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All Bar One, Portsmouth

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user reviews of All Bar One, Portsmouth

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As post below, where are all the staff? More people doing security on the door than behind the bar on a friday night and this in a place that hard sells cocktails which take time to make. This place needs some management.
fetchman - 14 Aug 2011 17:35
Now All Bar One and still the same old embarrassing case of style over substance, filthy tables and terrible service. Asked for a Vodka Martini only to be told 'we don't do them.' - this despite serving vodka, and, yes, you guessed it, Martini, separately. On another occasion (Mother's Day), I was left sitting without any food while my mother enjoyed her brunch- on querying the service, I was finally told that what I had ordered (a simple breakfast muffin) was unavailable. Upon asking for a refund I was short-changed by about 1- by the manageress herself. Awful, awful, and not the place to bring visitors to Portsmouth.
Mrs_G - 7 Aug 2011 11:45
Closed in December 2010. Became "All Bar One".
sleepy_meerkat - 27 Mar 2011 13:41
Nice location, but that's about all it's got going for it.
the_admiral - 5 Oct 2008 23:42
loosing its appeal ;
** GET SOME BAR STAFF *** there is never (repeat) never any staff serving - where do they all go? the most Ive evr seen is three, which is utter madness!!
The food is ok, but often the tables and floor are dirty.
Food ok, drink expensive. Service appalingly bad (see it to believe it)
having read the staff comments, I can now understand why;
Like many other bars in gunwharf its staring to feel the strain of better bars elsewhere;
so give them a hint ; Dont bother, and go elsehwre until they sort it out.
secretreveiwer - 10 Jan 2008 16:23
I actually work there and it is a dump, there are flies EVERYWHERE and the bar smells like sick. its got a pretentious menu and is horribly over priced (8.10 for a double vodka redbull), worst of all however is the way laurel (the company in charge of the bar) treats its employees, we get 5.05ph and get 1 half hour break which is unpaid. last saturday i worked 8 hours of a 9 hour shift before i got my break. please feel free to complain nothing would please me more than seeing my managers get dropped in it. If you think we are rude and short with the customers, spare a minute to think of the last time you worked 8 hours with out a break.
1986dmc - 3 Sep 2007 20:35
As bland as they come, even for gunwharf; no real beer and guilty of numerous crimes against soft furnishings.

I've waited for several minutes to be served by the solitary barman before, and then swiftly wished I hadn't bothered when I realise what they charge.

I'm told that it is something of a (male and female) posers paradise of a weekend evening...
boozerbill - 14 May 2007 09:07
Like most of its Gunwharf neighbours, Ha Ha is all style and no substance. It promises trendy gastro-pub food and a relaxed atmosphere.

What it delivers, in fact, is surly doormen, filthy tables and below-par service.

The food is passable but this is not the classy establishment it would like to be.
TheSimilou - 19 Sep 2006 15:10
Poor staff- never enough (usualy just 2 for a bar this size! what are they thinking)
Expect a VERY long wait to be served over priced drinks.
(at the bar we waited 20mins!)

The food is 'above average' but again, expect a long wait at all times.

Expensive drinks, and long,long,long waits to be served - best avoided.


southernbeer - 8 Sep 2006 15:52
bar staff were extremly surly when we walked in group of 12 bar was empty at 9:30 only ones in waited 20 mins for overpriced drinks went to tiger tiger instead of having another round
chunky35 - 30 Aug 2006 21:15
Went in here on a Sunday for a late lunch after a days shopping at the Wharf, lunch was ok, average and the service was nothing special. The floor needed a good wash after the spillages of the night before and so did the table as it was rather sticky.
FuzzyKipper - 22 Aug 2006 20:13
AVOID at all costs if your time is precious (and your money)
VERY POOR bar service (always! never enough staff- usualy only TWO for this huge bar!)
LONG waits' to be served, and staff less than polite - proberlyy due to the fact they are so rushed off their feet.
Also VERY expensive (both the food - again long wait! AND the drinks)
Usual, but bland, selection of branded beer and alco pops.

Better bars, better staffed, nearby.


anonymous - 31 Jul 2006 13:25
I went here before going into Tiger Tiger on a Saturday night (18.02.06) and had a few enjoyable drinks with friends. Drinks are a wee bit expensive, but compared to drinking in these bars in London (Embankment & Victoria), I was not complaining. It was nowhere near as packed as Bar 38 and you can watch the copious female talent pile into Tiger Tiger next door! Bit quiet maybe, given it was late on Saturday night, but like Bar 38, Bar Ha Ha is another decent warm up before the main event, Tiger Tiger.
Searching_for_H_Files - 12 Jul 2006 10:35
Popped in for a quick pint before seeing Wallace & Gromit. No real ale and a cappuchino took 15 minutes to arrive. At 4.90 for a coffee and a Fosters (ugh!)it's no laughing matter. Plenty of good looking ladies helped to mitigate...if I was on the pull, I'd go again.
Potbelly - 20 Oct 2005 15:38
Overlooking the harbour this is an excellent place to relax after a busy day's shopping at Gunwharf. The coffees are their speciality but I'd specifically recommend the 'Jaffa cheesecake' - an orange flavoured cheesecake drizzled with cream and swirls of chocolate sauce. An excellent looking, and great tasting dessert! Was excited to see Staropramen on (Czech beer) but this has recently disappeared despite the pump remaining. Don't be fooled! Enjoy a pint while watching the day, and large ships, pass by.
SpecialPlates.com - 22 Jul 2005 12:26
Another dismal effort by the Ha Ha chain, I certainly didn't encounter anything worth laughing about.
The view was reasonably nice over the docks, but the beers, service etc. were mediocre and expensive.

Was absolutely packed though so either there aren't many good pubs in Portsmouth (unlikely) or it was full of family types who don't usually frequent pubs (more like it)
The Ginger Prince - 12 Oct 2004 16:51

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