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The Black Horse Rock Bar

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by Ellis Wilde (subscribe)
Freelance writer, reviewer and university graduate. Check out my writing blog here:
Published August 13th 2012
"No chavs, no plastic rockers..." and other such profanity ridden warnings to all those who do not hold the goblet of metal close to their heart

These are the words adorned on the black metal fencing surrounding the legendary Black Horse Rock Bar; home to all veteran rockers and crazy characters, all with a welcoming embrace. Found near the Aston University complex and Matthew Bolton College near the heart of town, it is well known to all rockers and socialites around. Situated on the corner of Jennens road, it acts as a brilliant social hub to all students and locals alike, providing a wide range of colourful characters and faces within; one night is never the same.

All staff are warm and welcoming and will cater for whatever musical tastes you may possess on their in house music system, so you can sing away to your hearts content till the early hours of the morn. To save you even traipsing around the area at the early hours of the morn, food is served right into the night to soak up those well deserved beverages. Burgers, hot dogs, chips and gravy? You cannot go round for this heavenly drunken selection, plus, the largest selection of sauces and relishes you may ever bare witness to.

The interior is what you expect of such a high ranking rockers haunt. Walls laden with skulls, fantastic band memorabilia gracing the walls, from Iron Maiden to AC/DC. A wall of dead rock stars hangs high on the east wall to get you all teary eyed when trying to find your favourite past legend.

All alcohol on offer is of high quality at low prices and the pub also supports its local breweries and regularly possesses local bottled ciders for extremely low prices (I recommend the one brewed in Aston). Most regulars will take the selection of Whiskeys or herbal spiced drinks I will admit though.

There is a varied selection of games and features that the pub possesses to keep your interest constantly ushered throughout the night. Play pool on the pool table, try and prove your manhood by thwacking the punching bag machine as hard as you can, huddle around the wrought iron, grated fire burner outside in the coming winter months; an excellent excuse to make some new friends or maybe more.

It's important to remember that Birmingham is the birthplace of rock and heavy metal, what better way to celebrate this than partaking in a few excellent ales with friends in one of the best tributes to music in town.
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Why? Rock bars don't come cheaper, louder or friendlier.
Where: 22 Jennens Road, Birmingham, B7 4EH
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