Qype: The Providence in Hove

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The Providence is a strange place. To all intents and purposes it’s a chain pub serving cheap drink and cheap, Wetherspoon-style food. If you go there during the day, it’s pretty atmosphere-less and rather quiet.

However, unlike most chain pubs that exist for the sole purpose of allowing people to get absolutely ratted for a relatively small amount of money, The Providence has built its reputation on playing host to live, local music. During the day the stage is just a raised seating area, but get rid of the chairs and tables, stick a curtain behind it and voila! Gig venue!

If you head here on a live music night, The Providence feels like a totally different place – there’s crowds, atmosphere and because the drinks are just so blimmin’ cheap (if you happen to purchase one of their special discount cards for about a £1) everyone is very nicely merry. I love going to see my friends play music here, mainly because it means the entire place is packed out with my chums and mates of the other bands which creates a highly enjoyable, relaxed atmosphere where everyone’s smiling and chatting to everyone else.

Avoid during the day, but great for an evening of affordable merriment and live choonage.

Check out my review of The Providence – I am Alice_Reeves – on Qype