The Brighton Walkabout has something to offer most genres of younger people.
When I lived in Brighton, this is were myself and my pals would regularly frequent on nights out, finding it to be a good 'warm up' to clubs and bars that shut a bit later.
On Thursdays you have 'Spank Student' which is a great night where you can get cheaper drinks than usual - Snakebite was something like £1.80 when I used to go - the staff there always employed a very approachable DJ who would always do his best to accomodate your cheesiest wishes and drunken demands.
At points during the night, the Staff would also stage novelty competitions where members of the dancefloor were encouraged to volunteer themselves to strip, pass oranges between each other via the mouth or somehow other humiliate themselves in the good name of fun. All in all a great night.
Every Friday there would be a live rock band who were normally of a very good quality and a great way to get yourself in a positive frame of mind whilst battling your hangover from the previous night. On other nights of the week, the bar would play more traditional 'club and dance' type music. Another thing well worth a mention is the good and varied food that is offered there. One can have meals ranging from a pasta bake to a springbok or ostrich burger - all at very reasonable prices.
Another great thing about this place is the fact Wetherspoons is right opposite. On the nights when the drinks aren't as cheap as on Thursdays, you can load up on booze there and then venture across to the Walkabout where the clientele is far more desirable.
Walkabout is the Australian pubs that have proven a huge success in the UK leading to a more and more of them popping up all over the place of recent times. I have had the pleasure of visiting the one in Glasgow on a couple of occassions and am pleased to say it was an enjoyable experience.
Walkabout offers simple foods like burgers and hotdogs at a reasonable price but offers a huge portion and a great taste. The one which I visit is perfectly placed as it is just around the corner from the cinema, near the train station and has a bus stop right outside of its door. The staff are always friendly and eager to help and make you feel like you can relax and are at home.
Food ordering is easy and your orders are prepared and at your table quickly. The food tastes great, is huge portions and always served the way it is meant to be in that your burger is freshly cooked and hot by the time it gets to you.
Atmosphere in the pubs is good as these are sports bars but show mainly Australian loved sports but thankfully there is no atmosphere of underlying tensions. The Glasgow Walkabout is well laid out, clean and has good facilities and all in all it offers a great and cheap meal out and is definately one for starting your night out thanks to its placement in relation to the pubs, train station and bus terminals.
- Excellent tasting food, great portion sizes
- Brilliant value for money
- Nicely kept and clean pubs
- Sports shown but still maintains a nice atmosphere
- Helpful and friendly staff
- Food is served quickly and is always well prepared and served as it should be to your table still hot
- Not a huge variety of foods on the menu but plenty for a pub menu
All in all Walkabout pubs are great for starting your night out and offer fantastic food and portion size but at excellent value...just don't expect find dining as this is still a sports bar/Aussie pub.
Walkabout pubs are an Australian idea, basically they show lots and lots of sport, mainly of the antipodean variety, so cricket, rugby league and union and Aussie rules, they are cheap and cheerful, so there is beer but not a huge variety and its cheap meaning the atmosphere can at times become quite boisterous.
I've had a few nights in Walkabout pubs, mainly those in Covent Garden and Upper St Islington and had great times everytime i've been, the place has its fair share of raging drunks, but by and large, people are there for a laugh and to watch sport and meet mates.
I have had some great times in the bars and recall being in one at 8am on a Saturday morning when England won the Rugby world cup, a man overcome with emotion proposed to his girlfriend and asked the staff for the best champagne in the house, to be met with the response, 'We don't do champagne mate but I can pop over to Tescos and get you a bottle of Liebfraumilch if ya like?', this summed the place up for me, don't go expecting too much and you won't be disappointed but go looking for a really good laugh with cheap beer and people up for the crack and you'll have a great time.
The food menu involves burgers and is one of the few places in London to serve Kangaroo, I have to admit i've never had a roo burger but the normal burgers are spot on and taste great.
The music comes on later in the day and its a good place to come for a cheesy disco too, people don't take themselves too seriously and whilst you may have to avoid the odd person who is off their face it is generally a great fun evening out.
I have been to the Walkabout in Croydon which for some reason unlike the other venues has an air of violence about it, but that is the only time i've ever felt unsafe in a Walkabout and not had an absolutely great time, its a great rugby pub a great place to meet people from around the globe and as unpretentious as the day is long!
Location Reviewed: Southampon
Having planned a night out in southampton on friday eve, me and friends wanted somewhere mainstream with a good vibe and not too expensive. I have been to a couple of other walkabouts before at Uni but didnt know how a student night would compare to the sleezy weekend nights in southampton, the riff raff of which leaves a lot to be desired.
so after being thrown out of the pub at closing, we decided to check out the walkabout (this is one of the newer branches of the chain). to our surprise it was only 2 quid entry and all drinks (within reason) were 2 quid! we were amazed! that never happens on a weekend anywhere let alone in southampton!
i think the club must be feeling the pinch lately because even with the great offer on it was still relatively quiet given that we arrived after midnight.
nevertheless we all grabbed a drink (corona and magners were 2 quid! still cant believe it) and started dancing. the music was just what we needed. some modern chart stuff mixed with some old school 90s and some cheese thrown in.
it was nice that it wasnt so busy that you couldnt move but the layout was slightly awkward - there was not so much of a dance floor as more of a long corridor! there was a little stage but it was tucked in the corner. we just stuck near the bar and danced.
at least the toilets were upstairs and tucked out of the way.
my friend 'lost' her purse and the bouncers were great - they checked everywhere and found it in the mens toilets, ok it wasnt that busy but most bouncers would have just told you to phone up the next day to see if it had turned up so we were really impressed by the service.
if anybody is bored of staying in and saving the pennies then walkabout on a friday eve is a cheap way of having a fun night out!
I am reviewing the Brighton branch of this pub. Walkabout is an Australian themed pub which has music and djs playing at the weekends.
There are 50 venues situated all over in the UK, including:
Bromley, Covent Garden, Croydon, Islington, Putney, Shaftesbury Ave, Shepherds Bush, Temple, Watford, West Hampstead, Wimbledon, Birmingham, Derby, Hanley, Leicester, Lincoln, Nottingham, Rugby, Wolverhampton, Barnsley, Bradford, Doncaster, Durham, Grimsby, Leeds, Middlesbrough, Sheffield, Blackpool, Burnley, Carlisle, Lancaster, Liverpool, Manchester, Oldham, Wigan, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Bournemouth, Brighton, Portsmouth, Reading, Southampton, Bristol, Exeter, Newquay, Plymouth, Swindon, Cardiff, Newport, Swansea.
Our local branch of this pub is usually dominated by students, as I live in a city which has too big universities. It is a happy pub and doesnt have a uncomfortable or b*tchy atmosphere unlike some other pubs in Brighton. It is usually a party atmosphere and is often used as a meeting place for parties.
Bar service is usually relatively quick despite it being very busy.
Drinks are reasonably priced, with a special card available which means that you can get cheaper drinks (card costs £5 i think and selected drinks are then £2.50). There is a good selection available.
There are tvs and sky which show sport during the day and in the early evening. There is also a stage which hosts local bands and dj's. The toilets are nice, although there is one of those irritating toilet attendants who try to desperately sell you a squirt of deodrant for £1.
(This review is under Birmingham as there isn't a link of ciao for the Glasgow option - but this review most likely applies to all of UK's branches)
Walkabout is an Australian themed bar chain which has found its way to various main cities in Britain. They cater for the early evening eating crowd with a menu which consists of such delights as kangaroo burgers, crocodile fillets, and salmon fillets, all doused down in rare spices that originate with Australian Aborigine's. They also cater for the sports and music fans, boasting great entertainment from its resident DJ's and various tv screens which boom out the latest sport action in live events and music video's for music fans to enjoy.
Food and Drink
As well as offering the occassional off the wall options such as the above mentioned crocodile fillets, all marinaded to perfection in its range of spices, Walkabout also offers a great selection of typical pub food such as chips, baked potatos, fish, pies, chilli, and lasagne. Their menu is exceptionally well laid out, with Snacks and Sharing, Sharing Platters, Jacket Potatoes, Basket Meals, Sandwiches, Meal Deals, Burgers, Pastas & Salads, Main Courses, Grills, Deserts, and Wine all having their own section throughout.
Walkabout also offers a great deal on its drinks, most drinks already reasonably priced for being places in the city centre. At the moment, they have a brilliant "2 cocktails for £5.95" option which takes place from Monday to Wednesday. Alcoholic cocktails start from as little as £3.50 with non-alcoholic cocktails ranging from £1.50. Their strawberry boomerang is a great non-alcoholic drink, smooth and sweet, but not too sweet that you would have had enough after one. They also have glasses of wine from as little as £2.10 per glass.
Having only ever been to the Glasgow branch, I can only assume that many of them have the same make up. One of 50 branches now situated throughout the UK (they also have 3 hotels, and a backpacker). Set across 2 floors, Walkabout is a large very open space that gives you the freedom to stand in a place where you wont be knocked into everytime somebody wants to go the toilet, no matter how busy it is. On the ground floor is a large bar area with approximately 9 - 12 staff serving at busy times. It can take a while to get served if its exceptionally busy, but you'll find that it any large busy nightclub. The waiting staff and bar staff are very pleasant any time that I have been in, and even the bouncers are fairly professional and friendly. There is a cloakroom to store your coat in when it opens as a club. And the good thing is that if you have been in from earlier on, you dont have to pay the club entry fee come midnight. There is a large eating area, which doubles as a seating area on the ground floor later on at night. And on the first floor, the layout is similar with a much smaller seating area, an equally large bar, and a bigger dance floor.
Walkabout boasts great music throughout the day, opting for a range of everything from Keane to Kylie, from Coldplay to Goldfrapp, from Razorlight to Muse. All of this booms out of their surround sound system, accompanied often by the latest music video's. They also have the latest sporting action on the tv screen's throughout the day, and available is any sport of your choice from cricket to football through snooker to swimming. By night, they offer two dynamic floors for dancers and music lovers alike, continuing to screen sporting action as well as video views of the shenanigans taking place on the floor. The ground floor has a DJ that caters for the more radio friendly option, playing music that varies from 70s disco to modern day pop, and chucking in a few party games to give the DJ a laugh. Upstairs caters more for the younger crowd and is great for people who love a bit of house, dance or techno music. Opting for a DJ mix style, it offers a great selection of club music for the clubbers. Both floors operate as a nightclub after midnight, and yet have their own eclectic collection of music booming throughout the spacious area. Some venues also cater for live music fans by boasting up and coming bands and tribute acts appearing live.
Walkabout is a highly affordable night out. Drinks can be expensive at times, but thats aside from various drink offers, and reasonable prices for many spirits and mixers. The food menu is very reasonable with most main courses coming in at less than £10. The entry fee if you're going only as a clubber can be as little as £3 so even thats fairly even handed for a city centre club. The cloakroom attendants charge £1 (again, common of most clubs) for the use of their hangers, but hey they've got to make a living, and it means your jacket or your bag isn't getting nicked as you trip over them to stagger to the dancefloor. There is also a student card available for only £1 which gives you 20% off food, selected drinks for as little as £1.50, and buy one get one free tickets for events. Another great gimmick that isn't really offered in many of the other pubs.
I have always had a good night at Walkabout. The music caters for just about everybody who is there to dance. The staff are friendly. The food is reasonable in quality, as are the drinks. And I always leave with money in my pocket, so that cant be a bad thing. One gripe would be that in all that open space, it tends to be a bit cold and faceless, but at least you can move around without constantly being bumped or having drinks spilled on you. I believe that the venue I have visited is also generic of all of Walkabout's in the UK in terms of style and appearance, that could also be a bit off putting if you are looking for somewhere more unique. Other than that, there aren't really many places (in my local area anyway) that cater for such a wide dynamic of people in such an eclectic way. A good night out for everybody.
There are venues in Bromley, Covent Gardens, Croydon, Islington, Putney, Shaftsbury Avenue, Shepherds Bush, Temple, Watford, West Hampstead, Wimbledon, Birmingham, Derby, Hanley, Leicester, Lincoln, Nottingham, Rugby, Wolverhampton, Barnsley, Bradford, Doncaster, Durham, Grimsby, Leeds, Musselbrough, Sheffield, Blackpool, Burnley, Carlisle, Lancaster, Liverpool, Manchester, Oldham, Wigan, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Bournemouth, Brighton, Portsmouth, Reading, Southampton, Bristol, Exeter, Newquay, Plymouth, Swindon, Cardiff, Newport, Swansea
For more information on Walkabout and the venue nearest to you, visit their website at www.walkabout.eu.com
went to the bar and had an ok time (drinks ok, decent music) until when I was trying to communicate to my friends that I was outside waiting for them (it was closing time) proceeded to force me out and hit me while doing so. This was without provocation. While speaking to management the next day, they again forcibly pushed me out. This is a bar that does not care for its patrons in the least. If you want to be another cash cow, by all means go for it. However, if you respect yourself and your rights, avoid this bar at all costs. situated in liverpool and other places around england.
For those old enough to remember the Walkabout is basically the new 'coasters' from the 80's. (without the reputation for fights :) ) A big pub catering for the masses. Spit an' sawdust with australian aboriginal wall painting. very packed at the weekends making it hard work to fight your way to the bar and the toilets. There are adequate bar staff so you don't have to wait too long to get a drink. Popular with all age groups making it an ideal place to go when you are out in a big party. There is a stage for live bands and a dance floor area to allow you to 'strut your funky stuff'. definitely worth checking out.
Situated at the bottom of west street, near the seafront. The walkabout is a gathering place of huge proportions. if you don't like packed places then this is not for you. A fairly mixed grouping of drinkers, normally the place to go when in a big group. There is a stage where live bands play, normally general covers type of material, adding to the party like atmosphere. limited seating. normal range of drinks. only open to normal pub times.