Harbour Lights Picturehouse: Foreign language & independent films
This is my favourite cinema in Southampton. It has a beautiful location, overlooking the marina, and It specializes in arthouse cinema and foreign language films. Right now, for example, it is screening a Korean film. All of the foreign language films have English subtitles.
The cinema's cafe-bar, which has a great view of the marina and a sun terrace, is a nice place to hang out, sipping a glass of white wine and watching the yachts. There is a film quiz there every other Tuesday night at 8pm.
It was voted the Best Loved Independent Cinema in the U.K. by Empire magazine readers.
Ticket prices range from £4.30 for all screenings on Monday up to £5.80 for performances after 6pm, Tuesday to Saturday. There are concessions for students, children and members. Be warned: there is an 80p telephone and online booking fee, so it's better to pay at the door. There is full disabled access.
Dress Code: Wear anything you like.
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The Brook and other live music places: Great Live Music
This is one of the best music venues in the Southampton and around. It is located in Portswood. Most of the bands are tribute and what I like about it is the atmosphere and sound quality. Expect to pay normal town prices at the bar. You need to take a bus (and probably taxi home) to get here.
Given the non-exciting night scene in Southampton this often provides much better entertainment than the city bars.
Keep an eye out for bands in pubs in the area. Most of these are in nearby towns but you can find listings. The Firehouse rock bar in Southampton centre (Vincents Walk - where the buses depart round the back of Woolworths) has live music at weekends and sometimes listings can be found here.
Dress Code: Casual
This could have been put under the 'warnings and dangers' title. While they do get some big names here (not very often it has to be said) this venue is quite poor and I'd think twice about seeing a band here, unless it was a band I really wanted to see. Firstly, the acoustics are appalling, then the issue of the toilets, which there clearly aren't enough of. There's always a massive queue for the mens. You are usually guaranteed to get covered in beer and the bar shuts earlier thanthe band finishes and they can't wait to get you out. I haven't been to other Guildhalls but have been to many better live music venues, notably the Brook (Portswood), Bournemouth International Centre (BIC), Wedge Wood rooms (Fratton) and Portsmouth Pyramids.
Dress Code: What you like
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When I was a student in Southampton (99/00), the Nexus used to have a goth/metal night. There was one room with sofas and tables where you could sit, chat and have a drink from the bar, where the music wasn't so loud, and then next door was the dance floor. A good night out!
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The Hobbitt: The Hobbitt
Cavernous pub just up the road from Jesters ,serves terrible beer but has a late licence and is a rabbitt warren of bad behavior. The upstairs bar is a standard pretty dingy pub but if you make it down the stairs there's a tiny downstairs bar near the stage where the bands play ( always terrible , one band wrote a song about student card discounts that's the worst thing i've ever heard). Outside theres a terraced beer garden that in the summer will have most of Southhampton Uni draped all over the concrete.
Dress Code: No bouncers = No rules
The Rhino: The Rhino
Yeah i know this is Southampton but this place almost makes it worth it.
Thrusday night they play a mixture of cheesy seventies and decent funk and soul music to a mixed crowd of fancy dress students and local characters. Was a second home during my brief stint at the universtiy.
Arrive early because the queques are normally huge
Dress Code: Nope ,and its one of the few non-student card midweek nights out.
Clowns/Jesters: Hell in hampshire
If you suffer the misfortune of actually being in Southampton you can always check out Clowns wine bar which has a small club underneath. This is a favoured haunt of the university rugby team and students generally so is cheap on Fridays. On special occasions they put sawdust down to absorb the vomit. Watch the same five music videos over and over again and drink the house speciality - double vodka and double archers topped up with orange and lemonade.
Dress Code: Nothing you don't mind losing or getting destroyed
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