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The Red Lion

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Guerrilla Beer Mat wrote a review May 2019
Birmingham, United Kingdom38 contributions14 helpful votes
At the top end of Shirley high Street in the towns new centre for nights out, sits the Red Lion. It's not a looker, its architectural style is "Brutalist", 1960's concrete and slit windows. I guess built at the time of Shirley's famous "Powergen Building", designed by the guy that did most of Brum's city centre. The city was famous for it, but it's all demolished now. Except for the lion. It's not exactly welcoming, you can't see in, so you don't know what to expect. From its 60's exterior I think I expected brown and orange decor and disco lights, but no, the decor goes further back, try the 40's. Its like your grans front room, old wood, heavy wall paper and old carpeting. "Modernised" by fruit machines and a few sport channel TVs on the wall. The place was heaving! loads of people having a great time, I was amazed! The bar was busy, real hard to get served, not helped by bored staff that didn't engage with the punters, their only task to hover round the ever flowing Carling pump that was the only thing selling. I only got served because a friendly local let me in, and staff blew the dust off a Wadsworth 6X ale pump, that I thought a suitably retro choice. It was Ok too. We stood to drink and it was a great atmosphere, enjoyed it, although did a notice a few people coming in, waiting ages to not get served and leaving. We were by the Juke box, didn't put anything on as I didn't want to ruin the locals vibe, but it had some great stuff on it. This is a real pub, the kind of place that's closing down all over the UK, but still going strong here. If you are of a "posh" persuasion you could get sniffy abut this place, but that would be missing the point. Real pub, real people. Visit quickly for the experience, the increasing gentrification of Shirley will probably kill this place off eventually. But long may it remain.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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