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36-38 Hockley, Nottingham, NG1 1FP
Over the years the Bunkers has tried to be all things to all people. What’s notable is that it’s largely managed to succeed at this.
A large, open bar brims with a big choice of cask ales and craft beers. Big screens show some sport, though it’s mainly ice hockey, since this is the bar of choice for Nottingham Panthers fans – as it’s right next door to the arena.
There are open mic sessions, bigger gigs in the upstairs room and even a retro arcade machine tucked away in an alcove by the slots. And if you want to brave four lanes of passing traffic, there’s an outdoor terrace.
Music? Yep – the Bunkers has a long traditon of supporting local music, though thankfully the loudest stuff is confined to the upstairs room.
Food? The menu is American inspired, with burgers, fried chicken and wings.
Customers? On weekends during the season, be prepared to jostle with massive frames wearing oversized hockey gear – and that’s just the fans.
Opinion? A recent refurbishment has refreshed the look and feel of the Bunkers. It’s a good venue to start an evening crawling up Hockley. Make sure you down enough before facing the ocean of kids lining up for the more trendy places.