Exile – North Hill
Originally known as the Tiki Bar and Grill, Exile has taken on a new name and a new ethos. Still with the vintage hawaiian tiki bar feel, this small cafe and venue based on the Hill has loads to offer. From early in the morning, till late in the evening, it operates as a cafe, serving quality homemade food, with a vast array of options for vegetarians and vegans alike.
With a chilled out vibe and friendly staff, this is the perfect place to pick up a quick lunch in between lectures. I highly recommend the bagels! At night however, the bar takes a different turn, playing host to a variety of art, culture and music events.
From stand up comedy and acoustic shows, to art events and vintage music nights, there’s not just the bar upstairs but also the intimate venue downstairs. Bands from all over the world have graced the small non-stage of all kinds of genres, as well as burlesque dancers, magicians and cult movie night aficionados. With a delectable cocktail and drinks menu, Exile offers everyone’s favourite poison at a reasonable price. Keep an eye on their Facebook for upcoming events.
The Junction – Mutley Plain
The White Rabbit has moved home. Situated on the junction of Mutley Plain, the aptly named The Junction is now the place to go for live music and good times. Having dealt with the realities of city redevelopment, Dan James was without a night club and the city was without a major player in the music scene. Fast forward and the Junction has been reinvented.
Loads of great drink deals, providing a night out on a budget, with live music and classic pub fun such as free pool and darts. A range of beer, craft ales and ciders pumps decorate the bar and a wide variety of speciality spirits don the back shelves. With a weekly pub quiz, Saturday night’s Funk and Disorderly club night and stand up comedy alongside a huge range of live music genres being booked on the regular, it’s definitely worth keeping an eye on their Facebook for upcoming events. Sister pub to the Underground, there’s often show after parties over the road, so don’t fret – the party doesn’t end when the doors close at the Junction. Pop in for a pint or check out a local band, the Junction is fast becoming one of my favourite drinking holes.