Unexpectedly good drinking establishments

pinback2001

War Hero
While tidying my bureau today I came across my membership card from my favourite local drinking establishment from several years ago. On moving to Galashiels in the Scottish Borders I discovered that the town boasted two social clubs apart from the usual politically affiliated ones. For such a small town we had a Ukrainian club and a Polish club. Both had been founded by Poles and Ukrainians who stayed in Scotland after the war. Both were famed for good, cheap drink (particularly various vodkas). I lost no time in joining both and had several years of socialising in these clubs. They both had been created from the upstairs of two terraced houses knocked together and accessed via precipitous staircases. Sunday morning was poker morning in the Polish club, the elderly Poles drinking whisky and gambling, while the locals drank (usually) cherry vodka and looked on as they struggled to understand the pidgin English these old boys spoke. Nights out from work always involved a visit to one or both of these places and were responsible for some epic drunken episodes.

Unfortunately all the old Poles and Ukrainians died off and their descendants had no interest in continuing these sleazy mens drinking dens and both closed. Finding my membership card from the Polish club brought all the memories flooding back. Gone but never forgotten!
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I used to love Mr C's in Poole, used to show a lot of banned movies and whilst a bit rough, you only ended up with trouble if you got too pissed or deliberately set out to annoy someone

Had some cracking up and coming bands there over the years, shame it shut down really
 
Some bad news I'm afraid
18 Sime Place is a self-contained three bedroom ground floor flat, covering 116.91 square metres.
Rental £975 pcm (£225 pw)
 

pinback2001

War Hero
Some bad news I'm afraid
18 Sime Place is a self-contained three bedroom ground floor flat, covering 116.91 square metres.
Rental £975 pcm (£225 pw)
Yeah, been closed for several years now. They must have done an extensive modernisation job to charge a rent like that
 
I was the bar chairman at a Royal British Legion Club for a couple of years.

The Club Steward was rather fond of maxing out his holiday entitlement and then hitting the sicknote for more time off.

I used to manage him in a kindly fashion about his sick record because as bar chairman, it was my duty to organise cover for holidays and sickness etc.

All I’ll say is that my mates and I had some absolutely marvellous all night drinking sessions when I had the keys to the place!

The only stipulation was that the money had to go in the till for every drink which was fine by all involved.
 

pinback2001

War Hero
I was the bar chairman at a Royal British Legion Club for a couple of years.

The Club Steward was rather fond of maxing out his holiday entitlement and then hitting the sicknote for more time off.

I used to manage him in a kindly fashion about his sick record because as bar chairman, it was my duty to organise cover for holidays and sickness etc.

All I’ll say is that my mates and I had some absolutely marvellous all night drinking sessions when I had the keys to the place!

The only stipulation was that the money had to go in the till for every drink which was fine by all involved.
I have no problem paying, the lock in is the thing :cool:
 

socialdespatch

War Hero
Happy memories of nights in the Polish Parish Club in Bradford, quite an eye opener for someone who thought Smirnoff was about the only Vodka about. That soon changed.
 

pinback2001

War Hero
A late drink ceased to be a challenge around here, but a pub in the next town used to do an early drink. You could walk in through the back door from about 6am and be served by the landlord in his dressing gown. he had a biscuit tin for the money as he had been caught out before by the polis due to printed times on the till roll. It was funny seeing the punters who had been pacing the pavement waiting for 11am opening time coming in and being confronted with a bar full of drunks and dirty glasses everywhere. It was called the Corner House but was known to all and sundry as the Mad House
 
Anywhere ‘out of bounds to troops’

Well you just had to, didn’t you?
No. Call me a goody two shoes, but getting fined or bust for a beer in the wrong bar was not a winning proposition in my book. It always occurred to me that the place was probably out of bounds for a reason too.

Never did break that particular rule, and don't think I lost out.
 
Before anyone goes off, I am a 'Spoons liker now.

- The Ledger Building (Canary Wharf) - 'Spoons
- The Half Moon ( Stepney) - 'Spoons
- The Queen's Head - near Lime House
- William IV (Hoxton)

There's a lot of others but I can't list them all.
 

Joker62

ADC
Book Reviewer
Before anyone goes off, I am a 'Spoons liker now.

- The Ledger Building (Canary Wharf) - 'Spoons. Let's not confuse people, it's by West India Quay, not Canary Wharf.
- The Half Moon ( Stepney) - 'Spoons
- The Queen's Head - near Lime House
- William IV (Hoxton)

There's a lot of others but I can't list them all.
FOC
 

AlienFTM

MIA
Book Reviewer
Phil? I thought his name was Legitymacja Członkowska
There used to be a story that the Garda had a long list of traffic offences stacked up by a bloke whose name meant Driving Licence, they discovered when eventually they got a translator in.
 

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