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The Deco, Southsea

128 Elm Grove
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E TA left this review about The Deco

The name doesn't prepare you for what waits within, which is largely heavy metal – both the music and the body jewelery. The clientèle in the single large L-shaped bar, into which this Victorian pub has been knocked, was split between those old enough to have owned a Harley Davidson, most of whom were bearded, leather clad and tattooed, and those young enough to wear a Harley Davidson vest, thus exposing more body jewellery and tattoos. The floor is mostly carpeted with some modern oak flooring around the bar. There is a raised area at the end furthest from the door which is shared between the disco and a pool table. Three ales on: I had Hobgoblin, which was in excellent condition and was quite fresh. A very good place for mixing with those who like biting the heads of chickens, and while I do enjoy the company of some motorcyclists (I actually own a Harley Davidson, but not the vest), it is only really the beer that would bring me back here as it was much too noisy to be comfortable.

On 2nd May 2014 - rating: 5
[User has posted 2868 recommendations about 2835 pubs]

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Michael Wright left this review about The Deco

Update 5 Dec 2009. Went inside at last at lunch time

4 hand pulls featuring Sharp's Cornish brewed ales & Directors. I had Cornish for first pint of the day, found it a bit too sharp / bitter for my taste, but I did have a cold so possibly an unfair judgement

If you can ignore the somewhat garish exterior the inside is more subdued, but follows the theme of art deco, chrome bar stools, tables around walls of one long, but wide, bar area

20% discount for students & services [odd mixture there?]

Never saw food mentioned, but tables are numbered so maybe they do food. Free wifi sign

The bar area has a step down halfway [never spotted that, nearly broke my neck], pool area has three steps up, which means the ladies loo has three down to it as it is reached via the pool area, the steps could be a problem for some

Generally clean, tidy, polite, low volume muzak, 2, but silent, tvs

If in area worth popping in

Only 2 stars because of food & steps issues, could be 3 really so do not let my paltry 2 stars put you off

24 May 2009 - No longer "The Elms", now "The Deco"

On 6th December 2009 - rating: 6
[User has posted 526 recommendations about 382 pubs]

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Map location corrected by Michael Wright
Portsmouth & Southsea, 0.83 miles, 16 min walk (show)
Fratton, 0.91 miles, 17 min walk (show)
Portsmouth Harbour, 1.79 miles, 34 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Deco, Southsea
19th Aug 2017, 07:37
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18th Aug 2017, 22:53
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 16 July 2015 by E TA
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 16 July 2015 by E TA
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 16 July 2015 by E TA
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 16 July 2015 by E TA
  • Pool Table : Yes last updated 06 December 2009 by hondo .
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 06 December 2009 by hondo .
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 06 December 2009 by hondo .
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