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Dylan's, Lewisham

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Called the Joiners Arms mow (has been for ages). Alright to pop in if you are passing but unlikely to have more than one
Irish pub, (decor, staff and most the customers)
Shows sport on Sky. Doom Bar was £3.25ish, reasonably decent.
southlondonbeero - 20 Nov 2016 08:47
The landlord is a known racist, and a VERY mean drunk on a Sunday when he's had a few.

Not slander: just the voice of experience on both counts.


palookaville - 15 Sep 2016 10:50
Fantastic little pub this, especially if ur lucky enough to Irish. Excellent bar staff, very professional and quick service. The landlord and landlady are very accommodating and helpful. There is great music at the weekend. Great atmosphere and the customers are a joy. Def going back. Only one complaint, ladies loos too small and only the one.
GreenLady - 6 Jun 2013 23:48
As a previous reviwer said this pub has now reverted to its original and historic name of The Joiners Arms.

The landlord is indeed affable and when I said I had not been in for years he said there was no charge for my pint and that he hoped I would be back again. Now that's customer service!

Sporting fixtures on SkyTV and a good place to pop in for a pint of Youngs (this was on handpump on my last visit).

A proper pub and well worth a visit

jimbo842uk - 11 Apr 2012 12:04
The whole of the Beer in the Evening site is becoming more and more out of date!
Trinker - 10 Nov 2011 23:27
News update - This pub has now reverted to its original and historic name of The Joiners Arms, with the facade having undergone a revamp and a lick of fresh green paint, with a new pub sign.

The landlord is a very affable Irishman - James and heruns a tight ship. Good selection of beers available, both tap and bottled. I think he's got one or two real ales on draft too, for all you CAMRA types.

He's concentrating on building up the regulars by becoming known for showing all the top sporting fixtures on Sky; Football, Boxing etc. Notwithstanding this, it's not unusual to see some Irish events such as curling, horseracing etc thrown in for good measure. All in all, worth a punt. Not overpriced as pubs go, a traditional atmosphere - Affable enough locals and no funny business stood for.

I enjoy popping in for a few, after the chaos of visiting the market and shops.

Also, some very pleasant serving staff behind the bar.

Love the jukebox too. Can we have everything louder than everything else please?

Don't believe the stories of yore about this place being a hole. Its definitely on the up, under the strict goverance of a decent landlord.

A genuine working man's alehouse. Good to see places like this still exist.
DangerousChris - 29 Nov 2010 15:13
Very grim - went here recently and everyone was pissed - there was an old bloke at the bar who had a tracheotomy and he was smoking a cigerette through the hole in his throat. stayed for 1 and left.
sir_adam_of_downham - 17 Jun 2010 23:33
One to agree with rbreen05, popped in here for a few jars of the black stuff a couple of Saturday PMs ago. Excellent pint and convivial barman. Good conversation at the bar and he keeps a tight rein on the wandering itinerants who come in without the express intention of having a drink. I'll be back for more. Glad to see this place on the up. Warm up the jukebox and crank up the volume for my next visit.
DangerousChris - 8 Jun 2010 19:52
Dylans has recently been taken over by an Irishman and the landlord James has said he is going to give it a total revamp. Has a fine pint of Guinness and James seems to be a very friendly chap indeed. With Irish sports and music due to be held throughout the summer at the weekends I shall definately be paying another visit or two!
rbreen05 - 3 Jun 2010 18:08
Small Irish pub, with typically bright exterior paintwork and the inside looks like it has been refurbished (in a very minimal way, or perhaps just cleaned?) fairly recently. Got a few stares from the regulars propping up the bar, but the landlord seemed friendly enough. However, the beer selection was, as you would expect from this type of place, complete rubbish so it was a quick pint of the inevitable John Smiths and I was off...
rpadam - 24 Apr 2010 11:00
I read with great interest the comments on several pubs in Lewisham. Iím not a local to this area but when work brings me here I usually enjoy the friendly service and atmosphere of Dylans.
Purely based on my personal experience, I canít help it but to believe that the previous comments were ignited either by someone who was barred from this establishment or there must be another place called the same.
Iím usually served by friendly and well presented barmaids. The landlady is firm to the point. The peopleÖare Lewisham locals (this is not Chelsea). In my opinion Dylans is a real pub, adequate for the area.

the_spectator - 24 Nov 2008 15:27
paid a vsit again yesyerday to see if any changes. None still a dump beers still crap and the managers a coke head!How the old bill don't raid this gaff is beyond me!! There are a lotof dodgy goins on in the pub. What a shit hole
millwallandy1 - 29 Mar 2008 10:21
WHAT A DUMP! filthy dirty and grubby little manager who looks more at home in a massage parlour than a bar, thanks god it's getting closed down soon cannot come soon enough

millwallandy1 - 4 Jan 2008 17:16
If you like a little pub with drunk people with small minds getting drunk and spitting over you when they talk to you this one's for you. Tried it with my fella and didn't like it at all. Very clicky people who look more at home in a police line-up. Bar staff are moody and the guv is ..well..Uuuuuurgh!There are far better pubs in Lewisham who serve far better drinks than this one. Conversation is minimal if you are sober
samanthaL - 11 Dec 2007 19:18
Beers crap, locals are loud, musics good,Thats the good points. Bad points. no-one cares about you they just want your money and then you are out.Nice to see that lewisham does not once again dissapoint
blackheathbabe - 6 Dec 2007 20:24
Awful. Better in it's previous incarnation as the Joiners.
PigPen_in_the_Fens - 14 Apr 2007 12:43
I quite like this place. Yes, it's a bit ropey, but then again, it's Lewisham, not some untouched rural utopia. And yes, the Guinness is a little crap, but then it always is outside of Dublin (or St Stephen's Gate, if you're picky). And yes, there was an alcoholic raving at the bar last time...
I like this pub because it's named after Bob Dylan and because it has an Irish folk group playing every Sunday evening. I'd much rather drink here than in a Yates's.
sirensofsilence - 2 Mar 2007 00:39
Hiya,
me again on my quest to find pubs where a lone woman isn't harassed, cornered, bitched about or taken to be a no-friends prostitute on the pull.
Don't go anywhere near here.
Within three seconds of going in to the place I was cornered by 'The Pointer' who was a very scary fascistic man who kept shouting and pointing in my face with his every dodgy opinion.
The pub was full of people and no-one offered to help they just watched, amused.
Awful place, pointer gave me his number to visit his wifes' bonsai collection, no doubt all with swastikas on them.
Beers alright, bar staff don't give a pants for your safety and the general air is if you're stupid enough to venture out on your own lady, you're asking for it, harpy.

spanglepix - 25 Feb 2007 03:33
Bit crowded, but nice. Ooooh, and there's a pic of both Bob Dylan and Dylan Thomas!!! How imaginative. Better than a pic of say, Tony Blair, I guess.
KilgoreTrout - 24 Jun 2006 22:17
Dylans is a reasonable Boozer where you can always see a friendly face from another pub if you drink in lewisham. The beers not great, but the irish music on a Sunday is different.
anonymous - 15 Apr 2006 23:10
not entirely sure what the last guy was on about, I actually think this place is farely quaint. The staff are friendly, landlords a good laugh, and the beer's not overpriced.
dwaine - 31 Jan 2006 05:34
This used to be the Joiner's Arms, mostly used by Lewisham shoppers, and never by me. I popped in the other week and it was heavily populated by people who have been barred from all the other boozers in the area. It looked pretty seedy as well. Dress code? I'd recommend a full suit of armour.
anonymous - 8 Dec 2005 12:24

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