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Music venue/bar in an area (in)famous for rough pubs. Free jukebox. Open very late, 4am on weekends. Nice crowd and atmosphere, staff so-so. Also had some decent ales.
QueensParker - 6 Nov 2013 05:02
More of a music venue than a pub, with seats on levels around a sunken stage / dance floor area. Only one ale on - London Pride. Good for watching bands as it has an intimate feel.
DuchyBoy - 28 Nov 2011 08:48
Nothing special
landredjack - 28 Jan 2011 05:43
I've been going to this pub ever since it opened up it's doors a good few years ago. Always been welcome and the manager is a top bloke. If you're lucky you'll have a night where the jukebox is free and can pump out some great tunes. Nights out there are always a blast, great if you want to get away from the madness of central london.
youhippy - 13 Jun 2009 14:14
Decent music venue. We were let in for a jar towards the end of a gig and it seemed a nice place: clean for a music venue, with a friendly feel, and a nice division between the peformance area at the back and the bar / drinking area at the front. For once I was drinking lager, but I did note a handpump dispensing Pride, which is rare and laudable in a music venue. I saw the famous jukebox, but sadly due to the live performance, wasn't able to see whether it is as good as reputation has it.
grecian - 21 May 2009 10:21
My band recently played at The Good Ship. Found it to be a good venue sound wise and if you pull in a decent crowd then the fact you are low down isnt an issue at all. Friendly staff and a relaxed vibe, felt much safer in that out of the high road.
eugene - 25 Nov 2006 01:02
Harsh words Annie, it has the cheapest food and drink on the High Rd and its of good quality. Great pub for a few cleansing ales or a few drinking games on the 12 seater table. Friendly staff.

Worst pub on the High Rd try across the road Coopers arms.
Curnwah11 - 16 Aug 2006 17:38
It is the last resort! When every where else is closed and no one else will serve you!
Annie1976 - 27 Jul 2006 14:31
One of my favourite pubs. A place to find a lovely cold bottle of Duvel, a cracking jukebox and folks behind the bar who like a drink and a chat. In a word: superb.
iainfraser - 26 May 2006 00:19
As far as pubs in Kilburn go, this is on my shortlist of two that I'll frequent.
It has a great jukebox, does a decent pint of Guinness and isn't full or pretentious arses (or maybe it is but I'm always just a tiny bit too drunk to care).
I'm fussy about my pubs and I'm happy to keep going back to this one, so it can't be bad!
LouB - 8 Nov 2005 11:22
Indeed Lyncroft, QPR.
Cheers for the kind words Gumpy. In respect to the comments re the gig venue I guess you were in for the acoustic night or Digital which weren't the best nights. When The Needs and The Smyths played however it was ace. The pit only works when there is a good crowd in; obviously we are a new venue and everyone doesn't know about us yet. It will get there, particularly check out the Milk and Scissors nights starting in December when we will have some of the best new bands in the country playing.

JohnMcC - 5 Nov 2005 19:56
Nice enough pub, gaffer's a good bloke and the staff are all very friendly. Useless gig venue though - down in the pit makes it very dificult to enjoy the bands.
gumpy - 30 Oct 2005 17:31
You're not a QPR supporter are you John?
Lyncroft - 13 Oct 2005 21:00
That's scurrilous. I am the landlord there and we did have certain problems on Friday, not least with a group who were thrown out within 5 minutes of our being alerted that they were irritating all and sundry. The fight took place outside and it is the first fight we have had there and I know that for an absolute fact so please do not make comments that you cannot substantiate. Also if you allow me to be petty that is our fourth Friday.

We are an extremely peaceful pub, all the staff are exceptionally friendly and hey, we are even the meeting place for the local Green party. We are also very reactive so we have decided that we will have a membership system in place for the weekends as the enjoyment and safety of our customers are our two biggest priorities.

If anyone has any suggestions or comments or anything then please feel free to contact me via this site.

JohnMcC - 25 Sep 2005 21:07
Ok until the fight broke out. Bloke next to me said it was the third or forth fight since they opened two weeks ago! Dont think the guy that got glassed in the head will be going back. Kilburn has much better options.
anonymous - 25 Sep 2005 15:28
Indeed Travis is right. This place has re-opened and yes it is much, much better. The music is dope and the service is fantastic. Although they no longer play R and B. But that might not be a bad thing.
Dammers - 18 Sep 2005 14:18
This place has now reopened with the name "The Good Ship" and the governer is a good mate of mine so I'll avoid waxing lyrical about the place with a heavily biased review that's so often a plague in pub's comments on this site. But OH! MY! GOD!!! This place is the best place ever!!! I just can't believe you haven't been there!!!!!

Well, it couldn't be more different from its previous incarnation anyway, even if the layout is much the same - the promised PJ Harvey poster can't come soon enough. Top jukebox, a top pint of pride plus other bottles of ale available, a late licence, friendly staff, tellys for football, bands on the agenda - basically lots of things I like or I probably wouldn't be mates with the guy in the first place.

No mad bonkers bouncer on the door anymore though.
travis - 16 Sep 2005 17:28
This gaff looks like and indeed has all the panache of, an empty swimming pool.

I floundered around in there once, never again.
kmcs - 8 Sep 2005 12:48
I remember when this first opened around about 1995 I think. It was dreadful then and still is. Looks dated from the outside.
Dominic - 5 Nov 2004 09:11
Kilburn's long-running alleged night spot. Abysmal music, absolutely abysmal. That sort of R&B/garage nonsense - even if you like that sort of thing, you should hate it here. The regular band calls themselves "South of Houston", and with a rubbish name like that, you know the treat you're in for.

How desperate I've been for a late drink at times.

The bouncer on the door is as mad as a box of frogs.
travis - 28 Oct 2004 10:37

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