Just a short hop away from the Velvet Coaster takes you to what could be a world away in terms of pub, the “Last Resort’. Based on Bond Street, the Last Resort is popular all year round with Blackpool locals, it’s a wet pub (with the exception of a limited range of barmcakes / muffins / rolls / whatever you call them, behind the bar), and is renowned in the local area as being one of the cheaper drinks vendors (we’ll update with some example prices once pubs reopen and we can check).
The pub is located in an ex-bank but is by no means a ‘trendy wine bar’ (as one old bank commercial used to suggest they all became), it’s a proper ‘drinkers’ pub with a mainly local crowd but also a reasonable tourist contingent. The pub does have TV’s and puts on sporting events and has a pool table.
Just round the corner from the Last resort is our next haunt which is a ‘cozy’ one…………..
The Bull (Waterloo Road)
The Bull is one of the smallest pubs in Blackpool (it doesn’t take the title as the smallest, and though subject of debate we’ve found on social media, the smallest is the Mitre in the town centre) and boasts a loyal following of locals and returning tourists alike. Like a few we’ll visit on this pub crawl, this is a ‘wet’ pub but does offer your standard bars snacks.
The pub has some entertainment on, karaoke / DJ at weekends and the pool table gets well used but besides that, watch your step as due to its age, the floor is a bit uneven 🙂
Next up…… head down Waterloo Road away from the sea (avoiding the lure of the Dutton Arms…), turn left at the round about and less than 2 minutes walk, you reach our next venue………..
The Dog and Partridge (Lytham Road)
The Dog and Partridge is a Greene King pub so has your standard beers on tap, it’s a reasonable size and enjoys a good local following as well as some tourist trade due to the close proximity of a lot of hotels a guest houses in the local vicinity. This again is a wet pub but no home made sandwiches in this one we’re afraid, but there are a few take aways nearby and a Tesco next door if you wanted to grab something light on the go.
The pub host a snooker table, we think 3/4 size though could be full size, memory fails us….. and also a number of dart boards are littered around the pub due to an ex landlord being a big darts fan (the pub was even frequented semi regularly by Ronnie Baxter – ex pro darts player). The pub also has a number of TV screens and is popular for football especially and gets quite busy when Blackpool are playing at home due to only being short walk to the ground (home fan allocated pub)….. though that applies to a few pubs in this BLOG come to think……… with one glaring exception………….