A multi-level bar/food/music venue/events space on the sometimes raucous Slater Street (home to chain bars, chip shops and stag parties), The Shipping Forecast is a popular haunt for students, creative types and anyone wanting some respite from the Ropewalks crowds.
In the main bar you’ll hear a mix of electronica, funk and punk, and a chance to sit on some ridiculously comfy sofas. At night, things are turned up a notch, and downstairs in the intimate, brick-walled basement (or the ‘Hold’, as they’ve wittily titled it) you’ll get to catch on-the-up bands and DJs.
On the top floor, there’s a chance to buy some jaw-droppingly gorgeous gig posters, screenprints and other arty paraphernalia in Percy Gulliver’s Print Shop.
The Shipping Forecast’s burgers are a real favourite, too – keep an eye on their social media sites, because they do some great 2-for-1 offers.