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Offline Michael Gallagher

Grill Room Bar
« on: Jul 31, 2013, 02:31 PM »
I know I've shown this before but Rob mentioned it again recently so thought I'd report. The Grill Room Bar in 1969.



Offline Twynkle

Re: Grill Room Bar
« Reply #1 on: Jul 31, 2013, 07:24 PM »
This looks stunning!
Is it part of the same space that you showed us (the PG Bar I think?)  - the bar with those wonderful uplighters?
And - if it isn't asking too much (!), might it be possible for you to say what colour and type of material the wall covering was?
Might it be a clever sort of tiling / or panels?
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Offline Clydebuilt1971

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« Reply #2 on: Aug 22, 2013, 09:49 AM »
Theres something elegant about that spiral staircase!

Excellent pics - I love looking at this kind of stuff. Some engine room shots from As New would have me glued for hours!!

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« Reply #3 on: Feb 04, 2014, 10:04 PM »
Thanks Michael, a truly stunning space and a real avant-garde design when launched.  But, one that remained classy and refined as everything else around it dated

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Re: Grill Room Bar
« Reply #4 on: Apr 08, 2014, 04:31 PM »
Interestingly, I've never seen any deck plans that show the Grill Room Bar. Wasn't it located forward on one deck?
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Offline Graham Taylor

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« Reply #5 on: Apr 09, 2014, 03:46 AM »
Yes the Grill Room Bar, or Princess Grill Bar/Lounge as it was to become was just aft of the C Stairway on the port side just opposite cabins 1020/22.

There are some excellent zoomable ship's deckplans, which go into great detail, available in the RMSQUEENELIZABETH2.com site in the Chief Engineer's Shop, plus our very own ChrisCunard has some plans on his website.

http://www.rmsqueenelizabeth2.com/bridge.html

http://www.chriscunard.com/qe2_deckplans.php
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« Reply #6 on: Apr 09, 2014, 04:52 PM »
Thank you, Graham, for this very valuable information.  June
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« Reply #7 on: Apr 09, 2014, 05:43 PM »
Thanks Graham. It is in a different place then I thought. I thought it was forward on one deck on the port side. Thanks for that information Graham.


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« Reply #8 on: Apr 09, 2014, 07:50 PM »
Thanks Graham. It is in a different place then I thought. I thought it was forward on one deck on the port side. Thanks for that information Graham.

That is where it is... I have deckplans, but I haven't had time to figure out how to scan them in, because they're much bigger than my A4 scanner.
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« Reply #9 on: Apr 09, 2014, 08:31 PM »
That is where it is...

Sorry I'm a little confused because on the Cheif Engineers Shop deckplans it shows the Grill Room just aft of C stairway in the centre and not on the port side.  :-\
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« Reply #10 on: Apr 10, 2014, 09:52 AM »
Sorry I'm a little confused because on the Cheif Engineers Shop deckplans it shows the Grill Room just aft of C stairway in the centre and not on the port side.  :-\

Adam the entrance to the Princess Grill was on one deck accessed from the port side corridor right opposite cabins 1020/22. This took you into the bar/lounge, which was an intimate but windowless area in the central section of the ship. From there one gained access to the Grill Room above on Quarter Deck via a spiral staircase or the private lift. Although technically an annexe to the Columbia/Caronia Restaurant there was no way through to the Grill Room from Quarter Deck except through the kitchen.
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« Reply #11 on: Apr 10, 2014, 12:44 PM »
Thanks Graham. :)


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« Reply #12 on: May 05, 2014, 03:00 PM »
Scanned in the relevant bit of deck plan.

Its funny, when I was in it, I never thought about it being in the middle of the ship because when you went up into the restaurant, it was all looking towards the port side of the ship.
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« Reply #13 on: May 05, 2014, 06:55 PM »
Its funny, when I was in it, I never thought about it being in the middle of the ship because when you went up into the restaurant, it was all looking towards the port side of the ship.

That's what I thought from looking at the pictures, hence the confusion. Thanks for posting Rob.
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« Reply #14 on: May 13, 2014, 06:30 PM »
What about tales from the Grill Room bar when it was reserved only for those upstairs, and in later years when it was open for all (what year was this, as a matter of interest)

For me its was probably one of the least most visited places on QE2, other than for an informal FOD and pre dinner drinks and a very kind invite to a select party there (hosted bar) or a stop of during the cabin cavalcades that was about it.
They had a most magnificent display of empty champagne bottles under the stairs on one visit.. 
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Offline Cabin 2066

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« Reply #15 on: May 14, 2014, 08:52 AM »
Myles, it's my remembrance that the PG bar was restricted until '93 or '94, but generally only passengers booked for the PG used it. Since it was so far out of the way, hardly any others would use it and were discouraged by the bar staff due to the size of the space available. In the early years, your ID card was marked with PG, although after the Queens Grill and Bar were added, my card with PG admitted me to the QG bar as well. Additionally, the PG bar was only open in the evening starting an hour before dinner and closing an hour after the PG ended serving, unlike the QG bar which opened late morning until an hour after the conclusion of dinner.
Many times, especially during world cruises, the PG bar would host small parties and a PG diner would be admitted but usually chose to have their before-dinner drink at their table upstairs. Often, if we just wanted to chill out after dinner, we would head to the QG bar before retiring to the cabin because the QG bar was larger and had more comfortable seatingand the PG bar staff seemed impatient to close.
As to the wild tales, there were VERY few, once again due to the confined space available and the restricted hours the PG bar was open. However, I have one tale! Early summer in 1971 enroute from NY to Southampton to join my grandparents at horse farms in Surrey, I was having a predinner drink in the PG bar with my girlfriend(at the time and many years afterward)when a gentleman, very mod and with an english accent stood up from a nearly table and exclaimed that he was going to"slide the rail" from the top of the spiral stairs(he also wasn't in good shape to go to dinner). Despite the protests of the bar staff and his table mates, he climbed to the top, perched himself on the rail and let go. He made the first turn only to fall outbound. After leaving the PG bar on a stretcher, we learned the following day that he had minor back injuries and was confined to his cabin for the duration of the voyage. So much for "sliding the rail", especially at sea!
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« Reply #16 on: May 27, 2014, 05:55 PM »
Thanks for sharing with us Tom.  :)
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« Reply #17 on: Oct 13, 2015, 07:32 PM »
Attached please find a super rare photo of the brand new Grill Room Bar.

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« Reply #18 on: Oct 14, 2015, 08:51 AM »
What a feast for the eyes!

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« Reply #19 on: Oct 14, 2015, 03:05 PM »
Spectacular and awesome - if only we could go back !
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Offline Bob C.

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« Reply #20 on: Jun 19, 2017, 12:39 PM »
My interest has been renewed on this space.  I remember exploring the ship in '74 and seeing the the area used as a storage space and then mistakenly arriving at the floor in '79 as the C stairway lift doors opened - I had no clue where I was as I thought I would be seeing something along the lines of a typical stairway instead of a fancy public/private area.

I do have to make a minor correction to Graham's comment on the lift being a private lift.  Perhaps there had been a special access button added since the 70's but back in the 70's one could easily press Q or 1 on the lift from any other deck on Stairway C and arrive at the Grill Room/Princess Grill or Grill Room/Champagne Bar, respectively.

Offline Malcolm

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« Reply #21 on: Jul 12, 2017, 12:55 PM »
back in the 70's one could easily press Q or 1 on the lift from any other deck on Stairway C and arrive at the Grill Room/Princess Grill or Grill Room/Champagne Bar, respectively.

As far as I'm aware that was the case right up until the end. I remember being met by a very annoyed and objectionable Andrew Nelder on my first time in PG  - that was annoyed until he knew I was supposed to be there - then he just became objectionable!  :P