By DaveLevy on Dec 20, 2004
An out of town visitors guide to some City Office watering holes
Occasionally we get to have a quick drink on the way home, here are some useful places to know if visiting Sun's City office and its customers. These four establishments are pubs or wine bars; my expertise on local restaurants or cocktail bars is more limited, perhaps the subject of some research and another article. They are also all quite small.
We know this place too well. A fine selection of wines, good food for lunch downstairs and good for evening drinking. Often has special offers, thankfully closes early. It has very few windows on the ground floor, so is quite dark. Also sells Becks.
Some people might think this a bit "spit & sawdust". Its not! There's none of either, although upstairs is a bit olde worlde wood panels & downstairs a brick & stone cavern.
A place to chill or get pissed
Excellent for Lunch, try the Tapas & Garlic sausage, but don't over indulge on the booze if working in the p.m. Another one that's underground with no daylight. Don't arrive for Lunch at 1.00 on the dot. Sells Becks
Believed to get exciting in the evening when the dancing starts. Is this still true or am I just an old f\*rt.
TV screens, pool tables, again no bitter, but the wine is poor. Takes AMEX, only local bar with daylight. A good stop for a 'sharp one" on the way home. Sells Becks.
Two bars, one is above, the other underground. Used to be full of DKB traders. Well decorated with St. George's flags during the football competitions, which made drinking with a Swedish & Argentinian colleague during World Cup 2000 enjoyable. Not worth visiting to watch day time games though; nowhere is!
Sadly the land lady of over five years has moved on, although she's believed to be at the Britannia.
Corney & Barrow
A chain of wine bars, started in the late 80/90s, no bitter and only high cost brand lagers, but not Becks. The chain is really located in the land of Yup. This one is below the City office, it has no windows. They usually have a steel, wood & glass decor style, but this one's underground so brick and cast iron make a showing. You might think its an improvement on the others but somehow its not.
Sandwiches and snacks, so get your heavy pre-session carbohydrates from elsewhere. Good for a change.
A place to get pissed
1. DFL, August 1995 (some/many of the comments here will date i.e. they'll be untrue at some time in the future).