Few things beat a good hidden venue, with the feeling of exclusivity adding to the occasion.
And Bristol has its fair share of secluded event spaces, from a theatre tucked away at the back of a bar to an intimate comedy club behind a pub.
The city is also home to a few pubs that host live entertainment in their cellars, adding a new dimension to a trip to your local.
One such example is the Rose of Denmark in Hotwells, which is about to resume its programme of events in its subterranean space.
“We’re starting our live events back up in the cellar next week and we can’t wait for them to return,” said pub landlord James Carden.
“We’ll have an event down there every Thursday evening, including a quiz night, an open mic night, comedy night and karaoke over the coming weeks.
“It has a capacity of around 30 people and it’s a really great space that not many people know about.”
With events taking place underground, those who want to enjoy a quiet pint away from the action can do so – and the Rose of Denmark is a cracking pub for doing just that.
In James’ own words, it isn’t a high-end pub, but there’s something for everyone when it comes to both the food and drink on offer.
It serves a £4 pint of Fosters up to a £6.90 pint of Beavertown, with food options ranging in price from £5.25 for a hot dog up to £13 for fish and chips.
“I didn’t love the pub when I first took it on but I’ve fallen in love with it, because it’s a proper traditional pub,” added James, who used to also run the nearby Hope & Anchor.
“It’s a real part of the community and attracts a mixed customer base. It’s everything a good pub should be.”
The 45-year-old kept the pub open throughout each of the coronavirus lockdowns, operating it as a ‘corner shop’ and takeaway, to ensure it continued to play an important role in the community.
He has also used the periods of closure to carry out a refurbishment of the pub, in order to ‘bring it up to date a little bit’ and upgrade the outside seating outside, which is now covered.
The Rose of Denmark has had a somewhat tumultuous few years, having closed in July 2019 just one year after being taken on by new management.
But James is steadying the ship, despite the ongoing challenges presented by the coronavirus, and is quietly bringing the glory years back to the 200-year old pub.
The Rose of Denmark is located at 6 Dowry Pl, Hotwells, Bristol BS8 4QL. More information can be found on its website.
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