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Lads (not 16 year olds ha) weekend away...help?

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Lads (not 16 year olds ha) weekend away...help?


My mate comes home from Oz in a few weeks for a month and we always plan a weekend away. I think we've decided on Portsmouth but have a few questions if you can help?

Theres 4 of us aged 27/28 so not looking for a Stag do type of night but we want to have fun.

1) is Portsmouth a good night out? Is there plenty of pubs and bars/clubs?

2) Wheres a good location for hotel? Don't mind walking a bit but ideally close to everything.

3) is it worth trying Southampton out? and can we be based in Portsmouth for that?

were coming 8th - 10th June (Friday and Saturday night stays).

Any help would be great.


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as a naval base, Portsmouth will be teeming with pubs and the like so I'm sure you will not have a problem enjoying your selves there! ( cannot comment on where you might stay though.)

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i would suggest to go out in gunwharf quays in portsmouth there are many bars, and clubs here this would be better than going to guildhall walk which will be full of students! there is an etap hotel not too far away, it is a basic cheep hotel which i would recomend if its just lads and not trying to impress any one!

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Bedford Place in Southampton, is the place to go for pubs/clubs, and easily walkable from the train station. Also for something a bit less student-orientated, Oxford Street area, very nice. Am sure there are websites to search for more detailed.

Both cities have not only major ports, but universities, so there's more than enough night life to keep you going.

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Thanks, if we were to stay in Portsmouth say in the GunWharf area how easy is it to get to Southampton and back again?

Any hotels with pools (just thinking for day time)? It seems Gunwharf is the place to be...possibly stay???

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PS Also...whats a good place for nice pubs to start before we head to Gunwharf

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1st thing on your list when coming here will be ID for everyone,

You will need it.

Stay at the Premier Inn Southsea if you want to be right on the seafront.


Ibis Hotel right next to Guildhall walk, 10 min walk to GQ


normally the cheapest place to stay will the etap , while further away still only a £6 cab ride from GQ. sleep 3 to a room.


Taxi for 4 to Southampton £30 each way, check prices for trains etc at www.nationalrail.co.uk train station a few mins walk from GQ's

Some nice quiet pubs in Old Portsmouth, otherwise try Osborne/Palmerston road area or Albert road.

Taxis in Portsmouth are cheap and you will have only short distances to go anywhere.

The only place I can think of to stay with a pool is the Holiday Inn in located in the Old Portsmouth/southsea area, 5 min walk to the beach and 10 min walk to GQ


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I'm cutting and pasting this reply from an earlier post - but it gives a run down on the different areas of Portsmouth that you can choose for a night out.

As Dave said Taxi's are plentiful and cheap as distances are generally short.

I notice that you live in London - just be aware that many of the pubs / clubs in Portsmouth still have that "provincial mentality" thing going on where they expect guys to be wearing trousers (smart jeans); shoes and button down shirts - quite the opposite to the London bars and clubs. (Why they think that forcing people to wear shoes means that they attract a better clientele god knows!!)

I always make the mistake of going home to Portsmouth thinking I can wear what I would in London and then having to borrow a pair of my dads shoes. Lol !

Anyway here is the Post:

"The thing with a night out in Portsmouth is, each of the 4 main areas (Albert Road, Gunwharf , Palmerston Road & Guildhall) caters for a different...er...type of person. Not knowing too much about your group or the ages I couldn't say which is best,but, here's a round-up:

Albert Road

Plenty of restaurants, all types of food but this is more a pub night out place, there's no clubs per se (except the Wedgewood rooms, which is a 400 capacity venue, you can check their website for the club-night on on the night you're out), but a few of the pubs stay open late - If you're into your music, indie, electro etc. Johnny Russell's is possibly one of the better options, it has DJs & is often packed.

It's fairly student-y around there, but generally a good, lower-key night out.


Er, as far as I know there really isn't too much by way of food around here. Although they do have the biggest clubs, I think they're called Time & Envy, a 90s bar called babylon, a shots bar, a whetherspoons if you like cheap booze, and another club that used to be called route 66 but has very recently changed name. All have facebooks/ websites. This is (sorry to be blunt) the most dire of the 4 places, but you may feel differently.

Palmerston Road

This place has recently got a couple of new drinking places and it's busy at the weekends - it's where the beauticians hang out - the people do like to dress up, lots of topshop boutique, fake tan and mega-heels.

Here there is a good chinese called Chez Choi (Nobel house over the road is owned by the same people I think) a good thai place (although I've not eaten in) & there's good pub grub at the Belle Isle (owned by the Johnny Russell's people) and a steak house, among others.

For drinks, Hong Kong Charlie's does sweety flavoured vodka/shots & it's fun - from malteser to skittles, at reasonable prices, for expensive drinks you could try Drift over the road or there's a new whetherspoons for cheap drinks.

Finally - and possibly your best option owing to variety and size - Gunwharf. Go check out the website, there's all foods & loads of chain places, to suit all budgets. Las Iguanas is AMAZING for cocktails, and there's a few clubs (Tiger Tiger/ Bar38 etc.), bowling, a casino, just more choice really. It's a bit generic, but it's hard to go wrong with so much choice.

American Bar's been mentioned (Old Portsmouth) it's nearest Gunwharf - you can easily walk - and the food is really good, it's the pricier end of what's on offer locally, but great value for what you get, so it depends what your aim for the night is.

If you're into drag artists/ a camp start to the night out, hampshire boulevard has good entertainment some nights - it's very gay & very camp.

A few tips:

everyone must bring ID, passport/ driver's license only - most local pubs/ clubs will not let anyone in without it, regardless of how old you look.

Try not to be too drunk going in to places, don't fight & don't backchat the door staff, only 1 or 2 security companies do the majority of all doorstaffing & if you're refused entry for something you may not get in anywhere else worth going. I'm sure you're not those kind of people, but it's a head's up.

Stay at Etap, a local B&B, the ferryman off albert road, the ibis ( if you get a good deal) all are central - avoid port solent, unless you want a REALLY quiet night & the hotels are too far out.

You'll have to get taxi's (and if any of you need to get around alone at night, please do) but they are cheaper than most places so don't fret.

I hope you have a really good time, it's generally a friendly place with thousands of people out each weekend for a good time, enjoy!!"

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8. Re: Lads (not 16 year olds ha) weekend away...help?

Thanks for all your help guys,

Were booked into the Holiday Inn weekend of 8th/9th/10th of June. Cant wait.

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