Below is but a small selection of the great pubs, clubs, bars and music venues available in Southampton. Whether you are looking to headbang yourself to death or just a quiet drink with mates you can find it at one of the places below, of course drinking is never compulsory at any Rocksoc event or any of the below venues.
The Hobbit is a brilliant pub. Fact. That about sums it up. It's a bit expensive for a student place but that doesn't stop the youth of Southampton turning up in their hundreds. The pub is actually quite small with some comfortable seating upstairs along with a pool table and a new fangled juke box. Downstairs is a second bar where there is free live music 4 or 5 nights a week including an open mic night. The beer garden is large enough to get lost in with loads of seating and several sheltered areas. The Hobbit also has a selection of 12 pint cocktails (all named after Lord of the Rings characters) which are a must try for first-time visitors. And if we haven't sold you yet, once every month Rocksoc take charge of the music with our very own DJ set called Dominion with specific discounts for anybody with a Rocksoc Dominion Card.
The Student's Union Pub is, frankly, excellent. Cheap drinks, a selection of ales, ciders, and lots of other drinks, plentiful and comfortable seating, and the ease of access make this popular among many. It is the standard starting point for most Rocksoc pubcrawls, but is rarely visited for extended stays. The pub can get very busy, especially during pub crawl seasons, so this might not always be the best place to plan a solid night of drinking, however it is excellent for a naughty pint between lectures or a place to pop in to after a long day's work. The Union's Safety Bus leaves from outside here, which allows you to get home for a very minimal cost (1 or 2 pounds) with the convenience of a taxi, which is great if you have had a few too many and don't fancy the walk home.
The Shooting Star is positioned right next to the Dungeon. Many in Rocksoc view this as a sign from above telling them that it is a good idea to visit both of these establishments on any particular night. The Pub is spacious, with a good sized beer garden and a pool table indoors. The pub has a selection of pint cocktails similar to the ones at the Hobbit, although some of them are a bit off so be careful! Currently presenting your Rocksoc Card to the wonderful staff will also earn you a 10% discount on drinks.
"The Rockstone, formerly the Bevois Castle, is not your typical city centre pub. Through a full renovation we have created a warm comfortable place to eat drink and relax, to transport you from the hustle and bustle of the city to a country pub full of conversation, hearty food and fine ales." This is how the Rockstone defines itself, and here at Rocksoc we are inclined to agree. The food is always mind-blowing, the staff are always helpful and up for a laugh (at your expense when you can't handle the quantity of portion or the volcano burger's hot sauce), and with a menu crammed full of cracking puns, your sides will ache for weeks after your unforgettable visit. You'll leave never want to go anywhere else again.
The Southwestern Arms is located on the far side of St Deny's train station, just over the bridge. A large outside area, excellent range of ales and drinks along with a regular Real ALe festival make this pub a reoccuring haunt for Rocksocers filling the upper floor of the pub whilst enjoying the pool table and sufficient space most pubs don't offer to societies of our size. On most nights a pizza van can be found outside which in my opinion does the best pizza in Southampton and is well worth checking out whenever you plan a trip there.
The Dolphin has recently come under new management and is quickly becoming a favourite of the current society. With incredibly friendly staff, an excellent range of ales and good prices and the occasional band playing there the pub is an exceptional choice for a quiet drink. Located on the near side of St Denys station it is not too out of the way either!
The Richmond Inn is located on Portswood Road; this makes it a usual regular on every Rocksoc Pub Crawl. Having graciously accepted a horde of drunk pub crawlers dressed in maninly black, presenting them with a whisky or a cider before sending them on their way for years, the Richmond Inn gets a honoury mention on our page, usually too busy to space the masses of Rocksoc it is well worth visiting for a drink with a group of friends.
The Black Boy has the reputation in Rocksoc for being the best pub in the whole of Winchester. A good selection of drinks and pub food is available for purchase and consumption whilst you marvel over the assortment of randomness that lines the walls, roofs, floors and doors of the pub. I can personally say that I've never drunk a pint of ale next to an elephant foot anywhere else. Despite being a bit out of the way for most nights out it is well worth the effort when we do get out there!
The Platform Tavern sits right on the docks of Southampton. The pub is usually brimming with people and always has a buzzing atmosphere, usually centered around a small band playing in part of the pub. The pub also acts as the front for Southampton's own Dancing Man Brewery, making their ales well worth the try when you are there.
The Firehouse is the metal/rock pub in the city centre of Southampton making it the favourite meet up point for Rocksoc and MARS (Southampton Solent's Metal and Rock Society). The pub serves an excellent selection of drinks; from Jägerbombs to lagers, however the usual Rocksoc favourite is the Dirty Vimto, just be careful not to drink too many, they're surprisingly deadly. With regular gigs hosted by MARS, Rocksoc and many rock and metal bands the firehouse is definately one to check out.
The Talking Heads pub is another regular pub crawl stop for Rocksoc. Don't be fooled by the small front end of the pub, it extends well out into the back with a second bar, large smoking area and a stage area where a wide assortment of bands play from Turisas to Led Zeppelin tribute acts.
Dominion is an event that takes place on the second Monday of every month in The Hobbit pub. It's a great night where two members of the society take control of the playlist for the night and play what they want in the room downstairs from 10 till late. Every Monday Rocksoc also gets discounts on drinks when using our Dominion Card that can be brought from the pub for £5, this card entitiles you to cheap bombs, free splashes with doubles and happy hour prices on bottles, along with a discount for entry to the pub on Fridays and Saturdays.
Known affectionately as "The Dinge" to many who frequent it, The Dungeon is a popular club for Rocksocers. It's the closest Rock Club to the University, and opens on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday with occasional Thursdays. Wednesday nights are very cheap with £1 house doubles and all drinks on offer, with Cheese & Pop being played. While not Rocksoc's preferred style of music, many swing by to take advantage of the cheap drinks and friendly atmosphere. Fridays are currently running as an "Alternative and Rock" night, with DJs playing anything from Indie to Metal. Saturday is the busiest night at the Dungeon, with the heaviest music being played. Expect anything from Evanescence to Slayer and Combichrist on this night. Rocksoc's favourite night at the Dungeon. Drinks on Fridays and Saturdays tend to be fairly expensive, but the music makes it a fantastic night out none the less.
Distric is not everyones cup of tea, but if you are into your punk pop and rock then it is the club for you in Southampton! Hosted every Saturday night underneath Junk it usually sees a decent sized turn out. Rocksoc members also get a queue jump and only a £3 entry cost with a presentation of your Rocksoc membership card.