I used to get taxi's everywhere as I knew alot of people living around the South Sea / Fratton area, and being lazy. I could never be bothered really to walk.
A small tip for taxi's (if like me, you're lazy). Get the number for Aqua taxi's straight away. I don’t have the number(s) (there are three) to hand at the moment. But they are the only company in Portsmouth to charge by the mile. All the other firms, that you'll find around the bars / outside clubs etc will charge you by time. In rush hour this can be a nightmare. So always go with Aqua.
Gunwarf - Tiger Tiger.
This is a great club (imo) but it does have its set backs. Prices & Ques. To avoid the ques, buy a ticket (OR) use their "VIP" booking service (via text messaging) to place yourself on the list. We did this many times and although on very busy nights, such as when everyone’s come back after Xmas or Easter, it can still take awhile to get in.
Im not sure if the VIP service is open to everyone, but we were lucky enough to get to know a few of the people who managed / bar tended at the club. And well, we were put on the VIP list 1 week (via text) then we used the same text number to text each week we wanted to go! it worked every time. Ask about inside. Its worth it.
Inside Tiger Tiger, there are roughly 6 bars. But only one of these bars (Vodka Island) will sell drinks cheaply as the flyers state. This is the bar up the stairs from the main entrance and to the right. The amount of times I’ve been in the club area or a different bar and ordered or drinks then been shocked yet to embarrassed to comment on the total cost. Is untrue.
Best Bars & Clubs (my view)
I had quite alot of practice, so I hope people (if anyone reads this) will find it helpful.
Yates = Nothing special at all. Went there very few times. Pretty cheap but I found that it lacked atmosphere at the best of times.
V Bar = We loved this place in the first few months, got to know the staff and bouncers. Quality establishment. However, it does get alittle tiresome as its pretty crampt in there. Id advise this as a 'pre' drinking venue. Go there for a few shots to get you started then move on. Recommended!
WalkAbout = Really not for me at all, if you enjoy getting your arse touched by old, ugly women. Then this is the place for you. Sometimes its heaving, but the corny music and its attraction to the elder generations put this way down on my list of places to visit. However, if you're hammered to the extent you really dont care anymore, you'll love it. Cheese is great, in moderation.
Isambard Brunel (Whether Spoons) = This place was almost my home at one point, its fairly large and attracts all kinds of ages (as most Spoons do). Cheap, very cheap. If you go to the Christmas ball, make sure you go here first. Its the place to be in the hours before the ball. All you'll see is a sea of tuxedos and lovely dress's. Its bad points are its lack of music & can be very busy on the weekends / busy student nights. Recommended!
Llyods = My favourite bar, and prolly the most expensive. But its stylish interior and quality choice (varied too) of music really made this place a firm favourite. Typical prices, Student prices are from Sunday - Thursday. On Fridays & Saturdays you'll be paying close to London prices for doubles and some shots. Recommended!
I found that after Christmas i was pretty bored of Guild walk, and wanted something new. So we explored & Found a selection of quality pubs & bars around the South Sea area. Infact, in a few months we visted nearly 50, which isnt too bad.
Ones i would recommend are:
- The Gravedigger
- Rutland Arms
- Hogs Head
- The Drift Bar
- Hong Kong Charlies Vodka Bar (Shots of vodka, but he mixes chocolates and sweets into them)
- Chicago’s (on a Tuesday night, everything’s £1.50 I believe. Pretty good before Time & Envy)
- Bar Blue VIP bar & Tang (cant remember its knew name). On a Thursday night, shots start from 50p and double vodka & cokes are £1.60. Ive never left this place standing up. Always been carried home. Can always go here before Time & Envy on a Thursday, as they are opposite each other. Nice & cheap way of getting pissed.
- The Florence Arms
- Bar Risa
- The Registry ( a firm favourite with many, but didn’t enjoy it much myself. Pints are dirt cheap before Time on a Tuesday. But its carling, so not too great. Get a yellow card (i think they're called) good discounts on booze.
Anyway, im shattered at the moment. I'll continue with this post tomorrow. I have some other tips that dont involve alcohol too... honest.