Goat and Tricycle events in August

One of the few remaining traditional style venues in the triangle, The Goat and Tricycle has released its event list for the month of August. The events are as follows:

Every Saturday
Meet draw
10 fresh prizes on offer for the minimal price of a £1 a ticket.

Every Sunday
Quiz night
Starting at 8.30pm for £1 a ticket.

Monday to Wednesday 4 – 6pm
20% off food

Thursday 15th Aug
Indian food night
Call to book a table on this popular night 01202 314220

Sunday 25th August
Summer BBQ

29th August – Bournemouth Air show
A spectacular and popular event; why not join them for a refreshing Pimms afterwards.

Keep coming back for updates on local events.

A big thank you to staff at Lolitas – community fund now £480

It was a fantastic night, the moment you walked through the door, live guitar music set the pace from the very beginning.MG_0521

A glass of Sangria on arrival, sat down and just to relax letting our eyes and ears take in the ambiance of the room. That was a feast in its self, a good start before we even had a bite! We were soon in the mood, the pace set – we were excited for what was in store,  then the food- it just kept coming. we were not disapointed, a great selection from all corners of Spain.

loitafullrestrauntMost of us enjoying a glass or two of wine from their selection of good Spanish wines; it just got better as the night went on. The decor and warmth of the place and the Character of its owners is evident through out the place creating such enjoyment.

At the end of the evening, much to our surprise and disbelieve the staff and owners donated their tips of over £50 to bring the total of the night to £210 for the fund.

A big thank you to Lucia and Steve, and the staff of Lolitas.


An interview with JJ Adams from Smokin’ Aces

JJ Adams -Proprietor of Smokin' AcesTo try and give you some insight into the people who live and work in the triangle, we took some time out from maintaining this site and paid a visit to one of our local establishments for some light refreshment. While we were there we bumped into local businessman and owner of Smokin’ Aces Mr JJ Adams; who very kindly took time to sit with us and answer some questions for us.

What’s your name?
JJ Adams

What’s your job?
Creator and proprietor of Smokin’ Aces, a humble little Cocktail Bar & Whiskey Lounge in Bournemouth.

How long have you been in Bournemouth?
I moved to Bournemouth in 2005, and haven’t looked back since!

When did you start your business?
Smokin’ Aces was established in November 2010.

What gave you the idea for Smokin’ Aces?
I’ve always believed that Bournemouth has lacked bars, proper bars. There are some great pubs, and great clubs, but not a lot in the bar category. If a good quality drink is what you’re after then there are some fantastic venues that can cater to your needs, but it’s unlikely you’ll be able to ask the bartender to put your favourite song on. We don’t take ourselves too seriously, if you like to let your hair down but you appreciate the complexity of a decent spirit or cocktail, then Aces is the perfect choice for you.

Why did you choose the Triangle for your venue?
To be honest, timing. The venue became available and I had an opportunity, I had to weigh up the pros and cons and decide whether the Triangle would be right for me, and if I’d be right for the Triangle.

Do you think the triangle has contributed to the success of your business?
Absolutely. I don’t think that Smokin’ Aces would be the same if it was in another location. It’s helped us stay true to the brand. We don’t do any mass marketing, it’s all word of mouth and via social media to people who already know about us. This way it promotes marketing to like-minded people. The triangle has/had (I believe it’s changing) a stigma for being a gay only area, anybody who’s closed-minded enough to not want to come to the Triangle (or more specifically Aces) for fear of it being ‘gay only’ isn’t the kind of clientele we would want to attract. Aces is not a gay bar, but we do not discriminate against any sexual orientation, we’re better than that!

Smokin' Aces in the Triangle Bournemouth

What do you think makes the triangle special?
The Triangle acts as a natural deterrent for closed-minded people who still believe that the Triangle is only for gay people. As a result of this the people who come to the triangle are generally more open-minded, generally more cultural and more friendly, the area as a whole (and especially Aces) has very little trouble at all. I hate the comparison but I have to agree with it, if Bournemouth had a Soho area, it would be the Triangle!

Why do you think people should come to the triangle?
If people want something slightly out of the ordinary, with businesses that are slightly more specialist, then the Triangle is probably your best bet.

Why do you think businesses should consider the triangle?
I think there’s a thriving community here, and I think it’s the perfect place to see lots of boutique shops. The high street as we know it is dying, if you can get it online then as a shop you need to adapt or you will fail. I’m hoping to see a string of shops that deliver not just products, but an experience that you won’t find online. I think the Triangle is only halfway there, but it’s got all the potential.

We would like to thank JJ for his honesty (and time, of which he has little!!) and for bringing one of our favorite venues to the triangle. Take a look at the video below for an  idea of what you can expect and why not pop along and see for yourself.

BC Trio Live - Smokin' Aces Bournemouth

Flirt – Cafe Bar

Flirt cafe in the triangle Bournemouth, a better placeFlirt is like no other cafe – its the heart and soul of the triangle. Its quirky, flamboyant and yes – very mixed up!

Its that mixed up that only they can do like no one else, and pull off with such style and panache.

They manage to attract clients from all ages across all sections and put them together with such great results – all are welcome.

Serving a great variety of hot and cold food, hot drinks and alcoholic beverages, flirt offers you a range to suit every taste.

Flirts’ mixture of both quirky and comfy seating gives the visitor a great choice straight from the off.

You know when you’ve been flirted!

Open from 9am till 11pm.

Its not just a cafe, they serve hot food, have a help yourself salad bar and serve ciders, beer and wine.

Check what they are doing today – there is always something happening at flirt.

The Goat and Tricycle

The Goat and Tricycle in the Triangle Bournemouth

CAMRA multi-award winner, The Goat and Tricycle is one of the last ‘traditional’ pubs in The Triangle and indeed Bournemouth, with a wide variety of real ales on tap which change on a regular basis.

The pub menu offers great food at a very reasonable price and offers frequent events for patrons, including quizzes, meat raffles and theme nights.

In the winter their are log burning fires, in the summer, a cheerfull large court yard to relax in or eat your meal.

A much loved by the locals, traditional pub now hidden by the changing importance of the streets due to devolopment in the area. Often refered to as Bournemouth’s best kept secret. A must for any new visitor to the area.

Pool table available as well as meeting rooms for various functions.

For more information please visit the Goat and Tricycle Website

Smokin Aces

Possibly the premiere cocktail/whiskey bar in Bournemouth. Smokin Aces offers a varied range of drinks to suit all tastes. With Live bands and entertainment nearly every night it is the perfect place to spend some time.

Smokin Aces whiskey and cocktail bar in the Triangle
An unrivalled atmosphere including a mix of live bands and DJ’s, Smokin Aces is a must for any social outing in Bournemouth.

Two floors, two bars and one of the smoothest places around.

Run by local entrepreneur JJ Adams, Smokin’ Aces offers a warm and inviting atmosphere with friendly staff on hand to help satisfy the most curious of pallettes. And if you’re lucky they may even name a drink after you!!

For more information on events visit the Smokin Aces Website

Lola’s in the Triangle Bournemouth

Another of Bournemouth’s gem’s, Lola’s Tapas bar (formerly Lolitas) offers the discerning visitor a warm and congenial atmosphere, coupled with friendly staff and great food. Their Free Tapas when you buy a drink on Sundays are not to be missed!

lolitas Bournemouth - The Triangles' traditional spanish tapas bar

A wide variety of true homemade traditional tapas dishes from all around Spain, to help you wine and dine in the triangle. Seating 30-40+ people.  It is the ideal place to plan a small party or just a romantic night out for two. Though it has changed hands, the venue has kept the chef and staff and remains very much the same, but if I dare say, actually better. It is now open on Sundays, giving FREE TAPAS when you buy drinks. 52 weeks a year, one type from each major city in Spain.

Lolitas tapas bar bournemouth triangle

A vibrant and passionate venue to eat in, for those not content with a quiet night in.

Lola’s is a one off and we are very proud to be able to say its on our doorstep!


For weekends booking a table is a must

For more information you can also see Lolita’s Facebook page

Address: 95 Commercial Road, Bournemouth

Telephone: 07588 065360


Lolitas tapas bar Bournemouth


Welcome to the launch of The Triangle, Bournemouth – A Better Place Website.

The Triangle – Bournemouth, A Better Place Project is funded and put together in the local community by people proud to live in the triangle.

This website has been provided free and independently. It has been built to promote collectively the diversity and individuality of the triangle, its eateries, shops and hotels.

The Triangle, Bournemouth

Truly A Better Place


The Triangle has a lively night life, with many bars, pubs and clubs to keep you entertained til the early hours of the morning. 2017 will see at least 3 more added!


For a good night out also check out our LGBT+ pages and also our Triangle community group on face book.


The Goat and Tricycle

Bars in the Triangle Bournemouth, a better place

CAMRA multi-award winner, The Goat and Tricycle is one of the last ‘traditional’ pubs in The Triangle and indeed Bournemouth,

With a wide variety of  good pub food and real ales on tap that are changed on a regular basis. It is every thing that you would expect from your quintessential old English pub.


Smokin Aces

Smokin' Aces Two bars, two floors. Still one of the smoothest places around, Its a concept of the owner that we are very pleased to enjoy and share

A Whiskey / cocktail bar not to be missed, for the young at heart.




The newest and largest venue to grace the top of Poole hill. A light and airy venue that is both laid back, clean, very sophisticated & stylish for a more traditional / live music experience. It is I believe one of the best all round venues and one that starts the whole weekend off, with a good selection of cocktails, food & wine. Good music, with some of the biggest names anywhere- with a large stage and dance floor.


The Four Horsemen

A newish Four Horsemen ext.establishment to grace the area (formerly in what was the old Bakers arms) It is definitely what I would define as unique and quirky, not your average pub and another great asset to the area, with a unbelievable quantity of very interesting bottled beers ( I counted well over 70 on my visit!) also keg beers on tap. A good, varied selection of live music with a selection of hot food and burgers. A must see and try,if new to the area- if not, you will already know!

The Winchester

The Winchester Pub  - The Triangle Bournemouth

An arts venue/bar. A former bank with its vault still intact and used as “the back room”. This is one of the hardest working venues with the sole aim to bring a great, diverse spectrum of live entertainment to the area. We are proud to say its on our door step.




Often overlooked, as many people still think of it primarily as a cafe, but it is also a fantastic bright snack and drinks bar serving wines, beers and cider. It is open seven days a week from 9 in the morning till 11pm. It is to many, the heart of The Triangle and mentioned on this site many times also in these pages under eating, the arts and Cafe. It also has events planned nearly every day and some evenings. Please check out the link to know what they are doing.