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    Posted: 08/April/2018 at 08:30
Spotted yesterday that 'Big John's', the large tourist bar down near the pier is closed and the premises for sale.

Also closed and for sale is the restaurant Catedral do Bacalhau at the Quinta da Balaia roundabout.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote cheekygirl Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08/April/2018 at 11:03
What a shame. One of the bars we always visited. Never seemed busy though.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote Algarveaddick Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08/April/2018 at 11:14
Never had much atmosphere after Steve and Anne-Marie left and they turned it into another bar that looked just like the rest. Might well have been a huge rent hike in light of the big increase in tourism as well? Goldmine for someone with the imagination and wherewithal to make it the right kind of venue.  
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote cheekygirl Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08/April/2018 at 11:20
I don't know the ladies name that worked there it may have been Anne Marie. But seem to remember seeing her working in another bar last time we were there.
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No - I am talking about when it was Wild Bills, Elaine. 
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No - I am talking about when it was Wild Bills, Elaine. 

Perry was Big Johns bar originally around corner on right just passed bottom of lifts.
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Despite the still very quiet north strip, a couple of new restaurants are opened just up from
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Great news re new Restaurants on northern strip. Any more details ? ie whereabouts and type of cuisine. Also any news regarding the Blues Bar possibly re-opening? Many Thanks   
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Originally posted by cheekygirl cheekygirl wrote:

No - I am talking about when it was Wild Bills, Elaine. 

Perry was Big Johns bar originally around corner on right just passed bottom of lifts.


The only Big Johns bar I know is the one Tom is talking about on Fishermans beach. Stand at the bottom of the escalator and it's at 45 degrees to your left...
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Big John's was on the corner of the big white building on the right hand side of the picture. Which was taken last summer by the way!




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Big Johns had live bands around 4 in the afternoon, a good crowd used to gather on the steps to listen, just wonder how many actually bought a drink................
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I recall that bar had a banner up saying “Run by a Jock and a Cockney”, or similar, presumably one of them was Big John?
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Originally posted by Andrew Andrew wrote:

I recall that bar had a banner up saying “Run by a Jock and a Cockney”, or similar, presumably one of them was Big John?

Anne Marie was/is the jock...Steve the cockney
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