I hate to be stereotypical, but most students love the odd tipple (or two) right? Right. And most students are a bit limited in the old finance department? Ok. And variety is the spice of life? Yes. Well, I am pleased to tell you that Bangor has no less than 40 pubs and has been reported as one of the cheapest places to get sozzled. I know this might not be enough, but most of the pubs in Bangor appreciate that students are their main customers, whereas if you go to pubs in a city like Leeds or Manchester, you might be lucky if you bump into 1 or 2 students – in Bangor they’re everywhere! This means that you might pick up a few people on your rounds and end up in one massive group! There are five bars run by the SU, three being in the Union building itself. These are Time/Amser, Main Bar and Jocks Bar. Nights out at Time can be excellent, Mondays is 60s,70s,80s (with a splash of 90s) cheese, and is free to get in, Jukebox on Friday tends to be all the mod pop with some really cool choons from your high-school days (NUS card for discount), and Saturdays is more for the trance etc clubbers. Main Bar is excellent on a Saturday night, always guaranteed good music; ‘Trash’ on a Wednesday is indie/rock; its only fault is it is small. I have only been in Jocks Bar once, and didn’t stay ver long, but I’ve heard that you can have a good night in there. George’s Bar (on the Normal site for the education, sports and ocean sciences peeps) and the Fridd Bar (located on the biggest student accommodation site, the Friddoedd Site) are both excellent places to go – especially as you can just crawl back to your halls! There are only 3 clubs in Bangor – Time, the Octagon and Joop – the latter not very popular as it is right at the end of the high street, away from anything else. The Octagon runs an excellent student night on a Wednesday, sometimes pints are 50p before 9.30. And unlike Time, the b
eer tastes of beer and not water! The Occie (as known to the die-hard students!) always makes a big deal of events – Halloween was free entry for fancy dress, and the club was kitted out with groovy decorations – leaves on the floor as you walked in…oooh spooky! Valentine’s Day and the last week of the Semester you are guaranteed an excellent night. It just shows that you don’t need these clubs in the cities that cost millions of squid to get in. The only downside is, they finish at 1am. Pubs vary in standard in Bangor. I know it sounds weird but you can have excellent nights in a dodgy old-man’s pub, but not so good in one of the nicer ones! But wherever, the beer is cold and wet in Bangor. The Yellow Pub (Y Hen Glan) is one of the It’s a Scream chain, offering fab discounts when you use a Yellow Card. Wetherspoons is a good pub for cheap beer and food, although you are not necessarily guaranteed quality (I had chicken nachos the other day and it came without the chicken!). An excellent thing about students being the main customers is that going out for a bar meal in Bangor is so cheap. I would recommend Rascals, The Menai (Upper Bangor) or J.O.O.T (High Street) for excellent cheap pub grub for well under a fiver – that’s including a drink. I really do rate the bars and entertainment in Bangor. I’ll be honest and say that Bangor may be a city, but if you are a die-hard clubber, then it's probably not the best place to come. Bangor is definitely purse-strings and student friendly, a must if your social life at uni is high on the agenda. It's definitely not all work, work, work - somebody had to tell you that! ps- in the last week of term we had Wheatus and the Bluetones playing in Time, and Toploader at the Summer Ball!
In a recent survey, it has been found that Bangor has more pubs per head than any other university in Britain!! ... And here I will review the best, the worst, and the cheapest pubs, clubs and restaurants in Bangor (from my experience). After being a student in Bangor for 3 years, I have found that if you want a quick drink with friends, or a nice meal there is a huge amount of places to choose from! ~-~ The Clubs~-~ Firstly, there is the Student Union (SU), which consists of a variety of eateries, bars, (which are all very cheap and reasonable) and Time or Amser - the SU nightclub. Time is a reasonably large venue, with two bars (one large, one small) on either side of a reasonably large dancefloor. There is seating to one side of the dancefloor, for those who are too scared to get up and dance (or who want to watch!), and at night one of the eateries adjacent to the nightclub is open for those who tend to get midnight munchies after hours of dancing, this also has plenty of seating (to rest your tired feet) and is well lit, and doesn't have any music, for people who are already deafened by the noise!! It is a very friendly club for students, and the general public, and is also very cheap. The drinks are all at student prices and entry is normally cheap to average pricewise. The dress code is relaxed, anything from scruffy trainers and jeans to tarty frocks and stillettos is allowed! The best night to go if you like cheesy old music (like me!) is monday night, as it is free entry, and it is 60s/70s/80s night (and they sometimes do requests). Other evenings include Nice Choons (an Atheletic Union do which is usually quite a laugh!) and Juke Box (where they play all the current chart hits), also, they often get guest DJs and acts in, some recent examples include Mark and Lard, The Dreem Teem (Radio 1), and Atomic Kitten!! However, these events tend to be more in the £10-15 price range. Next there is The
Octagon or Bliss, which is not part of the SU chain, and therefore can be more expensive. The club is larger than Time though, with both an upstairs and a downstairs (although they often don't open the upstaira!), but it has a smaller more crowded dancefloor. There are more bars than Time (about 4/5) so you can get a drink more easily at busy periods. However, the drinks are much more expensive and there is a far more limited range (especially of alcopops!). The dress code is far more strict, and entry is much more. I would recommend going on a wednesday night (student night) when entry is around £2 B4 10 and £4 after. They also have various guest DJs and theme nights (see local press for further details). But, a word of warning to the girls, there are far more sleazy local old blokes at Octagon than Time, so watch out!! ~-~ The Pubs and Bars ~-~ Firstly, there are the SU bars, which include Main Bar, and Jocks Bar. Out of these two I prefer Main Bar (which is upstairs in the SU building), as it is more spacious and has a small dance floor in the middle. Although I must admit I have not had as much experience in Jocks Bar, and it is very popular with the University Sports Teams (as the name suggests!). Both are very reasonably priced, and do various theme nights, often with DJs. A good night to go to if you like alternative, or rock music is Trash on a wednesday in Main Bar, entry is free and the music is loud!! If you just want to go to a pub for a cheap drink, the best places to go are as follows, from cheapest through to more expensive/average: -Wetherspoons - v. cheap drinks, no music, and lots of places to sit. -Yr Hen Glan (the yellow pub!!/the scream- also formerly the Pheasant and Firkin!) - with a yellow card you get lots of cheap deals, and they have many different drinks. However, it can be noisy, but it also has Karioke (mondays), Film Nights, and Quiz Nights (thursdays). A goo
d place to go for a laugh with your friends (it also has a pool table and juke box!) as long as you don't mind shouting, and standing (when it's busy!). -The Ship (Hogshead) - Cheap drinks, lots of seating, lots of fruit machines! Can be noisy (music and talking). -Rascals Bar (Upper Bangor) - Cheap drinks, quite small, but friendly. -J.O.O.T.T. (Just One Of Those Things -- previously called - A.L.I.A.S. [A Life In A Second]) - Spacious and stylishly decorated, rumors of a dress code in the evenings (but I've never been stopped!), slightly more pricey drinks, although they do have some offers. Club type atmosphere, with flashy lights and regular DJs. Large TV screens, with a foreign sattelite channel for showing footy matches on a saturday! Also, recently They have been applying for a later licence. -O' Sheas - Little Irish pub on the high street, quite friendly, reasonable prices, quite small. -The Skerries - Reasonably sized local pub down the bottom end of the high street, which v. often has lock ins!!!! -The Harp - A nice old fashioned style pub, up the high street towards the cinema, with a really warm and friendly atmosphere, a pool table in the back room, a TV room, and an old fashioned juke box. Reasonably priced drinks, but a good place to go for a natter with friends! -And far too many other pubs to mention, a lot of the others are either local pubs, or pubs slightly out of town (also, I tend not to venture into upper Bangor, as I live down on the high street). ~-~ The Restaurants and Eateries ~-~ There are many restaurants and pubs where you can eat, but here is a selection of the best and the most reasonable: -J.O.O.T.T. - for drinks it may not be the best, but for food it is one of the top places to go for lunch! Almost everything on the menu is £2.99, and it is the best quality food around. The service is ver
y quick and efficient and there are lots of places to sit and chat. But be warned, food is only served between 12-6 and the moment, although they are thinking of extending it. -Fat Cat's Bar/Restaurant - Fat Cat's does some of the nicest food around, it is the perfect place to take your parents for a slap up meal (as long as they are paying!). The only problems are that it is more pricey than a lot of the others around, and can get busy, so it is a good idea to book (as it is not very big), this also means that service can be slower at times. But I would definitely recommend it for choice and quality. -Wetherspoons - this is good for a cheaper meal (although not as cheap as alias), but the food quality is not as good, and the service can be slow. -The ship/ The scream/ other various pubs - all do cheapish meals of reasonable quality, and are a good idea if you just want a burger and chips, but none of them are that amazing. -Herbs - this is a nice little restaurant at the top of the high street, which used to be a herb shop (surprise! surprise). It is quite pricey, but the food is v. good. And boys please note... this is a good place to go for a nice romantic meal! -The Bella Vita - Just next to Herbs is this delightful little family run Italian. It has reasonable to expensive prices, with gorgeous food, and huge portions. The owners are very welcoming, and although the seating can be quite cramped, because it's so small, it is a lovely place to go. I definitely recommend booking though! -The Greek - this restaurant/bar in upper Bangor has a separate dining area, and does the most delicious greek food, and the prices are reasonable to pricey. Definitely worth going if you want an authentic Greek experience, as it is all done up in the traditional greek style. -The Mahabarat (I hope I spelled that right) - if you're after an indian (food or people!), this is
the place to go. It has the best Indian food in Bangor, and is situated right opposite the cinema. There is always a table f ree and the staff are very friendly, also the prices are very reasonable. -The Chinese (on the high street between the Harp and the cinema) - this does the best chinese takeaways in Bangor, and for a very reasonable price, it also (surprisingly) does very good chips. I would recommend a Wandering Dragon or a Special Curry with chips! -The Pulcinella Ristorante - this is the best and cheapest Italian in Bangor. Situated down by the pier, is serves the most gorgeous food and also has a stunning view of the sea! -The Tap and Spile - This is a nice little pub, also down by the pier, which serves the famous Bangor Stotties! These are huge rolls (the size of a plate) which come with two fillings, my friend's favorite being sausage and cheese! They are reasonably priced at around £3 for a whole one, but you can also get half ones for those of you with less appetite. I would recommend going at lunch, as I think they stop serving food in the evening. There are many other places to eat and drink in Bangor, but I hope that this covers all the good ones (it should do, my hands are really aching by now!!). So go ... eat, drink, and be merry!! Jo(-;
well considering the fact that i have been going to bangor pubs & clubs for quite a few years now i have a fairly good idea of whats tops & whats the flops! The two main night clubs in bangor are the students union "Time/Amser" and the octagon/Bliss. The Students Union is excellennt for students,it has cheap beer & alco pops 4 u ladyz, cheap entrance fees free on mondays.which is normally still only £7 for all you hard clubbers. Everyone is extremely laid back and people are wearing all sorts of gear, from shorts & T-shirts to Gucci. Musics a bit cheesy but they occasionally have mad events such as a Toga party or beach partys. The only downside to Time is that it quite often has live bands or future funk & oblivion on which is quite expensive.It also has an excellent cafe which sells all kinds of baguets,burgers and also chips!!They have a cloakroom to keep all your coats safe for only £1 per item. On the other hand the Octagon & Bliss is a bit more upmarket. It has 2 floors and has a dress code - strictly no trainers/jeans. Drinks are expensive and entrance is £5. music is good - chart choons downstairs & mainly oldies upstairs.but the place looks great after a very large sum was spent on refurbishing it.loads of themed nights.beach partys, foam paryts, loads of live popular bands & DJs. Now basic info on the pubs: the Menai in upper Bangor- mad! similar to Bar Brookie for all u brookside fans. have amazing coktails such as a range of about 25 flavoured tequilas,various slush drinks.loads of themed nights.great staff!really comfy & coasy seats. Rascals upper bangor - basic normal pub.quite small but very popular. Angels bar - rumoured to be a gay bar so not very popular with the majority. Bangor Town: Wetherspoons - EXTREMELY cheap drinks.very packed on friday & saturdays.Takes a while to get served.friendly staf.seating indoors & outdoors.cheap & VERY nice food.downside - no music, but plenty
of noise! A.L.I.A.S.-new pub.very modern.very expensive but very popular. The Old Glan/phesant & ferkin - very popular.normally karaeoke on.special offers for people with "yellow cards".wide range of cocktails.2 pool tables. the Castle/Hogs Head - nice fod.loads of room 2 move.quite busy on weekends.quite popular.average price drinks. O'sheas - irish pub.quite tacky.average priced drinks.pool table upstairs.friendly bunch.quite busy & loud. Lions - average prices.crap food.quite small.fairly busy.not extremely popular. Ship - very popular.average price drinks.see through dance floor upstairs.3 bars.very busy. Barrels - popular.dance floor downstairs.angry lookin bouncers.average price drinks.
When I say student union I'm going to be generally talking about the facilities available during the day. I have limited experience of the night time entertainment! The student union building is located on Deinol Road, Bangor. It is mainly used by science students, (only about 50 yards from the chemistry department) as it is a bit far away down a steep hill for use by arts students. It has a useful shop, not the cheapest for stationery, but good for sweeties and drinks! The shop opens at 8.30am. It is fairly well stocked and sells a wide multitude of things. There is also a campus branch of the Natwest, and a cash machine. The student union bookshop is located on the ground floor, which has a useful selection of second hand text books that have been sold by students from previous years (tip, try to get there as quickly as you can at the start of the year before the good books are all snapped up!) Upstairs there are a few places to eat. 'Freddies' is the fast food place, they sell burgers and cooked breakfasts etc. Value is very good, eg a full cooked breakfast for £1.75, or a larger verson for £2.65. (A bit greasy but very yummy!) Further on is a sandwich/deli bar, where you can buy a ready made baguette, or have one made to your specifications. In my opinion I find this quite expensive for what they are (£1.50). THe nicest thing they sell are 'Provencettes' which are like heated sandwiches, you can choose your filling (tomato and mozzarella - YUM!) On the other side is another food outlet, selling pizza, pasta, as well as meals such as lasagne and chips, fish and chips etc etc. THese are very good value, a meal of pasta with tomato sauce, garlic bread, and a drink, only £2.00. All in all the student union is quite a good place to eat in the day. The student union building also boasts it's own nightclub (Time/Amser) which although I've never been to I hear is very
good. One thing I would like to see would be if they could open a bit earlier, I get off the train at about 8.15 and would love a coffee, but Freddys only opens at 9am and by then I'm in my first lccture!