Platform Tavern is one of two pubs in Southampton with a significant Titanic connection, the other is The Grapes. Remember the scene in James Cameron's film where Jack wins his ticket playing cards? This is the pub that scene took place in. In those days, before the other side of the road was developed, you could look across from the pub and see the Titanic moored like a huge floating cliff. Mr McCready, one of the stewards lost with the ship, lodged here. Today it is a quiet spot to sit inside or outside and enjoy a relaxing drink.
Enjoy a pint in a pub with a real historical background. Built in 1494, Duke of Wellington was the earliest surviving brew house in this part of England, and it was here in Tudor times that the townsfolk had their first taste of beer. Originally the Shipwright's Arms, the pub was renamed after the hero of the Battle of Waterloo. There are lovely log fires in winter, plus great grub all year round. Apart from having a great Tudor interior and friendly staff, the pub is thought to be haunted by the ghost of a young lad who was press ganged in the 18th Century.
Since its inception, O2 Academy Bournemouth has been one of Bournemouth's major entertainment venues. Set within a heritage building, this has been the venue for some of the most iconic concerts the city has seen. The low stage, high-roofed, multi-tiered setting creates an intimate yet lively atmosphere, that heightens the spectating experience. When it isn't hosting concerts or events, the place doubles up as a dance club and is the scene of an seemingly endless party.
One of the most unique bars in town, Bring & Mix never fails to leave you surprised. Here, you bring your own bottle of alcohol and hand it over to their mixologist, who then uses it as a base, mixes in a few other elements and conjures up an impeccable cocktail. Putting together a combination of fresh fruit juices, spices, herbs, sodas and syrups, the bartender creates an innovative concoction that excites your palate. Gather your friends, grab a bottle of your choice and head to this bar for a round or two of unique yet exciting drinks.
An award-winning pub in the city of Southampton, The Rockstone deserves every good word that's ever been said about it. The rustic decor of this classic British pub is replete with rough-wood tones, dim lighting and a lively atmosphere that makes it ideal for a casual round of drinks with friends. Boasting an impressive selection of local brews on tap, there's something for every beer enthusiast at this pub. If beer doesn't excite you, take your pick from its collection of imported whiskeys, rum and mixed drinks. Along with its drinks, the pub is also known for its scintillating burgers, of which the signature Paint it Black and the Blue Romance are not-to-be-missed.
Located in the historic South Western House, this restaurant serves the most mouth-watering grilled delicacies in Southampton. Fresh fish and the finest cuts of meat are the house specialty. To top it all, it has an extensive list of wines, cocktails and beer. It also has a live piano bar that keeps guests entertained through the evening.
This wine bar from the renowned Yates's chain has a prime spot in the center of Southampton. Noisy and lively with a young crowd in the evenings, there is a more relaxed atmosphere during the daytime. There is a good selection of table wines and food is served with a waiting guarantee of 15 minutes. Food and drink can also be ordered on account and settled when you leave. However, the decor is somewhat on the busy side, with the patterned carpet particularly hard on the eyes!
Switch is a funky nightclub hosting some of the biggest names in the music scene. With state of the art lighting and sound systems and renowned DJs, the experience at Switch is truly unforgettable.
Taste of Thailand is situated by the old walls of Southampton and faces onto the WestQuay Shopping Centre. It has a lively atmosphere, sometimes stoked by the appearance of live bands, and is a popular place for a meal with friends. Try the Thai curry or the sweet and sour chicken. Or for a really succulent taste tuck into the beef, fish or King Prawn dishes, washed down with Thai Beer.
The Juniper Berry is an interesting corner of Southampton old town in which to enjoy a quiet drink. Previously known as Bosun's Locker, this pub is based on the site of a house where Jane Austen lived with her mother, brother and his wife for three years between 1806 and 1809. Unfortunately the house was demolished during a slum clearance in 1901, so a potential tourist attraction was lost. You can sit outside on sunny days and peer under a Castle Bailey arch, which was once underground. This pub is lovely in the daytime, but does get a bit rowdy at night.