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The Office, Swansea Central, Swansea

2 Castle Gardens
Swansea
SA1 1JE
Phone: 07949678135
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Office

Walking up Oxford Street towards Castle Square late on a Saturday night, I was contemplating the end of a good crawl around the city when I suddenly heard someone belting out a cover version of Don Henley's Boys of Summer. Following the sound, I ended up stood outside The Office - a pub I'd regularly swerved when I lived in the city due to it having a bit of a bad reputation. However, the place seemed rammed and with a great atmosphere inside as the band launched into another tune, so I wandered in to see what was going on. The place used to be a good option to watch obscure sports coverage but nowadays seems to focus on live music in the evenings, with acts being drawn mainly from the rock/metal end of the spectrum. The place has a fairly unremarkable layout, with a large room wrapped around a centrally positioned servery. A good sized stage fills up most of the front wall and is well set up to allow bands to put on a decent show. Some seating could be found around the perimeter of the room, but the whole front part of the pub had been cleared out to allow people to dance in front of the stage and to give easier access to the busy bar area. Behind the bar there was a brighter space with what appeared to be a lot more seating and I think I saw a pool table back there as well, although I may be mistaken. The room was pretty dark, with lights dimmed for the band, but I was able to make out various bits of music memorabilia on the walls which might merit further exploration during the daytime.
I didn't expect to find any ale here, so it was a pleasant surprise to see Wychwood Hobgoblin and Robinsons Trooper available at the bar. The Trooper was actually in very good condition and the bar staff seemed well drilled and successfully dealt with large drinks orders from well-behaved hen-do parties and the like.
This was an unexpected but ultimately worthy last minute addition to my crawl around town. The place is clearly at its best showcasing live music and I'm not sure what a daytime visit would be like, as I got the impression that the venue is a bit rough around the edges, but I thought there was a good atmosphere within and that it makes an interesting alternative to the generic chain bars down nearby Wind Street.

On 17th January 2016 - rating: 5
[User has posted 2225 recommendations about 2225 pubs]


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Aaron Jones left this review about The Office

A different style of pub that isn't found too often in Swansea, especially in the close proximity of the more 'clubby' Wind Street. It's more of a live music venue of the rock n roll and metal genre... and if there isn't any live music, there's a large jukebox!

The reason I like this pub is because it's different and quirky! The drinks are cheap, too!

The graffiti in the toilets are interesting, too!

On 27th May 2010 - rating: 6
[User has posted 12 recommendations about 11 pubs]


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Tony o'sullivan left this review about The Office

nice to have bars like this who keep the music scene alive! as everywhere you go the dreaded karaoke rears its ugly head! keep the good work up.......

On 19th August 2006 - rating: 10
[User has posted 85 recommendations about 83 pubs]


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Map location corrected by Alan Hurdle
Swansea, 1.07 miles, 20 min walk (show)
Llansamlet, 4.68 miles, 1 hr 30 min walk (show)
Gowerton, 5.15 miles, 1 hr 39 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Office, Swansea
17th Jan 2016, 14:02
Review submitted by Pub SignMan
 
10th Sep 2015, 20:36
Pub map correction submitted by Alan Hurdle approved

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 17 January 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 17 January 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 17 January 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Car Park : No last updated 17 January 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Child Friendly : No last updated 17 January 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Karaoke : Yes last updated 19 August 2006 by Dave McNally
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 17 January 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Micropub : No last updated 17 January 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Pinball : No last updated 17 January 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : Yes last updated 17 January 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 17 January 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Real Cider : No last updated 17 January 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 17 January 2016 by Pub SignMan
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Last inspected: April 14th 2015
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