Tib St Tavern is a well-established football watching destination for us at The NQ Review. We’ve even rolled out of bed early to watch Lions tours there and sat in stunned silence as Andy Murray won Wimbledon, so it was only a matter of time before it showed up on this blog.
The former Centro bar (where certain TNQR members were when Michael Jackson died, fact fans) has been in existence for nearly four years now and has transformed a classic rough-round-the-edges NQ bar into a hugely popular pub, not just for sports but also for shoppers popping just off the main drag for a snifter.
There’s no doubt about it, the clientele at Tibbers errs towards the sausage side of the gender equation more than most of the others on our list and this has been reflected in the recent toilet refurb where the gents and ladies have had a switcheroo, moving from a ‘room for a little one’ tiny trough to a magnificent four-man splash palace.
This will be a godsend on big matchdays when we strongly advise you to get down early as Tib Street does get rammed and they will start operating a one in, one out policy for obvious reasons. Because of its popularity the atmosphere is one of the best in town but be prepared for spillage and a tight squeeze.
The booze is no-nonsense but rotating ales on the wickets (at very reasonable prices) compliment the bottles and tap lagers as well as a couple of rarer beverages like Portland American Ale. You won’t get much in the way of a cocktail in here but happy hour offers on wines and spirits keep things sensible.
Food-wise the menu has changed a fair bit over the years but the core has always been burgers and hotdogs which are both good if not spectacular. On our review visit, one of us did get a piece of plastic wrapper in their food but on reporting this to management an apology and drink were offered. These things happen.
What you see is what you get with Tib St Tavern; a modern boozer specialising in socialising and in getting the basics pretty much bob-on.
Tib Street Tavern
Classification: Sports pub
Drinks: Ale, wine, lager & spirits
Related City Centre establishments: None
Bongo rating: 7/10