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  • 32 Commercial Road
    Plymouth PL4 0LE
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  • Phone number 01752 204890
Live music every Friday, and Saturday.…

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  • 5.0 star rating
    First to Review

    This is a fantastic pub..

    I could have stayed here for ages with all the ales they had, but as a busy drinker I had other pubs to see so made do with a couple of halves. The old pedantic was nice but the plymouth pride was the really good one. All brewed on site...I think....I mean it's not like I checked round the back.

    There are a couple of different rooms and as usual I prefered the more comfortable one without the pool table.

  • 4.0 star rating

    Exterior belies interior . Inside large and quirky . Interesting furniture and decor . Good selection of real ales and they brew their own .

    • Qype User missgi…
    • Plymouth
    • 3 friends
    • 109 reviews
    5.0 star rating

    This pub is a really good pub if you want somewhere local to go - it feels homely and the staff are really friendly. Prices are fair to reflect the current market and there are always good bands every weekend.Well worth a visit as bands are varying with varying tastes and styles to cater for everyone.

    • Qype User happyt…
    • Plymouth
    • 1 friend
    • 3 reviews
    5.0 star rating

    Was there last friday night and to keep it short and sweet
    All I can say is great beer great band and friendly people.
    Will definitely frequent this place more often.

    • Qype User Janner…
    • Plymouth
    • 0 friends
    • 133 reviews
    5.0 star rating

    Proper pub with good selection of well kept real beer. Thai restaurant upstairs. Often live music. Friendly and hospitable. Dodgy part of town and close to chav leisure complex just up the road.

    • Qype User bikeit…
    • Plymouth
    • 0 friends
    • 2 reviews
    2.0 star rating

    Suck me sideways. Empty on a Friday night. Lost and nowhere to go, one feels.

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From the business


The Thistle is a free house pub with locally brewed real ales on tap and an in house Thai restaurant. It is one of the premier local live music venues in Plymouth with bands playing every friday and saturday night.


Established in 1897.

'Popping down the Thistle this weekend' has been the mantra of thousands of rock fans since he 70's such is it's reputation for staging live music and has a blemish fee reputation as Plymouth's oldest and most established music pub and is as popular today as it was back then. The pub also boasts a pool table and first class Juke Box with a Thai restaurant above so whether you want a decent pint, check out a local band or enjoy a good quality meal, you only have to 'pop down the Thistle'.

Meet the Business Owner

Quintin S.
Quintin S. Business Owner

Quintin took over The Thistle in the early 90s after running the Breakwater Inn. He quickly established this local free house into one of Plymouths best real ale pubs and most coveted venues for local music acts.