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General discussion / Re: Things that make you go What the F**k?
« on: May 07, 2021, 02:29:10 PM »
Did any of you students stay the weekends? Vicoís was the spot on a Saturday and the limelight on a Friday night early to mid 90ís, cracking tunes and the staff didnít annoy anyone.

The Duke of York upstairs on a Friday was decent too

Where was vicos? I remember the name but can't remember if I was in it.
Stayed up the odd time just as had a job back home.
Shine the odd time. Was in Duke of York one weekend and it was rough so didn't go back.
The weekend nightlife round home was good so I generally always went home.


The back of Robinsons Vicoís had 3/4 floors with different tunes going on in each floor, with a guy serving free pizza downstairs, quality set up. Brunswick street

Ah yes. Was it renamed La-Lea at some point? Had a few good nights in there to be fair.
Think i remember a toilet cubicle with no lights in the corner of a dance floor. Or I could be imagining it.
No I think La Lea started off as Franklin's Gate or something. Vico's I think was round the back of Fibber Magee's where the Joxer etc. used to be.

Anyone remember the Chicago Pizza Pie Factory. Probably the first time I had seen a cocktail!

I have all these hazy memories of nights out in places without really knowing where it was at.
I know i was in Vicos and La-Lea and in my head it was the same place, but I did spend about 7 drunken years around Belfast and can't remember the half of it!
Don't remember Franklin's gate.

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General discussion / Re: Things that make you go What the F**k?
« on: May 07, 2021, 11:22:13 AM »
Anyone remember the traffic light discos in the pizza pie factory (I think) behind the cinema on the dublin road?

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General discussion / Re: Things that make you go What the F**k?
« on: May 07, 2021, 11:18:11 AM »
Never drank at college (90-94) so was able to go out every night, had a weekly routine, think the Chaplency was a Monday night for the Irish night, great craic. The crescent was a regular spot but never felt safe in it, the Union ran a great night (might have been Weds?), actually had my stag night in it (got married the week after my finals, think i was the only student in Belfast that was engaged at college, this partly explains why I didnít drink. The best spot was I think called The Elms, it was just before you came to Laveryís, some great bands in it, think it may have been the Thursday night spot. Laveryís was a complete no no then days, full of the Village gentlemen, Hatfield also a definite no no then, was locals only. Bishops on a Sunday evening was the great food wise, beside that was a constant diet of spuds, beans and sausages and penguin biscuits that I shared with the mice in my bedroom, except my final year I lived in Stranmillis when Sphinx and the Chinese beside it were my local chefs. Have two children up there now, really feel for them as covid has wrecked a year and a half of their college life, holy lands is full of Romanians now.
I was around the same era, Blackthorn in the Elms on.a Thursday was a big draw back then , the Fly on a Tuesday night was popular too,as were   The Bot,& Renshaws , , we would have been in the middle bar in laverys  regularly enough back then and never had any hassle to be honest . ,Spuds or Bishops being the late night eating houses

Thought the Elms was a good spot and had good times in the Bot and the Egg too. The Students Union was also hard to beat back in the mid 90's at £1 a pint.
Could never warm to Renshaws though.

Unions went to shite around 2000, drink wasn't that cheap. I was in Jordanstown halls in first year and only hit the union up there a handful of times and never really warmed to Queens Union. Brother was in Queens late 80s and they lived in the unions. Said houses were cold and shit and the union was cheaper than off licenses.

UUJ union had a fry and tea for £1 in first year but it got done up after that and it went up to about £3 after that.
Getting a pint and a (very small) pizza in the empire for £1 was hard to beat,  in my 
 fresher year it was £0.95 a pint  out at the poly union.

£6.50 being quoted in the papers for a pint in Belfast, ......and 2 pints, 2 toastie with chips £37, in Belfast.....wtf

Where is that? That is ridiculous, I know the pubs have had extra costs and lower numbers but if those prices are maintained its hard to see trade returning to pre Covid levels.

Any of you guys frequent the Lavery's £10 "drink all you want (can? ;)) nights in the late 90s? We ended up at a couple of them and we knew one of thebarmen well. Absolute carnage and by far the worst hangover I have ever had. My mate is convinced it was nt the volume of drink but the "quality" of some of the spirits being doled out.

Yup. They were messy. There was some amount of bokin went on at them!
Remember my now Mrs, got her bag stole in it. Not wan f**k did any of us give we were that smashed! lol.

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General discussion / Re: Things that make you go What the F**k?
« on: May 07, 2021, 11:15:48 AM »
Did any of you students stay the weekends? Vicoís was the spot on a Saturday and the limelight on a Friday night early to mid 90ís, cracking tunes and the staff didnít annoy anyone.

The Duke of York upstairs on a Friday was decent too

Where was vicos? I remember the name but can't remember if I was in it.
Stayed up the odd time just as had a job back home.
Shine the odd time. Was in Duke of York one weekend and it was rough so didn't go back.
The weekend nightlife round home was good so I generally always went home.


The back of Robinsons Vicoís had 3/4 floors with different tunes going on in each floor, with a guy serving free pizza downstairs, quality set up. Brunswick street

Ah yes. Was it renamed La-Lea at some point? Had a few good nights in there to be fair.
Think i remember a toilet cubicle with no lights in the corner of a dance floor. Or I could be imagining it.

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General discussion / Re: 💩 DUP C*ntwatch - Arlene overboard!
« on: May 07, 2021, 11:13:29 AM »
My own view is that Poots is an old school bigot, what you see is what you get.

Donaldson on the other hand has more a sense of cunning nastiness about him, on the face of it some will say he's the more moderate of the two but I think he's far more dangerous and will be stirring things in the background.

I never thought I'd say it but.....I agree with Angelo!
I need to lie down  :D :D

Poots and jeff both bigoted to the core but that will suit the grass roots voters for the next election.
Make no mistake, this is about appeasement of their voters and policies aside, it will come down to which one of the two the party thinks is most likely to be able to keep the Shinners out of the FM post at the next election. Everything else is secondary to that.

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General discussion / Re: Things that make you go What the F**k?
« on: May 06, 2021, 08:59:58 PM »
Did any of you students stay the weekends? Vicoís was the spot on a Saturday and the limelight on a Friday night early to mid 90ís, cracking tunes and the staff didnít annoy anyone.

The Duke of York upstairs on a Friday was decent too

Where was vicos? I remember the name but can't remember if I was in it.
Stayed up the odd time just as had a job back home.
Shine the odd time. Was in Duke of York one weekend and it was rough so didn't go back.
The weekend nightlife round home was good so I generally always went home.

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General discussion / Re: Things that make you go What the F**k?
« on: May 06, 2021, 06:41:59 PM »
Bob Cratchitts, opposite the City Hospital was great for the drinking parties

Cratchitts on a wed night 1990 onwards! Great spot, difficult to get into at the weekends back then, doorman was a complete tool.

Met the misses there, only bad thing I can remember  ;D

Cratchetts was hit and miss in my time.
There was a nurses night which was good.....but there was also several occasions where I finished up talking to "ladies" who were members of the young farmers association! No idea if they had a night or if it was just bad luck. lol.

This thread has turned into a "Student Live in Belfast in the 90s" thread! i like it.

The Fly before it became trendy was good. Used to be a quiz in it on a monday night where the quizmaster climbed a ladder to sit on top of the bar. Spot prizes of free pints. It used to be some mess.

I remember the M-Club opening up....I was barred out of it for about 6 months even though I'd never been in it.
First night I got in, a row broke out behind me and I got threw out with the rest of them! Finished up in Laverys those nights usually.

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General discussion / Re: Things that make you go What the F**k?
« on: May 05, 2021, 02:18:40 PM »
The Bot did a feed and a pint for a good deal when I was about. Think it was steak, chips and pint for £5. For when the loans had just came in. Pints used to come out from the kitchen too, weren't pulled at the bar.

The Bot used to do a lunch time thing, a basket of wings or wedges for a pound.
I did Computers at Uni and the building was on the other side of the road, so manys a lunctime started in the bot for the cheap basket and a pint....and you'd finish up hammered at 6 oclock and hitting the Kam Wah on the way home.

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General discussion / Re: Things that make you go What the F**k?
« on: May 05, 2021, 02:16:51 PM »
Crowd o rich basturts. Pizzas for a pound in the Empire 😎

Pizza and pint for £1.50 or something like that.

Microwave yolks all the same but safer than the Julies Kitchen just down the road on Botanic, you were taking your life in your hands by eating in there..

Known as Julies Knickers in my time

Did a good chicken fillet burger :)

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General discussion / Re: Things that make you go What the F**k?
« on: May 05, 2021, 02:16:19 PM »
Crowd o rich basturts. Pizzas for a pound in the Empire 😎

Jeez there's a flashback!
Used to live around the corner from the Empire, was prob in it twice a week. I loved it till one night a crowd of us were at a SLF concert in it. Must have been 97-98.
The whole place was jumping and the bouncers decided to come into the crowd to pick someone out for ejection. That started a row, bouncers started punching all round them and throwing out random people they could grab. Then about 10 land rovers of cops landed outside which just got things going right.
Kind of put me off the place a bit.

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General discussion / Re: Things that make you go What the F**k?
« on: May 05, 2021, 02:13:23 PM »
You wouldn't have kept a Jack Russell in some of the kips on Wellesley Ave.

A Jack Russell would have been safer up those streets than down near Renshaws, bit too close to Kam Wah in botanic....

Dear god I forgot about the Kam Wah! Wee auld fella used to sit out the back and shout at everyone.
Place was stinking.

I was never a huge renshaws fan, but does anyone remember the Crescent on Sandy Row? Jeez it was some spot...2 quid in, drinks about 80p. Sawdust on the floor and and a very dodgy management.
The attic in laverys was class in the mid 90s too, a wee dingy nightclub.

Crescent UDA downstairs catholic students upstairs, I darken itís door once, being a local I was wise to the joint

We went  there every Tuesday and Thursday in 95 and 96.

There was a rumour that rustled and died on a 3-4 week cycle that the UDA would be kneecapping catholics if they wouldnít  stay away. 6 tins beforehand was always enough to reroute thoughts of going somewhere else but more expensive. Then inside once again youíd quickly realise that everyone in the place was catholic, was steaming, didnít give a f**k, and was wired up happy with double gin and Hooch for £3. That, and everyone seemed to wear grey. Always.

Stole a couple of pictures off the wall one night. The girl I was walking home was freaking out that Iíd get me knees done for it. Still have one of the pictures to this day. Iíve no idea why.

Great times.

Yup...same as that....though i didnt steal any pictures.
Had to be one of the easiest spots in belfast at the time for picking up. Probably because everyone was trollied.
Good music, cheap booze, sawdust on the floor (making us country boys feel a bit more comfortable), and loadsa weemin. What's not to love.

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General discussion / Re: TV Show recommendations
« on: May 04, 2021, 05:53:48 PM »
Sopranos for me will be hard to top. The Wire and Breaking bad up there next. Then the newbies, gomarrah, succession and billions.
West wing I binge watched a few months back. Drifted a little in the latter seasons, didnít watch the final season as yet. Will pick it up now.
Six feet under also very decent.
Dexter great for awhile then just got silly.
Ozark was top drawer. Really enjoyed it.

Loved breaking bad and Ozark.
Better Call Saul was really good too.

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General discussion / Re: Things that make you go What the F**k?
« on: May 04, 2021, 05:50:56 PM »
You wouldn't have kept a Jack Russell in some of the kips on Wellesley Ave.

A Jack Russell would have been safer up those streets than down near Renshaws, bit too close to Kam Wah in botanic....

Dear god I forgot about the Kam Wah! Wee auld fella used to sit out the back and shout at everyone.
Place was stinking.

I was never a huge renshaws fan, but does anyone remember the Crescent on Sandy Row? Jeez it was some spot...2 quid in, drinks about 80p. Sawdust on the floor and and a very dodgy management.
The attic in laverys was class in the mid 90s too, a wee dingy nightclub.

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General discussion / Re: TV Show recommendations
« on: May 04, 2021, 02:26:04 PM »
I've never watched Sopranos or gomorrah.
Think I've only ever seen series 1&2 of the wire...must pick it up again.

I thought LOD finale was grand....i didn't get all the overall hype in general about LOD. It was good, but not what everyone was raving about.

Just recently started Black Mirror, think i'm somewhere in the middle of series 2.
It is very good.


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General discussion / Re: Things that make you go What the F**k?
« on: April 29, 2021, 04:54:29 PM »
Some craic reading this
I didn't do the student life and sometimes I think I missed out but I'm not so sure !!

I didn't do the student life, I worked and partied in the Holylands most nights. As the lads were saying they were a complete tip, falling asleep was a hazardous and came with a health warning, the country lads were unreal, let off the lead and partied hard.

Its funny bumping into these lads 30 years down the road, business men, high up in the Civil service or teachers and while they would maybe struggle to remember me I always have a chuckle at them now and what they got up to. Its a great thing we didn't have social media back in the day or phones!

Yep!
God forbid the things our kids would find out about us if there was.
You have to feel sorry for the younger ones now who will never really have that sense of privacy again. I mean, how could they keep a girl at home for the weekends and one at uni during the week without being caught out on social media?
The world is couped.

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