A pub with a fairly inauspicious history was to be found on the corner of Hill Street and Lower Severn Street – a stones throw from the once nightclub Mecca of John Bright Street.
Whilst now a Select & Save store as seen above – this pub, built in 1966, provided my first taste of a rock nightclub scene in the mid-1908s when the top floor of the otherwise reserved for the white ankle sock, slip-on shoe wearing trendy brigade bar was given over to a late-license rock disco on Friday nights. The top-floor was an absolute tip with a disintegrating dance floor and warm, weak beer and the dj-ing was undertaken by gravel-voiced Costermonger legend Tony – “here’s Paranoid by Black Sabbath” – Craig.
The last time I was there would have been New Year’s Eve 1986/7 on a night out when I spent the princely sum of £50.00 – and was fairly sober, giving an indication of the strength of the beer! Fortunately, in early 1987 Edward’s Number 8 opened as a rock venue and the Grapes was superfluous to requirements.
Actually, I tell a lie, I did go in there several years later when it was called Mr Q’s or Hill Street Q’s, or some such combination and it was still a dump but by then a dump dominated by pool tables!