Monday, 29 October 2012
Castle Street, Cardiff [map]
The Castle Arms, tucked below the Angel Hotel, has been shut for years but was reopened for two nights only during this year's Swn Festival. They must have known we were coming.
We head inside furtively, the staircase down into the gloom not really made any more inviting by the presence of a single Swn-branded balloon.
Man, is this guy pleased to see us. He's been stuck here since the place was last open about a decade ago, having survived the intervening years on a diet of KP nuts, Malibu and extremely pickled eggs.
To be honest, he's as surprised as anyone to learn that there's an indie disco taking place here tonight.
His bar skills haven't deserted him though - like riding a bike, you never forget how to pull a pint - and a round of Carlsbergs is swiftly dispensed.
We are unable to deny the fact that a disused, underground pub soundtracked by mid-period Pulp is not, for most folk, the obvious destination for a Saturday night out.
We have no idea who these people are. The Photographer just starts taking snapshots of them on the basis that even if the bloke nearest us does object to having his picture taken, he's wearing such tight trousers that he lacks the necessary freedom of movement to do anything about it.