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Address: 227 Camden Road, London, NW1 9AA [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 1627) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest tube stations Kentish Town (0.5 miles), Caledonian Road (0.5 miles), Caledonian Road and Barnsbury (0.5 miles)

Nearest train stations Kentish Town (0.5 miles), Camden Road (0.6 miles), Kentish Town West (0.8 miles)

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A large, fairly unremarkable pub by day, rock and metal venue by night. The gigs are free of charge and attract a healthy crowd. I myself have played the punk night a couple of occasions. Some of the metal band that have played here include 'Shit Running Down my Leg', 'Cemetery Rapist', and 'Gut Wrenching Poo Death' so fun for the whole family.
Richard_ReadingFC - 19 Aug 2016 12:11
'Before this pub decided to turn metal, it was alright for a few beers and a chat. Now you have to shout to be heard by someone directly infront of you. Shame'

1) Before it decided to turn metal was the very early 2000s. I remember seeing a metal tribute band Dead Seed here often, even though it wasn't really a 'metal' place 7 days a week. That was over a decade ago. What period is maddymads referring to, or is s/he a bit selective-remembering?

2) It's not metal before 7pm or even 8pm on a gig night, it's a relaxed, sport-showing, backwater-of-Camden area pub. You CAN have the both in the one pub, and if you are looking for a quiet pub on a gig night (which are clearly denoted on a blackboard on the outside wall) then look elsewhere and we've no sympathy for you. Being into metal and finding a decent, down-to-earth real pub venue that doesn't charge an entry fee and ISN'T PRETENTIOUS, is really difficult.

3) Metalheads are statistically supposed to have higher-than-average IQs... also I NEVER see fights at metal gigs, it's really rare compared to most other scenes. So apart from the loudness of the music, which I agree is intrusive to conversation (although I've managed to have plenty in this venue outside the back-room gig area) there's nothing wrong with being a metal pub.

4) Camden is turning or has long been a commercial sh*thole, with a few outstanding venues and scenes still mixed-in. This pub is one of the few decent places resisting that commercial, non-valuable (identikit, high-street stereotype nightlife) rubbish. So I salute it.

5) I don't even drink any more for health reasons. So I'm not reviewing the booze here. Tell you one thing I'm qualified to say, though - if a pub is crap, one can drink ones way into having a good time. If one doesn't drink, one cannot tolerate a crap pub. Many pubs out there make lots of money off the fact that their clientèle are drunk and incapable of discriminating, especially around places like Camden, Clapham, etc. This isn't a crap pub, it has enough to offer, ales aside.
Groovehound - 30 Dec 2013 06:20
Before this pub decided to turn metal, it was alright for a few beers and a chat. Now you have to shout to be heard by someone directly infront of you. Shame
maddymads - 9 Jul 2010 19:59
I popped in here early on Saturday evening as it was starting to fill up with metal heads and a band was setting up on the stage in the back room, where the soon to be moved pool table was sitting.

As mentioned before, it is a Greene King pub with no ale and only standard draught and IPA keg.

I’m not really into heavy metal and I think that there are better pubs to go for a drink away from this area, so I won’t be returning.
Strongers - 27 Apr 2009 15:35
Great pub, good rock/metal and good pints for under £3 (A a rarity in London).

The beer definitely tastes like they regularly clean their pipes :-D
LPetersson - 12 Mar 2009 10:30

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