The Giddy Bridge: Pre-Match Boozer
The Giddy Bridge is a fine establishment in the Wetherspoon’s chain.
It’s an excellent boozer for a pre and post St Mary’s stadium drink. The staff are friendly and efficient. There are plenty of them, in their Saints t-shirts, on a match day; easily enough to cope with the huge looking queues of thirsty supporters.
A very decent Guinness along with Adnams Broadside on my last visit.
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The Rover: One For The Locals
We used to descend on The Rover on a match day, as it was just a short walk up to The Dell. The landlord was a great bloke, an Evertonian.
One season, as we were travelling down, one of the lads mentioned that he had left his sunglasses in the pub the previous season. When we arrived at The Rover and were supping our first pint, the landlord came out of the back and produced the missing sunglasses. He had kept them all that time. A true gent.
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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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Ikon/Diva: Soton shindigs!
This is southamptons largest nightclub, comprising of 2 parts- Ikon and diva, which have separate entrances but which are also joined by internal doors. music varies but in general the harder house music is in Ikon, and the cheesier stuff in the smaller Diva. Saturdays its over 25's in diva, and only those with a hand stamp from the doorstaff will be able to pass between the 2 clubs( so if your over 25 use the diva entrance) and likewise on fridays when its over 21's in diva and over 19's in Ikon. Generally over 18 is the rule though! Thursdays is 'Drop dead gorgeous' in ikon, with a mix of RnB, hip hop and garage choons, while in diva its the legendary school disco with all your fave cheesy classics, games and spot prizes, plus free entry and occasionally drinks offers to those in their kinkiest school uniform! Mondays is Rnb, garage and Hip hop again in diva, and Weds is student party night ( You will need student Id) with a complete mix of music style and a really happy vibe! Drinks can be pricey but theres always something on offer, and you can always get pissed up at hotshots first( see other page)!!!
Dress Code: Well, this can depend on what day it is but generally smart/casual dress, smart jeans and trainers are usually ok but the bouncers can be akward things and have been know to take offence at chunky male jewellery!?! Student night (weds) is generakky more casual, and thursdays are free entry to those in school uniform!
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
Walkabout Bar - Southampton: Pubs and Bars
On a Friday night, it a good place to go for a few beers with friends.
Last time I went there (Jan 2004) there was 2-4-1 Drinks promotion, and we had a great night!
They have a dance floor (if you're into that) and the atmosphere is relaxed.
Dress Code: None (that I'm aware of)
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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