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Title: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: wittonwarrior on July 22, 2022, 07:10:28 AM
See the Social (sorry Aston Inn) have now increased match day membership to £15 early bird for existing members and then £20 after the one week's period of grace.

The Tavern have increased up to £90 (do you get a padded seat).

Crazy
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: Clampy on July 22, 2022, 07:25:31 AM
£15-£20 for a whole season is not bad really. £90 is ridiclous though.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: olaftab on July 22, 2022, 08:11:30 AM
Someone on this forum mentioned a while ago that Aston Tavern charge £3 entry so £90 for 19 games is a reasonable increase considering inflation and other pressures on hospitality business.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: Nev on July 22, 2022, 09:24:34 AM
Those venues have to maximise profit (hark at me) when they can, that area has little or no business during the close season so it's difficult to criticise.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: Des Little on July 22, 2022, 10:01:14 AM
Not for me.  I'll continue to run the gauntlet of the Zulus and drink in town.  Be interesting to see what impact Villa Live has on the Tavern/Inn once it's up and running.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: PeterWithe on July 23, 2022, 07:18:46 AM
Not for me.  I'll continue to run the gauntlet of the Zulus and drink in town.  Be interesting to see what impact Villa Live has on the Tavern/Inn once it's up and running.

It might have a positive impact in that I used to go in both but now donít as I canít be arsed to pay in then stand in a queue for ages, Live might alleviate a bit of that ?
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: N'ZMAV on July 23, 2022, 07:25:43 AM
Not for me.  I'll continue to run the gauntlet of the Zulus and drink in town.  Be interesting to see what impact Villa Live has on the Tavern/Inn once it's up and running.
what's Villa live?
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: PeterWithe on July 23, 2022, 07:32:49 AM
The proposed venue to be incorporated into the new North Stand.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: N'ZMAV on July 23, 2022, 07:38:36 AM
cheers
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: Pete3206 on July 23, 2022, 12:47:22 PM
Still free to enter venues about. The Villa Tavern is my preference after match and The Safe Harbour now has a lovely outside area.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: charleeco7 on July 23, 2022, 01:07:38 PM
We take the kids to the pitch on trinity road for a kick about and take a few beers when weather is ok. If not itís drink in the Holte Suite which is chilled out and has plenty of room.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: cdbearsfan on July 23, 2022, 01:13:23 PM
Ninety quid? Fucking Hell. Absolute chancers, won't be drinking there.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: Deano's Mullet on July 23, 2022, 01:13:56 PM
I'm curious about this myth that we don't drink in town. I usually go straight to Witton when arriving at New Street. Do we have large numbers of Villa fans drinking in the centre before and after a game? I know a lot of our support is North Brum but the trains back into the city are rammed after a game. I'm just interested. Is it complete bollocks on the Noses part? Obviously on derby day we would be segregated.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: dave.woodhall on July 23, 2022, 01:16:27 PM
The myth is that we don't go there at any other time.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: AlexAlexCropley on July 23, 2022, 01:25:26 PM
I'm curious about this myth that we don't drink in town. I usually go straight to Witton when arriving at New Street. Do we have large numbers of Villa fans drinking in the centre before and after a game? I know a lot of our support is North Brum but the trains back into the city are rammed after a game. I'm just interested. Is it complete bollocks on the Noses part? Obviously on derby day we would be segregated.
Every pub is full of Villa .We do the rounds of town,from Colmore Row to John Bright Street, with roads in between.Also JQ is all Villa.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: luke95 on July 23, 2022, 01:41:38 PM
I'm curious about this myth that we don't drink in town. I usually go straight to Witton when arriving at New Street. Do we have large numbers of Villa fans drinking in the centre before and after a game? I know a lot of our support is North Brum but the trains back into the city are rammed after a game. I'm just interested. Is it complete bollocks on the Noses part? Obviously on derby day we would be segregated.

It is just that........ A Myth. Pubs on or just off New St are usually brimming with villa on match day.

As is the South of Brum being solid blues. Try catching a train from Any of the stations on the south side of the cross city line on a match day  & itll be bursting to overflowing with villa.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: Deano's Mullet on July 23, 2022, 01:57:05 PM
I knew the myth about Villa fans all being non Brummies which was hysterically funny, stupid, and patently untrue but the one.about drinking in town had me curious. I'd presumed they meant on match days for the Noses.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: dave.woodhall on July 23, 2022, 02:26:54 PM
Still free to enter venues about. The Villa Tavern is my preference after match and The Safe Harbour now has a lovely outside area.

What are they like now? I was never too keen on the Diggers but the Villa Tavern was a lovely old-fashioned place.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: Pete3206 on July 23, 2022, 02:52:02 PM
Still free to enter venues about. The Villa Tavern is my preference after match and The Safe Harbour now has a lovely outside area.

What are they like now? I was never too keen on the Diggers but the Villa Tavern was a lovely old-fashioned place.

The Diggers has had a lot of work done to it and is quite pleasant. Basic fayre beer wise, but a nice relaxed atmosphere pre-match and as I mentioned, the beer garden is nice. The Tavern is same as really, but I've always liked it. It can be uncomfortably packed for an hour or so after the match, but then it's fine. DJ on after every game.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: The Edge on July 23, 2022, 04:58:26 PM
Still free to enter venues about. The Villa Tavern is my preference after match and The Safe Harbour now has a lovely outside area.

What are they like now? I was never too keen on the Diggers but the Villa Tavern was a lovely old-fashioned place.

The Diggers has had a lot of work done to it and is quite pleasant. Basic fayre beer wise, but a nice relaxed atmosphere pre-match and as I mentioned, the beer garden is nice. The Tavern is same as really, but I've always liked it. It can be uncomfortably packed for an hour or so after the match, but then it's fine. DJ on after every game.
I drink in the Villa Tavern matchdays and it does get uncomfortably full for a couple of hours before the game and for about an hour after. It's actually my local boozer and I know it struggles out of season so I'm happy to put up with it being rammed for a few hours on a match day to keep the tills ringing. Without our home games it wouldn't survive.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: dave.woodhall on July 23, 2022, 05:01:09 PM
Thanks both.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: walsall villain on July 23, 2022, 05:29:45 PM
Still free to enter venues about. The Villa Tavern is my preference after match and The Safe Harbour now has a lovely outside area.

What are they like now? I was never too keen on the Diggers but the Villa Tavern was a lovely old-fashioned place.

The Diggers has had a lot of work done to it and is quite pleasant. Basic fayre beer wise, but a nice relaxed atmosphere pre-match and as I mentioned, the beer garden is nice. The Tavern is same as really, but I've always liked it. It can be uncomfortably packed for an hour or so after the match, but then it's fine. DJ on after every game.
Is this the Safe Harbour?
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: nordenvillain on July 23, 2022, 05:47:21 PM
Still free to enter venues about. The Villa Tavern is my preference after match and The Safe Harbour now has a lovely outside area.

What are they like now? I was never too keen on the Diggers but the Villa Tavern was a lovely old-fashioned place.

The Diggers has had a lot of work done to it and is quite pleasant. Basic fayre beer wise, but a nice relaxed atmosphere pre-match and as I mentioned, the beer garden is nice. The Tavern is same as really, but I've always liked it. It can be uncomfortably packed for an hour or so after the match, but then it's fine. DJ on after every game.
Is this the Safe Harbour?
Yes it is, opposite the main gates of Witton Cemetery on Moor Lane. Was past there last year and ut was surrounded by shuttering. Spent a decent part of my late teens and early 20's playing 'Arrers for them.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: LeeB on July 23, 2022, 06:49:35 PM
Still free to enter venues about. The Villa Tavern is my preference after match and The Safe Harbour now has a lovely outside area.

What are they like now? I was never too keen on the Diggers but the Villa Tavern was a lovely old-fashioned place.

The Diggers has had a lot of work done to it and is quite pleasant. Basic fayre beer wise, but a nice relaxed atmosphere pre-match and as I mentioned, the beer garden is nice. The Tavern is same as really, but I've always liked it. It can be uncomfortably packed for an hour or so after the match, but then it's fine. DJ on after every game.
I drink in the Villa Tavern matchdays and it does get uncomfortably full for a couple of hours before the game and for about an hour after. It's actually my local boozer and I know it struggles out of season so I'm happy to put up with it being rammed for a few hours on a match day to keep the tills ringing. Without our home games it wouldn't survive.

Used to drink in the Tavern every game till around 2007 I think, the nice couple that ran it were kicked out (the bloke was my folks neighbours son) and some right rabble took over, it went south quickly and we switched to the Bartons.
But it was a bloody nightmare trying to get a pint in there most of last season, and I was thinking of trying the Tavern again as I drive past it on my way in. You've put me off now!
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: dave.woodhall on July 23, 2022, 07:25:20 PM
Both are rarities - the Diggers because it was empty for so long and re-opened rather than being demolished or converted, the Tavern because there are so few surviving inner city back street locals.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: SoccerHQ on July 23, 2022, 07:27:07 PM
I'm curious about this myth that we don't drink in town. I usually go straight to Witton when arriving at New Street. Do we have large numbers of Villa fans drinking in the centre before and after a game? I know a lot of our support is North Brum but the trains back into the city are rammed after a game. I'm just interested. Is it complete bollocks on the Noses part? Obviously on derby day we would be segregated.
Every pub is full of Villa .We do the rounds of town,from Colmore Row to John Bright Street, with roads in between.Also JQ is all Villa.

You posted that in the manner of how the Holte End would chant, would be amusing to sing that to them....if we ever meet again.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: Ads on July 23, 2022, 07:30:02 PM
Town is also full of Villa even when we play them too. They don't have much to go with, so they choose outrageous myths.

Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: The Edge on July 23, 2022, 08:18:17 PM
Still free to enter venues about. The Villa Tavern is my preference after match and The Safe Harbour now has a lovely outside area.

What are they like now? I was never too keen on the Diggers but the Villa Tavern was a lovely old-fashioned place.

The Diggers has had a lot of work done to it and is quite pleasant. Basic fayre beer wise, but a nice relaxed atmosphere pre-match and as I mentioned, the beer garden is nice. The Tavern is same as really, but I've always liked it. It can be uncomfortably packed for an hour or so after the match, but then it's fine. DJ on after every game.
I drink in the Villa Tavern matchdays and it does get uncomfortably full for a couple of hours before the game and for about an hour after. It's actually my local boozer and I know it struggles out of season so I'm happy to put up with it being rammed for a few hours on a match day to keep the tills ringing. Without our home games it wouldn't survive.

Used to drink in the Tavern every game till around 2007 I think, the nice couple that ran it were kicked out (the bloke was my folks neighbours son) and some right rabble took over, it went south quickly and we switched to the Bartons.
But it was a bloody nightmare trying to get a pint in there most of last season, and I was thinking of trying the Tavern again as I drive past it on my way in. You've put me off now!
It's still a decent old pub. It's mainly the bar that gets rammed but it is pretty small. The room at the back is used as a real ale bar on matchdays and that never seems to be too overcrowded.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: SamTheMouse on July 23, 2022, 09:03:45 PM
Thankfully, my ageing waterworks have made this sort of problem academic for me. A couple of pints before the game, and I'm spending the first half in the bogs. I envy you iron-bladdered buggers.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: Brazilian Villain on July 23, 2022, 10:34:27 PM
Every pub is full of Villa .We do the rounds of town,from Colmore Row to John Bright Street, with roads in between.Also JQ is all Villa.

You posted that in the manner of how the Holte End would chant, would be amusing to sing that to them....if we ever meet again.

Funnily enough I read it to this tune. Hopefully in a few years when we're conquering Europe again.

Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: The Edge on July 24, 2022, 09:16:49 AM
Both are rarities - the Diggers because it was empty for so long and re-opened rather than being demolished or converted, the Tavern because there are so few surviving inner city back street locals.
Absolutely. That's why I see it as my duty to drink as much beer in the Tavern as I can. I even told my mrs that I see it as my duty to preserve our local heritage.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: Chap on July 24, 2022, 10:03:13 AM
Thankfully, my ageing waterworks have made this sort of problem academic for me. A couple of pints before the game, and I'm spending the first half in the bogs. I envy you iron-bladdered buggers.

Grandad bladder as my son affectionately reminds me !!🤣
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: Chris Smith on July 24, 2022, 10:40:30 AM
Both are rarities - the Diggers because it was empty for so long and re-opened rather than being demolished or converted, the Tavern because there are so few surviving inner city back street locals.
Absolutely. That's why I see it as my duty to drink as much beer in the Tavern as I can. I even told my mrs that I see it as my duty to preserve our local heritage.

Youíre practically a saint for your dedication to the cause.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: Pete3206 on July 24, 2022, 01:58:36 PM
What's The Aston Social (Inn) like these days? Haven't been there for donkeys years after we decided it was just too much hassle, overly packed and found the blokes on the door to be a bit unpleasant, kissing the arse of shall we say, the more unsavoury characters.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: The Edge on July 24, 2022, 03:09:07 PM
Both are rarities - the Diggers because it was empty for so long and re-opened rather than being demolished or converted, the Tavern because there are so few surviving inner city back street locals.
Absolutely. That's why I see it as my duty to drink as much beer in the Tavern as I can. I even told my mrs that I see it as my duty to preserve our local heritage.

Youíre practically a saint for your dedication to the cause.
You're making me blush now. I just like to help local causes.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: Bostongbboy on July 26, 2022, 04:17:33 PM
For those who may be renewing membership at the Aston Social. We went down today and renewed, some form of Id is required, so if you are renewing multiple cards get some Id for the cards, the young lady behind the counter suggested that a photo of the Id  ( Bus pass, Driving licence etc) sent to your phone or ď whatís appĒ to your phone as a last resort may help. You will also have to fill in another form of details for each card, in case changes of address, phone number etc.. so take a pen. Hope this helps H&Vers .
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: Flin5tone on July 26, 2022, 05:28:14 PM
Birmingham will obviously have more supporters in town/digbeth as it's very easy to walk from their stadium into the city centre/digbeth,which to be fair has a nice selection of bars these days.

Birmingham City centre seems busier than ever now on a Saturday afternoon with youngsters and those in their late 40s-60s seeming to opt for afternoon drinking since COVID.

There never really seems crowds of either supporters on a match day in the centre these days the odd group here and there but fairly shocking compared to other big city centres. You'd barely know we had football clubs walking around on a match day.

Liverpool ,for instance on a match day is full of supporters and a real feeling in the air that there's a match on . You'd never know in Birmingham
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: dave.woodhall on July 26, 2022, 05:43:32 PM
For those who may be renewing membership at the Aston Social. We went down today and renewed, some form of Id is required, so if you are renewing multiple cards get some Id for the cards, the young lady behind the counter suggested that a photo of the Id  ( Bus pass, Driving licence etc) sent to your phone or ď whatís appĒ to your phone as a last resort may help. You will also have to fill in another form of details for each card, in case changes of address, phone number etc.. so take a pen. Hope this helps H&Vers .

I'll give that one a miss, thanks.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: Flin5tone on July 26, 2022, 05:44:24 PM
We also lack a good sports bar in the city centre. I find on the continent every bar you walk in will have football on even if it's a replay and shirts on the wall. In Birmingham you struggle to find a good place to watch the football / scores these days . Very,very depressing
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: RamboandBruno on July 26, 2022, 05:59:40 PM
We also lack a good sports bar in the city centre. I find on the continent every bar you walk in will have football on even if it's a replay and shirts on the wall. In Birmingham you struggle to find a good place to watch the football / scores these days . Very,very depressing

Theres an irony with the last sentence
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: Pete3206 on July 26, 2022, 06:05:57 PM
Brum is full of pubs that show sport.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: GordonCowansisthegreatest on July 26, 2022, 06:06:58 PM
Unfortunately they all empty when Fred walks in!
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: AlexAlexCropley on July 26, 2022, 06:46:35 PM
Birmingham will obviously have more supporters in town/digbeth as it's very easy to walk from their stadium into the city centre/digbeth,which to be fair has a nice selection of bars these days.

Birmingham City centre seems busier than ever now on a Saturday afternoon with youngsters and those in their late 40s-60s seeming to opt for afternoon drinking since COVID.

There never really seems crowds of either supporters on a match day in the centre these days the odd group here and there but fairly shocking compared to other big city centres. You'd barely know we had football clubs walking around on a match day.

Liverpool ,for instance on a match day is full of supporters and a real feeling in the air that there's a match on . You'd never know in Birmingham
Walk up Temple St. or Bennetts Hill and Joint Stock its full of fans on a match day
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: Nev on July 26, 2022, 07:36:05 PM
Drank in Town most of last season and there were Villa fans everywhere, plus fans of the team we're playing. The most popular pubs have door staff which they wouldn't do if it wasn't required. As for Liverpool, they have a large amount of tourists attending the match who will be staying in the Centre. We avoided pubs showing the early game 'cos they were too busy and it was a pain to get served.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: Flin5tone on July 26, 2022, 08:05:39 PM
Yes there's obviously fans around but not as in the whole pub is full of villa fans singing and so on just small groups here and there.

The way you make it sound it's like there's a sea of claret and blue on Temple Street.

That area has become VERY popular now even the Trocadero is in with the cool kids. Didn't think that would happen 10 years ago.

The council could do more to advertise that we have clubs in the city , especially us being a premiership club. It's a shame the city centre store closed down as a lack of shop presence is also very bad. Liverpool and Everton are next to each other (I think) and obviously Man Utd / City have a big pull in their Centre.

Even a shop with a cafe/bar could work although that could be a target of rival fans
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: Ads on July 26, 2022, 08:10:31 PM
Liverpool City centre is absolutely tiny compared to Birmingham. The towns and cities of the North are villages compared to Brum.

Liverpool on a match day has hotels rammed with day trippers and glory merchants. I know, as I work there and walk up Castle Street with Irish and Norwegians absolutely everywhere. It's why they can charge £750 for a corporate match ticket on a Champions League game for what is my mates normal season ticket seat, in the equivalent of the lower Witton.

Now there's some shifting of the working class for you to actually moan about.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: dave.woodhall on July 26, 2022, 08:42:19 PM
It's almost as if arguably the two biggest clubs in the world are there, and a massive amount of their crowds are tourists staying for the weekend.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: Lucky Eddie on July 26, 2022, 08:46:34 PM
Yes there's obviously fans around but not as in the whole pub is full of villa fans singing and so on just small groups here and there.

The way you make it sound it's like there's a sea of claret and blue on Temple Street.

That area has become VERY popular now even the Trocadero is in with the cool kids. Didn't think that would happen 10 years ago.

The council could do more to advertise that we have clubs in the city , especially us being a premiership club. It's a shame the city centre store closed down as a lack of shop presence is also very bad. Liverpool and Everton are next to each other (I think) and obviously Man Utd / City have a big pull in their Centre.

Even a shop with a cafe/bar could work although that could be a target of rival fans

I'd rather we weren't advertised as a football tourist destination.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: dave.woodhall on July 26, 2022, 08:48:16 PM
Yes there's obviously fans around but not as in the whole pub is full of villa fans singing and so on just small groups here and there.

The way you make it sound it's like there's a sea of claret and blue on Temple Street.

That area has become VERY popular now even the Trocadero is in with the cool kids. Didn't think that would happen 10 years ago.

The council could do more to advertise that we have clubs in the city , especially us being a premiership club. It's a shame the city centre store closed down as a lack of shop presence is also very bad. Liverpool and Everton are next to each other (I think) and obviously Man Utd / City have a big pull in their Centre.

Even a shop with a cafe/bar could work although that could be a target of rival fans

I'd rather we weren't advertised as a football tourist destination.

Sadly, we have to be. Get them here and get their money.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: Flin5tone on July 26, 2022, 08:48:28 PM
Yes there's obviously fans around but not as in the whole pub is full of villa fans singing and so on just small groups here and there.

The way you make it sound it's like there's a sea of claret and blue on Temple Street.

That area has become VERY popular now even the Trocadero is in with the cool kids. Didn't think that would happen 10 years ago.

The council could do more to advertise that we have clubs in the city , especially us being a premiership club. It's a shame the city centre store closed down as a lack of shop presence is also very bad. Liverpool and Everton are next to each other (I think) and obviously Man Utd / City have a big pull in their Centre.

Even a shop with a cafe/bar could work although that could be a target of rival fans

I'd rather we weren't advertised as a football tourist destination.

What's wrong with tourists?
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: Ads on July 26, 2022, 08:56:52 PM
You couldn't be a more obvious troll.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: Nev on July 26, 2022, 09:03:17 PM
Well, that's the end of this thread.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: Ads on July 26, 2022, 09:12:34 PM
Yes there's obviously fans around but not as in the whole pub is full of villa fans singing and so on just small groups here and there.

The way you make it sound it's like there's a sea of claret and blue on Temple Street.

That area has become VERY popular now even the Trocadero is in with the cool kids. Didn't think that would happen 10 years ago.

The council could do more to advertise that we have clubs in the city , especially us being a premiership club. It's a shame the city centre store closed down as a lack of shop presence is also very bad. Liverpool and Everton are next to each other (I think) and obviously Man Utd / City have a big pull in their Centre.

Even a shop with a cafe/bar could work although that could be a target of rival fans

I'd rather we weren't advertised as a football tourist destination.

Sadly, we have to be. Get them here and get their money.

There's no real space for them these days at Villa Park in any great numbers, hence the rebuild of the North I suppose. Liverpool and Man United though definitely synergise the weekend break with the "traditional" English football exprience. They don't mind paying top dollar for a ticket and buying tat out the club shop, much in the same way as we do I suppose if in the US taking in baseball or whatever. Just because.

We're outstripped commercially to such a huge extent and as you say, it's what we have to do and do more of if we want to try to shrink the gap.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: dave.woodhall on July 26, 2022, 09:15:37 PM
Look at BHX on a Saturday in the season for proof. The biggest number of supporters traveling from Ireland is Liverpool, then Manchester United with Villa a distant third.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: ADVILLAFAN on July 26, 2022, 09:16:44 PM
Unfortunately they all empty when Fred walks in!

That must be it!
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: The Edge on July 26, 2022, 09:17:20 PM
 Drank in town for a few games last season and saw a few old faces. There seems to be a bit of a shift towards drinking in the city which is due to the dwindling amount of pubs around the ground.If the owners plans come to fruition it will inevitably bring a larger amount of people travelling into the city and using the hotels. I welcome that and look forward to meeting Villa fans from far and wide. The more the merrier as it's an indicator of our growth as a club.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: JD on July 27, 2022, 09:56:58 AM
We also lack a good sports bar in the city centre. I find on the continent every bar you walk in will have football on even if it's a replay and shirts on the wall. In Birmingham you struggle to find a good place to watch the football / scores these days . Very,very depressing

Some people like to go in a pub and socialize rather than watching sport. It's fun you should try it sometime.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: ChicagoLion on July 27, 2022, 10:18:08 AM
We also lack a good sports bar in the city centre. I find on the continent every bar you walk in will have football on even if it's a replay and shirts on the wall. In Birmingham you struggle to find a good place to watch the football / scores these days . Very,very depressing

Some people like to go in a pub and socialize rather than watching sport. It's fun you should try it sometime.
see above
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: JD on July 27, 2022, 10:20:14 AM
See what above CL?  ::)
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: ChicagoLion on July 27, 2022, 10:27:08 AM
See what above CL?  ::)
Gordoncowansisthe greatest ;)
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: JD on July 27, 2022, 10:33:00 AM
See what above CL?  ::)
Gordoncowansisthe greatest ;)

Got it, it was on the page before. Thank you CL that made me chuckle.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: ChicagoLion on July 27, 2022, 10:45:15 AM
See what above CL?  ::)
Gordoncowansisthe greatest ;)

Got it, it was on the page before. Thank you CL that made me chuckle.
It was a cracker by Sid.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: Des Little on July 27, 2022, 10:50:47 AM
Personally, home or away, if I walk into a boozer and it's rammed with fans singing, chucking beer about and five deep at the bar I'll turn around and go somewhere else. 
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: Dr Butler on July 27, 2022, 10:52:49 AM
we now park up Holborn Hill and have occasionally got an Uber to the Bartons, we used to park up near the Manor Tavern and also walked to the ground for a beer, but I have never been in the Villa Tavern....we might try it...what is it like in there ?

UTV
The Doc
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: itmustbe_it is! on July 27, 2022, 08:47:46 PM
Liverpool City centre is absolutely tiny compared to Birmingham. The towns and cities of the North are villages compared to Brum.

Liverpool on a match day has hotels rammed with day trippers and glory merchants. I know, as I work there and walk up Castle Street with Irish and Norwegians absolutely everywhere. It's why they can charge £750 for a corporate match ticket on a Champions League game for what is my mates normal season ticket seat, in the equivalent of the lower Witton.

Now there's some shifting of the working class for you to actually moan about.

This. Lad was at Uni in Liverpool till last year, when we visited on a match day it was wall to wall Scandis.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: The Edge on July 29, 2022, 07:09:00 PM
we now park up Holborn Hill and have occasionally got an Uber to the Bartons, we used to park up near the Manor Tavern and also walked to the ground for a beer, but I have never been in the Villa Tavern....we might try it...what is it like in there ?

UTV
The Doc
Villa Tavern is a cracking pub. It's been covered by myself and others on here. It gets very busy in the main bar for a couple of hours before the game and an hour after. Good atmosphere. No food though except cobs.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: Pete3206 on July 29, 2022, 07:21:36 PM
The Edge......shhhhhh!

Seriously though, I really like the place.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: SoccerHQ on July 29, 2022, 10:05:05 PM
Spoons at One Stop in Perry Barr is always packed with us on a matchday, decent atmosphere in there aswell from 1sh/6pm for midweek. No throwing pints into the air/letting off flares or whatever the kids are doing nowadays in theme bars to put on Insta.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: john e on July 30, 2022, 01:15:04 PM
Iíve been going to Villa Park since the mid 70s and have never been to the Bartons
I really should get round to paying a visit sometime
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: ChicagoLion on July 30, 2022, 01:33:44 PM
Iíve been going to Villa Park since the mid 70s and have never been to the Bartons
I really should get round to paying a visit sometime
the beer is so so, the service can be awful but the Thai food is great.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: Bent Neilsens Screamer on July 30, 2022, 02:10:04 PM
Iíve been going to Villa Park since the mid 70s and have never been to the Bartons
I really should get round to paying a visit sometime
the beer is so so, the service can be awful but the Thai food is great.

Never been on a match day but can agree that the food is excellent.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: Brazilian Villain on July 30, 2022, 02:13:47 PM
Iíve been going to Villa Park since the mid 70s and have never been to the Bartons
I really should get round to paying a visit sometime

Same here, especially as I enjoy Thai food.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: The Edge on July 30, 2022, 02:56:03 PM
The Edge......shhhhhh!

Seriously though, I really like the place.
Sorry Pete. Yeah Villa Tavern is horrible and the beer is shocking. Stay away people 😉
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: PeterWithe on July 30, 2022, 03:20:10 PM
Iíve been going to Villa Park since the mid 70s and have never been to the Bartons
I really should get round to paying a visit sometime
the beer is so so, the service can be awful but the Thai food is great.

Never been on a match day but can agree that the food is excellent.

Remember that time when I ordered the same meal as our Thai friend, who ordered a super spicy version, and when it came out I got the wrong dish. Ouch, ouch, ouch
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: Bent Neilsens Screamer on July 30, 2022, 04:21:24 PM
Iíve been going to Villa Park since the mid 70s and have never been to the Bartons
I really should get round to paying a visit sometime
the beer is so so, the service can be awful but the Thai food is great.

Never been on a match day but can agree that the food is excellent.

Remember that time when I ordered the same meal as our Thai friend, who ordered a super spicy version, and when it came out I got the wrong dish. Ouch, ouch, ouch

Thatíll learn youÖ.Messing with the big boys!
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: Bad English on July 30, 2022, 05:34:23 PM
I always read the thread title to the tune of Twisting by the Pool by Dire Straits.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: Brazilian Villain on July 30, 2022, 05:42:50 PM
I always read the thread title to the tune of Twisting by the Pool by Dire Straits.

'Blinded by the Light' for me (Manfred Mann's version).
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: dave.woodhall on July 30, 2022, 06:35:29 PM
I say it regularly but it's strange to think that when me and the late lamented Mac first went in the Barton's there were less than a dozen post-match drinkers.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: Brazilian Villain on July 30, 2022, 06:51:33 PM
Just as 'El Floridita' was a lot quieter before Hemingway started drinking there, despite their rather fine daiquiris. :)
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: ChicagoLion on July 31, 2022, 01:45:21 AM
Just as 'El Floridita' was a lot quieter before Hemingway started drinking there, despite their rather fine daiquiris. :)
I thought Hemingway invented the daiquiris.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: Louzie0 on July 31, 2022, 01:53:07 AM
I always read the thread title to the tune of Twisting by the Pool by Dire Straits.

'Blinded by the Light' for me (Manfred Mann's version).

Blanket on the ground.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: Brazilian Villain on July 31, 2022, 02:11:40 AM
I always read the thread title to the tune of Twisting by the Pool by Dire Straits.

'Blinded by the Light' for me (Manfred Mann's version).

Blanket on the ground.

I'm not sure if that's a song reference or an invitation. ;)
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: Louzie0 on July 31, 2022, 04:01:20 AM
I always read the thread title to the tune of Twisting by the Pool by Dire Straits.

'Blinded by the Light' for me (Manfred Mann's version).

Blanket on the ground.

I'm not sure if that's a song reference or an invitation. ;)

Itís one that Bob Dylan didnít sing at Wembley, BV.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: steamer on July 31, 2022, 09:56:37 AM
What happened to Mac ?
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: Nev on July 31, 2022, 10:00:20 AM
I say it regularly but it's strange to think that when me and the late lamented Mac first went in the Barton's there were less than a dozen post-match drinkers.

There were many more options back then I think. The first time we went there was for a H+V post match meet upstairs.

I'm still having nightmares.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: dave.woodhall on July 31, 2022, 10:06:39 AM
What happened to Mac ?

What you don't know won't hurt you.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: Pete3206 on July 31, 2022, 02:32:25 PM
Anyone drink in Shanahans and what's it like?

The Albion Vaults is OK for a matchday if you fancy a brisk 30 minute walk to the ground.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: The Edge on July 31, 2022, 09:21:44 PM
Anyone drink in Shanahans and what's it like?

The Albion Vaults is OK for a matchday if you fancy a brisk 30 minute walk to the ground.
Shanahans is decent. They've put a rooftop bar in there which is pretty good when the weather's nice.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: cheltenhamlion on August 01, 2022, 04:58:42 PM
Iíve been going to Villa Park since the mid 70s and have never been to the Bartons
I really should get round to paying a visit sometime
the beer is so so, the service can be awful but the Thai food is great.

The beer is normally decent in my view although you can always do better in the Black Country.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: DBTW on August 03, 2022, 01:04:07 PM
They serve anything in any glass when busy, some may say understandable but i cant get on with it.

The service is dreadful.

But I do enjoy it there and the food is amazing
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: cheltenhamlion on August 03, 2022, 06:39:31 PM
I was up the Green Duck the other night before going to the Seven Stars. Nice stuff all around.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: AlexAlexCropley on August 03, 2022, 09:08:41 PM
I was up the Green Duck the other night before going to the Seven Stars. Nice stuff all around.
Bit of a stretch for Villa Park mind
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: Nunkin1965 on August 03, 2022, 09:19:00 PM
I think we've had a pre match pint in the Bartons for the last 4/5 years I'd say but have given up because of the waiting times to get served.
Recently we've just been turning up at the ground and drank a couple of pints of Purity at £5 a pop.
Bartons food is very impressive though.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: The Edge on August 03, 2022, 09:42:21 PM
They serve anything in any glass when busy, some may say understandable but i cant get on with it.

The service is dreadful.

But I do enjoy it there and the food is amazing
Where?
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: dave.woodhall on August 03, 2022, 09:45:50 PM
They serve anything in any glass when busy, some may say understandable but i cant get on with it.

The service is dreadful.

But I do enjoy it there and the food is amazing
Where?

If you mean the Barton's, it's the classic victim of its own success but they don't help themselves by simply not being geared up to be a football pub.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: cheltenhamlion on August 03, 2022, 10:43:20 PM
I was up the Green Duck the other night before going to the Seven Stars. Nice stuff all around.
Bit of a stretch for Villa Park mind

Not if you hit them before getting the train to town!
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: AlexAlexCropley on August 04, 2022, 10:12:45 AM
I was up the Green Duck the other night before going to the Seven Stars. Nice stuff all around.
Bit of a stretch for Villa Park mind

Not if you hit them before getting the train to town!
Now if the thread was Drinking by Stourbridge Junction you'd have a case.
Always jealous of the Bitters by me who have the luxury of having their own station on the line.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: Des Little on August 04, 2022, 11:25:14 AM
The one and only thing that the B-Lose have in their sad existence is a number of decent boozers in Digbeth, within walking distance of the swamp and not paid entry.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: Nev on August 04, 2022, 11:41:42 AM
The one and only thing that the B-Lose have in their sad existence is a number of decent boozers in Digbeth, within walking distance of the swamp and not paid entry.

I used to drink in Digbeth regularly 20 odd years ago, particularly after home and away games and you'd rarely see a 'Nose.

I popped into the Kerryman before a gig at the Institute pre pandemic and was horrified to see references to the Rags about the place. I repeated that visit in May and am pleased to report that said references had vanished.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: cheltenhamlion on August 04, 2022, 04:44:02 PM
I was up the Green Duck the other night before going to the Seven Stars. Nice stuff all around.
Bit of a stretch for Villa Park mind

Not if you hit them before getting the train to town!
Now if the thread was Drinking by Stourbridge Junction you'd have a case.
Always jealous of the Bitters by me who have the luxury of having their own station on the line.

I was once verbally abused for us taking over "their train" to go from Stour to their shithole. They are odd fish.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: Flin5tone on August 05, 2022, 12:23:50 AM
Theatrix on the square looks very nice now, recent rooftop renovation, had a brief look today when I went to see the Bull .
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: AlexAlexCropley on August 05, 2022, 10:56:03 AM
Theatrix on the square looks very nice now, recent rooftop renovation, had a brief look today when I went to see the Bull .
Where dat Fred?
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: Chris Smith on August 05, 2022, 02:51:06 PM
Theatrix on the square looks very nice now, recent rooftop renovation, had a brief look today when I went to see the Bull .
Where dat Fred?

Where Colmore Row meets Waterloo Street.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: Rico on August 06, 2022, 08:56:39 AM
Haven't lived in Brum for a long time now,  but when I did the Yenton in Erdington was always rammed with Villa Fans. A quick five minute walk to Chester Road train station and you could be in Aston ten minutes later if you timed it right
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: pav on August 06, 2022, 10:43:31 AM
Always found Theatrix decent ,  we usually try a few around there . Pure craft , Theatrix , The Colmore , Flight Club , Cosy Club and Lost and Found , The Good Intent and Old joint Stock .
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: Pete3206 on August 08, 2022, 03:13:50 PM
Mate of mine has suggested taking a drink into Aston Park to soak up the weather on Saturday. Is that a thing?
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: Meanwood Villa on August 08, 2022, 03:32:04 PM

(https://i.ibb.co/3dzbg2z/MV5-BZWYy-YWE2-MDEt-ODYx-OC00-Zjdk-LWJh-MDMt-MWQ4-ZTE4-MGI2-Yj-Uy-Xk-Ey-Xk-Fqc-Gde-QXVy-MTgy-Mz-Ey-N.jpg) (https://ibb.co/3dzbg2z)
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: Flin5tone on August 08, 2022, 03:34:47 PM
Can't see why not , pleasant enough isn't it.
Many people buy Beers from the shop next door to Alibaba Fish & Chip shop and stand out the front . With the cost of living I expect many more will take up that option rather then paying pub or ground prices . The last lager I had at Villa Park was awful
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: amfy on August 08, 2022, 04:11:07 PM
They do also have a fanzone bar at Trinity Road outside now so thereís an option. The queues arenít anywhere near as bad as inside either.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: Clampy on August 08, 2022, 04:49:30 PM
Mate of mine has suggested taking a drink into Aston Park to soak up the weather on Saturday. Is that a thing?

Is your mate named Withnail?
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: Bad English on August 08, 2022, 04:53:46 PM
Mate of mine has suggested taking a drink into Aston Park to soak up the weather on Saturday. Is that a thing?
I might take more than a few drinks in my living room to soak up the football on Saturday.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: chrisw1 on August 08, 2022, 04:54:11 PM
Mate of mine has suggested taking a drink into Aston Park to soak up the weather on Saturday. Is that a thing?
Yes quite a few do it, although you'll need to find somewhere quiet to have a pee.  Please take you cans and bottles to a bin though, pisses me off when I see them lying around.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: Pete3206 on August 08, 2022, 05:20:42 PM
Mate of mine has suggested taking a drink into Aston Park to soak up the weather on Saturday. Is that a thing?
Yes quite a few do it, although you'll need to find somewhere quiet to have a pee.  Please take you cans and bottles to a bin though, pisses me off when I see them lying around.

Yeah, that boils my piss. There's a massive bin next to the burger stand outside the Holte entrance. No excuses.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: Brazilian Villain on August 08, 2022, 05:48:29 PM
Mate of mine has suggested taking a drink into Aston Park to soak up the weather on Saturday. Is that a thing?

It's gonna be hot so remember to drink plenty of fluids. ;)
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: Kevin Dawson on August 13, 2022, 10:46:19 AM
I'm in the Holte Suite......service is even worse than last season....
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: RamboandBruno on August 13, 2022, 04:11:16 PM
I'm in the Holte Suite......service is even worse than last season....

It was slow today underneath the holte. I went downstairs on 35 mins to get a beer and the kids some water, i got served 5 mins before the players came back out.
Maybe the not the right week being so hot, but i cant understand why they dont look at how many Heineken or Amstels are sold at each bar and pre pour a load of pints pre match and a few mins before the half time rush.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: saunders_heroes on August 13, 2022, 04:21:06 PM
They should just make it bottled beer only and be done with it.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: PeterWithesShin on August 13, 2022, 04:25:26 PM
I doubt glass bottles are a good idea in grounds.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: colin69 on August 13, 2022, 04:27:04 PM
Mate of mine has suggested taking a drink into Aston Park to soak up the weather on Saturday. Is that a thing?

My son and I did this today for the first time. Very pleasant until some twat started puking up by us and then the chavs walked through openly snorting coke.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: Rudy Can't Fail on August 13, 2022, 04:28:56 PM

(https://i.ibb.co/3dzbg2z/MV5-BZWYy-YWE2-MDEt-ODYx-OC00-Zjdk-LWJh-MDMt-MWQ4-ZTE4-MGI2-Yj-Uy-Xk-Ey-Xk-Fqc-Gde-QXVy-MTgy-Mz-Ey-N.jpg) (https://ibb.co/3dzbg2z)


You and Percy?
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: AlexAlexCropley on August 13, 2022, 04:49:33 PM
I doubt glass bottles are a good idea in grounds.
They're plastic surely
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: PeterWithesShin on August 13, 2022, 04:53:00 PM
I doubt glass bottles are a good idea in grounds.
They're plastic surely

Are they?

And don't call me Shirley.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: wittonwarrior on August 14, 2022, 11:51:59 AM
In yesterday's heat came more fan abuse with parking at the social at £8 - up £2, a £90 matchday pass in the tavern, lack of staff in the Holte Suite, no selling of match day passes in the social (too busy) but you could go in to what is for all intense and purposes a public bar. Oh the joys of being a football fan
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: Nev on August 14, 2022, 01:04:11 PM
The service in the Bartons was poor again, it didn't seem that busy either.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: astonvilla82 on August 14, 2022, 01:58:42 PM
The service in the Bartons was poor again, it didn't seem that busy either.
mate made the point that with most people paying by card now after the pandemic and not giving a tip, have the experienced staff not returned because of the unsociable hours
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: Nev on August 14, 2022, 02:17:44 PM
The service in the Bartons was poor again, it didn't seem that busy either.
mate made the point that with most people paying by card now after the pandemic and not giving a tip, have the experienced staff not returned because of the unsociable hours

It's not so much that more related to the way the staff man the bar. It happens in lot's of places, you're waiting your turn patiently but the staff serve everyone in a haphazard manner leading to someone strolling up and getting served immediately. It did get a bit fractious at times, the heat didn't help. To be fair, the staff were grafting but there's no decent organisation.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: Meanwood Villa on August 16, 2022, 07:56:33 PM
The service in the Bartons was poor again, it didn't seem that busy either.
mate made the point that with most people paying by card now after the pandemic and not giving a tip, have the experienced staff not returned because of the unsociable hours

It's not so much that more related to the way the staff man the bar. It happens in lot's of places, you're waiting your turn patiently but the staff serve everyone in a haphazard manner leading to someone strolling up and getting served immediately. It did get a bit fractious at times, the heat didn't help. To be fair, the staff were grafting but there's no decent organisation.

It was a bit of a struggle getting served even when the crowd had thinned out. The middle aged Thai barman (not Wichai) seemed particularly slow.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: LeeB on August 17, 2022, 10:39:10 AM
I've given up on the place, we were going to head in for a pint after but we went to Hockley Social instead, which had loads of room, good beer, food and fine music. What more do you want?
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: cdbearsfan on August 17, 2022, 03:21:35 PM
Never have that much of a problem after the game. I get two pints when I first arrive, if you're a quick walker there shouldn't be much of queue. By the time I'm ready for a third pint the queue has usually thinned out. It is a nightmare about a quarter of an hour after I arrive which is usually about when I'm ready for pint two if I don't double up on my first visit.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: johnc on August 17, 2022, 03:22:56 PM
Never have that much of a problem after the game. I get two pints when I first arrive, if you're a quick walker there shouldn't be much of queue. By the time I'm ready for a third pint the queue has usually thinned out.
We went to the Sacred Heart after the game. It was hotter than Hell.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: dave.woodhall on August 17, 2022, 03:24:38 PM
Never have that much of a problem after the game. I get two pints when I first arrive, if you're a quick walker there shouldn't be much of queue. By the time I'm ready for a third pint the queue has usually thinned out.
We went to the Sacred Heart after the game. It was hotter than Hell.

Proof, if proof be needed, that the Lord is a Protestant.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: Sexual Ealing on August 17, 2022, 10:03:27 PM
This doesn't concern drinking near *our* ground, but it's relevant if you ever want to drink on the way to Millwall, Palace, Fulham, Brentford or Chelsea (depending on where you start from).

I loathe knee-jerk anti-London nonsense. It's a wonderful city that I've loved spending much of my adult life living in. These pricks are slowly killing it.

https://twitter.com/BrewDogJames/status/1559818762345500672
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: Risso on August 17, 2022, 10:16:37 PM
This doesn't concern drinking near *our* ground, but it's relevant if you ever want to drink on the way to Millwall, Palace, Fulham, Brentford or Chelsea (depending on where you start from).

I loathe knee-jerk anti-London nonsense. It's a wonderful city that I've loved spending much of my adult life living in. These pricks are slowly killing it.

https://twitter.com/BrewDogJames/status/1559818762345500672

"Podcast studio". Fuck off.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: RamboandBruno on August 17, 2022, 10:49:26 PM
This doesn't concern drinking near *our* ground, but it's relevant if you ever want to drink on the way to Millwall, Palace, Fulham, Brentford or Chelsea (depending on where you start from).

I loathe knee-jerk anti-London nonsense. It's a wonderful city that I've loved spending much of my adult life living in. These pricks are slowly killing it.

https://twitter.com/BrewDogJames/status/1559818762345500672

Oh feck me. I love a traditional London boozer, that is a bloody souless hellhole. The equivalent to the bar version of the Etihad,
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: Sexual Ealing on August 17, 2022, 10:49:28 PM
This doesn't concern drinking near *our* ground, but it's relevant if you ever want to drink on the way to Millwall, Palace, Fulham, Brentford or Chelsea (depending on where you start from).

I loathe knee-jerk anti-London nonsense. It's a wonderful city that I've loved spending much of my adult life living in. These pricks are slowly killing it.

https://twitter.com/BrewDogJames/status/1559818762345500672

"Podcast studio". Fuck off.

Exactly. Pricks.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: ChicagoLion on August 17, 2022, 10:55:41 PM
This doesn't concern drinking near *our* ground, but it's relevant if you ever want to drink on the way to Millwall, Palace, Fulham, Brentford or Chelsea (depending on where you start from).

I loathe knee-jerk anti-London nonsense. It's a wonderful city that I've loved spending much of my adult life living in. These pricks are slowly killing it.

https://twitter.com/BrewDogJames/status/1559818762345500672

"Podcast studio". Fuck off.

Exactly. Pricks.
Would it be churlish of me to hope that they fail miserably?
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: dave.woodhall on August 17, 2022, 11:08:44 PM
I hope it's a roaring success. If they're in there, they're nowhere near me.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: johnc on August 17, 2022, 11:12:31 PM
Never have that much of a problem after the game. I get two pints when I first arrive, if you're a quick walker there shouldn't be much of queue. By the time I'm ready for a third pint the queue has usually thinned out.
We went to the Sacred Heart after the game. It was hotter than Hell.

Proof, if proof be needed, that the Lord is a Protestant.
That's one take on global warming I suppose
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: Risso on August 17, 2022, 11:24:34 PM
Iíll be sure to go there after a visit to that Shoreditch cereal cafť.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: Sexual Ealing on August 17, 2022, 11:24:49 PM
I hope it's a roaring success. If they're in there, they're nowhere near me.

It will be a roaring success. There are enough wankers who live in Clapham alone to keep it going for half a century.

Edit: these are the same people who always order a complicated burger at any pub they visit. I hate them. They also will give unsolicited advice on which pubs (exclusively in the Clapham/Fulham areas) serve the best burgers in London. I hate them.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: Zouch Villa on August 17, 2022, 11:39:49 PM
Itís like a Wetherspoons on steroids, full of pumped up pricks in white T-shirts, overly-tight trousers, no socks and slip on shoes.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: Bad English on August 18, 2022, 08:54:39 AM
Iíll be sure to go there after a visit to that Shoreditch cereal cafť.
They've 'evolved' into an online-only entity after the 'viral success' was killed off by COVID. https://cereal-killer-uk.myshopify.com/pages/history
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: The Edge on August 18, 2022, 09:06:44 AM
This doesn't concern drinking near *our* ground, but it's relevant if you ever want to drink on the way to Millwall, Palace, Fulham, Brentford or Chelsea (depending on where you start from).

I loathe knee-jerk anti-London nonsense. It's a wonderful city that I've loved spending much of my adult life living in. These pricks are slowly killing it.

https://twitter.com/BrewDogJames/status/1559818762345500672

"Podcast studio". Fuck off.

Exactly. Pricks.
Would it be churlish of me to hope that they fail miserably?
Looking at the tweets in reply this caught my eye " I'd rather have a pint of Carling in the roughest flat roofed pub than endure this grim Disneyfication of our national pastime" Excellent stuff.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: Nev on August 18, 2022, 09:21:23 AM
Iíll be sure to go there after a visit to that Shoreditch cereal cafť.
They've 'evolved' into an online-only entity after the 'viral success' was killed off by COVID. https://cereal-killer-uk.myshopify.com/pages/history

There was one on the link bit between Grand Central and The Bullring. That went on to be replaced by one of those cafe's that lets fucking cats roam free around the place. Great idea, any meal is greatly enhanced by some moggy licking it's bollocks in front of you or walking away with it's tail in the air, it's pencil sharpener on full display.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: Des Little on August 18, 2022, 09:48:02 AM
Not many places you can go to read a discussion about pre match pints and find yourself reading about cats arseholes.  Love it here.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: cdbearsfan on August 18, 2022, 09:49:21 AM
I assumed "Cat's Arsehole" was the latest tipple that the real ale beardy weirdies were drinking.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: RamboandBruno on August 18, 2022, 10:05:48 AM
I assumed "Cat's Arsehole" was the latest tipple that the real ale beardy weirdies were drinking.

Cats arsehole the new £8 a pint 7% craft beer served in the new chrome based barÖthe Dogs Bollocks, laptops and airpods available in every dome based podÖ.talking shit to other punters and having a laugh about any old shit, absolutely frowned upon and will result in being barred if this gross violation of beardy coolness is consistently ignored.
Welcome to the world of gentrification
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: Russ aka Big Nose on August 18, 2022, 11:02:38 AM
This doesn't concern drinking near *our* ground, but it's relevant if you ever want to drink on the way to Millwall, Palace, Fulham, Brentford or Chelsea (depending on where you start from).

I loathe knee-jerk anti-London nonsense. It's a wonderful city that I've loved spending much of my adult life living in. These pricks are slowly killing it.

https://twitter.com/BrewDogJames/status/1559818762345500672
Utter pricks and actually unimaginative.

It looks like they've pinched a few ideas from a couple of recruitment videos from a decade ago for (self-proclaimed) cool design or tech companies.

Meanwhile they prop up their cashflow by discounting their beer in supermarkets - presumably whilst still giving a finger to 'the man'.

Allegedly, the 'Equity for Punks' scheme is a dressed up Ponzi Scheme so at some point it might all come crashing down - though sadly punters drawn into the myth will lose out.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: Chris Smith on August 18, 2022, 11:27:49 AM
Iíll be sure to go there after a visit to that Shoreditch cereal cafť.
They've 'evolved' into an online-only entity after the 'viral success' was killed off by COVID. https://cereal-killer-uk.myshopify.com/pages/history

There was one on the link bit between Grand Central and The Bullring. That went on to be replaced by one of those cafe's that lets fucking cats roam free around the place. Great idea, any meal is greatly enhanced by some moggy licking it's bollocks in front of you or walking away with it's tail in the air, it's pencil sharpener on full display.

My wife was given some meal vouchers for that place last year by one of her friends. Apparently the idea is that they are looking to re-home the cats so I guess that it is only likely to be people that are cat lovers that frequent the place. The vouchers are still unused.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: LeeB on August 18, 2022, 03:11:47 PM
I assumed "Cat's Arsehole" was the latest tipple that the real ale beardy weirdies were drinking.

It's the quickest way to describe how Adrian Chiles looks
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: Percy McCarthy on August 18, 2022, 03:23:32 PM
Iíll be sure to go there after a visit to that Shoreditch cereal cafť.
They've 'evolved' into an online-only entity after the 'viral success' was killed off by COVID. https://cereal-killer-uk.myshopify.com/pages/history

There was one on the link bit between Grand Central and The Bullring. That went on to be replaced by one of those cafe's that lets fucking cats roam free around the place. Great idea, any meal is greatly enhanced by some moggy licking it's bollocks in front of you or walking away with it's tail in the air, it's pencil sharpener on full display.

My wife was given some meal vouchers for that place last year by one of her friends. Apparently the idea is that they are looking to re-home the cats so I guess that it is only likely to be people that are cat lovers that frequent the place. The vouchers are still unused.

I love cats so enjoyed that aspect. Sadly the service was slow and the food not great.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: nodge on August 18, 2022, 10:42:42 PM
I cough up a furball just walking past that place. Meks me bad.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: ChicagoLion on August 19, 2022, 06:20:32 AM
I assumed "Cat's Arsehole" was the latest tipple that the real ale beardy weirdies were drinking.
I thought it was about Miss Deelys latest love interest.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: WassallVillain on August 19, 2022, 09:50:31 AM
This doesn't concern drinking near *our* ground, but it's relevant if you ever want to drink on the way to Millwall, Palace, Fulham, Brentford or Chelsea (depending on where you start from).

I loathe knee-jerk anti-London nonsense. It's a wonderful city that I've loved spending much of my adult life living in. These pricks are slowly killing it.

https://twitter.com/BrewDogJames/status/1559818762345500672

"Podcast studio". Fuck off.

Exactly. Pricks.
Would it be churlish of me to hope that they fail miserably?
Looking at the tweets in reply this caught my eye " I'd rather have a pint of Carling in the roughest flat roofed pub than endure this grim Disneyfication of our national pastime" Excellent stuff.
The Adventures.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: The Edge on August 19, 2022, 10:30:27 AM
This doesn't concern drinking near *our* ground, but it's relevant if you ever want to drink on the way to Millwall, Palace, Fulham, Brentford or Chelsea (depending on where you start from).

I loathe knee-jerk anti-London nonsense. It's a wonderful city that I've loved spending much of my adult life living in. These pricks are slowly killing it.

https://twitter.com/BrewDogJames/status/1559818762345500672

"Podcast studio". Fuck off.

Exactly. Pricks.
Would it be churlish of me to hope that they fail miserably?
Looking at the tweets in reply this caught my eye " I'd rather have a pint of Carling in the roughest flat roofed pub than endure this grim Disneyfication of our national pastime" Excellent stuff.
The Adventures.
Pedant alert !!! The Ads had an apex roof. Just saying.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: Brend'Watkins on August 19, 2022, 10:45:50 AM
Something positive on twitter about Brewdog for a change.  Not that that particular place is somewhere I'd like to go even though some of the beer they offer is very nice.  I haven't been in a Brewdog pub for years, don't think I'm missing anything.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: LeeB on August 19, 2022, 11:03:47 AM
Something positive on twitter about Brewdog for a change.  Not that that particular place is somewhere I'd like to go even though some of the beer they offer is very nice.  I haven't been in a Brewdog pub for years, don't think I'm missing anything.

I met an old workmate in the one on John Bright St a few years ago, before I was aware of the bellend that owns it and the whole thing. The beer was good and we had these large battered chicken wings in a hot sauce that were bloody lovely, it has to said.

Not been back since though.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: WassallVillain on August 19, 2022, 02:21:43 PM
This doesn't concern drinking near *our* ground, but it's relevant if you ever want to drink on the way to Millwall, Palace, Fulham, Brentford or Chelsea (depending on where you start from).

I loathe knee-jerk anti-London nonsense. It's a wonderful city that I've loved spending much of my adult life living in. These pricks are slowly killing it.

https://twitter.com/BrewDogJames/status/1559818762345500672

"Podcast studio". Fuck off.

Exactly. Pricks.
Would it be churlish of me to hope that they fail miserably?
Looking at the tweets in reply this caught my eye " I'd rather have a pint of Carling in the roughest flat roofed pub than endure this grim Disneyfication of our national pastime" Excellent stuff.
The Adventures.
Pedant alert !!! The Ads had an apex roof. Just saying.
I knew that.  I Went in there loads but in nearly every aspect of itís construction it resembled the above description and it was rough Even at midweek lunchtime drinking.
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: Pete3206 on November 07, 2022, 01:09:25 PM
I was in the Villa Tavern yesterday and sad to hear that unless there's a new buyer the place is closing after the Boxing Day fixture.

 
Title: Re: Drinking by the Ground
Post by: The Edge on November 08, 2022, 07:53:44 AM
I was in the Villa Tavern yesterday and sad to hear that unless there's a new buyer the place is closing after the Boxing Day fixture.
Yes that's true. It's all down to the brewery I'm afraid. Promises not kept like getting the heating fixed for example and the prices they charge for the beer makes it impossible to earn a living wage. The only option would be a big price hike which would drive what's left of the custom away. Unless the brewery make such concessions I'd be surprised if anyone else takes it on. They have already had cash offers for the building which they may well accept but it wouldn't a pub anymore.
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