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Dancing Man

(also known as Wool House)

Wool House, Town Quay
SO14 2AR

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Opening Times


MondayNoon - 11.00 pm
TuesdayNoon - 11.00 pm
WednesdayNoon - 11.00 pm
ThursdayNoon - 11.00 pm
FridayNoon - Midnight
SaturdayNoon - Midnight
SundayNoon - 11.00 pm

Meal Times

Mon & Tue No Service
Wed & Thu noon - 3pm, 6pm - 9pm
Fri & Sat noon - 3pm, 6pm - 10pm
Sun noon - 6pm


Dancing Man Brewery

About the Pub

The 14th-century Grade I listed building has been, among other things, a wool store, a museum and an arts space. As a brew pub it now welcomes visitors from the local area, as well as tourists. Within 100 yards of the Registry Office, the first floor is available for private parties or special pub events. On Friday one keg beer may be passed through a Hop Randall (a container is fitted in line, between the keg and the glass) may be used to add extra Hop or fruit flavours. Sunday food is restricted to Sunday Roast (vegetarian options available). For other sessions solid house prepared snacks are available A stunning building with a newly reinstated slate floor (much better for brewing than the former parquet) and with plenty to look at as you enjoy your beer.

Pub opens at 11am Mon-Sat for coffee, bar opens at 12.

Historic Interest

Southampton's only Grade I listed pub. Historic England list UID: 1092060. The building has lots of history as Wool House was a former maritime museum etc. (full details can be found on their website). Built by Cistercian Monks from Beaulieu Abbey following the 1338 French raid on Southampton. It is the only surviving free standing medieval warehouse in Southampton. During the Napoleonic Wars it was used for French prisoners of war and some of their names can still be seen carved into the roof beams. The 20th century saw it used by boat builders and haulage contractors among others before becoming The Maritime Museum from 1966 to 2011.

Regular ales

This pub serves 4 regular beers.

  • Dancing Man --varies--

Changing ales

This pub serves 2 changing beers.

Source: National

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  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • Cider Real Cider Available
  • LocAle LocAle Accredited

    Dancing Man; Vibrant Forest.


  • DisabledAccess Disabled Access

    Lift at back of pub, ramp at front.

  • LunchtimeMeals Lunchtime Meals

    Check website for variations when events are booked.

  • EveningMeals Evening Meals

    Check website for variations when events are booked.

  • Garden Garden

    Tables at front.

  • DogFriendly Dog Friendly

    Water available.

  • Events Events

    As advertised.

  • LiveMusic Live Music

    As advertised.

  • Restaurant Restaurant Area

    The upstairs area is used as a restaurant.

  • WiFi Wifi

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Dancing Man

Wool House, Town Quay
SO14 2AR

Sat Nav Reference

50.89751, -1.40606


  • <Bus Close to Bus Routes

Nearby Bus Routes (165m)

Bluestar: Quayconnect; First: 3; Unilink: U1 (until 20:30), U6 (from 20:30)

More buses in Briton Street, 320m away.


Opposite Isle of Wight car ferry terminal

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Dancing Man, Southampton - 26th April 2022 (Photo: Pete Horn)

Dancing Man

Wool House, Town Quay
SO14 2AR

Pub Features

  • Real Ale Available
  • Real Cider Available
  • LocAle Accredited
  • Disabled Access
  • Lunchtime Meals
  • Evening Meals
  • Garden
  • Dog Friendly
  • Events
  • Live Music
  • Restaurant Area
  • Wifi
  • Close to Bus Routes

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