“ PUB. Clayport Street, Alnwick, Northumberland „
Once upon a time this pub was called the Blue Bell. Back in those days it was a pub. Now it's mutated in to something altogether more dastardly, it describes itself as a 'fun pub'. It stays open 'til 2am and offers the cheesiest disco this side of your old middle school. Well, fair dues to this place, as it does well, but it just ain't my cup of tea. I only actually visited this pub once back when it was called the Blue Bell, and that was for a game of pool. It was before my drinking age (before I was old enough to pass for 18!), but as soon as I turned 18 I naturally used my right to purchase alcohol. Following some more experienced drinkers we took a trip round just about every pub in Alnwick, on the way taking in the Falcons rest. At this time it was quite a different pub to it is now. There are two main bars, and back then one was a bog standard pub of the 'sit down, drink and do little else variety', while the other housed a disco. Of course, it wasn't the only pub to do this Disco thing but it was probably the best because there was plenty of room to dance. And at least back then you could take a trip to the quiet bar, play some pool or relax in a quiet corner. It wasn't perfect though, the drinks were about 40p more expensive than all the other pubs and you were shown the door the moment the clock struck 11pm. I went there once, and I didn't think it was all too bad, but I realise now it was only OK because I had little experience of anything else. I went back a few times, but this was more because other people were going than any desire of mine. Then around New Year time they underwent some massive changes. They got a late license for Fridays and Saturdays so they could stay open until 2am. This may not sound good to all you people in the city, but up here in Alnwick all the pubs close at 11pm. You get the odd burst of lock ins, but the police have nothing better to do than uphold p
etty laws, so more often than not any pub which has a few late nights will shortly receive a visit from the old bill, and then go back to the 11pm closing time. Anyway, back to the Falcons......... When it got it's late license it decided that it could start to charge people to get in. Before 10pm you can enter free of charge, between 10pm and 11pm it costs you a £1 and after 11pm they want £2 from you. I may be mean, but it goes against my morals to pay to get in to what is in effect only a pub. Some of my friends decide to save money by going here before 10pm, but personally if I'm going to go I'd rather leave it as late as possible and hand over the money. The thing is, if it were up to me I would never set foot inside this place, but there's no accounting for taste. The disco part of the pub has now been split of entirely from the normal pub section, and goes under the name of 'Bar Zanz'. You pays your money, get past the sizeable bouncer and make your way inside. And all I can say is if you the view you get as you walk in pleases you then you are one strange person. A dark smoky room, crammed full of hot dancing people, complete with loud, and very cheesy pop music. We're talking 'Who Let the Dogs Out' by the Baha Men (or whatever they're called). If you can force your way past the people to the bar then you can buy a horrifically expensive drink, from a small range which consists mainly of alcho-pops. I have nothing against dancing, or even a bit of cheesy pop music. But I also like to talk, and in this place you're lucky if you can hear yourself think never mind the person next to you. The bar section remains a normal pub, but now with the reduced space is one of the smallest, and therefore busiest pubs in Alnwick. It's also perhaps a little less friendly than some of the other pubs in Alnwick, and while I have never actually seen a fight here, it seems more likely that one
will break out here than anywhere else. Credit where credits due though, as the owners have turned this pub in to one of Alnwicks hottest nightspots, and that can't be a bad thing. It's also the place to go for any young whipper snappers looking to pull. Why? Well this is the place in Alnwick where young people looking to pull go, I guess. Nothing against the people who go there, it's more to do with the semi-club atmosphere! If you like this kind of thing, then it?s a good place to go, but it just ain't my cup of tea!
I must admit that i don't like this pub, yes i have darkend the door a couple of times in the past, but i don't enjoy it, its only because the my friend like going that i end up there. I do have respect for the owner of the place he has really turned the place around from the previous managers, and if you are in to the dance music scene then i suppose that this place would be the salt of the earth to you, the DJ's are excellent (i kind of have to say that as i know one of them). The Good Points: A pull down TV to watch sport on. Good DJ's (if you like that kind of thing) A large selection of drinks. Lively atmosphere. The Bad Piont: £2.50 after 11 o'clock. Alot of ar**holes get in. The RAF thinking they own the place. Dance Music (i'm not in to that kind of thing). In this opinion i'm not saying don't go, and also i'm not telling you to go, i'm just trying to telling people what to expect at this establishment.
The Falcons Rest back in the good old days used to be a pub you could go to and have a few drinks whilst people played pool and such around you. You know what I mean, the usual average pub. Ok So back then it was called the Blue Bell but that's not the point. The point is coming soon by the way. The Falcons has now become so full of it's own arrogance that it has turned itself into some kind of "night club" oh yes. If you are not in there before 10pm then you must pay like £1 entry fee. After 11pm you've gotta pay something like £2 entry fee. Ok so let's assume you pay this outrageous fee to get in, what do you get but a bunch of people dancing around all over the place to crap music. What's worse is that these people get right in your way so you can never get to the bar without having to take 1 mile diversions here, there and everywhere and also if you're trying to have a conversation then 'bad luck' because you won't be able to hear a thing in that place. Oh I forgot to mention, the kind of people that go to this pub are the one's that were slappers in their youth. You know the ones, and not only that but the ones that were the big dumb b*s!*rds at school and bullied a few people. Yes these people go to this pub and if you smoke then they'll try nick cigarettes off you, if you drink they'll probably go "oi that's my drink" in which you reply 'smack' yes with a punch to their nose. To be blunt The Falcons Rest is one of the worst pubs in Alnwick. To be honest I wish they would make it into something else, then again I guess it does stop those idiotic people from visiting the better pubs in Alnwick.