Preston - recommendations for good pubs, curry houses, clubs etc?

Discussion in 'Midlands and the North' started by Spion, Jun 20, 2008.

  1. editor

    editor hiraethified

    I'm playing The Continental in Preston on Saturday (24th March) . Any recommendations for after-gig indie/alt/rock bars?
     
  2. killer b

    killer b Minimum Waste / Maximum Joy

    Afraid it's a bit barren at the moment, and the conti is a taxi ride away from town. The ferret is usually open til 1 and is your best bet. If not then there's just the warehouse, the rock club in town. Not been there for years though so I've no idea if it's any good now.

    The metal and biker crowd hang out at a place called 'ships & giggles' just down from the ferret which might be alright.
     
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  3. editor

    editor hiraethified

    Just took a look at the Warehouse and it seems fairly mainstream but at least it'll be open!

    Ships & Giggles is a terrible name for a pub.

    Thanks for the tips.
     
  4. killer b

    killer b Minimum Waste / Maximum Joy

    The very worst. I can't bring myself to go there because of it.

    There's always a crowd of goths smoking outside though, which is usually a good sign in a pub IME.
     
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  5. killer b

    killer b Minimum Waste / Maximum Joy

    The Warehouse was a great club in it's day - Joy Division released a live album of a show from there, Henry Rollins still talks of the time he was beaten up by a skinhead outside... it's a shadow of it's former glory now though. Sad.

    OT but I love this Nico show from there in 1982 (the rest of it is on youtube too. Apparently her backing band was the Blue Orchids)

     
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  6. editor

    editor hiraethified

    That is true. :thumbs:
     
  7. editor

    editor hiraethified

    By coincidence, our keyboard player also plays in the Blue Orchids!
     
  8. killer b

    killer b Minimum Waste / Maximum Joy

    Did he in 1982?
     
  9. killer b

    killer b Minimum Waste / Maximum Joy

    ah no, looks like it was Una Baines then.
     
  10. editor

    editor hiraethified

    I'm not sure if he was even born then! He's in the reformed band.
     
  11. editor

    editor hiraethified

  12. killer b

    killer b Minimum Waste / Maximum Joy

    Worth noting that much of the run-down-ness of the City pre-dates Tory austerity - most of the closed down shops and bars you've photographed in your set have been closed down since well before 2010.

    If anything atm things are on the up atm - lots of public realm developments and new stuff opening, partly as a result of the (relatively) radical policies the council have instigated over recent years to try and keep money circulating in the local economy - there was a big article in the graun about it earlier in the year: In 2011 Preston hit rock bottom. Then it took back control | Aditya Chakrabortty
     
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  13. killer b

    killer b Minimum Waste / Maximum Joy

    The worst run-down part of town - church street - is that way because for years there was a plan for Lend Lease to totally redevelop that end of town: a huge shopping centre, leisure complex etc. So as there was an expectation their properties would be bought up and demolished, none of the shops were maintained, and when tenants left they weren't let out again... this was ongoing for a decade, and then they pulled out and built Liverpool one instead: then there was the financial crash, so the whole of that end of town has been rotting and boarded up for the best part of twenty years now.

    It's still rotting and I can't see that changing in the immediate future as it's just such a mammoth task, but the redevelopment of the bus station & markets could encourage some interesting things to happen down that way...
     
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  14. lazythursday

    lazythursday Well-Known Member

    I don't know Preston at all well but when I'm passing through I love to have a stroll around Avenham Park and the adjacent Georgian area and the much improved Winckley Square Gardens. It's a pity the shopping centre squats in the middle sort of blocking off that part of the city.
     
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  15. killer b

    killer b Minimum Waste / Maximum Joy

    further to this, we're 'most improved' city this year in PWC's rankings, and currently 14th best city to live in the country, apparently. One position higher than London. ;)

    Preston named as most improved city in UK
     
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