The Chill Bar, Ilfracombe
155 High Street,
The Chill bar is an intimate bar and music venue at the junction of High Street, Fore Street, and Portland Road. It is downstairs from the Rock Cafe which is owned by the same couple, Lawrence and Isabel.
The venue has had a number of names including “One-Fy-Five” (a reference to the street number) and “Cravings”. Some years ago it had a reputation as a bit of a chav pub but Lawrence’s introduction of rock bands most Saturday nights and open mic most weekdays has changed that.
At the time of writing there are open mic nights on Tuesday and Wednesday (acoustic) and on Thursday (full band)
No draught ales, sadly, although there are usually one or two reasonable bottled beers. A tad more expensive than average for the town but not ridiculous, and you rarely have to pay to see a band.
Decor is classy-chic, and music orientated, with pressure sensitive leather stools and a “stage” area with star cloth and in house PA.
This bar runs a strict over 21 policy and no dogs. Service is very friendly and warm with Lawrence a stylish larger-than-life presence.