As Theme pubs go, this is undeniably the best in Swansea, it was the first to be aimed at students and was created from a wine bar.
The success was instant, the Cricketers emptied and The Smoking Dog became a big landmark on the Student scene.
Soon the neigbours got pissed off, and while having a pub full off drunk students on your doorstep is good cause for annoyance they won no friends in their aggressive persual of the goal of shutting the place down. It went all the way to the Welsh Office where they lost...The smoking dog is here to stay though the local residents still use every opportunity to stir things up.
What of the Pub. Refitted (Dec '97) with a theme of 44 gallon Oil drums.
These have been halved, quartered and generally mutilated to provide novelty lampshades.
All the gaming machines have been moved to the back and the rest of the pub is now a place to actually drink!
The beer is good, the food was good but has not been so tops lately. In fact it is rarely even avalaliable.
If you like a loud sweaty atmosphere, this is your pub.
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