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Just a vagabond writes, "I once had a guy in a pub shout completely out of the blue at me 'OI! BIG NOSE!' and then ask coyly 'Fancy a fight?'"

Tell us stories of the dodgy boozers you've been to, and what happened.

(, Fri 7 Feb 2014, 12:32)
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The Bull, Berkhamsted
One of the few pubs left in the country where you can still smoke, so long as you're not sat right by the front windows. Even the Landlord does.

The clientèle are made up, pretty much exclusively, of people who've been barred from every other pub in town. If you want something dodgy, that's the place to find it.

Been in there once, for one drink, was told I had a lot of nerve coming in after what I'd pulled last week. I assured the guy I hadn't ever been in before, he scoffed and said he didn't think the people still pissed off at (whoever my lookalike was) would believe me either. So thought I'd play it safe, finished my pint and went elsewhere.

Also: The George, Berkhamsted
(closed a couple of months ago after a police raid).

They only ID's men, who had to be 21. Meanwhile, girls as young as 15 were let in every weekend so the pervy 40/50-somethings would buy them drinks and they'd dance on the tables.

After one-too-many complaints about the noise, they had their sound-system confiscated by (either the police or the council). They went and bought an even louder one the next day.
Lock-in's almost every weekend, resident coke-dealers, and the Landlord finally got too cocky and decided he was going to get in on that action himself. And got caught, courtesy of the high-res CCTV camera across the street that had been installed by the council for the express purpose of looking in the windows of that pub.

Berkhamsted's a relatively quiet, mostly middle-class town, so not a *patch* on rougher boozers elsewhere, but I don't have the balls to go to those ones.
(, Fri 7 Feb 2014, 16:45, 2 replies)
Given its location, I was surprised when my bus journey to work took me through Berko,
and I discovered that it had a rough bit.
(, Fri 7 Feb 2014, 17:04, closed)
Nothing Berko has to offer
Could compare to the Steamcoach in Boxmoor in its prime around 1993. There were plenty of places in Hemel where 16 year olds could get served (3 Horseshoes @ Winkwell was a fave, Fishery Inn Boxmoor was a second choice)... but at 14, it was the Steamcoach, or nothing, if you were a guy anyway.

Drugs werent so much tolerated as mandatory. Got a bit violent when rival dealers tried to use it at the same time...
(, Fri 7 Feb 2014, 17:31, closed)

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