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The Dancing Man, Southampton - pub details

Address: The Wool House, Town Quay, Southampton, Hampshire, SO14 2AR [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 45778) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Southampton Central (0.9 miles), Woolston (1.4 miles), Millbrook - Hants (1.7 miles)

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> Current user rating: 8.2/10 (rated by 4 users)
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user reviews of the Dancing Man, Southampton

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An excellent brewpub very much in the German hausbrauerei style. Superb range of unfiltered cask ales in an historic building right opposite the ferry dock to the Isle of Wight and Hythe. A brilliant 9.
Steamer1 - 9 Apr 2017 16:08
As mentioned below, a brewpub located in a highly attractive historic building and associated with the nearby Platform Tavern. Lovely to sit outside in summer and watch the world go by. Only let down by the high price of their beer.
baxterfish - 29 Nov 2016 16:40
The Dancing Man is home to the Dancing Man brewery and the equipment is on display. The building is certainly an old one. But the interior feels a bit too modern. It's quite a large space with plenty of seating and also plenty of room for upright drinking too. It was fairly quiet on my Sunday evening visit. So it felt like it was lacking in atmosphere. Most of the real ales were from the in-house brewery - Vagrant, Bone Dry, Snake Oil Porter, Jack 'O' Diamonds, Big Casino & Fiddler's Jig. There were also 2 guests from Broken Bridge - It's Five O'clock Somewhere & No Chaff. In addition, there is also a selection of craft beers on keg. I opted for the Porter, which was ok. I'm sure I'll be back. But I was somehow expecting better.
blue_scrumpy - 28 Nov 2016 18:57
Opened in Feb 2015, this was probably the most anticipated pub opening in the history of Southampton. It was selling out of beers in 40 minutes (while places like the anti-immigrant Ice House in Shirley Wood can't sell a beer in five days - perhaps being less racist will help them sell more beer, but they seem content in their own world of ignorance, resentment and conspiracy theories so probably best to leave them be) . It was originally built in 1415 as the Wool House, storing the wool that was Southampton's main trade and key to success.  Some of the wooden pillars in the building have been carbon dated back 1,000 years to a Spanish galleon. It's an awesome and impressive place. Imaginatively set up by the folks behind The Platform Tavern, this is the most characterful pub in Southampton. It melds together modern and staggeringly old in a stunning manner. The downstairs is quirky with all the twists and turns and changes in floor level. Seating is scattered all over the place, and the main complaint is that sometimes it can be hard to find somewhere to sit because the pub is so popular. Upstairs has the window view, and is more conventionally laid out as a large space. The upstairs in restaurant focused, while the downstairs is more hipster bar.

A curved bar made of reclaimed wood has eight handpumps - most will from the Dancing Man brewery whose kit can be seen through windows at the back of the bar. At night the brewery is lit up - sometimes in white light, and sometimes in blue light. It looks impressive in either colour.

This is a must visit pub. If you're in Southampton you have to come here. If you're not in Southampton you need to travel across the country to come here. Hell, if you're in a different country, get on a plane. Come here. This place is special.
SilkTork - 29 Oct 2016 09:47

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