, California, and Richmond, Virginia, Angelica Garcia’s sound formed as an amalgamation of a bicoastal Southern experience. As Garcia moved locations, her songs followed suit, sometimes switching from noise pop to the textured polyrhythms of Latin America and vocal production inspired by ambient electronica. She has previously been featured on NPR’s Tiny Desk, NY Times year-end lists, and on Barack Obama’s annual best-of music list for her song “Jícama”.

Her most recent EP, 2021’s “Echo Eléctrico”, is a testament to her Salvadoran-Mexican-American heritage and an expression of her vocal study of Alternative Rock, Pop, and Ranchera styles. A completely a cappella album, “Echo Eléctrico” especially showcases the carefully constructed world of Angélica’s vocal production style.

The upcoming iteration of Garcia’s work brings her to Brooklyn, NY. After working closely with Carlos Arévalo (Chicano Batman) on her forthcoming album, to be released on Partisan Records, she eagerly experiments with closing the divide between her many identities. She released recent single “Y Grito” in conjunction with a feature in Apple’s annual keynote, followed by a feature in Apple TV’s launch of their Major League Soccer partnership. The future of her storytelling lies in harnessing the power of tradition and alchemizing it into the present, singing about the intersection of spirit and body.

CUD +Yoke
Jul 25 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Tickets available from Friday 23rd Feb at 10am.

Emerging from the same art/design cauldron that produced fellow Leeds legends Soft Cell, Scritti Politti, and The Mekons, CUD were the pre-Britpop answer to doleful shoegazing bands – fun-loving, light-hearted, romantic and downright catchy.

Alternatively loved or loathed like a yeast extract, CUD are indie rock for the unpretentious pleasure seeker, boasting as they do the rich deep-lunged voice of Carl Puttnam, edgy guitars of Mike Dunphy and tight, funky rhythm section of William Potter, bass and Gogs Byrn, drums.

CUD were initially lauded for their quirky Peel session cover of ‘You Sexy Thing’ in 1987. They soon built up a huge live following and buffed up their repertoire with a string of unstraight pop beauties, best exemplified by the 1990 album ‘Leggy Mambo’. This led to a major-label deal with A&M in 1991, front-page NME coverage, massive sellout gigs and proper Top 30 hits, ‘Rich and Strange’ and ‘Purple Love Balloon’.

Misunderstood by record companies and press, CUD packed away their guitars and sticks in 1995 but, bolstered by a greatest hits anthology (‘Rich and Strange’) in 2006, they agreed to tread the boards again, with a further reunion following in 2012 (now with original guitarist and key songwriter Mike Dunphy) and continue to find an army of ‘Space CUDets’ still eager to sing along, dance like fruitcakes and invade their stage.

With support from Yoke

Yoke is Amy, Emily, Keith and Ian. Making music and noise in Cambridge
since 2022. FFO Yamaha music equipment, electricity, colour
coordination, sectional buildings, hope, despair, Yo La Tengo, Wire, The
Feelies and The Bongos. We released our seed-based, growable EP, Yeah,
in November 2023.

Members: Keith Somerville (Moonstrips, Naomi Randall), Amy Devine (Baby
Seals), Emily Curran (DoYouThinkHeSaurus), and Ian Scanlon (NEWTS, Hey
Colossus, Model Village)

Portland Comedy Club
Jul 26 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Our regular night of mirth featuring top comics from the national circuit.

A regular headline here and one of the very best. After winning Channel 4’s So You Think You’re Funny? at the Edinburgh Festival, Alan became a regular performer on the UK and international comedy circuits and has performed stand-up on TV a number of times.

He has appeared on TV in Psychoville and Mid Morning Matters with Alan Partridge and has been in Knowing Me Knowing Yule, Alistair McGowan’s Big Impression, Ancona and Co, Alas Smith and Jones, The BBC Stand Up Show, the Alan Davies Show and Alexei Sayle’s Stuff.

Alan has also appeared in TV dramas, Between the Lines and Taggart, and has sustained a successful theatre career, working in the West End, The Royal Court, The National Theatre of Scotland, the RSC and a number of regional theatres.

He is joined by Sheraz Yousaf, Compere Matthew Ali and 2 other acts.

Advance price just £8 available from the bar or online above.
*Please note, acts may change at short notice

30 years of R*E*P*E*A*T
Jul 27 @ 2:00 pm – 11:00 pm

R*E*P*E*A*T Presents
30 years of Fighting the Power

Very touched if a bit startled to see the number of people supporting this event, thank you.
The line up is coming together and is also pretty impressive.
To reward those of you who do believe the hype, we’re now selling early bird tickets at £5 / £4; once the full line up is announced the proper price of £7:50 / £5 may have to kick in.
I don’t think you’ll be disappointed so click here!

Almost unbelievably, 2024 will mark 30 years since we first put Pritt stick to paper and released our messy, muddled, subversive and silly musings on the world. Since then of course we’ve released over 100 records, put on hundreds of gigs, published 3 books, produced 2 billion badges and eaten 356,567 chips. If any of us are still here, we hope to mark this ‘achievement’ with gigs and exhibitions in Swansea and Cambridge. Exact lineups TBA but expect a plethora of R*E*P*E*A*T stars past and present, along with a commemorative T shirt, an updated edition of ‘Book’ and maybe a badge(r) or two.
Come and celebrate with us in a suitable chaotic, anarchic and beautiful style.
See you at the front pop kids!

More details to follow.

ababoonsass Presents: Roadkill Drive Thru +Channel 3 (USA) + The Saffs!
Aug 1 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Cambridge’s finest band play their first headlining show and it is gonna be a special night as this band have been working their asses off with live shows and recordings… this gig is their call to arms for friends near and far to come and support them as they headline the Portland Arms. We also have one my all-time fave bands from the USA joining the party with their first ever show in Cambridge! I am very excited about this, and it is a bit of dream to be able to put them on at last… I’ve been putting on gigs since 1997, but I have been a fan of this band since 1982! It is a real pleasure and a privilege! There will be one more band to be added… again, it will be someone special… no filler on ababoonsass bill!

This is the first in a few years – and probably the last – ababoonsass presents show. It’s the Thursday before the first weekend in August and the show was booked as a potential date for CH3 as they are touring at that time and playing Rebellion Festival. BUT, as I was thinking more about the show, I went and saw Roadkill Drive Thru supporting The Meteors and they smashed it big-time. So, I wanted to put them on too and make it a super special night all round.
The Saffs are now confirmed as openers, this is not just another gig, this is ababoonsass and it HAS to be an event! I had to keep it hush hush as they have a secret comeback gig the week before… I’ve said too much already!
Bootleg Boss
Aug 2 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

BOOTLEG BOSS – Bruce Springsteen tribute band

Bootleg Boss are a UK based seven-piece band that perform the classic songs of Bruce
Springsteen & The E Street Band. Formed in 2012 this accomplished and exciting Live Band
feature Kev Jamieson as the vocal-singing, guitar-playing, harmonica-blowing, band-leading,
audience-engaging, dance-inducing, singalong-inspiring Boss. If you were born to run down
backstreets, across badlands and to go dancing in the dark in a brilliant disguise, Bootleg Boss is
the band you need to see.

Private event
Aug 3 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Private event in venue, pub open as usual

Private event in venue
Aug 4 @ 11:30 am – 5:30 pm

Private rehearsal in venue. Pub open as usual.

Provisional charity night
Aug 9 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
The Alley Club Vs. It’s The P.I.T.S, Man
Aug 10 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

*The Alley Club Vs. It’s The P.I.T.S, Man – DJs playing 60’s Orientated vinyl

Featuring Jay’s shoebox shuffle.


*This is a change to the previously advertised line-up. Tickets already purchased are valid for this show and you are eligible for a partial refund to the new price or a full refund if you no longer wish to attend

The Motor Show
Aug 16 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

The Motor Show + support TBA

Provisional Catfish
Aug 17 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Private event
Aug 18 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Private event in venue, pub open as usual.