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Giffard Arms, Wolverhampton

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Metal and goth pub. One ale only on pump on my visit (a Tuesday afternoon) and pleasant enough but nothing special.
wobblybob - 30 May 2017 20:59
It could be worse Martinsh. Some pubs only knock off one penny from the price of a pint for a half, but thanks for the warning.
eddybeer - 3 Jan 2017 13:42
People who drink halves BEWARE ! On my visit here I was charged £2 for a half of a beer that was only £3.30 a pint !

Apart from that, it is more or less as previous posters have described it – a magnet for Metalmaniacs ! The whole place is very dark, most of the clientele wearing leather and chains, tables made out to look like occupied coffins, and a large chair that looks like something straight out of a wargames workshop !

There were 2 cask ales available, but it was difficult to spot them through all the other clutter on the bar.

I won’t be going again.

Martinsh - 2 Jan 2017 22:16
METALLLLLL!!!!!! (sos got carried away there!) Yes it`s a rock pub, as said, lovely outside and all black and blood red inside. Another essential pub to visit when in town....HORNS UP!!!!
Blastbeat - 28 Oct 2016 11:25
I always visit this pub when in Wolverhampton, which is often enough and thought it was about time that i rated it.

The exterior is fantastic. It is mock stone faced perpendicular (Tudor) styled town house, built in the 1920s, I think (I used to work in Wolverhampton, many years ago)

The pub is known for being a haven for the Goth/Alternative clientele, but its fantastically welcoming to all, even an archivist with waistcoat and fob-watch!

The interior is dark, wooden, with interesting coffin tables and an impressive throne that sits like the judgement of Solomon in the middle of the pub.

Real ales always on, as well as the usual taps, though no MILD. Sadly, on my last visit, the Hobgoblin had disappeared and i had to have the Wells Bombardier, a basic alternative.

Will continue to visit
Archivist - 24 May 2009 10:31
Definitely different. Drank here when it was an average smoky boozer 10 years ago, but you now have a very different experience indeed. A dark, moody, Goth/rock experience, coffin tables, spiked throne, skulls, air guitar rostrum and pretty good beer if you like Speckled Hen or Hobgoblin. Opinion on this place is divided, but once you've been in, you won't forget it.
dableywolf - 7 Mar 2009 20:20
The outside of this pub is pretty impressive, with mullioned windows and fine stonework. Walk inside and it's also pretty impressive in a completely different way. A massive throne is facing you as you walk towards the bar. Coffin shaped tables all around you and a mix of leathers and more mature clientele. Had Roosters Yankee and Wychwood Hobgoblin on the bar. Had a pint of the Roosters which was well kept. Upstairs is a Goth/Alternative venue at weekends. If you like the Yorkshire House in Shrewsbury you'll like it here and vice versa.
ROBCamra - 29 Jan 2009 09:23
One to hit for the atmosphere and experience rather than the ale which is a bit up and down, though at least they do always have cask on.

This rocker, biker, goth, alternative pub is worth visiting for the teeth adorned throne and coffin shaped tables.

Dont be put off by the leather clad and tattood - I have never witnessed any trouble in this pub unlike many of the modern and downright boring drinking venues in town.
floydette - 29 Oct 2008 14:25
This is rockers pub especially on Friday/Saturday nights but i went on a Monday afternoon recently and it was empty.Had a pint of Old Speckled Hen which was nice enough but a bit warm.Dr's verdict - go and check out the coffin shaped tables.
TheCasualDoctor - 21 Jul 2008 20:41
Went in as part of my "new pub every week" New Year's Resolution. Was a little taken aback by its metalness (looks like an old man's boozer from outside) but was impressed. Three ales on. Bar staff attentive. Decor interesting. Toilets clean. Having read earlier comments please note, I am southern and the service did not seem to suffer for it. I shall make a regular visit before gigs in Wolve-O.
davver - 8 Apr 2007 01:01
Used this pub as my solice in the town after work during my contracted 2 years in the city. Was a great pub and had a haunting, different atmosphere with a very obliging and charming bar staff - sadly moved on nowadays to the Perry Barr area and beyond.
I liked the beer, ate the food and regularly propped the bar up through the week and esp. on my return off the train on Sunday nights. It's off the well worn track for the city slickers and posers set and thats definitely to it's advantage but with the on set of Wolves becoming a student dominated nightlife scene then I'm the pretentious set get in these days trying on the student discounts etc. Happy memories.
Mcloj - 29 Sep 2006 10:34
If you like good music (rock, metal, and those of the ilk), you should love the Giffard Arms. It's Wolverhampton's "alternative" HQ, and although it gets friendlier the more regularly you go there, a warm welcome will await most first-timers too - you don't have to "fit in" (unless you want to go to the weekly goth night upstairs on a Saturday). The staff are really great, true characters - and there's usually a good guest ale on. Personally, I highly recommend this place, but some people are easily put off.
darkwinter - 22 Aug 2006 16:57
Used to drink here back in the 70s, 80s and 90s. Always been a good pub for soft and hard rock. Frequented by bikers and rockers a good friendly place. About 10 year ago was refused entry for having torn jeans, so refused to spend any money here for the next ten years. Decided to try it again a few weeks back the place is still dark and atmospheric but now frequented by goths as well as the usual suspects. The beer's worse than ever, my pint of Highgate dark MILD was warm and flat, might as well stay away for another 10 years. - 19 May 2006 11:23
My accent betrayed me as a southerner, and the barman's face froze. There were only 3 or 4 other people in the pub at the time, and I thought maybe he'd be glad of the extra custom, but no! Drank my (indifferent) pint of beer in 10 minutes flat, made my excuses and left.
anonymous - 30 Jan 2006 16:19
Its grim - possibly by design - but the bogs are disgraceful, the staff unwelcoming and the atmosphere dull. If you're looking for an escape from City Centre vertical drinking shops - as I was - don't mistake this for any sort of pub you want to go for a drink in despite its looking quite attractive from the outside. I'm sure Goths will love it mind.....
Joe_Cundy - 11 Jan 2006 17:34
This is a rock pub, complete with tables shaped as coffin lids, but in fairness there is always a good atmosphere. There are the standard keg beers such as John Smiths available but there is usually at least one guest. Last time i visited it was Hobgoblin, which until now, i'd only seen in bottles. The staff are friendly and always have a smile, something which goes a long way to making the customer seem welcome
AliWiseman - 13 Nov 2005 13:28

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