Coventry, like most city’s across the UK, has a variety of places you can go for a drink.
Be it the local pub, bars and venues in the city centre or a late night club, the city has plenty on offer.
Considering that, Coventry is often swarmed by people out having a tipple, be it a cheeky one after work, or an end of the month, pay day extravaganza.
So we’ve dipped into CoventryLive’s local knowledge to come up with some things you will only know if you’ve been out drinking on a night out in our wonderful city.
If Rax is on the door at Kasbah and he doesn’t like the look of you, you will not get into the club still lovingly referred to as the Colly.
Perhaps one of the better known doormen in the city, particularly among younger people, Rax runs the door at Kasbah and has done since its days as the Colosseum.
People attending the Colly to this day have seen him turn people away seemingly for reasons only visible to him. They then have to make the dreaded walk down the slope past the people queuing to get in/be judged by Rax.
Earlsdon – where the grown-ups go
If Rax and the youthful crowds at Kasbah is not your thing, Earlsdon is where the grown-ups hang out.
The popular suburb is much more urbane and classy than your average city centre drinking spots, and it’s not really obvious why – it’s on the outskirts of the city centre, so no big difference geography-wise, it just has a different feel to the rest of Cov.
Establishments such as The Cottage and Millsy’s are a bit classier when compared to your average city centre fare, and the high street, chockablock with trendy bars and restaurants, exudes the vibe of a bigger city that doesn’t need to try too hard.
Impulse is always busy
While Millsy’s and The Cottage offer a certain sophisticated swagger, Impulse on the Burges offers daytime discos and the atmosphere of an over-excited bingo hall when some shouts out ‘house!’
If you ever watch the sitcom Benidorm and wonder where you can find somewhere in Cov with a similar vibe, look no further than Impulse.
Be it middle of the afternoon on a Tuesday or late night on a Saturday, there always seems to be music and flashing lights coming from the bar – the party just never seems to stop.
Walking to Scholars seemed like a good idea at the time
When on a night out and looking for an indie disco to finish off the evening, Scholars, newly renamed 147, has been the place to go for years.
But! If you plan on getting your dancing shoes on and bouncing around to I Am the Resurrection (and singing the chorus at the incorrect time) consider a taxi, because it is a deceptively long walk!
If you’ve had several beverages in the town and plan a stroll down to Scholars remember it is on FAR Gosford Street – the clue is on the name – and many revellers often forget how long it can take when three sheets to the wind.
The Craven Street run
A lovely little pub crawl starting at the top or bottom of a residential road between Earlsdon and Chapplefields. Most of the pubs are relatively quiet and cosy, particularity during the week, until you get down to the Four Ps which always seems to have some kind of gig on the go.
Elsewhere on the strip, the Hearsall Inn is like a genuine slice of the Emerald Isle right here in the middle of England – their Guinness so legendary they’ve won awards! There is also the nearby Nursery Tavern which has some lovely real ales.
Leave a trail of breadcrumbs going to the loo at Wetherspoons
The Flying Standard is perhaps Cov’s best-known Wetherspoons pub. Due to its location and setting it is a good place to start a night out – fairly central and as it doesn’t tend to have music, you can start your evening with a natter without having to shout.
However, if you need the toilet be prepared, especially if your group are downstairs, as the toilets are a trek!
Getting cash before going to Kasbah is a nightmare
If you’ve ever tried getting cash from the machine near Creams before going to the Kasbah you’ll know all about this one.
The Colly has a cash machine inside, but as you have to pay to use it many don’t like to. However, not all the bars in the venue take card so sometimes you to have some money on you.
Because of this, the above machine sees a lot of action from people who remembered from previous trips they’ll need cash, and occasionally the queue at the hole in the wall is as big as the one to the club.
Kebabish is the one
If you stumble out of Jumpin Jaks, aka JJ’s, more than likely you’re heading toward Spon Street in search of two things: food and a ride home.
Kebabish on Spon Street stands out above other other food spots on the medieval road, and staggering down it with a kebab in one hand and the other trying (and let’s face it, probably failing) to hail a cab is the standard end to many a night on the tiles in Cov.
Coventry Cross/River Sherbourne
If you’ve after had a quiet pint in the Cov Cross there is a good chance an old boy several pints deep has told you about the River Sherbourne and how the only way you can see it in the city centre is by looking out of a window of this very boozer.
The Sherbourne is one of the city’s best-known rivers, and the only one that runs through the city centre. However, as it is underground, running beneath the Burges, some don’t actually know about it.
But many drinkers in the city know this little geography fact because they’ve been told it while having a drink in the Coventry Cross – which by the way is a cracking city centre pub with some of the cheapest pints you’ll find in Coventry.
So next time you’re in there, have a look out of the downstairs window opposite the bar and see the river in all its glory.
Forgive me Roses
If you’ve stayed out later than you said you would and risk being in the dog house when you get home and all the next day, find the lady who wonders the city centre selling roses – she even turns up in the clubs themselves occasionally.
The woman is older, normally wearing traditional gypsy dress, and has a bouquet of single roses which have helped avert many an argument!
The Aftershave man in the loo could rhyme for England
Every bloke out in Cov, at one point or another, will have had some aftershave off the man in the toilet in a city bars or clubs in exchange for some small change.
And we’ve all giggled like children at the way they often sing bawdy and ever so slightly risqué songs in a bid to get you to part with the change jangling in your pocket while you finish up at the urinal.
£1 for spray of Jean-Paul Gaultier off a man who rhymes fingers with….well you get the point.
We are sure we’ve missed some out, so let us know in the comments below – but keep it clean!
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