The first time I visited The Registry was probably in the late 90s. The India was really popular and one of the then growing It’s A Scream pub chain (don’t forget your yellow card) and The Registry was their new pub in Portsmouth. The architecturally striking building has changed and evolved over the years, adapting to the needs of both the local and student regulars. As well as drink and food the space has also been home to bands and DJs, particularly from the point it became The Kraken Wakes and back to The Registry. The place gave birth to Concrete Tuesdays which in particular has grown and grown in to a heavy weight, home grown event. The place has also seen Wolf Alice, Shadow Child, Bo Ningen, DJ Ez and loads more pass through too. In many ways it was and is a Portsmouth venue with it’s own identity and draw.
The Registry looks to be under threat with plans in place for it to become a (rather small) halls for student accommodation…maybe as a stop gap due to the delays in the major development of student halls on the old Victoria Baths site. If you would like to try and keep the pub and venue then a petition has been set up to help voice the concerns about the loss of The Registry.
It takes 10 seconds to sign the petition HERE.
(Photo by Matt Maber)