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Greyfriars Road, RG1 1PA
Reviewed On: 29 Sep 2004
Public Houses in Reading
Previous Names: Ice Bar, Squares
Friar Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 1DB
0.17 miles from Reading station
|Steve's Score:||3.5 (Out of 5)|
|Gray's Grade:||3 (Out of 5)|
|Garden / Facilities:||Two floors - upstairs sometimes closed off, a big area for getting on down on a Saturday night downstairs.|
26 June 2004
More of a club than a pub since it's last re-fit. A loud and lively place on a Saturday night filled with lots of boys and girls ready to do battle on the dance floor that takes up most of downstairs. We left for the next pub before the dance floor carnage began, but I bet it was entertaining. G.|
I think they were ready to do battle in other places than just the dance floor. As Graham said on the night it was a lovely example of a traditional 'meat market' in trendy clothing. I think the battles will have been more akin to horizontal jogging than anything else. But what is it with the white walls all around the place though, very bland and for me it made the whole place lack a bit of an atmosphere. S.
A place to buy cocktails rather than real ales. G.|
Snappy but not very informative Graham. I think we should mention the reasonable selection of lagers on tap which was nice and plenty of bottled beers should you be that way inclined (not that I am suggesting you have to be 'that way inlcined' to drink bottles - I drink bottles and i'm not that way inclined, if you know what I mean!!). Anyway, the type of selection of beers you would expect in a town centre 'BAR' and it does the job it sets out to do. S.
"Very unimpressed at the customer service and general attitude of staff. I would not recommend here to anyone as the music was very embarrassing and manager was not cooperative. I wish I spent my money in a more fun bar for my night out with my girls"|
Sheila holmes visited in November 2010
"Pretty good night out on a Monday, but the music is just too loud, and everyone i speak to agrees. Plus the smoke machine is a killer in disguise.
As long as you're with a good crowd it's a good night. Just expect ringing in your ears the next day as well as your hangover."
(Rated 7 out of 10)
H visited in May 2006
"Very good on a Saturday night. Definitely go if you like the urban scene. R'n'b and hip hop played mostly. Buzzin'"
(Rated 8 out of 10)
S visited in October 2005
"Go to Ice bar every Saturday and always have a good night! Like the music and most of the time the atmosphere is good too."
Vikki visited in September 2005
"Avoid like the plague. Went there once - once was all that was needed."
John visited in November 2004
Average Visitor Score: 7.50 out of 10
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