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This is now Adventure bar. It's not great but does cheap cocktails.
Shelfish1981 - 14 Sep 2011 17:42
what a shame this place is closing!It's one of the best bars in London. Guess we'll have to go to New York or Berlin or wherever there are bars like this. Certainly not in London
crimsonpirate - 25 Apr 2008 17:55
this place is truly jaw-dropping
kenspubs55 - 29 Oct 2007 20:01
Great sunday lunches, small but nice. Toilets are not great but it's a funky little place.
Annabanks - 29 Oct 2007 14:32
Good beer including nice bottled White beers.

Service pretty good - even when its busy

Music has a propensity to do ones nut in after about 11PM - both in volume and taste - some nights worse than others - interesting back to back mixes of hawkwind & marvin gaye do test ones patience - I dont think the DJ/Owner will be taking up residency at the ministry of sound in the near future.

then again, nor will I.

Bogs can be rancid - but I dont pay to bathe in the place, so thats not too bad.

Lovely view of the Bus stop and the video rental place across the road and right next to the cashpoint machine.

very handy
snorky - 1 Oct 2007 17:25
one the best places to go drinking round ED. Always a good atmsophere, good music on the whole and Lowenbrau on draught. Awesome.
gooding - 18 Sep 2007 11:07
Brilliant Sunday lunches, always a good place to go as the other pubs are always rammed for Sunday lunch.

Toilets could do with a clean up. But the intimate atmosphere and friendly bar staff make up for that.

Would recommend!
Annabanks - 3 Sep 2007 10:22
always decent tunes guranteed, sweaty but still a cool intimate bar thats simple and provides just what you want good selection of beer and tracks to wobble your head to..........
lostsoul - 24 Aug 2007 14:48
we tired this place a few week , ago, the peoplehere are quiet small but there are a lot of drink but no pool or dar bored the girl beind the bar was very cross we couldnt smoke here but could watch the people go passed with there shopping, some for the boys and girls tiolets did smell a bit and it was very deer
bertrand - 14 Aug 2007 17:39
My favourite haunt. I am often in here.

Staff are wonderful, the owners are friendly and the clientele are laid back. The music is always top-notch. If you ask nicely you can get the odd request in too. The selection of beers is trememdous, given the size of the place.

A second home - for me and many others. I always bring my pals to this place. I cannot rate this pub more highly - the best bar in Dulwich and a well-kept secret.
anonymous - 1 Aug 2007 17:08
friendly, snuff!, reasonable price, (sometimes loud) but good music. Great place.
law2097 - 1 Aug 2007 14:24
Hoorah. The soap is back!
krsone - 11 Dec 2006 14:16
Some soap in the loo would be nice.
krsone - 8 Dec 2006 14:26
Great tunes and lively atmosphere. Small, but perfectly formed. Just shows what someone with taste in music can do with a bar. Which rather begs the question why so many people with dreadful taste end up opening bars?
insekt - 27 Nov 2006 19:16
It's small. It looks like the inside of a tea chest and is similarly sized. The babbling horseshoe of bar stuff and camp followers, dressed at the last count, as Hanoi Rocks during rag week, can be off putting. As can the hideous paintings, the scrawl in the window advertising the house wine as Jack Daniels (rockm/!)and the always surprising toilets(Featuring some of the most inept graffiti I have ever witnessed)However it is still BY FAR the best bar in East Dulwich. It has a selection of beers to suit all tastes, if not all pockets, consistently brilliant music (it is the only place you will ever, EVER hear anyone play Mr Gravedigger by David Bowie and not for no reason, neither)and to press a point it has the FINEST looking bar staff in London. I mean it's not unlike an am-dram production of Cats in there some nights but I've always had a weakness for the lively arts! Oh and the pub quizzes were always well easy.
GuySmiley - 18 Jul 2006 14:35
Reminds me of the original Purple Turtle that used to be in Reading, (before they put a shopping centre on top of it, and without the bar staff topless dancing on the bar).
A good selection of premium lagers. But yes, too small. Why can they knock it through and extend it? Music is starting to dip a bit from the owners fondness for blasting out purley early 70's rock, (OK in moderation, but he does tend to go off on one).
Another negative that has recently started is a supposed "club" night, when they take away the tables, put a sheet in the window, hang up a glitter ball, and try to charge a few quid, becasue they are open later. This doesn't seem to fit the profile I thought they were going for. In summary, restore the constantly good music, expand or get some bigger local premises, stoo stinging people for extra money. If you want a seat in there on a weekend evening,get there before 7.30pm.
krsone - 19 Jun 2006 13:31
72 was actually a Building Society branch for many years - I think it was Chelsea BS when I arrived in East Dulwich ( 1979 ) and more recently Cheltenham & Gloucester - probably got sold when C&G became part of the Lloyds empire.
scrunge - 18 May 2006 23:55
Like a bar you find in Manchester City Centre. In other words, it was obviously once a shop - and a small shop at that. And a bit of a grubby one. That you can buy snuff in.

Still, it's good to have a bit of dirt to counteract the clinical 'designed by Guardian reader' pubs that form most of Lorship Lane's drinking establishments. The beer's okay, the music's better, and the staff must be employed solely from the pages of 'art student monthly'.
eelio - 17 May 2006 10:52
I've always said that inside 72 is the best bar in London. And I've been to a few. The atmosphere/decor is sweet. And the music has been outstanding. The bar staff have impeccable taste, picked out old and new, all classics...and to mix it up now and then they brought in a drunken friend on a Sat. night who picked out differnt tracks from the stacks and stacks of CDs behind the bar. Overall the place kicked ass. Unfortunately the music hasn't been as good recently. The owner - nice man - has been choosing the tracks on more and more evening... from his new laptop. For my taste his choices are more obscure and "interesting" than good.

Hey, mister, please leave the music to your scuffy staff. They've been a blinding job.

ED22 - 21 Apr 2006 18:21
I was in here the other evening and saw Daniel Beddingfield buy a solitary pint of San Miguel and share it with his mum and two friends.

Lightweight! Have you got a light mate?
rideemandbooze - 17 Apr 2006 14:19
Lots of character. Music usually top notch.
Beertastingmonkey - 24 Mar 2006 12:15
Ok anonymous, you're obviously not gifted with any sense or foresight into how bars are staffed.
If there's only one bar staff working, (by bar staff i refer to the person that serves you your drinks) if that person is in the kitchen making your nachos then who is manning the bar? And let me make this clear to you, this venue is a bar, the food is secondary. It's clear that this place is predominantly concerned with serving good beer, a great selection of spirits and the best selection of music in south london.
One more thing; the nachos must be really good for you to feel so much anger after not being able to obtain them 30 minutes AFTER the kitchen has closed.
drinkie - 4 Feb 2006 05:29
Great night there on the weekend, BUT
Staff slipping a little lately, I think they are a little too busy talking to each other or their pals to concentrate on listening to customers... Barcardi in a Vodka Tonic is pretty f-ing sloppy... don't slip guys, keep the quality up, you are barstaff, not rock stars. Some cheesy Eurotrash snuck in there on the weekend attempting to make a dancefoor where you buy drinks & move through the bar, pretty stupid of them but hey we got a laugh...
OneHunga - 17 Jan 2006 15:43
spit and sawdust with a really studenty crowd, works really well and is packed on many an evening. I like it and always get annoyed when someone gets the couch before me. Music- perfect
carteraa - 16 Jan 2006 21:56
Quality bar, had many a great night & meet many a great stranger here for a good boozed chat. The focus here is on straight up good times, good boozin' & good music. Props.
OneHunga - 12 Jan 2006 15:04
Mrs Kermit think you missed the point - it doesnt take a chef to make nachos. Remember such a thing as customer service? Bars that havent forgotten it tend to be places which do well and people go back to.
anonymous - 6 Jan 2006 11:55
nice bar i think.
And for the nice guy that wanted food 30 minutes after they'd stopped serving food: Would you stay an extra hour at work?
Neither would the chef.
Mrs_Kermit - 4 Jan 2006 17:04
I went to this wonderful place after a long day at King's. I relaxed, ate the best food I'd tasted all day, drank heavily, fell over, had a stroke and was still back operating by midnight. Thank God for the 185 !
louiseblake - 5 Oct 2005 22:49
Undoubtedly the best music and best beers.
Dario - 27 Sep 2005 17:47
I am really surprised to see any negative comments about this bar! Best Music in any pub I have ever gone into! As for the bar staff? They are super friendly! My only criticism of Inside 72 is that it is tiny so you can't get many people in there!

Great for a pint on Saturday afternoon, sit there, watch Lordship Lane go buy and listen to great tunes!
ratsterama - 27 Sep 2005 11:50
hey if you don't like it there are plenty of other poncey places to go to on lordship lane!! i like this place, it's got the best music by far! it's quirky and original. keep it up!
anonymous - 10 Sep 2005 03:30
Agree with last comment totally - was in there once and the barmaid and her boyfriend were snogging each other's face off - dont mind us will you? Went in on Saturday at 3.30 and asked for Nachos - "Food stops at 3". Nachos? How difficult could that be to rustle up? Mabye she was too busy - it was packed out with one couple sharing a pot of tea! I kid you not - dont bother - they dont!
anonymous - 22 Aug 2005 11:54
I have had some really nice times in this place, but soon got irritated with feeling like i was crashing somebodies private party, i.e., the staff's. They lounge about, doing feck all, blasting the tunes up when they feel like it, and then they have the cheek to look put out when you ask for a pint! I think the attempt at looking trendy by having bare lighbulbs hanging off the ceiling, and decorating the walls with crisp boxes is so lame. It should just set itself up on Camberwell Road and officially become the SU bar that it truly already is. Pants!
charlottekm - 12 Aug 2005 12:42
A great little place. Highly recommend the Duvel. This pub's a winner.
anonymous - 23 Dec 2004 10:14
I love this place, it doesn`t matter whether its 3 in the afternoon on a monday or 10pm on Saturday the musics always pumping. Also one of the best pints of San Miguel this side of Madrid.
Bobba - 2 Dec 2004 16:52
Ahh Christopher... now if you go a little bit down the road, I think you'll find a Starbucks within the Sainsbury's!

And if I'm being honest, this pub has slowly gone down hill - it's lost it's charm I think!
anonymous - 1 Dec 2004 21:39
Now now Christine!! Dull Dulwich??? Name another area of London with a range of boozers and restaurants as diverse (and brilliant) as The Sea Cow, The Palmerston, Franklins, Inside 72, The Edt, Le Chardon, Thai Pavillion, Tandoori Nights, The Green, Hanna's, The CPT - and then onto the Village for the Dog... And not a Starbucks or a MacDonalds in sight! The area is fantastic - one of London's true gems!!! Where would you prefer to be Christine? Clapham?

christopher - 1 Dec 2004 17:18
great tunes, nice beers and a comfy leather sofa. Don't need too much more than that do you?
ermsey - 26 Nov 2004 16:46
I've yet to find anywhere else that you can hear such a vast selection of great music. If you like pampering your ears, friendly staff and a chilled out atmosphere, this place will feel like home.
Jack - 10 Nov 2004 01:43
A little gem, sparkling in otherwise DULL Dulwich.
Christine - 10 Nov 2004 01:40
This place is amazing! Great music, atmosphere, beers, staff.
It's got the lot.
Simon - 10 Nov 2004 01:38
the bar that doesnt have to try hard to pull in the nicest mix of drinkers in the area, probably down to the staff me thinks
andrew - 6 Nov 2004 17:20
This place is and always will be the coolest bar in south london. shame some of the nicer staff left a while ago although one spotted last week- is she back? loving the music, the drinks and most of the staff. the decor is by far the most original i`ve seen in a bar for a long time.
swifty - 2 Nov 2004 14:58
Fantastic! Love having this place as my local! 2.90 a pint is not too bad I guess, but worth it with the great music, great atmosphere, great people! You can get a good night from here alone!
anonymous - 30 Oct 2004 18:22
This place is amazing, and contrary to popular believe it's not a gay bar.
Great music and even better bar staff.
Harvey - 24 Oct 2004 19:15
Just so hard to find a decent pub that plays enjoyable music. This place (one unneccessarily rude bargirl aside...) rocks!
solomongrundy - 18 Oct 2004 12:33
Can anyone comment on the fillies? Thumbs up or down?
Maureen - 17 Sep 2004 11:32
James Nesbitt lives close and used to be seen here. Small but cool. OK for snack.
cathusmacus - 16 Sep 2004 09:11
Just too small for a decent night at the weekend (unless you're one of the local sixth formers) but great for a mid-weeker or a steak sandwich on a sunday.
piersy - 7 Sep 2004 17:22
This place is just sublime, but you either get it or you don't. Comments about yuppies are a load of tosh - propping up the bar here, you're likely to find grubby musicians, pissed, failed journalists and wannabe artists who have yet to shift a single canvas, rather than dullards who code websites and tell everyone that they're "in the media". Fantastic beers (a rep from Budweiser came in the other day to try and get the place to stock its fizz, and literally got laughed out by staff and punters) And where else are you likely to hear the White Stripes, 10cc, Funkadelic, Kate bush and Aerosmith in an average night's playlist?
Spatch - 31 Jul 2004 15:54
Absolutely fantastic - not Shoreditch at all (thank God) - more like Sam Francisco or The East Village / Alphabet City (NYC). Wonderful in every way - one of London's very best!!!
Chris - 18 Jun 2004 14:23
by the way, there is a presentation by watneys on saturday for the best kept red barrell outlet in south east london. starts 8pm
james - 8 Apr 2004 01:00
Look - the thing about 72 is.. it's not your average boozer. Once we get over that we are going to get on fine ok?
In my opinion. this place has the best lagers, the best sound, the best burgers and the best "vibe" in the area - people who complain about the "yuppie" element say more about themselves than they do about this place
Downsides: The menu could do with a shake up - it's all a bit "dry" food - they did experiment with Chili and the like at the beginning but no more.. Music: usually eclectic but when they get on a Doors tip it's time to leave
Upside: Bar staff are great and for a place with only one loo per sex, I never have to queue!
JJS - 5 Mar 2004 20:48
Re: Jonathan - 30- Dec 2003 17:37
'Inside 72' used to be a Cheltenham & Gloucester branch, not Halifax.
Maureen Hooper - 8 Jan 2004 13:41
Previously a branch of 'Halifax', 'Inside 72' is a brilliant little drinking hole. Funky, off the wall decor and a warm snug atmosphere make this bar a great place to warm up or spend the whole evening.
Jonathan - 30 Dec 2003 17:37
Great little place that seems a little bit out of sync with East Dulwich.. once spotted James Nesbitt in here with his mates.
sar - 20 Nov 2003 11:34
full of yuppies and too small prices are high to compensate for the lack of customers the foresters is most likely the best pub in dulwich
kevin - 21 Aug 2003 15:43
Nice place. E Dulwich needs more like it.
Nero - 15 Jun 2003 17:22
inside 72 is a small, comfortable and funky pub with a wide selection of beers and spirits. They also serve a great selection of food at decent prices. Beer's cheap and the sofas are cosy. The decor's very industrial and looks like it would be quite at home in Shoreditch, never mind sleepy Dulwich. But it's a great little place.
Chris - 3 Feb 2003 18:42

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