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I want you to picture the scene: it’s a late summer evening, the sun isn’t relentless but gently caresses your skin, you’re out with friends and want to enjoy the last of the day’s rays whilst leisurely draining various alcoholic beverages and enjoying the witty repartee of your social equals (except for Martin, he’s a bit dim but you fancy his lass so you let him tag along). The only problem with beer garden/outdoor drinking is that it can attract the odd radgie or two. So where to go? May I make a suggestion? Go to Ernest.

If you’re not sure where Ernest is, it’s tucked away on Boyd Street, towards the top of the Ouseburn Valley, just behind The Biscuit Factory. Firstly, you’ll have one of the most relaxed, aesthetically pleasing drinking sessions you’re likely to have in a working class, industrially significant city. There’s even the option of some rather fine cosmopolitan food if that takes your fancy. I’m a massive fan of crisps but even I’ll admit that on occasion I’ve had a hankering for something other than ready salted when savouring a pint.

So that’s drink – check, food –check… But we want to listen to cool tunes and maybe sway rhythmically at the same time. Well here’s where Ernest steps up again. On the SundayBank Holiday weekend (30th) they’ve only got DJ Smoove playing. A bit of a coup as between his band Smoove & Turrell (check out Beggarman, wonderful song) and his own DJ commitments, he rarely seems to get a night off. He’s joined by Del and they’ll be playing funk, soul and rare groove. I’d also thoroughly recommend Moon Rocks on Saturday 5th September, hosted by Pav (Cubik) and the seemingly ubiquitous Micky Hell (Last Waltz). They’ll be playing slightly left of centre dance tunes with the odd hands in the air classic thrown in.

If house or soul’s not your thing then I would point you in the direction of No Wow on Saturday 12th September, a night of new wave, rock n roll and post punk garage from the Losing My Edge DJ collective. It’s good to have a Saturday night alternative that plays what it says on the flyers. By the way, all these event are free entry. Very nice.

So there’s some very good reasons to make Ernest one of your regular haunts, I think, whether you want a lovely place to have breakfast, a midweek escape for a Red Stripe in solitude or a venue to leap about like a frog on Berocca. And I haven’t even mentioned CHEW!, the comedy night on 7th September, or the fact that they exhibit the work of local artists at no charge!

Find out more about what’s happening at Ernest on their official website.

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