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Brave New World, Surbiton : Britannia, Guildford
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Barley Mow, Shepperton

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Description: Old fassioned english pub, with framed cigarette card collections, bar mats and memorabilia covering the walls. The curved wooden bar with display rail looks like its been there forever. A wide selection of lagers, Fosters, Carling etc. Real ales including Hound Dog, St George Special, Porterhouse, T.E.A., and the usual selection of wines and spirits. The pretty young barmaids make you feel welcome. Live jazz on wednesday night and rock on saturdays. It was The Morning Advertiser's Pub of the Year 2005.

Address: 67 Watersplash Road, Shepperton, Middlesex, TW17 0EE

Tel: 01932 225326

Map: Find The Barley Mow, Shepperton on Google maps

Bands: Band X : Blue Beyond : Casinos, The : CHADWICK, Roland : Chevrons, The : Cry Wolf : Debbie Giles Band, The : Fast Buck : Kindred Spirit : Moonshine : Old Blue Moses : Rik Martin Trio, The : San Remo Jazz Band : Sharpees

Barley Mow, West Horsley

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Description: This secluded venue has black oak beams and magnolia painted low ceilings. The walls are decorated with art prints, motor racing memorabillia, and willow pattern plates. At one end of the long bar is a proper restaurant complete with tablecloths, at the other is a stone floored area with a real fire. Beers on offer include Youngs, London Pride, Spitfire, I.P.A., Carlsberg. It is now being run by Joe and Karen. Live music on Wednesday nights. The Malting House, is a large converted barn with space to host a wide variety of events. From Parties and social gatherings to wedding receptions, and can easily be set-up to suit your needs. Sadly this venue no longer has live music.

Address: 181 The Street, West Horsley, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT24 6HR

Tel: 01483 282693

Website: http://www.barleymowathorsley.info/index.html or Bookings and enquirees

Map: Find The Barley Mow, West Horsley on Google maps

Bands: Blaggers : DNA : Micky Flynn : Rich n Will : Robin Bibi Band : Susie Clarke Band

Bat and Ball, Boundstone, Farnham

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Description: This pub is run by Sally and Kevin. Live music on the last Sunday of the month.

Address: 15 Bat and Ball Lane, Boundstone, Farnham, Surrey, GU10 4SA

Tel: 01252 792108

Website: http://www.thebatandball.co.uk/bb.html

Map: Find the Bat and Ball on Google Maps

Bands: Old Blue Moses : Rik Martin Trio, The

Bed Bar, Woking


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Description: This large venue on two floors includes a nightclub and a bar. As I was never in "The Albion" or any of the other more recent reincarnations of this locality, its hard to judge whats changed. The bar is on the lower floor and has plenty of tables and chairs (well I'm sure they are somebody's idea of a chair, maybe a non-humaniod who prefers to sit in a box-crate, with steel tube legs (thats the so-called chair not the creature.) I feel that it must have been designed by the same person that does so many hotel bars. Sadly most of the staff seem as doppy as the dozing chinese daity, behind the bar, and you wonder why its called the BED bar. Apart from this, the area has a good atmosphere and acoustics, though I think I would have placed the stage at the end by the quite stylish, if a little dated Beatles portraits. If only they could find someone to sort out the lighting. It has two setting, blindingly bright or too dark to see. Also I am not a fan of these establishments that think bar snacks (crisps, peanuts, etc) are too common for them. You need something to munch on while you slurp. Live music every Thursday (free) and Friday night (free before 10:30pm).

Address: Church Path, Woking, Surrey, GU21 1EL

Tel: 01483 599200

Website: http://www.thebedbar.com/home.cfm or http://www.myspace.com/bedbarlivelounge

Black Horse, Newhaw

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Address: New Haw Road, New Haw, Addlestone, Surrey, KT15 2BX

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Map: Find the Black Horse, Newhaw on Google maps

Bands: Elvis : Open Mic

Black Lion, Surbiton


Description: Live music on Thursday nights

Address: 58 Brighton Rd, Surbiton, Surrey, KT6 5PL

Tel: 0208 3991666



Websitehttp://www.youngs.co.uk/pub-detail.asp?PubID=257

Map:
Find the Black Lion, Surbiton on Google maps

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Black Swan, Ockham

Description: Sadly this venue no longer has live music

Address: Old Lane, Martyr's Green, Cobham, Surrey, KT11 1NG

Tel: 01932 862364

Website: http://www.geronimo-inns.co.uk/theblackswan

Map: Find the Black Swan, Ockham on Google maps

Bands: Open Mic Night

Bleak House (sands), Woking

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Description: Sadly this venue no longer has live music.

Address: Chertsey Road, Woking, Surrey, GU21 5NL

Tel: 01483 760717

Website:
http://www.sandsatbleakhouse.co.uk/

Map:
Find the Bleak House (sands), Woking on Google Maps

Bands:
NEALE, Anna : Peter Falconer and The Mutiny

Blue Anchor Hotel, Byfleet

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Description: This large venue has two bars, the smaller of the two looks like its designed to give the hotel guests somewhere quiet to relax. The larger has a bar on one side, a raised seating area on the other, with bare wooden floorboards and two sofas. The Magnolia/off white walls are docorated with old photographs and art prints. There are several large etched glass wows on the streetside. Beers on offer include Carlsberg, Fosters, John Smith's. Entertainment is provided by a video projector, screen, and a LCD TV for sports, a few fruit machines, and two pool tables. The live music is on the 1st and 3rd Saturday's of the month.

Address: 155 High Road, Byfleet, Surrey, KT14 7RL

Tel: 01932 346301
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Boileroom, Guildford


Description: This venue has recently been refurbished and extended. Most of the bare brickwork walls have been covered over and painted a deep blood red. The unused area where the small bar used to be, now has a white wall, onto which they can project various images and information about who's playing. The most visible change though, is the long-awaited removal of the two vertical steel girders from in front of the stage, which is now straight, rather than curved. All these alterations together with a smaller sound booth and an extension housing new toilets has increased the venue's capacity to 300.  
   The walls are decorated with posters advertising forthcoming events, as well as menus for the in-house noodle bar. There is also a plethora of posters plastered to the ceiling by the bar, highlighting past glories. Familiar names include The Martin Harley Band, The Parlotones, The Great Outdoors, and Subsource. These are illuminated by a string of fairy lights, left over from christmas.
   The stage now features improved LED lighting and speaker stacks. There is also a new removable security barrier to prevent persistent over-enthusiastic fans from climbing on stage. This was in heavy demand on a recent visit to see the Sex Pistols Experience, although I'm used to being in the thick of it at the front, and even with a small mostly friendly crowd, I can see a possible crush hazard. But rest assured cause if a fight ever did break out, all the pint glasses are almost indestructible plastic.
   This is a very versatile space that can be easily used for a multitude of different events simply by the addition or removal of tables and poofs (I'm sorry but I just can't find any other word to describe two-foot high square or cylindrical padded blocks) answers on a postcard please. There are also wooden benches fixed to the walls on the stage side of the room  The main bar remains much the same offering Carling, Gaymer's Cider, Grolsch, Guinness, Red Stripe, various bottled beers as well as Jagermeister and other spirits, fruity cocktails and wine by the glass.
   The Boileroom is also home to the Sizzling Wok, their speciality noodle bar offering a wide selection of curries, soups, rice and seafood dishes. There is also a smokng area/beer garden (roughly 40sqft) at the back, with a modern well-designed canopy and wooden benches. It can be accessed through an airlock, and only when the lights are green. But don't worry, it's not one of those where all the oxygen gets sucked out, so you can't breathe. I have enjoyed many a great night of live music here in the past five years since it opened, and look forward to a great deal more, now its even better.



Address: 13 Stokefields, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 4LS

Tel: 01483 440022

Website: http://www.theboileroom.net/ or http://www.facebbook/theboileroom

Street Team: help by distributing leaflets and flyers in the local area and earn free entry to some gigs, and other goodies, find out more by e-mailing Lydia - lydia@theboileroom.net

Brave New World, Surbiton

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Description: Live music on Thursday nights

Address: 21-26 Berrylands Road, Surbiton, Surrey, KT5 8QX

Tel: 0208 3990200

Map: Find Brave New World on Google maps

Bands: BGT : Open Mic Night

Britannia, Guildford


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Address: 9 Millmead, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 4BE

Tel: 01483 572160

Map: Find The Britannia, Guildford on Google maps

Bands: Open Mic (Tuesdays) and live music Thursdays.