England > Greater London > Islington
Theydon_Bois (531) The íSham, England | February 27, 2014
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Located at the top end of Upper Street the Taproom N1 is well served by a number of buses and is a 6/7 minute walk from Highbury&Islington station (Victoria line and Overground).
The decor is pretty sparse with wooden boards for flooring and bare brick and concrete walls with posters and paintings adorning some.
The bar, located in the far right corner, hosts 4 cask lines (2 cider/2 beer on my visit), 5 keg lines and 8 gravi-casks located inside fridges.
The selection was quite interesting mixing local and nationwide micros, a new beer from Hackney, one of London Fields Bootlegger series on cask and a black ipa (hell yeah!) from Scotlands Alechemy were available amongst others. Keg beers included offerings from Kernel and Camden, cant say i took too much notice of the bottled selection as this was a brief visit.
Service fine, prices fair - £4.30 for a pint of 6.5% ABV. They also offer a tasting flight comprising 3 times 1/3 pints.
Food available included toasted sandwiches and charcuterie plates.
Just the 3 other punters during my 1630 visit so hard to judge ambiance.
Decent enough line up of beer none the less and somewhere id certainly revisit!
worldfusionrad (1) , | October 16, 2013
38 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 6/20
A dive bar, but a dive bar with good ales. They have decent range of ales but the whole place and the service feels slapdash and uninspired. I donít feel any interest much less love for the ales from the staff. But you can get a nice brew and if you donít mind sitting in what feels like a garage, you will enjoy it.
b727trijet (250) Isleworth, England | August 28, 2013
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
A great bar offering interesting beers from around the country but with a focus on local beers. Very "urban" decor and atmosphere but beers in good nick and not overpriced like the norm around here. Well worth a visit. Four or five handpumps one is usually a cider and upto eight on cold stillage behind the bar. Not much keg more cask. Yet another good addition to the drinking scene in north London!
tdtm82 (74) , England | July 28, 2013
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
A good honest boozer selling £3 a pint in a relatively trendy area of north London. Bottles are expensive but the focus is on good London beer so if you are an out-of-towner in the area requiring London ticks then this is an ideal spot.
The quality of the cask ale is good; they use a nice cooling system with gravity dispense and you can see the cellar operation as you order your pint.
For a Saturday night it was well packed with a lively yet mature crowd. The staff were very efficient and there was a range of meat and cheese boards. I found that the bottles were expensive but to come for a quick couple of halves this venue is ideal.
It is a pop-up bar and recently opened and very easy to get to as there is a bus station just outside and good tube links.
If they improved their range and reduced their bottle prices then this would be a solid venue to go to on a Saturday night. The blues music was excellent and the vibe was good.
There was a baby with a women so it could cater for children too but I did not ask.
My summary is that it is a good effort and with a bit of tweaking it has great potential.
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