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“Lovely eccentric backstreet pub.”
Review of Nowhere Inn

Nowhere Inn
Ranked #27 of 187 Nightlife in Plymouth
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Owner description: The original and best alternative pub in Plymouth. Real ales & ciders, great wine and spirits, weird juke box and brilliant company! Free pool Sunday-Thursday till 8pm. Pub quiz every monday Regular live music 2 Guest Ales available daily, along with 2 regular beers.
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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1,112 reviews
387 attraction reviews
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“Lovely eccentric backstreet pub.”
Reviewed September 29, 2013 via mobile

Been here several times over the years. Often busy, always interesting. In the heart of uni housing zone but hardly used by students themselves. Friendly locals. Last time I came in with my late teen nephews who had not been anywhere like it before. They were fully absorbed when a benign local joined our table and set about successfully teaching them to play with poker dice. A good session. Different from most pubs in Plymouth.

Visited July 2013
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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“You need to find this hidden pub.”
Reviewed September 27, 2013

Very many people have no idea this place exists, or even the road it's in. Buried in the depths of Sherwel bit barely three minutes walk off North Hill, it's variously said to be Georgian or late Victorian. Frankly it could even be early twentieth. It is an unprepossessing little one room one bar pub once in the narrow inner city back streets of the older part of the town but now metamorphosed into a lane through this century student housing blocks. When I came back to Plymouth after some years away I cast an eye over a Beer in the Evening ale drinkers website and found this place called 'a haven and sanctuary for the real and genuine counterculturalists of Plymouth'! Muddled misleading and pretentious tosh of course but I got the correct impression that this place was likely to be a bit different and curious.

In fact it was very different and curious. Completely off the regular student hen party and louts main drags it had developed and maintained a character all of its own and one you can only really absorb and decide whether it appeals by taking a look. I always incorporate it in a pub crawl from the Fortescue on Mutley Plain to the Dolphin on the Barbican and if I have anyone staying from out of town then I try to give them a taster of the Nowhere. It's always worth at least a couple of pints of well kept ale and often worth seeing the session out.

It's a bit quiet midweek out of term time but otherwise has a diverse and interesting crowd. Although a smallish space with the back end given over to a pool table it tends to be shoulder to shoulder with a fair number spilling into the street. The very small bar is a good foot lower than normal and the lavatories are regionally renown for their often witty explicit and sometimes philosophical all over graffiti. Occasionally it has been a regular nest for pockets of the LGBT community, particularly female but no more than lots of other minorities and (for Plymouth at least) slightly off centre individuals. I always like it here, the beer, the dynamic and the otherness. Never been let down. Very pleased and slightly surprised to see it pop up on Tripadvisor. Time perhaps for someone to post a few pics.

I would not be remotely concerned to find that many other reviewers find their perception at odds with mine, but somehow I doubt it. Long may the Nowhere Inn persist. It will not stay the same. You can't bottle it. It will follow its own off beat evolution.

Visited September 2013
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