All the reviews are now out of date. The best place now is the centre of town there is the Theatre Bar, Cross Keys, Bar Cairo but the 'in place' at the moment and I think for the unseaforsable future is the Barrow Arms. Taken over in the last year by a young couple, it is clean, friendly and full to overflowing of a week end. Late closing means they are probably the busiest pub in town most nights. Anyone who is out seems to go there. They have Karaoke on at one end of the pub for those who like to join in but this does not intrude on the rest of the pub for those who like to chat. Drinks are not overpriced and they pull a good pint. It gets very busy and is standing room only every week end and you can stay here until closing time at 2pm or can make the short walk to Cornwallis street nicknamed by locals as 'Gaza Strip' It had a reputation before the new landlords took over as a bit rough but they have definately turned this corner with doormen and lively entertainment it is full of friendly locals out for a good night. I am a local and everyone I know loves this pub.
Rawlinson Street,or in other words the Rawlo run. This is a steet one mile long and as straight as the flight of one of Robin Hoods arrows. The place where you set off at one end flush with money and end up at the other end skint. Its a great favourite for hen night and stagg night parties. The first pub is The Queens arms(the first one to be built at the start of the haydays in barrow). This has live bands on at weekends. 1/2 pint each in here. The second is Dominics(so named because of the landlord that ran it for years). Very small and quaint, more than ten people and its full. Good vibes. 1 pint each in hear. The third pub is The Rams Head a karaoke three times a week,also do a good b&b. Double up 2 pints each in here. The third is The Waterloo,good pint ,and a game of pool.Agood juke box and also live music at weekends.Double up 4 pints each in here. The forth is the Blue Lamp (everything inside is blue) Not much on here but you can rub shoulders with some of the business men in town. Revert back to pub one 1/2 pint each in here. The fifth pub The Peacock,more of a traditional pub, tele in the corner,pool table and a game of darts if you can still see the board. 1 pint each in here. The sixth pub The Duke,this has just been refurbished, they do a good b&b with function facilities. 2 pints each in here. People used to start at one end and double up in every pub in Rawlinson Street, but not any more, I dont know if its because they cant take it ... or...they cant afford it any more. Anyway the tradition still carry's on and many a friday night you'll here the cry *lets do the rawlo run*.
Pubs in Barrow in Furness This town has plenty of good watering holes to cater for everyone’s tastes so I will just give you a quick tour of a few of them. If you are coming with me bring your wallet because the first round is on you. The Strawberry: On the outskirts of the town centre and one of the first pubs you come to as you drive into Barrow along the Abbey Road. This is a popular haunt with the youngsters on a Friday and Saturday night they have live bands on, and it gets packed to the rafters. A nice clean establishment and the bar staff are on the ball. Sunday lunch here is popular, for under a fiver you get two courses and the plates are filled to the brim. The car park is quite small but it has a bit of a beer garden at the side, so nice for a pint in the summer months. Not a pub I visit too often it gets very busy at weekends as I mentioned. The White House Hotel. This is more an eating establishment and hotel but the locals do call in for a drink in the back bar. The pool table has seen better days and the service is not too hot. Not a drinking hole for the youngsters it is like stepping back in time really so not a place that I visit very often. The Railway Inn: Built two years ago and the place for meeting up before going on the town. There is no music played in here at all, which is a nice change, and they are very strict about over eighteen’s only. I like having a drink in here on a Saturday afternoon it is buzzing but not rowdy and they are always having special offers like buy a pint and get one free if you order a meal. The food by the way is excellent and very reasonably priced. Yates Wine Bar: Can be found in the centre of town and opened about eighteen months ago. Popular with all age groups. During the week you get a lot of older generation people in there for coffee and meals but at the weekend it is packed even to the point of qu eues outside so I avoid it then and leave the youngsters to it. The Kings Arms: This pub has been around for years and has had a few refurbishments in its time. It is a popular haunt with the locals old and young. A great beer garden out the back and always busy as soon as the sun shines (not very often in Barrow mind you!) Under eighteen’s are not allowed even though they do serve food which is very good by the way. I recommend the mixed grill. Gets very busy at weekends but goes quiet at about ten o’clock when the nightclubs open. One of the more popular pubs in the town probably because the staff are friendly and the landlord always puts entertainment on even if it is just himself doing a pub quiz. The White Lion: This is a small pub just a street away from the town centre and very homely. It doesn’t do food but does serve an excellent pint and the locals at the bar are great entertainment in themselves. A friendly bunch and will welcome everyone that calls. Run by a husband and wife team this establishment reminds you of the Rovers Return in Coronation Street. Everybody knows everybody else and a typical local well worth a visit. The 99 Club: This is the last call of the ‘pub crawl’ open till the early hours every night. Barrows popular night-club, over 25’s only and good entertainment on offer. The drinks are a bit pricey compared to the pubs but most clubs are. Some good groups play here, and the resident DJ has got a patter that gets everyone going. There is a disco downstairs for the more energetic souls and a cabaret bar upstairs. Well I hope that you visit some of my haunts if you are ever in the area, I will buy you a pint if you make yourself known.