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Merchant's Place, RG1 1DT
Reviewed On: 18 May 2007
Public Houses in Reading
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Merchant's Place, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 1DT
0.11 miles from Reading station
|Steve's Score:||3.5 (Out of 5)|
|Gray's Grade:||3.5 (Out of 5)|
|Gray Gulped:||Red Stripe, Staropramen|
|Garden / Facilities:||You're joking! Not even a balcony.|
18 May 2007
At last we got round to re-visiting Afroba. And the good news is that it's changed very little! Still very, very funky and perhaps the coolest place in Reading to hang out for a few beers. If anything it was better than our original visit and the years have improved this place. I'm certain they've extended it slightly unless my mind is playing tricks on me, but it did seem bigger. The bar has moved into the middle and the whole layout seemed improved. Some new tables and chairs and a few more people too. There's loads of groovy artwork on the walls that wasn't there before either. With the improvements it still retained the same great, chilled out atmosphere. I've even increased my score a bit. G.|
A little increase on the score is entirely justified but I'm not sure I can crank it up to a 4. As the man says, it's a chilled out relaxation zone and it is just a little better than it was before. Someone might prove me wrong but I'm not sure why he thinks it was bigger! They have moved the bar and made that bigger, and chucked in some more chairs so by all accounts it should seem smaller, but he's right, it feels bigger!! Can't be though - it's the same building! Damn. I'm gonna have to go back now to be sure! S.
24 September 2004
Oh yeah, baby, I'm feelin' the love. Uh-huh. They might just have the single CD player and a couple of speakers but it was pumping out some well sexy tunes. The music fitted in with the place though - so chilled out you could be at the North Pole - just sit back and enjoy. It's the upstairs of a sandwich shop with a tiny bar in the corner with a couple of fridges. There's a random mix of seating (including a couple of sofas) scattered about - I guess the capacity of the place is about 20 people. As mini Suz noted - it's just like someone's turned their spare room into a pub. Grooooovy though. Oh, and a glitter ball. I must admit to quite liking this place - quite unique. G.|
After visiting local after local it is nice to go somewhere that is more than a bit different. This is a groovy little place and I'm pretty sure itís the only place you could hear the music they were playing. The bar itself is the top floor of a sandwich place and it looks pretty much like it's an afterthought to the building as it appears to only be made of wood with a few token bricks thrown into the mix for good luck. Few pictures in the wall, we noted 4 in total, and eclectic furniture to boot. As G says, the bar was just two fridges of bottles that in most places in town would sell out within 20 minutes. Small, hidden, quirky and a welcome change from the norm. S.
Two fridges with a selection of bottled lagers. And that's your lot! But you wouldn't expect much else - if they had a proper bar they'd be nowhere to sit would there? G.|
Good selection of bottles by the looks of things though so it will cater for all lager tastes that's for sure. S.
On re-review the fridge is much the same - wide choice of bottled lagers. You have to accept that they haven't got the set-up for draught beer - so perhaps it would be good to add a few interesting bottled real ales too. G.
There were more than a couple of interesting bottled beers in there - much better than you find in a lot of bars but they could go out on a limb with some more relatively unknown beers. I don't think the crowd you find in here would be into real ales. S
(Rated 9 out of 10)
visited in July 2007
"Afroba was extended by about 50% late last year. It's the same fab place that it used to be except there is more of it.
And don't forget it is also home to the fabulous Big Jack's Laughter Club.
(Rated 10 out of 10)
visited in October 2006
"Wicked, chilled-out bar with decent beer. And a glitter ball. Wish I'd known about it when I first moved here."
Nina visited in August 2005
"Such a cool, sexy bar - in it's in Reading too, who'd have thought it! Music's always brilliant, and with the beer you can drink yourself around the world from the comfort of a settee. Nice one."
Average Visitor Score: 9.50 out of 10
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