Visited on 8th February 2017. Scruffy Spoons on Brixton High st. Long, thin venue, has had a bit of a makeover, loaded with locals at the front and often busy with gig goers itís not the most welcoming. Beer range is poor on cask. Bottle selection is a little better and nothing noteworthy on Keg. Not one of the best Spoons but it is cheap.
Visited mid-evening on Sunday 22nd Jan 2017. Small cask selection, plenty of bottles and keg offerings. Typical well used Wetherspoons with a few years spillage on the carpets and the decor looking tired, as were most of the customers and staff. Heroin available in the Gents (until the staff threw him out), wife not amused. Been here, seen it, done it: will not be returning. Got two new rates though, so not all bad.
It is what it is, the Beehive. More late-night cafe with booze than full-on public house. Dodgy but friendly. Itíll do. The pared-down cask ale selection (only two íguestsí alongside the nationals) is a bit of a let-down, but whatever brought you here... letís face it, it isnít for the beer ticks. Enjoy the unique atmosphere.
Was in here on a Saturday lunchtime so maybe didnít see it at its roughest - however, we were still lucky to get a table. Itís one of the smaller íSpoons, with a corresponding reduced beer selection - however, being a íSpoons there were still a couple of casks I hadnít had before. Staff seemed friendly enough, and clearly knew the tattooed regulars well (the regulars at the bar were actually pretty friendly and chatty to me). Food came quickly and was competently cooked & served (as you expect in a íSpoons. All in all OK for a quick pint/ cheap lunch, but certainly a little dingy and maybe not one of their more family-friendly outlets.
On the north side of the railway bridge where this suburb of London starts to get slightly less busy than the main commercial centre on its southern side, this is a fairly standard Wetherspoon with a small front but stretches back a fair distance into the building. Itís looks is familiar with a traditional soft furnish finish throughout. Itís busy all day and will suffice for an ale or two if youíre desperate, but despite living in Brixton for over 2 years, I only popped in here a handful of times given it can be a rough and ready place at times.
The_Osprey (170) Richmond, England | August 29, 2014| Updated September 20, 2014
Standard JDW, but a bit on the dingy and depressing side. Cask ale selection is poor for JDW. Clientele include geezers and older caribbean blokes. Pretty busy.
Why did I end up here? Well, first of all I came to Brixton because I wanted some Brixton Pound (Iím not only a beer geek...) and the fact that Craft Beer Brixton opens damn late, "forced" me to pop in for a beer. Cesspit? Cantankerous boozers? Intimitating blokes? Well, I havenít been here after sunset and Brixton isnít the posh Mayfair for sure. But, certainly more colorful and exciting! (Visited February 28th 2014)
Have popped in on a few occasions prior to a gig at the Academy.
Thank god for the Craft - Iíll never have to enter this cesspit again!
Typical dark and dingey spoons layout, no daylight other than the frontage, a little dirtier than most.
Very average beer range with one or two guests beyond the stock Abbot/Ruddles piffle - if youíre lucky.
Service was pretty lousy but it has always been packed due to there being a gig on when Iíve called in.
Clientele is Dubious with a capital D.
When I nipped to the toilets once a couple of indimidating blokes were asking for money and practically demanding cigarettes of some younger guys.
Not nice, avoid !
Stuck my head in here to see if the London Ale Festival was on. After avoiding the perennial homeless guy outside asking for change to buy a beer, I got in to find a few other homeless types propping themselves up on the tables and making a beer last several hours. Unfortunately it came with the smell to match. Quick scan of the beer revealed no beer festival and just the very familiar brands. No decent bottles either. It seems like itís mainly popular with the local Jamaican over-65s brigade as someone else has pointed out here. With Craft Brixton one minute around the corner I cannot see any good reason to ever go in here again.
To echo the sentiments of a previous review, this place certainly does have an eclectic consumer base. All walks of life were observed on my visit. Plenty of cantankerous boozers add that pleasant level of danger everybody loves. The beers are dirt cheap. About eight real ales on tap. If youíre in Brixton, perhaps about to see a show at the O2 Brixton Academy, this would be an alright place to stop in for a quick beer.