I went to the last month Howlin Comedy Club night at The Maltings and thought it was brilliant! Not only were the comedians exceptional (the same standard you get at most leading comedy stores) but the the set up was intimate, and took comedy back to it's grass routes. Fantastic, exactly how I love to watch my comedy!!
Dress Code: However you come.
During the day the place is good for cheap food and drinks. At night the place is full of people on their way to either Batchwood or the Waterend Barn. The place is good to meet up with people on their way out. There is a small dancefloor area. Between 8-11pm the place is always full, but tends to calm down after 11 when the clubs get going elsewhere.
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This is a small pub at the bottom of Holywell Hill near St. Albans Abbey Station. There are a few small screens that show live sports and a nice decked area outside that is good for the summer. There is a pool table out the back of the pub in a small annex.
There is an interesting amount of Star Wars themed graffiti in the garden that was commissioned by the landlord.
Live music, Live music, Live music.
If you like live music this is the pub for you. It is located right next to the train station. The live acts plays mostly at weekends and are typically some sort of tribute band.
There is a pool table.
Alright pub in a great location by the river and lake. In the Summer when around the park and lake this place is a must visit. It claims to be the oldest in the country although I don't know whether this is true or not, but it is very old! A lovely building, and the decor inside is of excellent standard.
Being near the lake means that it gets very busy during the summer, particulary at weekends.
The beer garden is really big. All in all its a nice place to relax with friends or family
Being a Wetherspoons pub this is the cheapest place to drink in St. Albans. It is on the main street of St. Albans (St. Peters Street), just a little way down Holywell Hill. The food is also very cheap in here with many 2 for 1 deals on food. Again this place is a good place to start the evening. There are numerous tv screens for the football.
This place is a bit grotty, but the drinks are cheap. It is also the only place in town that you will hear rock/indie music. I think the place is good for early in the evening, but tend to move on a bit later. There is a big screen here for football games.
This is a great option right in the centre of St. Albans for a night out. . It is nice and quiet during the day with good food options. The decor is also very pleasent. After about 8pm though, especially at the weekend, it gets quite lively. The place fills up and a DJ comes in playing some tunes for the small dancefloor area.
The pub itself used to be a barn years ago - hence the name.
The best option for a clubbing night out in St. Albans. Open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Thursday is the student night with cheesy music in the main room and RnB in the upstairs dance floor. Friday and Saturday is dance music in the main dance floor and RnB upstairs.
In addition to the two dancefloors there is a lounge area to relax in with different music and a VIP area. I'm not a VIP so I don't know what happens in there ;)
In the summer they open up an area outside that has a BBQ going on with cheap burgers and hot dogs.
The Speckled Hen (formerly Bunch of Cherries) on Hatfield Road hosts a fantastic Music Quiz every Thursday. About thirty teams including regulars such as "Fat Boys Are Hard To Kidnap", the "Leonard Ramsbottom Allstars" and "The Nighthawks" compete for cash prizes, meal vouchers, drinks and a mystery prize.
Mick, the MC, is great, the food is good and I'm told the beer is fine too.
A great way to spend a Thursday.
Dress Code: Any - it's a pub
CAMRA, the real ale campaigners, is based in St. Albans, so you expect the pubs in the city to be good. We only had time to visit one pub - Ye Olde Fighting Cocks, which is said to be the oldest pub in England.
It's in a good location alongside the river between the Cathedral and Verulamium Park. The building dates back to the 11th Century while it has been a pub since the 15th Century. The beer selection was quite standard and the menu looked nice though we only stayed for a drink.
As a "proper" pub there is no TV, jukebox or pool table. It was a little quiet when we visited late in the afternoon but I imagine it gets busier in the evening. There is also a nice beer garden out the back.
clubs-batchwood-young and out of town, adelaides-in town-tacky, or lloyds-bar/club-classy.
the bell-good for footy or warm up beer, bit young.
cross keys-wetherspoons-cheap,busy early on.
peahen-non smoking, pricey, trendy.
the crown-out of town-good for footy,quiet mid week drink.
hogshead-top of town-good garden
bar61-good patio area-different type of atmosphere.
o'neils-open til 1-good,loud.
slug and lettuce(ex casa)-young,trendy,good,pricey.
lloyds-bar/club-fussy on door,get in early, a good night.
the boot-centre of town, old mans pub.
glasshouse-just out of town-different atmosphere,ok.
the horn-live music venue-something different.
Thursday night is Quiz Night at The Crown pub in St Albans. Entry is only £1 per person (teams of any size) and it is a good mix of general knowledge questions with some fiendishly tricky ones to sort the men from the boys and the women from the girls.
Dress Code: No, it's a fairly down-to-earth pub
The Alban Arena is a well established entertainment venue with a busy programme of national touring shows, rock and pop concerts, comedy, films, large scale exhibitions and the region's most popular christmas pantomime.
This place gives the lie to the myth that all rock music pubs need to be dark, dirty and falling to bits. It is actually a decent pub which happens to be a good rock music venue as well. I've jammed in the open mike night a couple of times myself, and it's a nice venue to play. Music every night, and possibly the most comprehensive (internet generated) jukebox I've ever seen.
Dress Code: I wouldn't bother with a shirt and tie!