People travel from miles around to come here. For one love - rock music, and at this place you get the feeling that above all, the music is what really matters.
This place, sadly still connected to the downtrodden criminal exploits of its former incarnation, The Railway Hotel, is now a thriving pub and music venue - the best within a thirty mile radius. The new owners revamped it and turned it into The Iron Road Rock Bar, with the main goal of unleashing rock music like a bat out of hell onto an otherwise sleepy town which boasts a smelly, dirty, disreputable chavvy nightclub as its only other form of late night entertainment.
Decent tribute bands are booked frequently, the most notable so far being The Doors Alive, with the hotly anticipated Guns Or Roses playing in a few days time. Local bands are quite a priority for the IRRB, as they seek to showcase the local talent as much as possible. Unsigned bands or bands signed to small labels also get a fair shout, with Bournemouth quartet Western Sand and Hereford trio Raptor turning many heads and immediately getting rebooked after turning in truly electric performances. Just recently, rock talent from overseas have been booked in too, and in addition there are now acoustic sessions on the Iron Road calendar should your hangover be weighing you down a touch too much. Tip of the hat to the sound and lighting guys who have a top P.A and make sure bands sound fantastic every time. This is key, as so many other venues tend to drown out vocals on the mixing desk.
Drinks prices - reasonable, with special offers on all the time.
Service - the staff are as passionate as the owners who promote it and the bands that play it.
Parking - narrow car park at the back of the venue, but alternative parking available nearby anyway.
Atmosphere - It's like having a massive family who make a home where love is there to stay. No violence or trouble like in past memories of the Railway Hotel, just friendly people who love to rock. Brilliantly there is a juke box with ONLY rock music or its derivatives on the playlist. Miley Cyrus won't be coming on by accident.
Depending on the event each night depends on how much you pay to get in. It's often free, but don't be too disheartened if you're charged £3 sometimes - it goes to the bands anyway. Check it out any time you like, but you can never leave...
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