Came here a couple of weeks ago on a weekend roadtrip....
Had a wicked time with a really cool crowd. This place has reasonable prices, a good selection of drinks and a good atmosphere
I would come back
OK, this is a bit of a dive bar, but I give it four stars due to the entertainment value, and the good memories I've got having gone here quite a few times.
The crowd is a wild mix, suited business men to your leather clad rockers and punks. The late license attracts all sorts of people which is no bad thing (well not so far) . The hairiest moment I've had out there was when a drunk thug decided to be friendly and 'join' our party.. No big deal though, it all went quite well.
Full bar, fussball table etc. Great heated patio area.
Distinct memories of one of my colleagues being refused service as he was too drunk. This is quite a feat at the turtle!
Great place, full of so many different types of people - younger, older, scruffy, smart. You name it, you'll find it there (although I once was refused entry for being 'too smart' - lol!).
Cheap, nice atmosphere and a great place to hang out. Never seen any fighting or trouble in the few years I have been going to this place.
This is the sort of place where you can just relax and be yourself, no airs and graces, it is what it is, and I love it.
Packed full of normal, slightly crazy, and friendly down to earth people.
If I go out in Reading, I always make sure I end up here, I just feel cheated if I dont.
I wanted to give this place only 2 stars but my friend Suze loves this place so much that I had to give it one more star in her honor. I should say that the reason she loves it so much is because it's where she used to go as a teenager. Be forewarned, going to the Purple Turtle is not advised for old fogies such as myself. It's still really fun to dance and drink with the more able bodied and scantily clad young folks. This place is highly recommended for when you get kicked out of Hobgoblins.
The Purple Turtle is a place full of weed-smoking hippies, quirky alternative students, a variety of goths and enough spilt drink to guarantee your feet will stick to the floor. Yet you still find yourself there week after week, taking advantage of the late opening hours. The place is friendly enough - perhaps a little too friendly - and the diverse crowds seem to mix well. The toilets are an interesting experience but by that time you've normally drunk enough not to care.
A great hang out spot in the day and a packed bar at night. One of those places that you always end up in because you know its gonna end the night on a good note. A great place with friendly, like-minded people
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