The main hub for Desertfest, so visited frequently over the weekend. Large bar in a narrow street near Camden Town station. Great metal vibe, dark, a bit greasy, loud music, loved it. Decent selection of taps, mostly Camden and Brooklyn stuff, but also Weird Beard and De La Senne. Nice selection of bottled and canned beers as well, even had different beers in the fridge upstairs in the concert area. Prices were a bit on the high side, but just OK I guess (+-5 pound for a pint or 33cl bottled beer). Service consisted of tattooed rock chicks (dig that), and even though it was very busy they took the time to serve and even advise. I’d live here if this was in my neighbourhood.
The metal vibe is alright I suppose, but not all that unique anymore. Does feel more like a metal music venue than a beer bar, which is pretty much what it is, I suppose. Decent draft selection, not a lot of bottles. Staff was nice and attentive, but really annoying that they don’t accept cards for purchases less than £5. Contactless anyone?
I like the whole metal vibe as it makes this place a little bit different. Always found something interesting to drink. Although, as mentioned in other reviews, the beer list tends to be out of date and the staff can be grumpy. However the main reason I drop in here is for pre-gig food. Was sad to find out the BBQ Brothers (?) are no longer supplying the grub (they led to me waking my wife up at 3:00am to tell her I’d had the best smoked beef sarnie ever) but they have been replaced by some rather nice burgers.
Rock/metal place tucked in the back alley. Decoration and ambiance according to the music played there, there are couple of interesting details when it comes to interior decoration. It’s quiet in the afternoon and quite loud in the evening. Considering it’s more music venue or sort of club than regular craft beer bar, selection is very good. Prices are bit on the high side. If you’re into this kind of music and want to drink craft this is the place to go.
Visited on a June Friday early evening. The place is very dark and dingy and wearing black is encouraged. Asked for 2 keg beers that were no longer available. Staff did admit error and were friendly. Beer range suffered a bit as a result but did pick up a couple of interesting keg beers. The place is OK, worth a nose in if passing but isn’t world beating. Not my favourite place in Camden by a long chalk
Maybe a few years ago this place was a stand-out in London, but nowadays it’s probably not worth visiting. It’s basically a music venue with a bar that serves pretty decent beer. Compared to the top tier drinking establishments in London, though, the selection, service and prices just aren’t that great. I haven’t been here in years and would only venture back if it was for a music gig.
Oh yes. This is my kind of piped music. The Black Heart tries too hard to be trendy, it’s a bit grungy, but my dear Lord the beer. 7 craft keg (9 if you count Camden Pale and Ink) and one cask compliments a fairly massive bottle selection. On my visit there were draft beers by Siren, Wild Weather and Harbour among others. Worth a visit for sure.
A rock/metal/alternative music pub and venue in Camden, about 2 mins from the Brewdog bar and 2 mins from tube station. Over the past year the beer selection has gone from strength to strength - with 3 or 4 cask, 10 or so keg, and a good selection of bottles and cans. Breweries featured include lots of interesting Scottish/English micros, plus foreign keg - To Ol, Evil Twin, Ska etc. Always something new on the taps. Bottle/can list regularly changing too - currently has Widmer, Smuttynose, Rogue, Mohawk, Mavericks, Oskar Blues - a list is printed out so you can browse even if it’s hard to see into the fridges. Rock & metal vibe & clientele - great if you like all kinds of alternative music and to find new beers at the same time. Always a real cider available too, and usually a streetfood vendor in residence cooking up something meaty to complement the beer. Can be busy on weekend evenings and if there is a gig on in the upstairs room, but I’ve usually been able to get a seat on most occasions.
A dark and dingy/grungy, yet typically Camdenesque place. Blaring heavy rock in over the speakers. I don’t mind the music but I find the scene a little weird. Good bottle selection from local goodies to stuff like Stone, Westbrook and Oskar Blues. None of their Brewdog neighbour at all and fair enough. Service was slow but efficient. Wouldn’t say the bloke was very friendly, possibly having a bad day.... A good selection but you can find selections like this throughout London with better service and tap range quite easily