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Lower Ground Bar
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Address: 269 West End Lane, London, NW6 1QS [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 3493) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest tube stations West Hampstead (0.3 miles), Finchley Road (0.6 miles), Finchley Road and Frognal (0.6 miles)

Nearest train stations West Hampstead (0.2 miles), Finchley Road & Frognal (0.4 miles), Brondesbury (0.6 miles)

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if you want to turn up somewhere at midnight, already having greased the wheeles considerably, this is your place. going in sober is not recommended!

open till about 3am on a fri / sat night the music is ok (usually popular music that fills the dancefloor and people can sing along too) the beer is non-existant - stick to the spirits - but the atmosphere is friendly and good natured.

found it to be a good pick up place - lots of both sex's seemingly using it for just such reasons.

all in all, turn up pissed and you'll usually have a great time. turn up sober and you might see it for what it is; dark, dindgy and overpriced.

go for the former option and have yourself a good night!
londonloon - 8 May 2012 11:51
I've now been a few times since my original posting and agree with brucerob 22/7 except I think it's OTT saying the beer is crap - I don't think there *is any* (except Guinness)(?)! IIRC I paid £3.40 for draught Grolsch which is not out of line for a bar with entertainment (though entry for latter now up from £3 to £5 for Tuesday night). Wasn't particularly flyblown in the gents, just constricted.

Overall one to support if going for the music as there is a diminishing number of venues for good Jazz. Other nights - can't comment.
_grobag_ - 26 Jul 2009 12:19
I also went for the jazz.

This place would make (is?) a really nice intimate music venue. Decor and atmosphere are fine.

The only problem is that everything else definitely isn't. Beer crap and expensive. Still, flies seem to like the place judging by the swarms of them in the Gents.
brucerob - 22 Jul 2009 16:01
Finally got round to visiting this venue, exclusively to see the Tuesday night regular jazz set, this time a jam featuring several well known names. It was packed at 10pm but thinned out a bit later - they might consider an earlier start than 9/9.30.

I don't think this could ever be considered a beer drinker's place (and I saw nothing to indicate it was being sold exclusively as such). But for Guinness and lagers (Grolsch, Carling and maybe another one or two) I could see no draught beers or ales although there appeared to be a few bottled ciders and so on plus an array of spirits.

Someone also in the audience suggested to me that there had been a change of management (or ownership?) in the last year or two.

Fairly small or at least compact downstairs location with two sets of women's toilets it seemed but only one cramped gents'.

I don't know what they offer on other nights but the high standard of the Tuesday jazz on this occasion for me justifies at least another visit for further investigation if only for the music rather than the drink...
_grobag_ - 25 Mar 2009 13:37
Yeah...they were doing afters last night til 2am...only licensed till 12 I think...don´t tell that woman upstairs
anonymous - 17 Sep 2007 10:44

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