Newest Review: ... around the world game is definately possible. Food is also available and it's what you expect to get from an establishment such as Browns... more
Great drinks....if you can get in!
Member Name: skybluearmyontou
Date: 08/10/09, updated on 13/10/09 (261 review reads)
Advantages: Good selection of world beers and a nice look inside.
Disadvantages: Extremely poor and random door policy, could drive them out of business.
Well what can you say about good old Browns. Well, it's a unique place that's for sure.
Situated right on the edge of the City Centre between the council house and the Herbert Art Gallery, Browns is a modern and nice looking bar/restaurant.
It offers a wide variety of draught beers from all around the world, possibly the best I've seen in Coventry centre, so the drinking your way around the world game is definately possible. Food is also available and it's what you expect to get from an establishment such as Browns. Lots of modern dishes mixed in with old classics, reasonably priced, but not all that special. Don't get me wrong, I had a good meal there but have certainly had better elsewhere.
Now, for the well publicised bad point about Browns. The door policy.
I had heard of so many of my friends being refused service for no apparent reason, so I thought I'd give it a go myself having never visited before. I got exactly the same treatment. They do not give reasons and it's basically if they don't like the look of you, that's it. I have been in there with work before wearing smart jeans and shoes and had a great time with the world beers. On the other hand, I have also been refused service twice (so I took great pleasure in bagging a couple of Peroni glasses when I did get served). I can understand sometimes about dress codes but I certainly wasn't scruffy and I do not believe you should have to be in your best clothes to gain entry. A lot of people are avoiding Browns because of this and their business must be suffering. To be honest, I do not think it would be missed.
It's a great site for a bar and I wish they utilised it better.
*** I went there with work today and thankfully it went without problems. £3.80 for a Peroni is a bit steep though...
Summary: Only go to Browns when I have to meet people, otherwise take your business elsewhere!
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