About the Bar
The bar is the centre of the college social life, whether you’re just going to relax with a few friends in the evening, taking a mid-essay break or getting in some cheap pre-drinks before heading out for a night on the lash at Bridge.
Personal touches such as the Merton memorabilia of past JCR members, rowing and rugby champions which adorn the walls make you feel really at home, and you’d be surprised how much you can bond with people during an argument over what song to play on our free retro jukebox. Every year we appoint a new bar rep, who liaises with the bar staff to ensure that we get the most from our bar and who also keeps the bar notice board and the jukebox updated.
Our number one Northern barman, Dave, and trusty sidekick Neil are always on hand to cater to your every whim. Not only do they serve an impressive array of alcoholic beverages, but they also have an entire fridge full of soft drinks, not to mention the wide range of bar snacks. Remember, you’re not a true Mertonian until you’ve sampled the bright green concoction affectionately known as a Powerpint – and experienced the origins of the name.
Being a college famed for its prowess in ‘sports’ such as pool and darts, the games room can be found just across the corridor from the bar complete with free air hockey, table football, darts board (bring your own darts) and a pool table.
However, if you don’t feel up to participating in one of the I.R.O.’s excellent, yet intellectually straining, fortnightly bar quizzes, or partaking in a characteristically intense game of Merton pool, you and your pint could always retreat upstairs to relax on the amazing leather sofas in front of the TV. Be warned though, things can get a little rowdy if the football’s on. Then again, there’s nothing like some joint TV viewing to raise college camaraderie.
Additionally, as you’ll find in Freshers’ week, the bar is the beginning of every big night out, so we’ll be aiming to let you all know in advance when a large group of us Mertonians will be going out so we can all meet in the bar and then descend on a club en masse – check your Facebooks! This also means that if you don’t feel like going out clubbing you could always come along and have a few drinks and a laugh with everyone first before we head out to have an immense time embarrassing ourselves on the Oxford dance floors.