Jon Bull’s Top Ten Boozers

“I don't have a drinking problem 'Cept when I can't get a drink.” 
Tom Waits

1. The Star Inn

Bath, North Somerset

Glorious pub, with cracking beers and a great atmosphere. Scene of a rendition of ’Streams of Whiskey by the massed ranks of Publicans and friends on the annual 'Jolly Boys’ piss up.

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1. The Star Inn

Bath, North Somerset

Glorious pub, with cracking beers and a great atmosphere. Scene of a rendition of ’Streams of Whiskey by the massed ranks of Publicans and friends on the annual 'Jolly Boys’ piss up.

2. Tuckers Grave Inn

Faulkland, Somerset

Tucker's Grave is a a  legendary Somerset cider house and like many pubs these days, is  in danger of closing. As of early August the pub is open and trading.

Save the Tuckers Grave website

2. Tuckers Grave Inn

Faulkland, Somerset

Tucker's Grave is a a  legendary Somerset cider house and like many pubs these days, is  in danger of closing. As of early August the pub is open and trading.

3. The Anchor Inn

Seatown, Dorset

Classic seaside pub and home to many crazy costal adventures.
Great beer, lovely food.

www.theanchorinnseatown.co.uk

3. The Anchor Inn

Seatown, Dorset

Classic seaside pub and home to many crazy costal adventures
Great beer, lovely food.

4. The Sheppey

Godney, Somerset.

Five minutes from Glastonbury and set amongst the peat beds and murmurating starlings of the Somerset Levels. It offers an ever changing roster of beers and ales, and a bar covered in casks of local ciders that’ll knock your socks off.

www.thesheppey.co.uk

4. The Sheppey

Godney, Somerset.

Five minutes from Glastonbury and set amongst the peat beds and murmurating starlings of the Somerset Levels. It offers an ever changing roster of beers and ales, and a bar covered in casks of local ciders that’ll knock your socks off.

5. The Bell

Bath, North Somerset

Lendendary Bath boozer and music venue. Know for having one of the best weekly open mic sessions in the world. It is run as a cooperative and owned by 518 of its customers, workers and fans. 

www.thebellinnbath.co.uk

5. The Bell

Bath, North Somerset

Lendendary Bath boozer and music venue. Know for having one of the best weekly open mic sessions in the world. It is run as a cooperative and owned by 518 of its customers, workers and fans. 

6. The White Horse Tavern

Greenwich Village, New York City

Established in 1880, The White Horse Tavern is the 2nd oldest continuously run tavern in New York City. Renowned as a favourite haunt of Dylan Thomas, Kerouac and 6 numpties from Somerset and a collosal lunchtime session in the snow.

www.whitehorsetavern1880.com

6. The White Horse Tavern

Greenwich Village, New York City

Established in 1880, The White Horse Tavern is the 2nd oldest continuously run tavern in New York City. Renowned as a favourite haunt of Dylan Thomas, Kerouac and 6 numpties from Somerset and a collosal lunchtime session in the snow.

7. The French House

Soho, London

The French House is a Grade II listed pub in Dean Street, Soho. It was once known as the York Minster, but was informally called "the French pub" or "the French house" by its regulars. Famous for only serving beer in half-pints, except on April 1st, when Suggs is traditionally on hand to pull the first pint of the day.

www.frenchhousesoho.com

7. The French House

Soho, London

The French House is a Grade II listed pub in Dean Street, Soho. It was once known as the York Minster, but was informally called "the French pub" or "the French house" by its regulars. Famous for only serving beer in half-pints, except on April 1st, when Suggs is traditionally on hand to pull the first pint of the day.

8. Halfway House

Edinburgh, Scotland

Known as  'Edinburgh's smallest and friendliest pub', this is, quite literally, halfway up Fleshmarket Close. A tiny pub with great beer and a friendly atmosphere.

24 Fleshmarket Close, Edinburgh, EH1 1BX • 0131 225 7101

8. Halfway House

Edinburgh, Scotland

Known as  'Edinburgh's smallest and friendliest pub', this is, quite literally, halfway up Fleshmarket Close. A tiny pub with great beer and a friendly atmosphere.

24 Fleshmarket Close, Edinburgh, EH1 1BX  0131 225 7101

9. The Queen Victoria Inn

Priddy, Somerset

The Queen Victoria Inn is your typical country pub. Placed near the summit of the Medip hills, it has huge fireplaces, beamed ceilings and loads of charm. Just the sort of place to get shitfaced after a long walk.

www.thequeenvicpriddy.co.uk

9. The Queen Victoria Inn

Priddy, Somerset

The Queen Victoria Inn is your typical country pub. Placed near the summit of the Medip hills, it has huge fireplaces, beamed ceilings and loads of charm. Just the sort of place to get shitfaced after a long walk.

10. The Coach & Horses

Soho, London

The Coach and Horses claims to be 'the last bastion of the traditional pub boozer’. It has a sing-a-long session every Wednesday and Saturday, a secret tearoom and The Times called it one of Britains 20 coolest pubs.

www.coachsoho.co.uk

10. The Coach & Horses

Soho, London

The Coach and Horses claims to be 'the last bastion of the traditional pub boozer’. It has a sing-a-long session every Wednesday and Saturday, a secret tearoom and The Times called it one of Britains 20 coolest pubs.

Honourable mention, The Wunderbar

Midsomer Norton, North Somerset

Originally a wine bar and bistro that turned into splendid cellar pub that spawned a legendary music scene and an epidemic of alcohol related disease. 

Current status: Closed

Honourable mention,
The Wunderbar

Midsomer Norton, North Somerset

Originally a wine bar and bistro that turned into splendid cellar pub that spawned a legendary music scene and an epidemic of alcohol related disease. 

Current status: Closed

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