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The Winchester, Bournemouth - pub details

Used to be: Bar Tonka

Address: 39, Poole Hill, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH2 5PW [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 31594) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Bournemouth (1.2 miles), Branksome (1.6 miles), Parkstone (2.9 miles)

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> Current user rating: 4.4/10 (rated by 8 users)
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Impressive old building, quite luxurious decor. A lot of the events held here are not to my taste, and can get unpleasantly busy. But have really enjoyed the burlesque/vaudeville nights, masquerade balls, speakeasys, electro swing, rock bands, poetry, art, dollyrocker etc nights. Nice touches here and there too, cupcakes for sale or a hat-swap table.
RedHues - 3 Mar 2012 15:28
I don't think anyone would want to go here when there is nothing on. As noted, the drink situation is completely haphazard.

I'm not kidding about the lighting either. I was once smacked in the occipital lobe by a pedalboard being carried through the gloom.
Uncle_Dunkel - 11 Oct 2011 14:03
I have never been to a pub with a more obnoxious landlord, or staff who quite obviously don't want to be there. Even some of the punters were thoroughly repulsive, thinking they'd been given carte blanche to act like the biggest [email protected] in the world. The only decent thing was the music, both from DJs and live bands, everything else made me want to put the place out of it's misery.
BandWagonDiva - 7 May 2011 13:16
Converted auction house which mainly exists to serve up live music and the less mainstream DJ's. Beer situation intermittent.
Occasionally have ales, but not well kept. Good bottled beers have also been spotted -- bring back Brew Dog! Stygianly dark!
Uncle_Dunkel - 21 Oct 2010 17:41
As a music venue this is excellent, but as a pub it's utter rubbish.

Congratulations to the drinkers below who managed to order Ringwood Best and Solar Power. On the numerous occasions I've been in now there have been no ales on.

Not a problem though, I just nip across the block to the Goat & Tricycle between bands.
man_versus_horse - 1 Mar 2009 15:07

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