It seems I’m going to be going off to that there Ynys Môn or Anglesey in a short while for what will appear to be long beach walks and not much else.
It been a long while since I was up that way, Bangor specifically, I’m thinking my last time there was 2002 and while doing a bit of a tidy up I found a CD full of pictures, mainly of people but also of pubs.
My local – though it took me 4 years to win the bloody quiz.
This Wetherspoons pub saw me take full advantage of their 2 meals for £5.
Very much like a “country” pub inside, all horse brasses and the like.
They guy who managed this at the time looked like Patrick Stewart.
The site of many a lock-in and 4am games of pool.
An Irish pub.
Another Irish pub.
I recall this had spiral staircase (stupid idea) and a dance floor on the 2nd level that, by means of dense glass, you could see up from the ground floor.
Very much like the County Arms.
Near the pier and the destination to go for a filled Stottie breakfast after a heavy night before.
Again, like the County Arms and Skerries.
Like the County Arms Waterloo Inn and Skerries.
This was one of those “Its a Scream” pubs, prior to that is was a Firkin (I forget what the & part was) but it remains the site of my greatest domination of pub quizzes. So much so that our team couldn’t spend all the prize vouchers we won each week so ended up buying take-outs all the time, leading to my one and only….beer fridge.
Absent from these pictures is The Globe, which I was always warned not to go in, especially during the 6 Nations and also The Mostyn Arms, which was around the corner from where I briefly lived and if memory serves was so small you could get a sweat on if you sat too close to the gambler.
There are of course the obligatory bars and clubs (mainly the Octagon) that I found myself in, surrounded by mini-buses full of people who’d made the weekend pilgrimage from the hills and valleys of the area.
Oddly, apart from the weekends, when the students were away on holiday it was like a ghost town. I don’t been noticeable because it was so busy when the students were there, I mean really, really quiet.
It made for a hell of a pub crawl, just in lower Bangor alone. A complete bugger trying to stagger up Glanrafon at the end of the night though.
The thing is, I looked up all these pubs on What Pub? and to my surprise (given the current trend) most of them are still open.
I look forward to going back.
Thanks for reading.
All photo courtesy of Frivolous Monsters