Bars & Pubs, Bath
During the day Delfter Krug is a nice place for summer time drinking and eating. There is an outside seating area that is good for people watching. At night the outside area closes and the action goes on in the inside. There is a big area downstairs for relaxing and chatting with a small dancefloor area on the second floor with some good electronic music. Friday is meant to be the best night here.
This place has been recently refurbished and looks very nice. There are lot's of different areas to sit down on the entrance level. There is also a good seating area outside, nice during the day and also at night. Finally there is another level in the basement with a larger bar and a pool table.
Food is served during the day and looked pretty good. I'm definitely starting my night here next time I'm in Bath.
The Boater is always the first pub from my friend's house to the centre of town, so always the first port of call on a night out. Upstairs is a traditional English pub, while downstairs is an area for the younger people and students. Outside is a nice beer garden near the river. Sky Sports is shown on the TV so you can watch the football and rugby here.
If the rugby is taking place in the Rec nearby this place will be heaving on game day. If you want to enjoy the rugby crowd come here. If you want a quieter time head to the other side of the town
Another good lively spot. Similar to the Rat and Parrot it is often full in the evening of people on their way out to a club. During the day though the place is relatively quiet and has sports on the TVs at the weekend. If you like cricket and there is an international match on it will be on the screens during the day. I remember having a meal in here once and my friend's bangers and mash looked and tasted great.
The place has since changed its name to Belushi's, but is pretty much the same as before. The hostel above the bar is still called St. Christopher's so I've kept the tip with the same name.
I visited this venue at lunchtime, where there was a good atmosphere, as it's been named Bath Pub of the Year, I'm sure its well worth a visit at night.
Selection of Real Ales, and extensive menu including a variety of burgers made from kangaroo, ostrich meat etc!
Inside are different rooms, with plenty of tables/seating in cosy corners.
Sporting paraphanelia adourns the walls.
Heated outside seating area.
to be continued
Dress Code: At lunchtime clientele appeared to be a mix of office workers and professionals, students and a few tourists.
Therefore mix of casual/ suits etc.
Relaxed atmosphere, should imagine same mix at night time.
I tend to visit this place as the last before a club. It is very lively on a Saturday night, but has quite long queues in the evening at the bar. The pub is very large and has lots of avaliable seating.
This is another traditional pub with probably the best food of the lot. There is a good menu (I remember kangaroo and osterich being on there) and a number of big screens for the rugby/football. Great atmosphere.
The Grapes is a good pub with reasonable food. I always seem to have a meal in here and watch the rugby/football depending on what time we arrive. At the weekend there will always be a match on. Nice atmosphere.
Bath, I read, is the real ale capital of Britain*. Real Ale (for foreign readers) is traditional beer, as opposed to the fizzy industrialised dishwater now served in most establishments. You don't have to (stereotype alert) have a beard, a woolly jumper, and listen to folk music to enjoy it; just an interest in drinking something a bit more flavoursome. There are a wide variety of types though nearly all are darker beers (ranging from golden to tar-like). If you are not used to them, probably best sampled by the half-pint.
There are certainly plenty of places in Bath to do this, with two locally-based breweries (Bath Ales and Abbey Ales) featured widely, and many others from all over Britain. Also some ciders (though not as many as I expected).
You can see more drinking choices (not all real ale) at the Bath Pubs website.
The final picture is perhaps the most amiable of the pubs I was in (and I sampled quite a few), The Old Green Tree. If you have done the same, this is the view you would see ;-) The blur behind the bar is the landlord; out of shot to the left was Lincolnshire's only commercial cider maker.
*I don't know if there is an 'official' measure of this, but I can certainly believe it.
This pub is run by a small brewery and offers a large choice of their own beers as well as a couple of "guest" ones. This includes also organic beer. Of course, also meals and other drinks are available. Beer prices are average, ranging below three pounds for a pint.
The pub is located close to Queen's square, between the Circus and the pedestrian zone. It was not crowded like a couple of other pubs I saw in Bath, but still had a large number of visitors. Compared to other pubs, it seemed to me like a more relaxing place to have a couple of drinks at the end of the day, rather than to make a big party. I had two organic lagers and sat down to read my book before going back to my hostel to go sleeping.
The Boater has a large outdoor area where you can sup a pint or three clost to the River Avon that flows through Bath. In the summer months it's a nice place to chill out during the day. The benches are very long and so you can chat with strangers and meet interesting characters if you want. Or there are smaller benches close to the pub if you're in a group. It does attract a yonger crowd at night. Not the cleanest pub (esp. downstairs) but worth a visit while you're around Putney Bridge.
Walcot street is an eccentric part of Bath. Junk shops mingled in with healthy eateries, a bike shop or two and The Bell pub. The Bell is where you will find these charming people hanging out, enjoying the chat and beer. It has a beer garden and a great atmosphere. If you go along on Sunday lunchtime (12pm - 2pm) or Wednsday after 8pm you will catch a live band playing on a little improv stage next to the bar. I've been many times and it can get very packed in there but it's worth it. For an 'alternative' night out :)
There's no cover charge but do throw a few coins in the jar at the end of the performance if you enjoyed the sounds.
TIP! -> Try the Belgium cherry beer .. it's very tasty and comes in a sweet bottle.
Dress Code: As scruffy as you like :)
The Raincheck Bar is undoubtedly a nice little place. Modern art and photographs adorn the walls and are for sale. It's more or less next door to the Theatre Royal and thus tends to draw pre-theatre drinkers. The clientele are perhaps a little older on average than in many of the bars, but not so as you would feel out of place at any age. It's one of the few bars I've been in anywhere in the UK that actually does table service. Every now and then they'll pop a little snack bowl out on each table - they were dishing out tortilla chips when I was there. It's a small place and thus not well suited to large groups. It's definitely suited for more intimate occasions. The music is generally good and unintrusive. Outdoor seating is available in decent weather, but there isn't much of it. (last sentence is deliberately ambiguous)
Opens standard pub hours - 11am to 11pm Mon-Sat, 12pm to 10:30pm Sun.
Dress Code: You might feel a little out of place if you're totally scruffy, but you won't get kicked out.
One of my favourite pubs in the whole world. It's a tiny place, only three rooms - a front room, a standing bar room, and a non-smoking room. The drinks are great - a selection of real ales, mainly local, and often a real cider, all reasonably priced. Last time I was in there two blokes and a woman were arguing for a bet over whether skin was an organ; another time someone was trying to convince an Egyptian tourists that the pyramids were covering a network of underground caves. The bar staff are young and friendly. It gets busy of a weekend and there isn't much room; if you're lucky you may just get a seat, otherwise you'll have to stand in the bar area.
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 12pm-10.30pm
Dress Code: None
Bar HAHA is a new bar at the top of town, full of twenty something career types, but some trendy youngsters!
Dress Code: Quite smart, they probably would still let you in, but you'd be embarrassed if you went in trainers!