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BrewDog Leicester, Leicester Central, Leicester

8 Friar Lane
Leicester
LE1 5RA
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Pub SignMan left this review about Brewdog

Opening in the Spring of 2015, this is yet another addition to the ever-expanding Brewdog empire. The place follows the blueprint of many of their other trendy bars, with a converted street corner premises hosting the usual utilitarian set-up. Some nice wooden floorboards make a pleasant change from the usual concrete flooring you might otherwise have expected, but there is plenty of gun metal grey around the place and lots of bare brick walls, off-set by large windows down two sides of the room. A long U-shaped servery with a stone-topped counter partly divides the room in two and has a series of high tables and stools around it, with comfier padded banquette booths around the perimeter. Stairs lead up to an unexplored first floor seating area and a couple of pinball tables have been strangely positioned on a landing area halfway up the stairs. To one end of the room, a door leads through to the adjacent 'Bottledog' off-sales area, where two rows of large fridges have been packed full of small batch bottled beers. Prices in here were a lot more reasonable than I had expected and the walls have been decorated with some striking bits of modern art.
To the right of the bar is the trademark Brewdog cinema-style beer board listing all of the (keg only) draught beer options. The Brewdog offerings on this visit comprised Punk IPA, 5am Saint, This is Lager, Vagabond Gluten Free, Candy Kaiser, Jackhammer plus three prototypes, whilst ten guest beers from various popular micros lined up alongside a single cider option. The Vagabond was £4.30 for a pint and I thought it was a decent enough beer, although it should always be remembered that Brewdog price their beers by different measures, so make sure you've got your ready reckoner to hand before ordering. One upside of the general Brewdog experience is that the staff really know their stuff, which once again proved to be the case here, with bar staff patiently talking customers through various options and offering suggestions where appropriate.
Brewdog seem to have mellowed a bit in recent years and I feel that their bars are generally getting better, perhaps as a result of a more customer focussed approach. I thought this was another rateable Brewdog venue and whilst the traditionalist might struggle, it nonetheless offers a chance to try something a bit different once in a while and wouldn't look out of place on a crawl around the city centre.

On 9th February 2016 - rating: 7
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hondo . left this review about Varsity

work due to begin converting the pub into BrewDog Leicester

On 23rd February 2015 - no rating submitted
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Map location corrected by hondo .
Leicester, 0.59 miles, 11 min walk (show)
South Wigston, 4.14 miles, 1 hr 19 min walk (show)
Syston, 5.09 miles, 1 hr 38 min walk (show)
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23rd Mar 2017, 10:57
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22nd Mar 2017, 22:45
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 09 February 2016 by Pub SignMan
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  • Jukebox : No last updated 09 February 2016 by Pub SignMan
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  • Pinball : Yes last updated 09 February 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : No last updated 09 February 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Real Ale : No last updated 08 July 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Real Cider : No last updated 09 February 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 09 February 2016 by Pub SignMan
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