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Talking Heads, Portswood

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They have now moved to the Polygon (street) in Central Southampton and the new venue is superb, much larger and with the same range of beers which on our visit to see Magenta on 09/04/17 was in excellent condition. Of note is that the front bar is open to the public and although the rear bar is open for gigs the same range of real ales is available in there. A rare event these days is decent ale and music. I shall try and present this as a new entry.
Steamer1 - 10 Apr 2017 09:32
Yes ok it has taken us a while to return but we were disappointed on Saturday's visit to find the place is closing and being converted to student accommodation. The live music venue is moving to The Maple Leaf The Polygon near Central station. Lets hope the choice of beers goes with them.
Steamer1 - 17 Jan 2016 19:11
Yes as said below, main bar has a nice bohemian feel. Friendly staff and nice beer. Good prices.
Old_King_Cole - 11 Nov 2014 20:53
We came to see Anathema play and were pleasantly surprised at the quantity of decent real ales available. Sadly one of us was driving but we shall return on a non music night
Steamer1 - 29 Sep 2014 22:59
Another pub that is very difficult to get to/from. The front bar has a vaguely Bohemian feel with odd furniture, plants and ornaments. The rear room was preparing for a live music event, for a charge. Ales were varied - Triple fff Goldffinger & Alton's Pride, Longdog Kismet & Upham Punter. At first glance, the only cider appeared to be Addlestones. But Mr Whiteheads Novo Pyrus & Heart of Hampshire caught my eye in boxes on the rear bar, as I was staggering to the toilet. A very nice pub. I left most of my friends in here to try one more pub in the area and returned to encounter a rather mad, but friendly Bruce Forsyth lookalike outside the pub - rather surreal.
blue_scrumpy - 28 Apr 2014 19:38
Excellent pub and the superb Lamplight Porter is only 3 quid a pint
baxterfish - 16 Apr 2014 20:43
Visited late afternoon and enjoyed ska playlist and an ok micro in a cracking pub atmosphere.
mtaylor40 - 8 Dec 2013 09:19
Mark (from the Crown in Highfield) has now taken this pub over. He's making a real go of it. Real ales as good as ever. He's even got the paintbrush out. Blimey......
beerman1234 - 16 May 2011 16:39
Bizarre place. A loud rock band were playing in the back,I was ejected to the entrance bar because I wouldn't pay. It was a room of heritage quality,though now unloved. Pewter type bar top that some clown painted over and someone else made a bad job of removing the paint. Handpumps not polished since Adam was a lad. EXCELLENT Flowerpots Goddens I will say,from a barrel behind the bar,amply colled and fresh. Bizarre I say. Should be on CAMRA heritage list.
an_ecunemical_matter - 4 Jul 2009 11:11
The good news is that the Tuesday jazz is continuing, the bad news is that it is now only going to be monthly.
jbsjazzer - 17 Jun 2009 09:59
This pub is improvrd by the smoking ban.
The only problem is, that the effluent plant the other side of the railway can now be smelled, now that the masking smoke has gone!

Great jazz on alternate Tuesday evenings form the Solent City Jazz Band.
anonymous - 5 Sep 2007 10:20
Went there for the jazz, yesterday.
The toilets were disgusting, but the music was great!
anonymous - 4 Apr 2007 09:51
Good cheap prices for the interestingly named beers from Itchen Brewery.
I went there for the jazz from Solent City Jazzmen which was up to their usual standard! They play there on alternate Tuesdays.
The only problems are the hot smoky atmosphere and UV light, which started to hurt my eyes.

anonymous - 12 Jul 2006 10:43
i saw a play at the talking heads last night which was fantastic, it was by and starred a guy called Graham, if anyone else went do you know his web addess?
Thanks, the play is on again tom, go see!
pinkjo - 28 Sep 2005 18:18
As a pub it's a great music venue.
blubber_boy - 10 Jun 2005 13:17
It is so still open and one of the best places to go dancing in Southampton as often have excellent music,everything from modern student stuff to world music and free Jazz on Tues,its just they sometimes seem to open after 9??check out there website
Hippychick - 13 Sep 2004 15:44
Alas, this pub is now no more. Either that or there's just no-one in there ever or they like it with all the lights off anyway. Shame, nice pub.
Andrew - 28 Mar 2004 09:04
Check out the Candle Club on Monday nights. Great (if sometimes amateur) live music.
RAshley - 18 Feb 2004 19:42
Fantastic live music venue. Major selection of stuff, good place to drink beer.
Matt - 26 Jul 2003 11:55

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