11 reviews of The Friary in English
When the pub doors are closed for the night, you're forced to queue up to get inside one of the most overrated rooms in Derby.
There is a particular fat-head bouncer who always singles out someone in a group, and refuses them entry; by either claiming they have been disruptive before, too drunk to enter, or, that their I.D card is a fake. But when you take a closer look, these are always people in the 'minor' category; be it their ethnicity, size or a dress sense that suggests homosexuality, or even if the girl in question is not much of a looker.
Take tonight, my friend and I took her younger sister out because she's just recently turned 18. I have already heard rumours about these bouncers before, and after 20 minutes in the cold with chino-w*nkers at our backs who were clearly aggressive and had one too many shots at a previous bar- (couldn't help but overhear their trivial conversations as they were right on my bloody tail), we finally approached the steps with I.D's at the ready. The same bouncer who had just claimed to three Asian lads that they were barred because of what they did previously (though they made a point to inform him that this was their first time), took one look at my friend and refused her entry, claiming she was too drunk. Not only did he mock her appearance, stating that she held her jaw strange, but he also had the gall to suggest she was high on drugs! We informed him, and the b*stards behind us, that only a few years ago she had been in a rather nasty car accident that almost claimed her life, leaving her with a broken jaw amongst other things. Her sister was rather irate about telling how insensitive he had been, and he dispassionately refused us all, and even made some crack about the whole ordeal to the idiots behind us, causing a raucous of nasty comments that further fuelled her humiliation, and practically stuck a big red circle over our foreheads for further hassle. And yet he allowed those scumbags entry without even asking them for I.D, even though the brat-faced imbeciles not only had immature attitudes, but also reeked of alcohol and sick.
After hearing from so many people that they've been refused or
know someone who has been refused for incredulous reasons, this beckons the
belief that this notorious doorman of scream is a bigot.
Until that self-righteous bully is fired, and the queuing system is sorted, I will not be going back, and I will be sure to take this further.
Not a bad student bar, with a fairly pleasant beer garden and very cheap drinks. A bonus is the interior access to the adjoining Scream nightclub, which also caters to the student market. Unfortunately, it does tend to fill up with 18 year olds who can't handle their beer. As a Scream bar, this place is clearly aimed at the budget end, but there is definitely potential to turn this impressive building into a much classier venue, which would certainly be more fitting with its neighbours: trendy wine bars and exciting restaurants.
Friary is a popular bar for students and the like and offer student discounts to those holding a Yellow Card. Friary has a very laid back vibe and friendly atmosphere. Friary has a number of pool tables at the side with lounge areas, as well as a large beer garden at the back. Music is typically Indie with music videos shown on their various large screen tvs dotted around the place.
The Scream night club is attached to the Friary which is surprisingly completely different to the pub as they play a lot of pop and cheesy music, which is the complete opposite to the look that the Friary seems to be trying to achieve.
Good pub for students but not really for anyone else. The beautiful building is spoilt by the awful spray painted barrel light fittings and garish tv screens.
It’s really cheap if you have their discount, Yellow, card, but if you’re just passing by and don’t have one, then it’s not really competive at all.
One good aspect of this pub, is the adjoining club. It’s very convenient if you’re having a night out in The Friary or somewhere else on Friargate..and is a friendly size and has some good nights on (open mic, indie etc).
Overall, the pub suits it’s target market, but missuses the beautiful building, and is often full of drunken idiots. If you’re more discerning - stay away.
The Friary is located in Derby City Centre.
This bar is a great place to start and maybe even end your night! For students it has everythign from cheap drinks to pool tables!
Students can buy “Yellow Cards” which entitles them to offers such as the Monday night club where you can buy selected drinks for just £1!
There are 4 pool tables and 2 large screens so when football is on you will never miss it! The staff are friendly and service is good.
To the rear there is a garden with plenty of seats and heaters so on pleasent evenings you can go outside for a drink and not get cold!
The Friary has a very laid back atmosphere and is popular with students. Music is generally indie/rock, however later in the evening it is more dance music. The interior of the building still has a lot of its original features when it was originally a family home (then converted to a hotel in the 1920’s). It also has a very large beer garden which is perfect on hot summer days.
The downside to this pub is the food. It is generally what you expect for cheap pub food so I’m not complaining about the quality, but the wait can sometimes be very long. A few times I’ve come for lunch during work and even when you are just ordering chips, the wait can be about 40 minutes plus. This isn’t good when you only have an hour for lunch and you’ve still got a 7 minute walk to and from work! This has happened a few times now even when the place has been practically empty, so unless you have the time to spare I wouldn’t recommend this place for a quick bite to eat.
The Friary is located down Friar Gate in the 'student’ district of the city. With £1 drink nights on a Monday & Scream (the club attached), it raves cheapness. With a pool/snooker room attached and an outside garden, the Friary has an area for everyone.
Staff are friendly & the variety of food is good. If I remember rightly, they offer a club card which entitles you to cheap drinks and food for a one off charge of around £2.
As it is near halls, it was always a great place to start off the night as its a short walk from town. Highly recommended.
I love the friary! Although everytime you go in you get ID’d the drinks and the atmosphere in there is more than worth it. the prices aren’t too bad especially with a yellow card, a discount card similar to a revolution card but only costs a pound.
The outside area is huge and has heaters for the winter, there is lots of seating both in and out
It has 2 IT boxes which are very popular and several other games throughout the bar, the bar is also attached to a nightclub which opens later on, the atmosphere is really good in here and massively improved the smoking arrangment.
Mondays are always packed as from 5 pm it is pound a pint, this is mainly aimed for students
The food is good quality and there is quite an extensive range considering it is first and foremost a bar/pub
The Friary is a fun pub but the attached club is one i tend to avoid which happens to be Scream when i was there you had to be careful in the club not to fall on the bottles all over the dance floor and you have to wait up to an hour after entry before you can go for a smoke.
SCREAM i can only give 2 star to.
Predominantly studenty but that more often than not that means good bar prices. Is a big place, with Scream nightclub attached.
Great part-like atmosphere. DJ is a bit repetitive, you can not go for a few months and the playlist will be pretty similar but if you just want a bit of dance with your mates, then its still a good collection of tunes.
I love it when its hot and they open the doors onto the large outdoor area so you can have a cool down. Sometimes I’ve spent more time out there than in the club!
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