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 (1143) 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.
Located at the top end of Upper Street the Taproom N1 is well served by a number of buses and is a 6/7 minute walk from Highbury&Islington station (Victoria line and Overground).
The decor is pretty sparse with wooden boards for flooring and bare brick and concrete walls with posters and paintings adorning some.
The bar, located in the far right corner, hosts 4 cask lines (2 cider/2 beer on my visit), 5 keg lines and 8 gravi-casks located inside fridges.
The selection was quite interesting mixing local and nationwide micros, a new beer from Hackney, one of London Fields Bootlegger series on cask and a black ipa (hell yeah!) from Scotlands Alechemy were available amongst others. Keg beers included offerings from Kernel and Camden, cant say i took too much notice of the bottled selection as this was a brief visit.
Service fine, prices fair - £4.30 for a pint of 6.5% ABV. They also offer a tasting flight comprising 3 times 1/3 pints.
Food available included toasted sandwiches and charcuterie plates.
Just the 3 other punters during my 1630 visit so hard to judge ambiance.
Decent enough line up of beer none the less and somewhere id certainly revisit!
A dive bar, but a dive bar with good ales. They have decent range of ales but the whole place and the service feels slapdash and uninspired. I don’t feel any interest much less love for the ales from the staff. But you can get a nice brew and if you don’t mind sitting in what feels like a garage, you will enjoy it.