As you may know I do love the theatre and I'm a big Phantom of the Opera fan. During 2012 and 2013 I'm going to be following the new production of Phantom on tour (part of the 25th Anniversary celebrations). First stop on the tour was here at the Theatre Royal Plymouth. The biggest reason for my 2nd Plymouth trip was to see one of the previews before the opening/press night. I had a great evening seeing the show there and was privleged to meet some of the lead cast members at the theatre's stage door afterwards I also caught up with friends who share similar interests to me before the show.
The Theatre Royal Plymouth is South West's largest and best attended theatre and hosts leading West End productions alongside opera and dance. Traditionally a lot of the musicals begin their UK tours here such as the original production of Phantom in 1998 and the new production of the same show in 2012. As well as the main theatre there is the smaller Drum Theatre which hosts plays.
The theatre's coffee bar serving light refreshments is opened from 10.00 am and it's a great place to enjoy a coffee catch up!
Dress Code: Smart casual is usually worn but there are usually no dress code restrictions.
The Mount Pleasant is a pub just across from the Pavilions. This was an ideal meeting point where i met up with friends before and after the show.
The pub is pleasant although the big screen and the disco were loud during my visits and considering that the pub wasn't busy at all. I think on one of the occasions, there were just my friend and I and four other people! If you like football/sports and disco this would be the ideal place.
Dress Code: Usually smart casual.
I missed my train by three minutes and the next wasn't for almost two hours - HA! Well, what's a guy gotta do - find the nearest pub!
The JSV is a bit of a studenty pub but none the worse for that - at least it keeps the beer prices down. It is the nearest pub to the railway station and staff are friendly, locals are studenty.
There's usually something happening most nights such as live music or the popular weekly pub quiz.
BTW It's open until later than the last train - so be warned!!
The Maritime isn't a particularly historical pub here in the Barbican - it doesn't go as far back as say The Navy or The Dolphin. But as pubs go it has a fairly recent history and as a boozer always has a decent pint of beer on offer. The present landlord is a nice guy, the staff are friendly and the beer is in excellent nick (and not too pricey either).
Small bonus is being able to sit out on the back porch in early autumn and catch the last few rays as the sun sets over Sutton Harbour.
The Pavilions is the largest entertainment venue in the south west of England. As well as an arena there is also a fun pool and an ice rink. The Pavilions is home to the Plymouth Raiders basketball team. There is also an on-site cafe (The Live Cafe) and also a large bar area in the area complex.
The purpose of my trip to Plymouth was to see the Three Phantoms concert at the Pavilions. I thoroughly enjoyed my evening and the Pavilions is a perfect place to host concerts.
Dress Code: No dress code although one would prefer to dress smart casual for concerts and performances at the arena.
If you enjoy a decent pint of beer in a friendly, characterful, proper pub then search this one out. The Fortescue, or simply the Fort as it's known locally, is on the main street of Mutley Plain in plain old Mutley and despite being a high street establishment manages to have a captured a real local feel.
Although situated in what is predominantly a student area there's an eclectic mix of customers and the bar crowd are chatty. This is a big old Victorian pub with a long wooden bar and simple wooden fittings and whilst a little scruffy-looking is immaculately clean. Out back is an excellent beer garden with distant views over Dartmoor and upstairs is a function room used for open-mic nights and various other entertainments.
The only food served, apart from the usual crisps & nuts etc, is Sunday lunch which I haven't tried but is reputedly excellent and very reasonably priced. The beers on offer, usually eight plus a cider, are mostly from small independent breweries and because they have the turnover are always in perfect condition. Staff are friendly, know their beers, and are happy to advise or provide a tasting-sample if you find the choice too confusing.
Yep an excellent pub but don't take my word for it - the local CAMRA branch have awarded it "Pub of the Year" for the last three yearts in succession.
My first experience of The Dolphin was walking past it at about 8.30 one morning about 25 years ago, long before the liberalisation of the English licensing laws, and realising that it was actually open. Walking through the front door, the fug of cigarette smoke and cacophony of drunken voices was a physically permeable barrier to be ploughed through on the way to the bar. Ever since then The Dolphin is the pub I usually end up in when in Plymouth and it never fails to dissappoint, always friendly, always a little bizarre and I rarely remember leaving!
UPDATE October 2009 - No more fug of cigarette smoke and kinda missing the atmosphere and characters it used to have :(((
This is a pub for pub people, don't expect any refinements, great beer, draught Bass straight from the rows of 18 gallon barrels behind the bar and usually interesting conversation, "interesting" being the definitve word here. The Plymouth artist Beryl Cook bases several of her paintings here and I believe that the pub was also the feature of a recent TV series, Bosom Pals, inspired by Beryl's work.
Dress Code: Ha, don't be silly! Busty women in low-cut tops always appreciated though!
If, like myself, you spend a lot of time in the doghouse then this one will suit you admirably. This is a proper no-thrills, down-to-earth, boozer with friendly staff and locals, a decent pint of beer and very reasonable prices.
This is the sort of place where you can sit at the bar and pass the time of day with like-minded souls in a relaxed characterful environment. As well as being an excellent pub the Doghouse also hosts regular live music and other entertainments and you'll find the gig guide writtten up on a blackboard outside.
The Dolphin probably serves the best pint of Tribute Ale in Plymouth.
It's probably the most reasonably priced too.
Located on the barbican, you can't miss it if you are wandering towards the aquarium.
Dress Code: anything!
Located near the University and Art College.
Music genres covered: progressive rock, punk, ska, rock, alternative, acoustic, metal.
This is a fine place to grab a beer, and sit back with some friends and have some good music in the background (not too loud).
Beers on sale include; Tribute, Guinness, Fosters, Carling.
No entry charge.
Live music most nights on the floor above (small entry charge and drink discounts at upstairs bar)
I've been informed that the famous event 'Jelly Jazz' will not be returning to Plymouth.
The Quay Club seems to be closed at present, and the decline in publicity must have hit Jelly hard.
It's a shame.
But thats life people.
Looking for a night full of Jazz in the bustling city of Plymouth.
Friday nights you are spoilt for choice on the Barbican.
You have the live music of the Jazz Cafe and after 10pm next door in the Quay club there is Jelly Jazz. Held every friday. It attracts a mixed age crowd. Music varies from soul to funk.
There are two bars and plenty of seating and a dancefloor.
Jelly Jazz has a feeling of safety due to the type of crowd it draws.
Anyhow enjoy the Jazz!
Dress Code: no real dress code.
Perfect place to go after a tiring day.
Jazz Cafe is located on Barbican. Mostly free entry, however on weekends a fee may apply.
Drinks fairly priced, and a relaxed socialising vibe.
Mix of ages.
Dress Code: Casual (weekdays) to smart casual(weekends and fridays)
The Minerva is a classic British pub, cosy, decent beer, friendly regulars and reasonable pub food served at lunchtimes and only minutes walk from the city centre. This is the sort of pub that has all but disappeared from British town and city centres and so is a treasured find. The Inn claims to be the oldest in Plymouth and was home to the local press gang who would scour the other taverns for willing, or more usually unwilling, crews for the ships departing the port.
This is well worth a pint or two :)
Dress Code: None specified but comfortable casual is the order of the day.
The historic part of plymouth is called the Barbican. As Plymouth is the largest Naval port in the UK, it has always had plenty of Pubs and nightlife. The Barbican has many different pubs, nightclubs, restaurants. It can get very busy on a weekend, and in the summer cafes have tables outside by the old harbour. Nice to sit and relax with a coffee in the early evening sunshine.
There are many hotels and bed and breakfast accommodation in this area too.