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
No signage on the outside that we could see, just a black frontage, looked a bit salubrious, on the inside it is stripped out with wooden furniture and bare floorboards and a bit of a death theme going on, a place for vamires perhaps? However; the trepidation ended there, the welcome from the friendly bloke behind the bar was great, the cask beers were a good selection and well served. Better still, we were then shown the bottled beer list, which although quite pricey, was amazing in its range. This goes straight into our favourite London pubs list, great place.
Visited on 13/12/13 around 5pm.
The place is just over the road from Camden Town Tube (Northern Line) and you literally walk past it in an alleyway on the way to BD Camden.
The place is a medium sized open plan single room with a central ’square’ U-shaped bar. There is also an upstairs room for live music. There was plenty of room upon my arrival and it started to get a little busier as I drank my beer but nothing too hectic for 5.30pm on a Friday in London.
Client base largely local/semi-local rockers backed up with rock / indie rock on the stereo system.
Decor is functional, wooden floor, walls adorned with band posters.
Service was good, the guy talked a little about the beer and offered a sample.
Range wasn’t too exciting, only 1 cask ale available (3 pumps) and the keg range, whilst offering a little variety, wasn’t too exciting compared to previous reports. keg beers included a SN seasonal, Hopslinger Black IPA (By The Horns), one or two Belgian offerings. There was a pin board of beers on tap but at least 2 I asked after where not available - a little lazy in not updating these bearing in mind they only have 12 to deal with at a max ! Bottle list was solid enough, some Belgians and US, some more local offerings from the likes of Partizan and Siren.
Didn’t appreciate the extortion on the half pint pricing. £5.40 a pint, but the half I ordered was £3 !!! No need for that !
Ok place, at least for Camden (once a good beer desert barring Quins) they make an effort and you can combine decent enough music (or a gig) with beer. That said I wouldn’t recommend a trip here other than if you have 20 minutes to kill having visited BD Camden or you are out with non beer friends who perhaps crave some music and you can reach a compromise here.
I’d always been put off coming here due to the bogus reviews it once received (staff/owners), perhaps a certain Bryn Fowler (Designated Premises Supervisor of their sister pub the Earl of Essex) ought to do the decent thing and wipe his ?
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.
jackl (740) Minneapolis, Minnesota | September 21, 2012
I don’t quite know what to make of this place. The ambiance is generally great, but the whole hard rock vibe was punctured by the gratuitous presence of Springsteen on the bar’s playlist. The service is fine. The selection’s pretty strong. The bottle list may not offer 90 beers, but it does have some decent finds (Pannepeut, Clown Shoes stuff). There’s no crap on tap, nice. The pricing was very strange. Some stuff was completely reasonably priced, other stuff was at a price point clearly higher than what the likes of Craft or the Euston Tap charge. Overall, I’ll keep my eye on this place and revise my rating in the future...
Visited several times, and worth a visit if you are in Camden area. Can at times be very busy. Have a nice bottle collection as well. Normally beers are in good condition. Nice range of beers, friendly staff.
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.