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The Bulldog Tavern, Brighton - pub details

Bulldog Tavern

Address: 31 St James's St, Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 1RF [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 23520) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Brighton (0.7 miles), London Road - Brighton (1.2 miles), Hove (2 miles)

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2 casks available
alexw - 14 Feb 2016 00:36
Super night in here.
Lovely friendly customers.
Great entertainment,love it.
Hot hot hot ,go if you want to play.
rainbowian - 14 Jul 2012 15:06
gay cruisy mostly male pub at ground floor, but popular all day with everyone as good music , cheap drinks nearly always, and good door policy and staff. Upstairs just done out and bigger space with stage and karaoke. Toilets downstairs, clean and working. Small but packs a lot in at busy times. ( ps; hen parties need not apply!)
danielsreef - 29 Jun 2012 15:26
Now here's an interesting thing. I have never seen cause to visit a gay pub before - at least not having known that it was such prior to entering the establishment. That is not born of prejudice or intolerance so much as the fact that I see places of this ilk as 'minority' venues that are tailored very specifically to one section of the wider community. Personally, I tend to prefer pubs that offer a slightly more neutral experience that can appeal to a broader cross-section of pubgoing puntery, without fixating on sexuality, colour, race or any other division. It would be potentially uncomfortable for me to go somewhere like the Bulldog, as indeed it would be to step into a pub populated by all black people or all under-21s, as it is quite simply 'their world' and I'd prefer to leave it to them, whether I'd be made welcome or otherwise.

All that said, I did visit this place last weekend as I happened to be in a larger group which comprised 3 gay people. It was a rather dingy interior, with red back-lighting only to light one's way, and a series of TV screens, some of which were showing rotating photos of 'buff' chaps looking predictably macho. Hardly an integral part of enjoying a pub any more than a looped video of glamourous women with big boobs is. However it wasn't so intrusive that one could be seriously offended by it. There were other more positive features to focus on. The place was certainly lively for a Saturday afternoon, and the music suited the sub-club atmosphere. Albeit I was in a big group, I didn't feel the staff were unfriendly even when it must've become obvious that most of us were straight. I also didn't feel I was being unduly eyed by the regulars, either with desires or suspicions!

But, the actual fear I'd always harboured about gay pubs is simply that they didn't sell good beer, as the gay contingent don't traditionally tend towards a passion for gentle supping of a wide range of cask ales. Happily, in this instance that fear was entirely allayed, as they had THREE pumps, all active, and whilst not unorthodox choices, the pint I had was kept very well indeed (Harvey's Best). Fuller's London Pride and Bass also were on. So, I was pleased to have at least one preconception shattered.

On balance, not a great pub, but one that shouldn't necessarily be completely ignored just because it maintains a 'minority' interest.
TWG - 24 Jan 2011 18:30
Friendly pub with three cask ales on - worth a visit!
alexw - 7 Sep 2010 11:42

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