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Good spot! Both Ks have indeed spent time in it but left baffled by its half-arsed transformation into a respectable pub. A forgettable establishment, but its beer garden is excellent.

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If we're expanding our dominant rule like Soviet Russia between 1939-45 - and who wouldn't? - then the Elbow Room in Inverkip, the Station Bar in Wemyss Bay and the Black Bull in Rothesay also now form part of Greenock's bin pub dominion.

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We're not counting Brewers Fayre-type places or the bar at the Tontine, presumably.

No. The weirdo out of town chains are fake pubs, including the Hungry Horse outfit at the dock. This isn't Livingston, we can safely discard them as we have real pubs instead.

 

The bar at The Tontine probably doesn't open at 11am for a Saturday kick-off and wouldn't dream of serving a cheeky pint of Tennents Special. It's a cocktail bar which are all excluded from the KKK/bin pub checklist.

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Good spot! Both Ks have indeed spent time in it but left baffled by its half-arsed transformation into a respectable pub. A forgettable establishment, but its beer garden is excellent.

I was there last weekend and the clientele were a bit dodgy...

 

Plus they advertise a wide range of gin and they had none at all (wasn't for me obviously).

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If we're expanding our dominant rule like Soviet Russia between 1939-45 - and who wouldn't? - then the Elbow Room in Inverkip, the Station Bar in Wemyss Bay and the Black Bull in Rothesay also now form part of Greenock's bin pub dominion.

If you're going to Rothesay then there's Skermorlie and Kilmacolm...

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Both bars at the tontine are decent but it's a good point. What about the exchange, etc.

Cocktail bar. If you need to ponder what type of drink you're going to order, it is not a proper Greenock watering hole. Never mind read a menu FFS.

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There is definitely a line to be drawn between pub and hotel bar/cocktail bar/gastropub (of which I don't think there are any in Inverclyde.) The mere existence of cocktails on the menu doesn't make something a cocktail bar. The James Watt has a massive food menu and all manner of cocktails but it is by virtue of its pricing and opening hours very much a pub: if there's jakes in there at two in the afternoon well into their third pint, it's a pub. As such, the Jimmy is a pub, regardless of whether someone actually orders a mojito and penne carbonara. The Willow also remains a pub even if they have a dusty inkjet printout somewhere advertising "Cocktail's". 

 

Rothesay is well out of dominion. The Greater Greenock Conurbation ends at Skelmorlie.

 

edit: and the Elbow Room in Inverkip is a pub even though it shares a space with the Inverkip Hotel restaurant, which is not a pub. If there's a separate entrance and a distinct change of atmosphere, pubdom is permitted. Kind of like how there used to be the lounge as well as the bar in old pubs (still the case in the Argyll & Sutherland, possibly others as well.)

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If you're going to Rothesay then there's Skermorlie and Kilmacolm...

And the Soviet Union in 1945 could have gone into Finland and Austria but didn't, because they're irrelevant bins.

 

Rothesay is Greenock's East Germany/Crimea, with enough bin pubs to justify outright annexation.

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If we're expanding our dominant rule like Soviet Russia between 1939-45 - and who wouldn't? - then the Elbow Room in Inverkip, the Station Bar in Wemyss Bay and the Black Bull in Rothesay also now form part of Greenock's bin pub dominion.

 

The Station Bar is an outstanding pub. An open log fire and you're approximately 4 seconds away from the train. An excellent choice.

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