Winchester Nightlife

  • Black Boy Pub, Winchester
    Black Boy Pub, Winchester
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  • St. James Pub, Winchester
    St. James Pub, Winchester
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  • Westgate Hotel, Winchester
    Westgate Hotel, Winchester
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    The Black Boy: Quirkiest, coolest olde pub in England?

    by vp245 Written Aug 28, 2006

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    Small town nightlife is ALL about a few pleasant pints in a succession of taverns. The tendency to rowdy boozing that is overshadowing tradition is but a passing phase, a flux of london that has been carried on the fickle wind of modernity that has no intrinsic influence in Britain. When in Winchester, if you are looking for the nicest possible way to spend an evening out (there are no clubs) then make a beeline for the Black Boy on Wharf hill to have a few jars. Its an old tudor pile and the ambience is one of cosy, earthy cheer, one that hasn't changed for hundreds of years. The decor hasn't either... it is somwhere between Charles Dickens' Old Curiosity Shop and something out of Alice in Wonderland... a labyrinthine layout, trees hanging upside down from the ceiling, fantasy taxidermy, an assortment of eerie old clocks, giant wooden connect four and friendly habitues who will always welcome new folks, from wherever you may hail. Noone's quite sure whether this is a swinger's pub, student pub, eccentric's pub or a backgammon pub - i guess its whatever it wants to be.

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    The back room, The Railway Inn: Informal live music, Monday nights

    by vp245 Written Aug 28, 2006

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    Monday nights at the Railway Inn, or "roots nite" has a lovely relaxed pub atmosphere with a clientele of mainly students and young people. THere is an open microphone and everyone is welcome to pull up a guitar/didgeridoo/accordion/balilaika and take the spotlight. applause is invariably overly generous. A typical relaxed student UK pub vibe is what roots nite offers; in contrast to the raucousness of town-centre pub-strips, visitors will find the railway extremely welcoming.

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    Bishop on the Bridge: Second Best Pub in Winchester

    by Jehcekah Written Jan 21, 2004

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    Bishop on the Bridge Pub, Winchester

    The Bishop on the Bridge used to be the Old Monk, but it was sold to a new group of people who really renovated the pub. Now you can sit on leather couches or eat by candlelight. The best feature about this pub is their very large beer garden, which is open in warm weather. The garden sits right on the river, which offers excellent views.

    Food is served until 9pm at this pub and they have an excellent upscale menu.

    Dress Code: Anything goes!

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    Westgate Hotel Pub: Swamp Things at the Westgate Hotel Pub

    by Jehcekah Written Jan 21, 2004

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    Westgate Hotel, Winchester

    I probably couldn't really recommend the Westgate on their drinks and atmosphere, but their live music is not to be missed. We watched the band, Swamp Things, there twice. They are a bluesy-rockabilly type band which plays American songs both original and cover.

    The Westgate isn't exactly the best venue to watch a band. It is a very small pub which is divided into three sections. The band plays in one and if you aren't lucky enough to get a seat in that section, you can really only hear the band.

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    St. James Pub: Our Local

    by Jehcekah Updated Jan 21, 2004

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    St. James Pub, Winchester

    To get to the St. James, we almost just had to fall out of our front door. While not the best pub in Winchester, it has its good qualities and we certainly took advantage of them!

    The clientele is a bit on the middle-aged side, but you can find many students here from the various universities. The pub owner, Tim, offers a quiz night every Monday night at 9pm. It is free to play, but be warned...the questions are tough (especially if you are from the States). Prizes are usually bar tabs.

    The nicest thing about the St. James is that on weekdays it is very quiet and we were able to quite frequently read books or play tables games while enjoying our beer and cider. The bar provides games like cribbage, dominoes, and jenga for no fee.

    In the winter you can relax by one of their two fireplaces and enjoy some of their home-made mulled wine. In the summer, when it isn't raining, you can sit out in one of the picnic tables in the garden.

    Dress Code: Anything goes!

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    Black Boy Pub: Winchester's Best Pub

    by Jehcekah Written Jan 21, 2004

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    Black Boy Pub, Winchester

    My favorite pub in Winchester, the Black Boy, is an ecclectic mix of traditional English pub-style and strange collections of various objects. On one ceiling hangs various keys and another is covered with doors, which have a part of a man hanging from inside of one. The women's toilet gets the prize for the most creative decorations: gynecological tools hanging from wires on the ceiling. We enjoyed many weekend nights here drinking and playing table football. In the summer you can sit in their fairly large garden area or in the front of the building on picnic tables.

    They do serve food, but I have only had a sandwich here, so I cannot comment on their eats. They serve two types of cider on draught (Flowers and another, I forget what it was) and they have many kinds of beer.

    Dress Code: Anything goes!

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