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It's great. Capdown probably on.
Spent a few years there arounf 2000/2002. The Cavern was the place and yes, saw Capdown. Hundred Reasons too. The student night at Timepiece was always horrific/brilliant.
Great place though, really loved it, and still like going back. Timepiece, even as an older gent, is still one of the nicer of that kind of thing. The downstairs bar is still fine by me.
Seemed like a nice chap.
Also I gather there's some kind of indie night there on a Saturday so I might attempt that. This was recommended to me by a barmaid I vaguely attempted to chat up because she had Illinois blasting out in its entirety in the pub.
Usually a lot of indie/punk/hardcore in the Autumn and Winter and more metal in the Spring and Summer. Not sure why but that's how it goes..
The phoenix puts on some pretty good shows as well from time to time. Saw Los Campesinos! and Tall Ships there and it was ace.
A brief look at their current listings confirms that that's very much a used to be.
I guess that's good.
Really doesn't take an awful lot to flood all that farmland out of the east of the city.
In October I think. Pretty much gets everyone cool in Exeter in one room, I'll definitely be making a trip back for it.
its a nice place. although you tend not to get any gigs for months on end then about four in a week. the cavern doesn't do too many gigs these days (it was brilliant for while) but the phoenix has been pretty good of late. indie night at the cavern is usually good fun, and the firehouse on new north road is a nice pub with a good atmosphere.
the best place to go for drinks is the bike shed theatre on fore street and the picturehouse is a lovely cinema with a nice bar. also, go for a drink on the quay in the sun after work and get a massive pizza from the waterfront pub.
and if all this sounds shit, go to the beach - play crazy golf in exmouth, or go to the pier at teignmouth. the coast here is beautiful.
has exactly the same machines today as it did 25 years ago, apart from no longer having yie ar kung fu or shinobi.
And I've just moved away again after my second stint there, so I know Devon very well. Cheers for the Exeter recommendations though!
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not the last album though, that was pretty rubbish.
But we'll always have The Execution of All Things, easily one of the finest indie rock records of '00s.
and that's pretty ace. they do good indie and undergroundish (?) nights. and as mentioned up there, the firehouse is well worth a trip, they've got tons of lovely ales and ciders.
Both very nice. Loads of people have recommended the Phoenix so I will check that out, plus Cellar Door (and of course the Cavern). Cheers guys.
Hour Glass is the best pub in town. Cavern used to regularly have good gigs, although not as frequent (for my tastes) these days. I saw Frankie Rose last Saturday there though, which was very good. As mentioned above, Phoenix has some good gigs, although nothing too exciting booked in their diary at the moment. Not a huge fan but will probably go to the Howler gig there next week (17th). Bikeshed Theatre is good for cocktails and late(ish) drinks, as is The Speak Easy, upstairs in Odd Fellows. Cellar Door is the only 'nightclub' worth going to. The Plant on Cathedral Green does wicked Persian eggs. Gavin from the Gentry is excellent value for a £9 haircut. The Lazy Toad at Bramford Speke is my favourite food pub. Timpsons in the Guildhall arcade is better than the one on Sidwell Street. If you need a tailor use the geezer above the arcade on North Street. Bel Green on Magdalen Road is the best place to eat in the whole city. Anything else, just ask!
Is martian records still on Gandy street, any good record shops?
there's one on fore street that's ok, tho not great
Finished Uni there two years ago, but have been back quite a bit since.
As said above, the Cavern’s indie night is always a good laugh even if, like all indie nights, it has the same playlist. If you like drum n Bass, dubstep etc the nights ran by the University’s Drum N Bass are really good value, though are ran on a Wednesday nigh typically (also worth noting that most people who go to these aren’t students)
I think Cellar door used to be called something else when I was there. All I know is it was pretty shit then! Timepiece and the Phoenix are good, I remember the Phoenix doing a really good free techno night on a Friday sometimes.
Whereabouts in Exeter will you be living?
If you like historical things, go do the underground passage tour, the Cathedral, walk the city walls and see the castle. The Castle is cool as it is the oldest example of a Masonry Castle in Britain. It’s probably a bit shit of you don’t care about that sort of stuff though.
There On the outskirts of Exeter (one stop away on the local train in a place called Newton St Cyrus) is an amazing pub called the Beer Engine. They brew their own beer on site, and the food is really well priced for the quality. One of my favourite pubs.
For disgusting food you cannot beat Buffet City.
Buffet city sucks. if you want all you can eat chinese go to 6!
My view is so disgusting it is simultaneously amazing.
Best Chinese restaurant in Exeter area is in Pinhoe. All you can eat from a menu
*DJs JAKE & JOhnny Yen bring you a night of the best in indie sounds (The Cure/Kaiser Chiefs/Oasis/Kings Of Leon/ Smiths etc)*
Does anyone really go to an INDIE night to listen to Kaiser Chiefs and Kings of Leon? Surely that kind of stuff is played on non-specialist nights, or not at all?
it is good fun though!
The Cardiff Barfly's Friday nights were led along similar lines, and still crazy fun.
which is very sad, as they were top blokes and always got into the spirit of record store day. we did have a fopp for a while but that went which was a real shame (although i now have significantly more money in my bank account at the end of the month). the only record shops now are hmv (which is full of dvds) and rooster records which specialises in vinyl (its on fore street).
totally forgot to mention the hourglass - its a lovely pub (as mentioned above, its the best in the city) and the steak and chips is amazing. honourable mentions go to the fat pig and the rusty bike too - really nice food and nice places to go for a drink.
also, if you like guitars mansons guitar shop in mccoys arcade on fore street is brilliant and they are mega helpful in there.
Lovely walled garden out the back. Shut Sunday's though, which is often a bummer.
And I mourn the passing of Fopp greatly, I remember ransacking both the Exeter and Cardiff shops, but mostly the Manchester one, most recently a couple of months back when I'd returned to see Perfume Genius.
I shall check out the others natch.
I hereby appoint you as my indie guide to the city, and I shall expect semi-regular PMs regarding awesome upcoming events!
i once saw someone in timepiece wearing an rk hoody, it was a good moment!
there's also a record fair every two months or so, that's generally worth a look
44 Below (basement bar on Queen Street) has really good cocktails and cheap on weekdays, can be a bit dead atmosphere wise but if you go in a group it's alright.
Record store.... visit Drift in Totnes (20 minutes away on the train)... it's amazing, my favourite record store anywhere (they had sushi on record store day)
Come to my pop-up cinema night (www.facebook.com/ButterscotchSunday) at The Bike Shed, our next one is a Bob Dylan celebration with a screening of 'I'm Not There' plus local bands doing sets of Dylan material... July 29th. We did a Wes Anderson a few weeks back which was a lot of fun. All money to local charities too.
Again, being a Devon boy, I know and love Totnes dearly (probably my favourite place in the whole county, especially if you include Dartington) and yeah that's a really cool record store.
but find it really expensive - but if they're the prices an independent shop has to charge to survive these days (which i guess they are) then fair enough.
Yeah the Wes Anderson one was really popular so we'll probably do another one soon and show one of his others (maybe Moonrise Kingdom).
If it hasn't already been mentioned, McCoy's Arcade is pretty great. Apart from Manson's there's a cheap cafe that does good breakfasts and my friend runs a tiny shop (No Guts No Glory) that sells clothing with designs by local artists and a growing collection of zines.
Are all very good. There a many others, but these are my favs.