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Rock at the Wight Rock
The Wight Rock Bar (Isle of Wight)
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The Wight Rock Bar (Isle of Wight)
Advantages: Excellent bar/ venue
The Wight Rock Bar is one of Ryde's best bars, mainly due to its intimate setup and modern décor. Most 'trendy' bars in Ryde generally don't have 'trendy' people in them; they are usually populated by complete donuts. People who love to catch their own reflections in the mirrored bar surrounds and have the shortest skirts known to man.
The Wight Rock bar is different, it doesn't have a generic clientele, and it's used by younger people as well as older people. The main reason it has stood the test of time for the past few years is that it tends not to play chart music, but 'classic rock'. Right up my street. Rather than have to listen to the latest Ne-Yo arse dribble, you can listen to some classic tracks from 'Hello' by Status Quo.
The bar isn't huge and is actually a basement bar, similar to the 'Cavern'. I expect this is why Shawn and Debbie (the owners) have chosen it. Its got a small stage, several smaller pods and enclaves for small groups of people can sit. I've seen a band play there, but the stage is a little small for a massive band.
The Rock was one of the first bars in Ryde to introduce a smoking ban, which was great for not going home stinking of 800 fags. The only annoying thing about the venue is having to go down a flight of steps and then into a crowd of smokers before entering the small double doors. This can be a little intimidating, especially when it's the wrong sort of people.
The décor has been tastefully done, not like 'Chicago Rock' which is tacky. It has the classic rock feel, with photographs and discs and things, but not the imitation instruments. The lighting is well done, without being either overbearing or dark and dismal. Its always very clean and tidy and being new has no obvious sign of wear. The toilets are probably the best kept and best looking in Ryde, which goes a long way to the overall ambience of the place.
The Rock has a selection of different evenings to suit different tastes. There are quiz nights on a Wednesday, the occasional club night and independent 80's evenings to tie into 80's nights at Ryde Theatre. The Rock is used by many as a pre-concert venue by people who go to the Theatre for gigs and concerts.
Price-wise the Rock isn't cheap. Most lagers set you back close to three quid, but then again you can get a pint in 'Spoons a couple of doors away for 99p- but then again it's the surround that you pay for. You don't mind paying over the odds for something if you can enjoy it without the hassle of not getting a table or getting 'grief', like in some other Ryde establishments.
Shawn and Debbie are great bar owners, always cheerful and friendly whenever they are behind the bar.
The Rock is a perfect place to start your evening. It gets quiet later on and by that time most of us have gone to Yelfs or Spoons, but The Rock is an excellent venue - well worth a visit if you're ever on the Isle of Wight.
Summary: An excellent way to start an evening!
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