“ Address: West Quay Road / Southampton / Hampshire / SO15 1RE „
The Quayside is an interesting place to go. Situated right on the edge of Southampton's vast grey building known as Leisure World (Oceana, Odeon, Grosvenor Casino). Built away from the main section of the complex, but still part of it. I tend to think of it myself as the place you go when you don't feel you've dressed smart enough to go in the clubs!
There are some seating outside, and as you walk in the bar is in the middle on you're left. Theres plenty of seating around the venue, and they have a pool table down by the toilets.
Both the last couple of times I've been in, its been pretty quiet (usually early evening (7/8pm) and on going to the bar to get a drink its taken over 10 minutes to get served a round of drinks. It always just seems as though they never have enough staff in there at any time. Although the usual clientale do seem to be rather sporty, and perhaps I don't fit in!
Otherwise the atmosphere isn't bad at all, fairly quiet, not too rowdy, fairly clean and the toilets aren't bad to use!
The prices were a bit on the high side, like they are fixed as they are attached to the Leisure World name.
The Quayside Southampton is my favourite pub for a night out at the weekend.
* Location *
The pub is in the centre of Southampton near to the docks, it is on the right hand side as you enter the complex known as leisure world. It is next to a number of nightclubs, the casino and shops such as IKEA.
* Parking *
The pub does not have parking of its own as such but it shares a large car park with the leisure world complex so it is never a problem.
* Facilities *
- Toilets including a large disabled toilet also.
- 2 pool tables and darts board.
- Large tv screen for music videos and live sports.
- A cash machine but it does charge you to use it.
- A number of quiz and jackpot machines.
- Inside and outside seating.
* The food *
They offer quite a varied reasonable priced menu including burgers, steaks, currys, snacks etc. They also offer Roast dinners on a Sunday.
I have had food in the pub a number of times, and even though the chef and menu has changed so many times in the last 2 years the food always stays at a reasonable standard. It is not the greatest i have had but its not terrible either. It is not my first choice for eating out.
* Drink *
The pub offers a large selections of wines, beers and spirits. They also have a very good varied cocktail and shot menu. Cocktails can be purchased 2 for £6.50 at certain times and i can highly recommend them.
The drinks are reasonably priced for a pub, but they are not as cheap as say somewhere like wetherspoons.
* Events *
In the week they offer pool championships and quiz nights.
On Saturdays they have their resident DJ simon who is fantastic.
On sundays they hold Karaoke which is always good fun.
* Staff *
I am friends with a few of the staff who are always quick and friendly. But they do change their staff a lot as they cant seem to keep them for long.
There are a few miserable faces who needs a rocket up their bum to get them going but the manager is always there with a smile and happy to help with any problems.
* Interior *
They have a lot of inside seating, plenty of tables for eating, a small dance floor and sofas for relaxing with a drink.
The whole pub is still in pretty good condition but is coming near to needing a small refit i think.
It is always clean and fresh and the toilets are always clean and fully stocked.
All in all the pub has a great atmosphere on a friday and saturday night and very close to leisure world for clubbing afterwards.