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Pubs / Bars in Blackpool
Member Name: Andy2901
Pubs / Bars in Blackpool
Advantages: Great night out for the whole family
Disadvantages: can be a bit pricey
The Tower Lounge is situated next to Blackpool Tower and is owned by the same company. It's a place I'd never considered going in as I usually have my girls with me and it's a strictly adults only bar that only opens from midday untill late on Friday, Saturday and Sundays, catering for the weekend revellers and the stag/hen parties who descend on Blackpool every weekend.
On the Wedneday of my week there I'd gone to the cash machine behind the Tower to get some money ( free withdrawls there, a lot of the cashpoints in Blackpool charge £1.75) and I heard music coming from the Tower lounge and noticed at the entrance a large blow up cartoon figure and a man dressed in a funny costume blowing a horn and handing out leaflets, I also noticed all the tower lounge signs had been covered with banners saying "Family Bar" in large letters. Being nosey I thought I'll have a look into this so I went up to the man, who turned out to be a children's entertainer called Mr Zooka, and got a leaflet. It turned out that the Lounge had started opening as a family bar from 12 noon untill 11pm monday to thursday, with the aforementioned Mr Zooka providing daytime fun and magic, and a pop act, Hi 3, (though they are really a male/female duo) providing the evening entertainment. This was going to be every week untill the 7th September and again in the upcoming October half term holiday.
So that night at around 6.45pm me and my youngest daughter are dropped off at the Tower by relatives who were on holiday with us and the first thing we saw was "Jungle Jim" a costumed character from the tower doing his stuff outside the lounge to entice families in and posing for photographs, we spent 10 minutes being amused by his antics which included acting like a lollipop lady so people,could cross the road, then into the lounge. They don't miss a trick in Blackpool, the entance was like a mini arcade, fruit machines and grab a stuffed toy machines, no doubt to induce drunks at the weekend to impres the girls by winning them one. Once past these it was into the main bar area, this was a massive place with loads of tables and chairs set out, a dancefloor and a stage, and a bar down one side. It was already fairly busy but still plenty of tables/seats to choose from. So a trip to the bar while we decided where to sit, a pint of lager and a lemonade was £3.90, a bit steep but it is Blackpool. Sitting at the table there was a drinks promotion leaflet on it, 4 pint jugs of beer and lager £9.00 and large Slush drinks for the children £1.50 and looking round it seemed everyone was buying jugs, (which I did later, 2 of them, the tram ride back to the hotel's just a hazy memory)
I can honestly say this was the best nights family entertainment I've had in Blackpool, the D.J was playing party/dance songs when we went in, and having the kids up dancing and playing games, he was joined on stage at various times by "Tower Ted" and also "Jungle Jim" another character from the tower. The group (duo) did 2 spots and were very entertaining with their choice of songs, going into the audience singing, changing costumes, having kids and parents on the stage and leading a couple of congas. This was a well thought out night geared towards entrtaining the whole family not just the children, having parents participating as well. At various times during the night whole families were even dancing round tables to various songs, the highlight being a few dads in front of me who'd had a jug too many trying to do the riverdance. As the night went on it filled up with families walking past the entrances hearing the music and seeing the signs, and coming in. I can't comment on the daytime entertainment as I only went at night.
This could have been a disaster due to the size of the place, but it was an excellent atmosphere, so good we went back the next night and it was just as good. My only gripe was, unless I missed a sign somewhere the toilets were up 3 flights of stairs which got harder as the night went on and the beer went down. There's a tram stop right outside on both sides of the prom so it's easy to get to. If you're going in October to see the illuminations and you want some great family entertainment this place is worth a visit.
Summary: Top family night out