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Member Name: kristabelle
Pubs in Isle of Wight in general
Date: 13/11/08, updated on 13/11/08 (100 review reads)
was born on the Isle of Wight and have lived here for all of my 27 years so as you can imagine, pub life has featured pretty heavily in my life over the past 12 years - having started a little under age!
When I first started going out it was in the Ryde area and things have changed a lot over the years but it is, in my opinion, the best place to go out on the Island as most of the pubs are on a hill - Union Street and all are within staggering distance! - As a quick summary -
The Crown at the top of Union Street is actually a hotel with rather a large bar area, it shows football matches and serves food through out the day.
Wight rock bar is around the corner by the theatre, I belive this used to be a topless bar years before but now you can find some great live music, alternative and otherwise, great booths cut into the wall, the decor is very modern and would just like to comment on the sinks in the ladies - like waterfalls!
Next down the hill is Wetherspoons - most people know about this brand - no music, cheap drinks and decent food.
The recently opened Black Sheep and club underneath is a fab place for music - they have regular live acts weekly and serve a tapas menu.
Further down the hill is Yelfs hotel which is a bit more up-market and a place to go for a quiet drink and a meal.
Joes is a modern place serving high quality meals and fabulous cocktails as well as usual bar drinks, great wine bar.
Stanley's has several pool tables, juke box and attracts a more rowdy clientele.
The Squadron is a real locals kind of a place, live music in the back bar, it does have a reputation that unfortunately proceeds it as a bit on the rough side but I have never had any trouble in there so I can't really comment.
Liquid Lounge has a late licence until 2am. It is more of a bar than a club however there is a raised dance floor to party the night away, the only drawback I've found is that the toilets are upstairs and after one too many can be a little problem!!
Kasbah - a Moroccan themed bar - in the back room there are sofas covered with throws, atmospheric lighting, a great atmosphere, this bar also serves tapas. It has an outside garden, perfect for summer drinking.
Other pubs on the Island worth a mention are Flanagan's in Sandown, I happen to go here most weekends, to drink, eat or watch football and it is a lovely place - it has the old style American diner feel with 4 booths and lots of memorabilia on the walls. There is an outside veranda for external eating/drinking with gorgeous views of the beach. I have been coming here regularly for the last 2 years and have never had a bad meal - anything from soup/sandwiches to steaks/pasta and the fabulous range on the specials board.
The Ponda Rosa is well renowned, it has recently been refurbished, there is a function room available to hire upstairs and there carvery on a Sunday is very popular.
The Wight Mouse on the Western coast is a very popular venue. They offer an extensive menu in beautiful surroundings and a vast garden area with both indoors and outdoors play areas for children
Summary: Brief Summary of IOW pubs