It was the bar where Dylan Thomas and his local acquaintances gathered to gosspi, tell stories, play cards or bet on horses... and drink of course! Landlady Ivy Williams would hold court and many of the stories Dylan heard here found their way into his most famous work, Under Milk Wood. Whislt he enjoyed a pint, as most Welshmen do, Dylan often drank halves and some of the more elderly locals whremember him as '...a drinker, not a drunk.' Whilst the bar has entertained many celebrities it is also part of the modern day literary scene and is the hub for the annual Laugharne Weekend.
Yes, the smoke has gone and the drinks have been updated, but traditional Welsh ale is served – and there's some mellow music that reflects the more elegant sounds of today and the jazzy sounds of the 1940s and 50s.
With the bar (which is Grade-2 listed) we simply updated and restored where necessary to facilitate a modern working day pub, whilst maintaining a pared down comfort in the spirit of a less complicated era. Bare floorboards remain as does the bay window where Dylan watched life go by on King Street. The welcome is as warm as it was back in those tough post-war years when places such as Browns were central to community life. And today you'll still hear stories and gossip, for the locals are happy to chat away, and you may hear a few indiscretions as you enjoy your drink!
Today's Browns bar offers local produce bar food, real Welsh ale, beautiful fixtures and fittings such as oak shelving behind the bar; and a tempting range of drinks from the distillers of Penderyn, Wales' world-famous whisky.