My sanctuary used to be a place called Temptations in Plymouth, two of my old roommates used to work there as dancers. The bar staff were funny as hell and always welcoming, the locals and regulars were a sideshow all of their own. I used to just sit at the bar with my buddies and a few drinks and watch all walks of life come in and out of that place.
Every now and then I'd help the girls with their makeup and just chat about life and have a good laugh at all the outrageous stories they had to tell, be it about punters misbehaving there, or just life in general. It's a place where, if you're made of strong stuff you'd love it, but if you had any noticeable weakness, the customers would tear you up.
Kinda sad I'm not part of that scene, but I'm currently in search of a new sanctuary as I am in dire need of one.