Right in the heart of Bolton's nightlife area Barristers is actually a section of the much bigger Swan Hotel. Whereas the Swan is purely a binge drinkers' heaven, Barristers actually functions as a proper pub all week round. Inside is like stepping back into Bolton's history, nothing flash or twee, just old and traditional, so much so the piano in the corner has actually seen some action. The clientele ranges from lost party goers to resident soaks, especially during the week when local ales are reduced well below �2/pint and the bar can be a bit flea pit-esque. At the weekend though, it can be a bit of a refuge, offering safe haven for the ale lover escaping the wicked and WKD debauchery that seems to be urban Britain's greatest pleasure. The beer is varied and plentiful with good local brews from Bank Top and Moorhouses always on offer and, as if snubbing its nose at its bigger sibling, always served in dimple glasses, even the halves!
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Reviewed by peahead99
25 Apr 2009