ENJOY great live music and premium noodles at this hidden gem of a party pub tucked away on a Southampton side street.
Close to St Denys train station, The Dolphin is famous for its shows both indoors and outdoors.
A host of local acts, including a tribute to Queen, Oasis and Pink Floyd, as well as drum and bass nights from the SO3 collective, attracted hundreds of audiences.
Open seven days a week on Osborne Road South, the pub has suffered from noise complaints in the past, but host Corrine Yendle works hard to tackle any issues.
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A planning application for a closed area for drinking and dining is pending approval from Southampton City Council.
Not only will it provide soundproofing for groups, but it will also allow the space to branch out and host weddings, ceremonies and special events in a lit and heated building in the garden.
“Simply put, it could save the bar,” said the Australian landlady of four and a half years.
“In the current climate, we need lots of big events in the summer to get through the winter.
“The Dolphin has always been a music bar, but it’s not good enough to say that you shouldn’t move into a noisy bar next door.
“We never wanted to disturb our neighbors. It’s our local regulars who come every day that keep us going.
“We don’t have regular bands outside and we try to announce it when it does.
“We hope the building will reduce noise and help keep everything more controlled.
“We’re still trying to get back up after Covid and the cost of the livelihood crisis is making things worse.”
Another new addition to The Dolphin is Asian Street Food on offer. Sing Noodles is run by Karyn Sin, who with her late husband Simon opened the highly regarded Noodle 8 in Portswood.
With a five-star hygiene rating, gourmets can enjoy bar snacks like crispy duck pancakes, pork patties and gyozas, classics like chow mein and pad thai, and curries ranging from chicken katsu to Malaysian curries six days a week.
The bar will soon be decorated in the usual scary cave style for Halloween, followed by the impressive Christmas cave in December.
Meat retreats boast having a full tray to feed six to eight people, returning and a live jazz band, cribbage, and open mic night are weekly events.
The Christmas raffle will start soon, featuring last year’s bikes, scooters, TVs and other prizes worth £2,000.
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