The Tube


This aptly named double-barrelled seafront dive is like being trapped inside one of those colourful transparent plastic cigarette lighters (four for a paaand?); if you’re unfortunate enough to be stuck in the wrong chamber, you won’t get lit. Let me explain what I mean…

Exactly like its neighbour The Bermuda Triangle (the two are easily confused), The Tube is accessed from a door on one of the sloping ramps that lead down to the seafront. But unlike Bermuda Triangle, its long, thin cylindrical interior is divided lengthways into two. To get to the second compartment, where the bands play, you have to walk the length of the first, which is where the bar is, and pass through a small doorway on the right. Because it’s so narrow, if one half is full, it’s very difficult to access the other.

Having said all that, I do like the place. The last time I was there was for a low-key record label showcase on the 2014 Alternative Escape, where I saw the excellent Argentinian post-punk girl group Las Kellies. Swampy toilets and premium-priced rum and cokes aside, it was a good night.

169 – 170 Kings Road Arches


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