I never knew this place existed, until I got carted off to it with my uncle. The stadium which is lit up with big football type lights (the kind you get at Wembley), is not far from Town. There’s car parking at the front, & steps which lead into a large reception area. There’s a large viewing area which looks out onto the track & a bar. The main betting room has public toilets, a fast food bar, drinks bar & steps each side leading to the viewing window. Bets are placed at the back; the air is rather smoky with the fumes of hopeful betting people hoping to strike it lucky.
It’s a good night for the humans, but is it a good night for the dogs? There’s an area outside which is right next to the track. Here you can see along the track to where the kennels are, the dogs are paraded past the window & round the paddock before each race, then they go onto the green to do their business. I have never seen a dog go so much, perhaps its laxatives!
There’s a small TV inside to show them racing round the track. There’s no starter gun, just the whirring of the bunny as it shoots by. The dogs wag their tails after each race while their exhausted owners are still trying to catch them. Races are on Tuesdays, Fridays & Saturdays. The first race is 7.30pm & it’s £5 to get in. For £13 you can get two drinks & something to eat which is quite reasonable. It’s good to get there early as all the seats go, & it can get very crowded sometimes.
Dress Code: If it's chilly it's good to wear a warm coat on going outside, it's warm inside but very smoky with all them cigarettes.
Mint is the best place in Poole to go at night. The barmen are amazing as is one of the managers. Everyone is really friendly and make you feel welcome. The unisex toilets are unusual, but really good at the same time. The layout of the place is great, 3 bars in one club, AMAZING!!! Especially as the best barmen in the world work upstairs where I am all the time!!!!
Dress Code: No dress code on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. Smart clothes on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, only open til 9 on a Sunday but no dress code.
Tuesday nights on Poole Quay in the summer - spot hundreds of gleaming motorcycles, old and new. Being paraded for all to admire. Great for families, all ages, aspiring bikers, or those wanting to relive past times.
Dress Code: No dress code. Come as you are!