“ PUB. Alnwick „
In Alnwick this place is referred to as simply 'The Bottles'. It's a wholly unremarkable pub in every way, from the cracked glass in the door to the bar, to the ancient arcade machines that line the pool room. But yet, time after time we still go back there. It's become engrained as part of the routine of a night out. In some ways it's a shame that this pub doesn't do more to make itself great, because it truly could be. It's location is ideal, as it is pretty much in the centre of the town, as well as being in the centre of a small cluster of popular pubs. It's a pub where you go to begin a night out, it's a pub where you go for a drink and a game of pool in the afternoon. It isn't a pub where you spend two hours in an evening. It's like a holding room, where you wait for the night to start. Many a time has the phrase been echoed 'See you in the bottles at half seven'. And it would appear that the vast majority of people have the same thought too, because between the hours of 7pm and 8.30pm (well, hours and a half) the pub is packed. Then people leave for a number of other, more happening pubs and the Bottles is left virtually empty. If you want a quiet drink then the Bottles is the place to go after 9pm. Infact, there is a whole route that can be followed around Alnwick if you want to avoid the rush, but in all honesty unless you're only after a quiet drink with a mate, then you would prefer to be where the people are! Anyway, say you decide to visit - what have you got in store? On entering the pub you have a 3-way junction. Two doors lead to different bar areas, while the other one leads to a pool room. The bars are fairly similar in size, but the main difference is that one happens to be a haven for the elder generation, and one a haven for the younger generation. By elder I mean anyone over the age of 35, and by younger I mean anyone under 35 down to (naturally
) 18. Well, that may not be entirely true. The Bottles has somewhat of a reputation for being an easy place for underage drinkers to get served, but to be honest it isn't any worse than anywhere else. With the exception of about two pubs who are strict on demanding ID, nowhere else really bothers, and underage drinking is no more rife at the Bottles than anywhere else. The bar is by no means gigantic, so often gets rather crammed at the busy period at the start of the night. This often leads to people spilling over in to the corridors, but for some reason we never thought to take a trip in to the elder persons bar! At night the pool room becomes a simple extension of the younger persons bar, and unless you're very lucky it will be just too busy to be able to play pool. There are some old arcade machines sitting in the corner, which are never played by anyone. They are old, they were probably old in 1990. Nostalgia is OK, but I think it's time for something a little newer (Space Invaders would do!). There's the bandits at which you can happily throw pound coin after pound coin. It's all in vain though, because the person right after you always wins straight away! The pool table is just a pool table, although in comparison with some of the beer stained ripped tables who slope more than Mount Everest, this one is certainly respectable. There is a jukebox in every room, although the music is more your popular stuff as opposed to anything specialised. Of course, the details of the pub are not complete without one more thing, the drinks! The Bottles does well on the drinks front, being pretty cheap! Double Vodka (or other spirits) and a mixer cost you £1.45 at all time (not just happy hour), a bottle of Carlsberg is £1 and they always have loads of other deals. Recently they were selling some new milk based vodka drink for £1 per bottle. One sip revealed why it was cheap, the stuff is god awful, but they often have
stuff going for cheap! Even if what you want isn't on offer you generally save a few pennies here compared with elsewhere. The range of drinks is large, although not as large as some other pubs. They have no absinthe, but then only one place in Alnwick does! No review would be complete without a word on the myth of the pub, the reason why it is called the Dirty Bottles. As legend has it, there are some dirty bottles (they're in the window) and anyone who touches them dies. The story goes that through the years many people have touched them, tried to clean them etc, and all met a sticky end. If you ask me it's just a myth, but it gives the pub some character! Overall the pub ain't bad, it just isn't anything special. They could do so much more given their central location, but this is the place to go early on a night out, or later for a quiet drink!
If you ever come to the good old town of Alnwick and fancy going out on the pull of Saturday night, then you might wonder in to "The Dirty Bottles". Inside here on Saturday night you will notice three rooms. One room will be filled with quite old folk, ie 40+ (no offence to 40 year olds), Another will have a pool table and an arcade and Bandit in it and the other will have a room where the younger generation tends to flock to. Now all of these rooms for a start have Jukeboxes in them. However other than the room with the 40+'s in it, all the rooms and possibly corridors will be packed with Youths. OK i know that the majority that goes drinking now days are Youths, but when I say Youths I mean people that I swear to God are not 18. Maybe's they are I don't know but all I know is the place is like a magnet for all of these really young looking lads and lasses. At times this can be exceptionally annoying because you can barely get to the bar for a drink nevermind anything else and they all make a right racket and act drunk out of their tiny minds. On the good side, the ladies are pretty hot that go into this pub, but I would watch it because I wouldn't be suprised if it was illegal to sleep with some of them that go in there. Price wise "The Dirty Bottles" is pretty resonable and often have special offers on a certain Lager or something. Music wise they pretty much lack great music. Some tracks are quite good but a lot are just poor. If you ever want to go out on a Saturday night to somewhere that won't be packed full of Youth's, then do not visit "The Dirty Bottles", I suggest you look elsewhere. If you do like some nice young ladies that are pretty hot then I suggest you do visit here because the place often see's this kind of action. One last thing, if you visit "The Dirty Bottles" then you can look at the nice story about the dirty bottles that is on the wall. Appar
ently if you touch the dirty bottles on display in the window you are cursed or die or something like that.