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Nightlife in Waterford in 80s,90s, early 2000s

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  • Registered Users Posts: 525 ✭✭✭ Oscar Madison
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    aziz wrote: »
    Oh yeah, talking of Geoff's
    I can't understand how one pub can employ so many arsehole bar staff.
    Even going back 35 years when I first went in there, in was the same.
    A couple of them were fine but then you had the ones that would bar on because you looked at them side ways or some other bull excuse


    I can honestly say that I've NEVER experienced a negative or a bad attitude

    from ANY staff at Geoff's!


  • Registered Users Posts: 19 Murphy2020
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    That tv show with Des Bishop brings back so many memories of crazy nights in town.


  • Registered Users Posts: 33,989 ✭✭✭✭ PTH2009
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    Murphy2020 wrote: »
    That tv show with Des Bishop brings back so many memories of crazy nights in town.

    A little bit before my time but pretty similar experience to what after hours looks like before covid

    Jesus whittles shop where Centra is now, the kentucky around the area

    I think the manager of Abra is still manager of one Apache today could be wrong?.

    Tragically someone who appeared in that episode was killed in a car crash a few years after


  • Registered Users Posts: 18,625 ✭✭✭✭ road_high
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    hardybuck wrote: »
    I also don't think that the current generation of 18-30 year olds drink as much as their predecessors from previous generations.

    Drink is more expensive, and contains more calories, than certain chemical alternatives.

    I think the kids now are way more into image i.e. Physical appearances than we were in the early 2000s when i was starting "going out". Now it's all Instagram and gym culture whereas we didn't give a ****e really. Going to the gym was not mainstream like it is now.
    As result they don't drink as much as we did I reckon, more health conscious.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,174 ✭✭✭ friendlyfun
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    Murphy2020 wrote: »
    That tv show with Des Bishop brings back so many memories of crazy nights in town.

    When he's talking in Red square you can see Egans and the old Pennys. Brought back a flood of memories.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,312 ✭✭✭ Smell the glove
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    PTH2009 wrote: »
    Tragically someone who appeared in that episode was killed in a car crash a few years after

    It aired very shortly after his funeral.


  • Registered Users Posts: 33,989 ✭✭✭✭ PTH2009
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    It aired very shortly after his funeral.

    Was it his house mate or the bouncer ?


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,312 ✭✭✭ Smell the glove
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    PTH2009 wrote: »
    Was it his house mate or the bouncer ?

    Neither. He's a customer.


  • Registered Users Posts: 451 ✭✭ Flow Motion
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    road_high wrote: »
    I think the kids now are way more into image i.e. Physical appearances than we were in the early 2000s when i was starting "going out". Now it's all Instagram and gym culture whereas we didn't give a ****e really. Going to the gym was not mainstream like it is now.
    As result they don't drink as much as we did I reckon, more health conscious.

    I'd agree 100% on this point. I dont think anyone frequented a gym other than elite athletes back then. Probably only the Glass Leisure Centre and a handful of other small place dotted around town at that point. Whereas it is all gym culture/running/cycling these days for the younger generations. A game of 5 a side soccer was the limit of my exercise in my early 20's and the odd summer swim in Tramore. It was all about going out at the weekends. All the time. Looking back I had a ball and it did not do me any harm. There has been some huge changes since the year 2000. And not all for the better. Life was a lot more straightforward back then.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,738 ✭✭✭ dzilla
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    I'd agree 100% on this point. I dont think anyone frequented a gym other than elite athletes back then. Probably only the Glass Leisure Centre and a handful of other small place dotted around town at that point. Whereas it is all gym culture/running/cycling these days for the younger generations. A game of 5 a side soccer was the limit of my exercise in my early 20's and the odd summer swim in Tramore. It was all about going out at the weekends. All the time. Looking back I had a ball and it did not do me any harm. There has been some huge changes since the year 2000. And not all for the better. Life was a lot more straightforward back then.

    100%


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  • Registered Users Posts: 917 ✭✭✭ giles lynchwood
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    aziz wrote: »
    Oh yeah, talking of Geoff's
    I can't understand how one pub can employ so many arsehole bar staff.
    Even going back 35 years when I first went in there, in was the same.
    A couple of them were fine but then you had the ones that would bar on because you looked at them side ways or some other bull excuse


    If you ever met the manager, that would answer your question. Used to go into Dooley's for the breakfast (massive by the way) all the girls there were super chatty attentive just good at their job. One of them got a job in Geoff's and within weeks her attitude had changed for the worst, how a workplace can have that effect on somebody, baffel's me to this day.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,029 ✭✭✭ Quigs Snr
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    I'd agree 100% on this point. I dont think anyone frequented a gym other than elite athletes back then. Probably only the Glass Leisure Centre and a handful of other small place dotted around town at that point. Whereas it is all gym culture/running/cycling these days for the younger generations. A game of 5 a side soccer was the limit of my exercise in my early 20's and the odd summer swim in Tramore. It was all about going out at the weekends. All the time. Looking back I had a ball and it did not do me any harm. There has been some huge changes since the year 2000. And not all for the better. Life was a lot more straightforward back then.


    I was just saying to someone that when i moved back to waterford in 2000 i used to go out running around by ballgunner and i was usually the only person out there.. now you see people running all over the city.


  • Registered Users Posts: 497 ✭✭ 91wx763
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    PTH2009 wrote: »
    I think the manager of Abra is still manager of one Apache today could be wrong?.

    "WW" owns Brooklyn etc nowadays.


  • Registered Users Posts: 497 ✭✭ 91wx763
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    I can honestly say that I've NEVER experienced a negative or a bad attitude

    from ANY staff at Geoff's!

    The only two old timers that were any good their names start with W and M and they're still about. There were a lot of other c*cks back in the day, some related to the guvnor. General barstaff everywhere can be idiots so it's not just here.


  • Registered Users Posts: 451 ✭✭ Flow Motion
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    Quigs Snr wrote: »
    I was just saying to someone that when i moved back to waterford in 2000 i used to go out running around by ballgunner and i was usually the only person out there.. now you see people running all over the city.

    There's been a huge increase in road running here in Waterford. Not a car journey passes without seeing individuals & groups of men & women on our roads. Fair play *but* it wouldnt be for me.

    In terms of the effect it has had on the local social scene if you are one of these runners than drinking & socialising would be very low on your list of priorities IMO. However even such a wholesome activity is not w/o its risks: the effect of pounding the roads results in many runners developing or needing hip/knee replacements in later life due to the impact.

    I'll raise a glass to them as they pass by the window of my local :pac:


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,881 ✭✭✭ kooga
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    I lived in Waterford from 1974 - 1986 left when I was 13 but for a good few summers after that till the mid 90s used to go back down. I have great memories of the bridge hotel - did the nite club become Olympus/olympics? Trying out my first few pints of smith wicks. Plus the old cinema on Patrick street it had three screens / the palace Pullman and the mini. Inside you had all the posters on the wall in the q area - was their two old ladies who rang the ticket office and shop. Fond memories. There was a pub bar off o Connell street which reminded me of someone’s living room but I can’t remember the name.


  • Registered Users Posts: 451 ✭✭ Flow Motion
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    kooga wrote: »
    Plus the old cinema on Patrick street it had three screens / the palace Pullman and the mini. Inside you had all the posters on the wall in the q area - was their two old ladies who rang the ticket office and shop. Fond memories.

    The old cinema was a lot better looking inside & outside than what replaced it. The main screen upstairs was absolutely huge. If you had any of those old posters they would be worth a fair bit by now.


  • Registered Users Posts: 33,989 ✭✭✭✭ PTH2009
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    Where was the old rogue ?

    Had a few pints of Harp yesterday bloody hell its toxic :D

    Hard to believe we have 1 pub in our City Centre


  • Registered Users Posts: 691 ✭✭✭ aziz
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    PTH2009 wrote: »
    Where was the old rogue ?

    Had a few pints of Harp yesterday bloody hell its toxic :D

    Hard to believe we have 1 pub in our City Centre

    The rogue is now the hub


  • Registered Users Posts: 33,989 ✭✭✭✭ PTH2009
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    aziz wrote: »
    The rogue is now the hub

    saw it in the des bishop episode but couldn't make out where the pub was. Revolution was only being build back then.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 497 ✭✭ 91wx763
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    PTH2009 wrote: »
    Where was the old rogue ?

    Had a few pints of Harp yesterday bloody hell its toxic :D

    Hard to believe we have 1 pub in our City Centre

    Only place I know for Harpic is JK Walshs opposite Georges Court. Mega dull.


  • Registered Users Posts: 497 ✭✭ 91wx763
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    PTH2009 wrote: »
    saw it in the des bishop episode but couldn't make out where the pub was. Revolution was only being build back then.

    It was previously Eddie Rocketts but there was a money war or something and that's how Eddie Rocketts and Rockin Joes came about.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,174 ✭✭✭ friendlyfun
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    Rockin Joes is pure filth


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,174 ✭✭✭ friendlyfun
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    There's been a huge increase in road running here in Waterford. Not a car journey passes without seeing individuals & groups of men & women on our roads. Fair play *but* it wouldnt be for me.

    In terms of the effect it has had on the local social scene if you are one of these runners than drinking & socialising would be very low on your list of priorities IMO. However even such a wholesome activity is not w/o its risks: the effect of pounding the roads results in many runners developing or needing hip/knee replacements in later life due to the impact.

    I'll raise a glass to them as they pass by the window of my local :pac:

    I tried a bit of running on the dunmore road but its sometimes impossible because you get groups of oulwans running three abreast who don't have the decency to move out of the way.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,777 ✭✭✭ s8n
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    great thread.



  • Registered Users Posts: 525 ✭✭✭ Oscar Madison
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    You only get get back what you give out & I have enough experience to last a lifetime & I'm still learning!

    Entitlement is an awful chip to be carrying & I'm not suggesting that you are but there are quite a few out there

    who do wear it as a 'my human right badge' Dealing with the public is a tough task! They are a toxic group!



  • Registered Users Posts: 326 ✭✭ Crusty Blaa
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    I'm with you on this. I go to Geoff's probably twice a month at least and I always find the service and staff very good. If it wasn't I wouldn't bother going.



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,569 ✭✭✭ Motivator
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    We were blessed with the old nightlife scene in Waterford, unfortunately what’s there now is depressing compared to the early and mid 2000s. Rubys, Muldoons, Oxegen and Harveys were the last real draws before things went bad and never recovered. Really when you look at what’s on offer now for a major city, it’s terrible.

    For those who didn’t get to experience Rubys or Muldoons on a packed Saturday night when if you queued for less than 15 minutes you were thrilled, you won’t ever get how good those places were. For a certain age group Rubys will always be the pinnacle of social venues. I even met my wife there.



  • Registered Users Posts: 326 ✭✭ Crusty Blaa
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    Harvey's was a great spot especially out the back. My main memory of Rubys is just messy. Oxegen was a kip.

    I think we always look back and romanticise about what has gone. The Reg in my opinion is a top late night place to go to but you're right, we don't have many options nowadays.

    Late bars have taken over from clubs not just in Waterford but all over the country.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 590 ✭✭✭ azimuth17
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    Some of it sounds like older friends quoting from a recently published 1972 Waterford pub price list when a large stout was 20p which meant five fora quid!



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