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The Vaults, Southsea Town, Southsea

47 Albert Road
Southsea
PO5 2SF
Phone: 02392864712
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Aqualung . left this review about The Vaults

I came here completely unplanned after messing up the bus journey to Southsea shops. It's a Fullers pub but I don't recall it ever being a Gales outlet. There are two bars visible as you enter with only the left hand one having hand pumps. It's a typical trendy minimalistic sort of place with the only low seating in the left bar being a tiny window area.
The eight hand pumps had just five beers on with Fuller's London Pride, HSB, Seafarers, Dark Star Hophead and a Vibrant Forest beer. Darks Star Revelation was available soon. I went for the HSB (£4.10) which was pretty average.
The only saving grace here is that the staff were friendly.
If this is the sort of place that Fuller's are replacing their original pubs with then I'm more than happy to completely avoid their estate. I Wouldn't return. The only plus point was the friendly young bar staff.

On 15th April 2019 - rating: 3
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moby duck left this review about The Wine Vaults

A large interconnected open plan pub with dark wood beams and uprights, mixed seating throughout. Eight handpumps in all, from Fullers there was ESB, Pride and Seafarers and guest beers on were Hawkshead Lakeland Gold, Bristol Beer Co Milk Stout and Bad Seed Bunco, the latter being only average in quality but not price, at £4.50 a pint it was well over the average for the area. This pub didn't feel like the real deal to me and despite the possibility of some good beer choice I would think twice before returning.

On 3rd November 2017 - rating: 5
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Wine Vaults

This is a large, rambling pub and wine bar that occupies three inter-connected premises on the busy Albert Road. Entering into the middle of these three properties, you can see doorways and openings to either side, each leading into a bar area. The central part of the pub seems to have been left as a lobby-cum-dancefloor area, with a DJ area set up behind a low barrier towards the back of the room. There are a couple of smart old fireplaces in here too, but seating is almost non-existent and the only bits of decor comprised retro-style prints of Tour de France posters. The bar to the left is a cramped space with a long servery down the end wall and some small seating booths to the front and rear. All the handpulls were in here as were about 80% of the patrons, making it very difficult and tiresome trying to get served – there were some next-level bar-blocking skills going on here. Over in the right hand room, a shorter bar counter offered a craft keg selection but no real ale. This area seemed a lot nicer to me, but was virtually empty and I’m fairly sure this was not because of the lack of ale. The room extends back quite a way, where some decent looking banquette seating can be found. It seems I only just scratched the surface on my visit, as there are apparently a total of five bars here, split across three floors – I can’t say I recall noticing any promising looking staircases, so maybe these floors were closed during the day.
I think there were two banks of four handpulls in the left hand bar; one dedicated to beers from the Fullers stable and the other offering a selection of guests. I tried something from the local Staggeringly Good brewery which was pretty good, although the slow service time meant I had to neck it quicker than I would have liked in order to get back to the station in time. Both bars offered plenty of craft keg and a wide bottled selection.
This was a strange venue with a lot more appeal than I recall when I briefly popped my head in a year before. The place probably works best as a late night venue with loud music and free-flowing drink, as it lacks the comforts you would associate with a good pub. Having said that, there is some decent beer to be had here, so if you can bag a good seat, it might well be worth a look in passing.

On 29th August 2017 - rating: 6
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Map location corrected by Graham Coombs
Fratton, 0.96 miles, 18 min walk (show)
Portsmouth & Southsea, 1.02 miles, 19 min walk (show)
Portsmouth Harbour, 2.09 miles, 40 min walk (show)
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15th Apr 2019, 22:03
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1st Nov 2018, 22:07
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 29 August 2017 by Pub SignMan
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  • Beer Garden : No - Roof Terrace only - last updated 29 August 2017 by Pub SignMan
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  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 29 August 2017 by Pub SignMan
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  • Function Room : Yes last updated 29 August 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 10 December 2009 by Old Blue
  • Jukebox : No last updated 29 August 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 29 August 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 29 August 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Micropub : No last updated 29 August 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Pinball : No last updated 29 August 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : No last updated 29 August 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 10 December 2009 by Old Blue
  • Real Cider : No last updated 29 August 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 29 August 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 29 August 2017 by Pub SignMan
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