The Southampton Rum Festival

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Goatboy posted this 29 April 2017 - Last edited 29 April 2017

For it to be a rum festival I expect two things. Decent rum and a festival atmosphere.

Ok, I expect more than that but that's my starting point. The other things are hardly worth mentioning, you know, simple things llike knowledgeable bar staff, effecient service, friendly banter etc. Get that at your pub anyway right?

What we actually got here was this:

£11.25 to get in. £5 per 25ml shot once you are in. A choice of approximately 20 rums, 2 of which I would say were half decent. The best one (the Dictador 12 yr old) sold out after the first hour.

6 deep at both of the two tiny bars for most of the two painful hours we spent there.

You have a massive hall with two, tiny bars selling bad, overpriced booze and awful tinny music playing too quietly in the background.

It was like going back to Jesters in 2004.

Awful. Shocking. What a massive waste of a good opportunity.

I am currently sat at home sipping a large Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva.. Miles better than the cheap rubbish they were peddling at the Guildhall (they went for the cheaper Diplomatico).

I'll stick some Bob Marley on the Sonos and wonder why the hell I bothered.

What I'm drinking = £32 per bottle  £1.14 per shot.

Next year round my house?

 

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Barry Sanchez posted this 29 April 2017

Ah Saturday nights out in Southampton..........................

Barry Sanchez posted this 29 April 2017

I have just built a pirate ship for the daughter, I sail around later...............

Goatboy posted this 29 April 2017

Originally posted by Barry SanchezAh Saturday nights out in Southampton..........................

 It's not the first time I've agreed with you tonight Bazza.

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Barry Sanchez posted this 29 April 2017

Why go to the Caribbean when we've got the Guildhall.....................

PhilippineSaint posted this 29 April 2017 - Last edited 29 April 2017

I shall be starting the day with one of these 

 

Filipino rum

just to take the edge off

Goatboy posted this 29 April 2017

Originally posted by PhilippineSaint

I shall be starting the day with one of these 

 

Filipino rum

just to take the edge off

 I would give this one a go.

 

http://ultimaterumguide.com/tanduay-superior-rum-12-years/

http://ultimaterumguide.com/tanduay-superior-rum-12-years/

PhilippineSaint posted this 30 April 2017

Originally posted by Goatboy

Originally posted by PhilippineSaint

I shall be starting the day with one of these 

 

Filipino rum

just to take the edge off

 I would give this one a go.

 

http://ultimaterumguide.com/tanduay-superior-rum-12-years/

http://ultimaterumguide.com/tanduay-superior-rum-12-years/

 That is a very nice tipple and can be drunk before after and during a meal. 

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CB Saint posted this 30 April 2017

We went to the gin festival a couple of years back in Portsmouth. No problem will the gin selection 60+

problem was they didn't serve tasting measure so after five you were ginned out

they need to sell tickets at a decent price and then give out tasting measures for free inside

pap posted this 30 April 2017

Agree with the Goat.

Also, my first ever time in the Guildhall that I remember.  It's a shithole.

saintbletch posted this 30 April 2017

There is a beer called "RUM"?

PhilippineSaint posted this 30 April 2017

Rum beer

Of course there is 

 

Rallyboy posted this 30 April 2017

It had to be better than watching Match of the Day - or sharing a one man tent with camp boy.

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Tokyo-Saint posted this 30 April 2017

Originally posted by saintbletch

There is a beer called "RUM"?

 

It's for the ladies bletch. 

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Goatboy posted this 30 April 2017

Originally posted by pap

Agree with the Goat.

Also, my first ever time in the Guildhall that I remember.  It's a shithole.

 You remember it?lou_wink2

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Intiniki posted this 30 April 2017

Originally posted by pap

Agree with the Goat.

Also, my first ever time in the Guildhall that I remember.  It's a shithole.

 Hey! A bit of respect for my old work place. It's an architectural gem. The glass zodiac signs in the bar  wood pannelling, art deco lamps, the ceiling and mosaics. Sadly it's been battered by load in and outs of music equipment and they've not sorted the toilets out. The o2 run it now and apart from the bars being changed (the curved bars were a nightmare for speedy service and it's where they make the money) the rest appears to have stayed the same. 

 

steveintheforest posted this 30 April 2017 - Last edited 30 April 2017

The problem with the Guildhall, (architectual gem or not) is it's got no atmosphere or vibe whatsoever. It never has done.

The acoustics are shocking .... easily remedied (if anyone cared), according to my sound engineer friend, with the use of some strategically placed acoustic damping.

The bar's a joke, the staff are worse, the council don't give a fuck as long as it's booked out and the promoters (o2) don't give a fuck as long as the tickets sell, which they inevitably do,  being the only 1000+ venue in town.

The civic design for Southampton is as a city of commerce. Subsequently the arts come very low in the councils priorities and anything they contribute towards it's cultural well being is little more than a token gesture.

 

Which does kinda back up the jist of Barrys argument in his famous 'spinnaker tower' thread, I suppose  lou_wink2

pap posted this 30 April 2017

Originally posted by Intiniki

Originally posted by pap

Agree with the Goat.

Also, my first ever time in the Guildhall that I remember.  It's a shithole.

 Hey! A bit of respect for my old work place. It's an architectural gem. The glass zodiac signs in the bar  wood pannelling, art deco lamps, the ceiling and mosaics. Sadly it's been battered by load in and outs of music equipment and they've not sorted the toilets out. The o2 run it now and apart from the bars being changed (the curved bars were a nightmare for speedy service and it's where they make the money) the rest appears to have stayed the same. 

 

 I'm used to better.

Intiniki posted this 30 April 2017

Originally posted by pap

Originally posted by Intiniki

Originally posted by pap

Agree with the Goat.

Also, my first ever time in the Guildhall that I remember.  It's a shithole.

 Hey! A bit of respect for my old work place. It's an architectural gem. The glass zodiac signs in the bar  wood pannelling, art deco lamps, the ceiling and mosaics. Sadly it's been battered by load in and outs of music equipment and they've not sorted the toilets out. The o2 run it now and apart from the bars being changed (the curved bars were a nightmare for speedy service and it's where they make the money) the rest appears to have stayed the same. 

 

 I'm used to better.

 looks like it would be cold and a bit echoey. 

Intiniki posted this 30 April 2017

Originally posted by steveintheforest

The problem with the Guildhall, (architectual gem or not) is it's got no atmosphere or vibe whatsoever. It never has done.

The acoustics are shocking .... easily remedied (if anyone cared), according to my sound engineer friend, with the use of some strategically placed acoustic damping.

The bar's a joke, the staff are worse, the council don't give a fuck as long as it's booked out and the promoters (o2) don't give a fuck as long as the tickets sell, which they inevitably do,  being the only 1000+ venue in town.

The civic design for Southampton is as a city of commerce. Subsequently the arts come very low in the councils priorities and anything they contribute towards it's cultural well being is little more than a token gesture.

 

Which does kinda back up the jist of Barrys argument in his famous 'spinnaker tower' thread, I suppose  lou_wink2

 the council have very little to do with it as it was privatised a long time ago. Re staff and bars - give the management feedback otherwise it won't change. 

steveintheforest posted this 30 April 2017 - Last edited 30 April 2017

Originally posted by Intiniki

Originally posted by steveintheforest

The problem with the Guildhall, (architectual gem or not) is it's got no atmosphere or vibe whatsoever. It never has done.

The acoustics are shocking .... easily remedied (if anyone cared), according to my sound engineer friend, with the use of some strategically placed acoustic damping.

The bar's a joke, the staff are worse, the council don't give a fuck as long as it's booked out and the promoters (o2) don't give a fuck as long as the tickets sell, which they inevitably do,  being the only 1000+ venue in town.

The civic design for Southampton is as a city of commerce. Subsequently the arts come very low in the councils priorities and anything they contribute towards it's cultural well being is little more than a token gesture.

 

Which does kinda back up the jist of Barrys argument in his famous 'spinnaker tower' thread, I suppose  lou_wink2

 the council have very little to do with it as it was privatised a long time ago. Re staff and bars - give the management feedback otherwise it won't change. 

 ah, I didn't realise that 'niki

 

... sorry council  lou_sad