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
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 ?
Dark, metal pub. Interesting bottle selection, along with about 15 taps (including 4 or 5 cask). Most british craft beers. Also a gig venue, where some former Motley Crue member was solo playing. Interesting and enjoyable if you are into hard-rock, metal.
A dark, atmospheric, gothic-type pub with metal blaring. My kind of place. Or used to. Can’t say I enjoyed it much though perhaps the lack of local stuff and the poor choice of beer is what made it not so pleasant. Service was patient though a bit unfriendly since I didn’t like what they offered or what I sampled. A bit on the pricey side.
A dark pub tucked away in the alley near the Brewdog entrance. Started out fairly well this place, always a good atmosphere here. Unfortunately the last 3 visits have seen this place decline. Service is generally slow, no fault of the staff - they are run of their feet. Just not enough of them, The cask beers have been in poor condition and I have seen a couple of punters return beers and have been tempted to do myself. They need to forget their brand image for awhile here, hire more staff and sort out the cask conditioning. Can’t see me bothering to go back until they do.
Great vibe and a great bar. Really upped their gmae recently with more and more taps being added to the rotating lines and more beers in Bottles. Some great gigs too but something for everyone. Definitely the best place to start a night out in Camden.
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.
caesar (389) Bunnik/Utrecht, Netherlands | December 19, 2012
From the outside I didnt even notice there was a pub. Let alone that they have a decent selection of beers. Several good beers on tap and a whole range of great bottles like Stone and some de Molen. Bar is like a hardrock-cafe with loads of 70s and 80s hardrock and glamrock. Actually, I didnt look at ratebeer before I entered, so was pleasantly surprised and had a great time! :-)
Popped in here to try Camden town beers when visiting brewdog last December. Pleased to find a good selection of cask too, tasty pizzas and good music. Got chatting with an Italian music journalist and great staff too trying their best to match peoples taste preferences to beers.