Pretty much just across from Islington Assembly Rooms, the Taproom will cater to your beer and pizza needs. It’s fairly narrow so it’s hard to manoeuvre one’s way, especially during crowded times. The selection is good but not outstanding, and having read Leighton’s review I skipped the cask and went straight for keg. Quite a few London-based sessionable beers were available, so there would be fewer ticks for a Londoner than there were for me. The beer is dear but the pizza, should you wish to eat, is fairly reasonable especially considering the location. Not a destination but the best bet between Angel and Highbury & Islington stations.
An OK spot. They have a good selection of beers and ciders here, spread across casks (hand-pump and gravity), keg and bottle. However, I have had some beers here - on gravity - that were in absolutely dreadful condition. Truly shameful condition. So keep that in mind. The prices are a little high but you can get a flight, which is nice. The service is friendly if a bit uncaring. It seems a little damp and musty in this pub, but otherwise the ambiance is pleasant. Not a must-visit by any means.
Easy walk from Highbury & Islington tube to get here. No frills bar with a selection of London breweries and beyond. Dead quiet on my visit during the afternoon. Service was pretty relaxed and friendly. Only stuck around for a quick half.
Great little bar with a basic and cheap looking interior, but with a okay selection of craft beers. Probably not a place I’d go back to on my own choice but if someone suggested a visit or I was nearby anyway I might go in for a beer...or two.
The Taproom is a pop up bar, as evidenced by the rather spartan decor (which I liked). It’s really very good and has a great range of beer - eight barrels, four hand pumps and six keg taps. Well worth a visit; I hope it continues to thrive.
(Visited 6 June 2014).
Visited easter 2014. Great place, cosy in its own way.. Went there since we haven´t been there before and had 7 winners :-).. and a toast.. Friendly staff, beers served in good condition, funny deco with some great paintings on the walls. Benches and tables as known from the german beergartens. For sure worth a revisit.
Fin (1185) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | April 19, 2014
Another rating in Fin & Lozs bimble today Saturday 19th April 2014. We found it very easy just 3-4 mins from where the No:19 dropped off and just 1min from Ottelenghis where Loz was hoping for a better Deli than that which we found. It is a spartan place with long wooden benches, long tables, and a fairly basic industrial look. It is quite busy 4:32 on a Saturday, as you enter the bar is halfway down on your right, one of the barmen is sporting a 70’s village people look with leather flat cap and trendy beard. The cask beers are behind the bar in a perspex chilling stillage type thing much like the pub in Hereford. Beer choice is clearly focusing on London micros we opted for Cronx and Five Points both fine without ever exciting, my Five Points was getting tired. Its ok but if seeking permanency it would need to up its game to get anywhere near the Earl of Essex or Craft Islington. Ian Brown (I think) playing on the stereo lifts this up to be one if the better musical outlets today, stereo sounds half decent as well.
The pop-up bar that won’t close. I visited on a Sunday evening and pretty much had the run of the bar to myself. Most punters were probably scared off by the harpist playing Jason Mraz covers who was stinking up the place. Either she was dating one of the bar staff or the manager’s insane. The selection’s solid. Some Kernel, gravity offerings from Dark Star etc. The value’s definitely good for the area. Overall, it’s not a destination, but it’d be a nice stop if you’re in the area to check out The Earl of Essex or Craft Islington.