IT’S not always easy choosing which pub to visit and working out where the best cluster of watering holes are for a night out.
But now that job should be made much easier as a poster map has been produced for punters in Portsmouth in the style of the London Underground to help them plan ahead.
Maths teacher John Coats and his design firm JJM Designs have published the ‘Pubstops of Portsmouth’ map in association with Ringwood Brewery.
The map features more than 160 pubs and bars in the city and they are all set out on colour-coded lines so people know where they can go.
Each ‘tube line’ follows roads, which would prove useful when planning a pub crawl.
John has produced a number of Pubstops designs for other cities in the UK, the first being in his home city Sheffield around 10 years ago.
Portsmouth has got some fantastically-named pubs, like The Honest Politician, The Jolly Taxpayer and The Sirloin of Beef.Maths teacher John Coats
His inspiration for producing one for Portsmouth came due to demand from city residents.
The 38-year-old said: ‘We have had a lot of success with the posters that we have done, and we had quite a lot of people asking us when we would do one for Portsmouth.
‘Portsmouth has got some fantastically-named pubs, like The Honest Politician, The Jolly Taxpayer and The Sirloin of Beef.’
And while John wishes he had been able to visit each pub to find out where they were, time didn’t allow.
So he spent weekends trawling Google Earth and online databases to find out where each venue was.
He said: ‘Everyone has got great memories of being in a pub.
‘I live in a small village, I have got a local and a lot of people have a local they also use.
‘They are just such important landmarks in our towns and cities.’
The poster is available to buy from pubstops.co.uk.
Alternatively, pick up a copy at Artisan Framing Southsea, in Highland Road, Southsea, or Goodwins Digital Photo and Framing shop, in London Road, North End.
Stuart Ainsworth, landlord of The Leopold Tavern, in Albert Road, Southsea, welcomed the work.
He said: ‘Any advertising is good advertising for the pubs.
‘Whether more back-street pubs get more trade on the back of it, you never know – they need support like the next pub.
‘The students will look at it and see where the pub crawls are.’