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Beesman
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16 of 51  Thu 28th Feb 2013 5:07pm  
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Saturday nights usually consisted of meeting at the Golden Cross and setting light to a mate's copy of The Pink whilst he was reading it! Onward then to The Bear in High Street where they had unpleasant bouncers manning the disco. A couple in the Penny Black, then finally The Three Tuns by which time it was about half-ten. The late drinking haunt of our choice was usually Mr Nello's, a respectable restaurant by day which evolved into a small nightclub/drinking den by night. It fair brings a tear to my eye recounting these happy days! Cheers I must confess, these were probably more 1970's days than 1980's. Sorry. Blush
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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17 of 51  Thu 28th Feb 2013 9:48pm  
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David. Times Square was within the building where the Market Tavern was IIRC, but facing Market Way. It basically faced Coventry Point on the opposite corner to the road that led down to the market from where Sports Direct is now. The bar was upstairs and was full of TV screens running MTV videos. A mate of mine Dave Stevenson ran the place in the late 80's. Studio 21 faced Ringway Rudge and was accessed via Watch Close which runs off Spon Street. The buildings are still there - it was renamed The Irish Centre then The Irish Centre 2000 at the millenium before closing as a club. It's now a laser-quest game type place. It was owned by the O'Brien family who also had The Pink Parrot. Michelle O'Brien was always on the door with her mum taking the entrance fee. Between me and the forum I always quite fancied her - she was always dressed immaculately. Yes I was a city centre pub/club specialist in the 80's! Cheers Cheers Big grin
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JohnB
Wokingham, Berkshire
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18 of 51  Mon 18th Mar 2013 2:28pm  
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We would start at the opposite end of town in Spon Street & then wander to the Silver Sword, Alhambra et al. finally on a Friday to Park Lane for the Adam & Eve disco or to Studio 21. Couldn't stand Tamangoes for some reason!
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Ace
Nuneaton
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19 of 51  Thu 28th Mar 2013 11:17pm  
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I was a regular in town in the early 80's, so heres my take on the pubs. Silver Sword - great starting point after getting off the No.22 bus in Trinity Street. After a swift pint, across the road to Black Eagle in the Leofric. Usually rammed with posers, but never any trouble. Out the back door and down Hertford Street, avoiding Dog & Trumpet (or the Woof n Puff as we called it) full of rockers and patchouille oil, and heading for Penny Black, great mid-way point. Time for last orders at Three Tuns. Bit of a walk down City Arcade and up to Ring Road for Studio 21. When I got older, dropped some of the pubs and it went like this. Silver Sword, still essential starting point, then Ray's Cocktail Bar in Leofric, pricey but classy. A walk down to Park Lane Club followed. In the mid-80s, still Silver Sword, then up to Waters Wine bar which was rammed with posers trying to look cool with rolled up jacket sleeves, then after a decent drink, down to Park Lane again. In 1988, my final pub crawls in town were De Vere Hotel bar, pricey but cool place to be, followed by Pink Parrot - and it's here I started seeing mindless violence and aggression. I decided town wasn't for me again, all the fun times I had in pubs and clubs were a memory. I can honestly say the only violence I saw in those first five years was at the taxi rank outside KFC at 3.00am. Pubs that were OK, but off the well-trodden route but frequented now-and-then were Coventry Cross in Burges, Jaguar and Tally-Ho! in Hales Street. Pubs I avoided due to fights and trouble were Alhambra, Turks Head (later the Diplomat). Clubs I avoided due to violence Reflections, Top Spot, a few others I forgot.
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JohnB
Wokingham, Berkshire
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20 of 51  Sat 30th Mar 2013 7:37am  
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We went to Top Spot on the night that we finished our A levels - I was terrified. The only time I ever frequented the place Ace - once again an accurate reflection of "town" & its demise John
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Ace
Nuneaton
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21 of 51  Sat 30th Mar 2013 10:41am  
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Like many, I only visited the Top Spot (next door to the Parsons Nose) just the once. My abiding memory is drunks tipping lager on the tiny dance floor, so people would slip and bump into strangers - cue for a punch-up, but we visited just once as we had a free pass, so after a swift pint, we left, vowing never to return. I think it became a game arcade with fruit machines in the 80's, I lovedthe Parsons Nose though, that Greek lady took no lip from drunks, her 2 sons looked pretty tasty as well if it kicked off, which usually, it didn't, just lots of lads making noise.
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JohnB
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22 of 51  Wed 3rd Apr 2013 5:58pm  
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Parsons Nose - the lady's name was Maria & she used to ask if you wanted "sugar n vinegar" Oh happy days
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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23 of 51  Wed 3rd Apr 2013 7:24pm  
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Hoping not to offend anyone but even with my Saturday night beer goggles on she put me off me chips.
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nirvana
coventry
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24 of 51  Wed 3rd Apr 2013 7:31pm  
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Maria was in fact Spanish she never ever married and had no children, she did have her own fish & chip shop once in Boston Place by the Railway Club.
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mickw
nuneaton
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25 of 51  Wed 23rd Oct 2013 3:41pm  
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Terry Downes the ex-World Champion boxer used to drink in The Thistle, he used to be dropped off by his driver in his Rolls Royce. I met him in The Bell in Keresley in the early 90s, he was a mate of John Thomas, the landlord at the time - he loved coming to Coventry
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Disorganised1
Coventry
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26 of 51  Thu 24th Oct 2013 1:31am  
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On 28th Feb 2013 5:07pm, Beesman said: Saturday nights usually consisted of meeting at the Golden Cross and setting light to a mate's copy of The Pink whilst he was reading it! Onward then to The Bear in High Street where they had unpleasant bouncers manning the disco. A couple in the Penny Black, then finally The Three Tuns....
That sounds remarkably similar to my Saturday nights Beesman - though I was on quite good terms with the bouncers at The Bear, the manager was a nasty piece of work as I recall - I believe one of the bouncers was Rob Townsend (I am truly bad with people's names, but it was definitely Rob someone). Ah - Nello's, many a wasted night spent there, the alternative night spot, they wouldn't let you in if you were wearing a tie. We would usually go to the Dog and Trumpet or possibly to back to Waters on the High Street if we had our ladies with us.
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deanocity3
keresley
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27 of 51  Fri 29th Nov 2013 7:09pm  
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I remember a wine bar in the late 80's early 90's called Manhattans down Hales St above a shop.
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Harrier
Coventry
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28 of 51  Fri 29th Nov 2013 7:18pm  
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And wasn't Manhattan Sports shop below at street level?
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School Bully 2
Bristol
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29 of 51  Fri 29th Nov 2013 7:29pm  
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Mid to late eighties was my era as well. All the pubs mentioned were regular haunts. One place that hasn't come up is the Pagoda Chinese restaurant on the top floor of the tower block. We went in there a few times for a late drink and some fried rice.
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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30 of 51  Fri 29th Nov 2013 8:16pm  
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The Pagoda is mentioned in the City Restaurants thread Thumbs up
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