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Address: 385 Holloway Road, London, N7 0RY [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 21857) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest tube stations Holloway Road (0.5 miles), Arsenal (0.6 miles), Caledonian Road (0.7 miles)

Nearest train stations Upper Holloway (0.6 miles), Drayton Park (0.7 miles), Finsbury Park (0.8 miles)

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If I'd have read the reviews before ending up in this place I might not have gone in. However it was a great evening.

It is a rockgrungy kinda place and my image doesn't fit in to either of these categories. At all. All the staff are very polite and courteous, the regulars (lots of em) are all very friendly too.

Everyone just seemed to keep to themselves and are just happy to soak up the atmosphere that this place is oozing with.

Incredibly busy, brilliant live band, pool and fussball tables all filled... It wasn't bad t all. Maybe I was just lucky? But I would certainly go back to find out.
B3XTER - 5 Jun 2014 17:18
I don't get how some people think they are 'the shit' for being rude to people. If they were doing it to authority figures, their landlord or boss, or some bullying person, THAT would be cool. Otherwise it's just ignorant, and that's allowing for personality differences. I hate people who dress up nice then act like twats - worshipping image over substance - but I only even let it bother me when they rub my nose in it. Like saying my (severely un-trendy looking mate, who is a rocker at least) had to get out if he wasn't drinking. He was hungover, not homeless, and I was drinking (and fast enough to count as THREE people, let alone two). Stuck-up people... the first quality on your 'I'd like to pay their wages' list, isn't it? Ignorants.

This was some years ago (say 2009) but I believe the staff haven't changed much nor the attitude... The music's not bad though, but clique-y places are not even healthy for the clique, let alone punters. I guess if you look 'right', they treat you 'right'. But isn't that the same ignorant attitude that gets alternative-looking people abused daily? Ah yes, passing the negative karma back around, how enlightened. They're just pub staff, why expect enlightenment? Well, this is London, you CAN find PhDs to work there... or at least sociable people. I've had nice staff serving too, but anyone who thinks you have to be dressed from the 40s-50s to be cool is pathetic. Cool is not how you look, it's how you act, with a SIDE-serving of how you look. Same principle applies to food, right?
Groovehound - 28 Nov 2012 14:34
Crap service from rude confrontational staff. AVOID this place if you want a pleasant night out
londonboy11 - 21 Jul 2011 23:38
Never been treated like this anywhere! First I was on the phone just outside the toilets and the waitress just nudged me passed waving her arm as to clear me from her way and worse I was playing a delightful game of fuzball when to my bad surprised my half full pint was picked up by a waiter. When I went up to the bar and asked why he just suggested I leave if I was not happy!
mossurfer - 11 Jun 2011 13:39
Bit of a dodgy location, I felt like I was walking out the wrong end of the town, but once inside it's easy to get caught up in the friendly atmosphere and good music. Pool tables started off some friendly rivalry with some other punters. Bar staff approachable and obviously enjoy the rock scene, and the late opening (or should I say late closing) really allowed us to let our hair down.
joeytwoscoops - 30 May 2011 21:07

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