Tuesday 23 October 2007

Aberystwyth - Pier Hotel


Address: Pier Street, SY23 2LN. Tel: 01970 615126 [gmap] 
Last APG visit: 03/03/2011

Background: Not to be confused with the Inn on the Pier complex, this is instead the bar of the Pier Hotel which in recent years has been extended from a small and permanently quiet drinking room into something more resembling a full-on pub, without actually quite being one. Has had a very recent scrub-up and IKEA-style pine overhaul inside, making it look more of a bar. Have to admit I preferred it the way it was - it certainly never used to need a bouncer outside on a Saturday night. 

Student factor: A few, but more of a locals place overall. The occasional student crawl stops off here.

Atmosphere: Not bad, gets rowdy when the inevitable Saturday hen night crowd from Penrhyncoch arrive and the place turns into a grab-a-granny session. Otherwise quite quiet during the week, good for a few beers with your friends. 

Drinks range: Pretty good considering its size -it manages to pack in two of the Banks’ ale range which often come out well. Does a nice line in jelly baby flavoured vodka and you can get a two-pint glass of lager. 

TV/Music: An eclectic mix of 70’s and 80’s from the jukey. 

Other stuff: Darts and pool. The nudie quiz machine looks to have disappeared.

Quinno’s verdict: A decent visit, put it on the crawl list for the jelly baby vodka and two-pint servings.

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