We visited the Piranha Lounge due to a friends recommendation. We are students and new to the area. We were struck first and foremost about the quality of the in terms of decor and cocktails. I'm a bit of a stickler when it comes to cocktails but I had some of the best cocktails ever here, similar to ones i tried when in new york. It has a really cool contemporary feel.
The place has real live Piranhas in large fish tanks behind the bar! There's always something going on during the week, and weekends and although being a small bar, there's always seems to be a great atmosphere. Its a good starting point for a pub crawl and we used to often meet up there.
They were doing this Pizza and Pint for 4.99 whilst we were there. I have to say it's the best Pizza i've ever had and i'm half Italian. If your not into drinking then just go and try one of their Pizza's - its a must do.
Its definitely worth a visit and there always seems to be loads of drinks on offer when we went there. Its at the top of the high street near the newly opened Domino's pizza. Highly Recommended.
On a side note my friend booked the place for a birthday party and it was great, even got free bottle of Cava!!
Dress Code: Smart Casual
This large pub is friendly and welcoming, Prices seem a bit cheaper than some of the other pubs and the menu is basic but good and not expensive.
It is a very student friendly pub although it does not have Wireless internet anymore there are large tables to spread all your work out on.
they have some great offers on various nights and they have their own discount card for extra savings.
As this pub is close to the University and opposite the students Union building it is quite lively at nights and is a really good place to go.
Recently renovated, Varsity Bangor is probably the most popular bar for Students. It's busiest night is "Pound party", where many drinks are only £1 or £1.50. It is a popular alternative to the city's nightclubs as there is still a DJ and dancefloor.
Dress Code: Informal
A small pub with the worst wall paper i have seen for quite some time and although it is a bit shocking at first it certainly makes a talking point, it was a good place to sit and chat, we were served by a man who i presume was the landlord and we were made welcome, the bar was surrounded by a few locals who seemed friendly and certainly didn't bite at that time.
Unfortunately on another trip to Bangor in the November of the same year, while walking past we were verbally abused by a drunk who was stood outside drinking and smoking with a couple of woman, after asking what his problem was we were then met with racist abuse from both the drunk and one of the woman. Although this was not the pubs fault I certainly will not go in again if this is the sort of clientele they attract
On the 3rd of June 2009 i recived an email from the Landlord who had seen the review and was horrified, he tells me that they have worked hard to improve the reputation of the pub since they took over and i have said that i will call in again. I think that it is nice of him to join VT to send the email and so it is obvious that he is the nice person thought he was on my visit.
I have put this place in Resteraunts as well, because it is completely different during the day and at night. The Yates in Bangor is between High Street and Yellow Pub, and as such makes a good stop on a Pub Crawl, or as a port of call before heading to a night club. It gets quite full at night, but the bar never seems as busy as other places. The doormen are also very friendly and are always having a laugh with the smokers outside, and always greet you nicely when you go in.
Colloquially known as The Yellow Pub, or simply Yellow, The Old Glan is very popular with students and locally alike, with the tide ebbing and flowing depending what time you go. During the day, when the student population is either asleep or in lectures, the locally flock here for its quality food and drink, but when night falls, the students arrive in droves, marking this pub out as one of the best in Bangor. Sunday night is home to Karaoke, which offers a good laugh for all present.
The pub has nice décor, and is large enough to accommodate the crowds it attracts. Do not come here at night looking for a nice quiet drink, but it is great for a warm-up before you head to any of the clubs.
Beware: only persons aged 18+ are allowed on the premesis, and although they only check at the bar they DO still check. However at night when it gets busy they seem a lot more ‘forgetful’ at checking, so don’t worry to much if you didn’t bring your ID out.
Octagon and Glitterball, or simply Occy, is probably the most popular club in Bangor with both lcoals and students. By far its most popular ngiht with the Students is Thursday's 'Choose Cheese' in Glitterball, the smaller of the two rooms (although sometimes the balcony of the main room is opened if things start getting a bit packed. Saturday's in the main room play host to dance music, while the smaller Glitterball plays more modern mainstream and cheese music. Saturday nights are very popular with locals however and the main room can sometimes get a little rough.
Occy also holds several 'theme nights', including bubble parties, U.V. parties, and fancy dress nights. Thursday nights is £3 for entry, or £2 with an NUS card, but Saturday nights is £7 to get in. The cloak room is £1 per item.
The main room has a cash machine, but on nights where the main room isnt open, if you ask the doormen nicely they will sometimes take you in to use it.
This large Weatherspoons is easily missed even though it is quite large, for some reason it seems tucked away between buildings on the High St and you can easily walk past it at night without seeing it.
Although there is nothing unique about this pub from any of the others in the Weatherspoons chain it remains a good place for food and drink and with it's many offers, reduced price's making it popular with students and locals.
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Academi is located in the Students Union building, and is a nightclub exclusivly for students from any university in the UK. It has two rooms, one containing the main bar, and the other containing the cocktail bar.
Each night is a different theme, but by far the most popular are Wednesday Night's 'Trash', the Alternative/Indie night, and Saturday's 'Student Saturdays'.
Varsity is a student-focused venue thats a great place to eat or drink, Ample seating in booths and a handy central bar area make it a popular place with many Student groups and for parties.
Mon - Wed: 11:00 - 00:00
Thurs - Sat: 11:00 - 01:00
Sun: 12:00 - 00:00
This is a great place to go for a drink were you can sit in the cosy bar or outside on either the raised decking or down the steps in the garden (weather permitting of course), or have some of the great tasting food in the comfortable restaurant area.
As well as being a great restaurant The greek is also a great place to go at night, It has a great bar and with it's outdoor/indoor seating area there is loads of room and a really great atmosphere