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Whatever Floats Your Goat!…..by this week’s G Spots! guest blogger, Laura Greenhill
Ah, the summer – the perfect excuse for guilt free ice-cream, picnics in the park and an opportunity to sample the odd beer garden. Being a Bangorian, I tend to go local, so was more than happy to try out The Goat’s Toe on Main Street. Decked out with its own ‘caravan of love’ and a table fit for a King’s feast with adjustable seats, what’s not to love?
Being the perfect place to catch some rays whilst sipping an ice cold glass of your chosen poison, this is one of my favourite summer locations. There’s also a new cocktail menu that needs to be sampled on the rooftop garden, especially the ice-cream cocktails – anyone for a 99?! Served in a white glass, and looking like something Mr. Whippy invented himself, these creations are as eye catching as they are mouthwatering and make a nice addition to what is an already great pub grub menu, that serves lunches from as little as £5.
For those of you who have never visited The Goat’s Toe, it’s a bar that certainly wouldn’t be out of place in the hustle and bustle of Brighton.
Having studied there, I saw my fair share of quirky, vintage bars. What also gets the thumbs up, especially to music fans like me is the fact the walls of The Goat’s Toe are covered with old vinyl covers. Keep your eyes peeled for some golden oldies that will give you an instant urge to update your iPod with these must-have classics. The retro decor instantly has a vintage vibe – close your eyes and you’ll feel like you’ve been transported back to a cooler era of yesteryear.
My favourite thing about The Goats Toe is even with its increasing popularity, it has the ability to remain a unique little spot, only for those in the know. This may be down to its location – almost hidden in an alleyway, The Goats Toe seems like the treasure at the end of the hunt.
Bangor is not short of bars, but watching a live band in this venue feels different. The perfectly located stage allows you to enjoy the entertainment from every angle.
Whether you fancy a quiet cocktail and want to be far enough away to enjoy background noise, or if like me you’re a bit of a jukebox head, you can be right up at the front, dancing like no one is watching – and feeling like you’re at a headline gig at Madison Square Gardens.
The upcoming theme nights such as the Mad Men event on July 16, will see punters sipping an old fashioned and swinging to the sixties soundtrack.
The Goats Toe really has something for everyone and that is reflected in its clientele. On a Saturday night you will be sure to find people of all ages (even my parents!!) enjoying one of its signature cocktails. The ’27 Club’ cocktails, are named after the tragic loses of rock stars at the age of 27 such as Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse. They were both music legends and although it hasn’t had global superstars gracing its doors, The Goat’s Toe has definitely seen some of the best local talent on the music scene playing some gigs.
So the next sunny day you find yourself in my neck of the woods and you’re torn between an ice cream and a cocktail, you’ll consider popping down to The Goat’s Toe to have an Ice-Cream cocktail – Problem solved! Enjoy