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“Happy Hour at Gunwharf Quays”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Bar 38

Bar 38
Ranked #297 of 643 Restaurants in Portsmouth
Price range: US$4 - US$15
Cuisines: Bar, British, Pub
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Good for: Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Groups
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Drinks, Dinner, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: We are a Cocktail Bar and Restaurant serving food till 7pm daily. 2-4-1 ★Happy Hours★ from 5pm till 8pm after which our DJ's supply the soundtrack to your night playing the best tunes every Wednesday,Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Group of you coming in? Hen/Stag Do? Birthday Party? Get in contact to find out about our Private Function Areas from 5 to 200 people!!
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“Happy Hour at Gunwharf Quays”
Reviewed 17 July 2014

Bar 38 is a nice place to have a few drinks, next to the Quay and enjoy the breeze for a while when Happy Hour is just starting.

I managed to buy 4 drinks for just over £10, which for me is ridiculously reasonable, seeing as sometimes a £5 note won't cut it for 2 drinks! As its Happy Hour, drinks are between £4 and £6.50 each (cocktails are at the £6 mark) but you get two for the price of one and that's a pretty good deal. Staff are friendly, but I think they could be a little bit more friendlier. One of the guys was really friendly when serving us, and the other girl that served me, she was pleasant, but bless her, I think she'd had a bit of a long day and wasn't up for much chit chat - which I think is a nice thing. The drinks came to £10.15, so I gave her a £20 asking if she'd like the 15p, so she'd give me £10, but she'd already put in the till and she wasn't budging on the note! It's little things like that where I do think 'Hmm, really?'. Plus change rattling around in the pockets isn't always a nice thing! But that's okay for me.

Prices of drinks on their own, is very similar to Wetherspoons and the food is really lovely as well. Great selection and suited to everyone's taste - we had dinner there to end the evening off. It wasn't too busy, or noisy for a weekday night, so you could easily have a conversation with you friends or partner without having to shout or talk louder, plus with the sunshine beaming and the cooler breeze, it was really nice to chill out and relax for the evening, definitely a good place to catch up, meet friends for drinks or have some food there too. All round, pleasant and lovely atmosphere, good food and drink for the money.

  • Visited July 2014
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“Worst burger ever”
Reviewed 22 June 2014

We ate there with some friends. Simple food not very expensive (but more than in a pub), we were pleased to eat there, in a very nice place, taking the sun next to the canal. But first, you have to order inside, nobody comes for that. Then, we had to wait 30 minutes only for two pieces of chicken, a burger and a chicken club. And finally so disappointed by the quality of the food compared to the menu: a poor tomato, a steak too muck cooked, very dry.
Only the location was positive actually.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank Pauline L
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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“Loud - lively - light headed”
Reviewed 7 June 2014

A Friday night here is a lively night out with many cocktails ,DJ Music , dance floor and a great crowd. Area can be reserved for a party, loos upstairs , disabled acess to toilets downstairs. Food can be ordered at bar. Had pizza which was okay.

If you come along in the afternoon it is a quieter venue with tables outside to appreciate the pleasant surroundings.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank tezpil
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“Happy hours”
Reviewed 17 May 2014 via mobile

Popped in for a drink with the wife on our way to get some dinner and was delighted to find out it was happy hour! I Was only allowed one, but when it's 2-4-1 it would be rude not to have 2 :)

Visited May 2014
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Thank Steven J
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Southsea
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“Amazing staff and great food!”
Reviewed 17 April 2014

Great food and cocktails! Dale is a magician with his special cocktails with fire! And Ben behind the bar makes a mean mojito!

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank JoshSawyer
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