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Smugglers Tavern, Warren Street

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I pass this place on a regular basis and it is usually virtually empty. On some nights it is completely closed and locked up by the time I am passing (20.30 to 21.00)
It gives a good impression of a dying or even dead pub, which is a shame as it used to be one of the best pubs in the area.
ajsqs - 30 Jan 2014 13:36
One of the weirdest pub lunches i have ever experienced! There was no-one behind the bar when my work colleagues and I arrived - for about TEN MINUTES! We were about to leave/rob the place when a stressed barmaid appeared from outside. She served us, took our food order and left again! For even longer! Eventually our food arrived - pad thai was OK - but man, this confusing pub will probably have to make do without our custom for the forseeable! 3/10
zabadak - 28 Aug 2012 14:08
Half a pub and half a sort-of restaurant doing (I think) Thai food. Couple of ales on, London Pride not of the highest quality, and a confused barman who kept having to dash off to deal with a table of diners elsewhere (five minutes to be served is a bit much at 2pm on a Wednesday) and made all kinds of balls of the change (though he was a friendly bloke).

Not sure what it wants to be, and not therefore easy to recommend, but not a horror show. This place will do as a meeting point before heading on to the better pubs on Cleveland Street.
cid - 13 Jul 2012 21:55
Visited here last Friday night. The pub is a small single room place with a couple of TVs showing that were showing World Cup football. Two real ales were on - Brakspear Bitter and Wychwood Hobgoblin. The interior was fairly modern, with plenty of light wood, as I remember. Service was fairly friendly. Handy for a few nearby tube stations but tucked away sufficiently to ensure that not too many people will notice it.
blue_scrumpy - 5 Jul 2010 19:23
An odd place, but perhaps it befits the slightly odd area it is located in just south of the Euston Road. The pub is a single-room affair that is rather like a classic north London shopfront boozer. The interior is modern, and I agree with jonnyboy below that it rather jars. My main criticism would be that it was the hottest pub I had been in for years. I visited on a weekday evening when I would call the weather warm at best - but the pub interior was absolutely stifling. Not sure why, but they need air conditioning or some fans, and quickly. Two real ales on when I visited: Pedigree and Adnam's East Green (the UK's first carbon-neutral beer apparently). I tried a pint of the East Green which was reasonably well werved.
grecian - 25 Jun 2009 10:48
I thought that this place had more of a bar feel than pub and although barmaid was nice enough my pint of Pride had seen better days. Along with the two Pride, there are two Greene King IPA hand pumps, which were both off during my visit, and a limited selection of standard and premium lagers.

There is a large plasma screen on the front window and the pub shows both Sky Sports and Setanta. There was no sport on during my visit, but there was some nice chilled out music playing at an unimposing volume.

The pub is very small, as is the bar on the back wall, but it is laid out nicely and the three picnic tables on the path outside add some much welcomed drinking space.

It is a shame that my pint wasnít great as I would have probably stayed for another. Iíll have to try this place again to see if I have more luck next time.
Strongers - 18 Jun 2009 15:30
Good bar. Friendly Staff. Had a great night. Thanks!!
mjd1966 - 19 Dec 2008 21:27
Used to come here fairly often but today was the first time since the refit. They've cleaned it up and it looks shiny. Only Pride was on, looked like they had Bombardier normally. OK for a lunchtime drink but wouldn't want a session in here.
GuideDogSaint - 18 Jan 2008 21:47
Was quiet last Saturday when we called in. Not being a big place it'll be interesting to see how it handles more than 3 customers.
Very clean and tidy - but didn't appreciate the female member of staff sprawled all over the armchair.
Wheel154 - 3 Dec 2007 13:15
Very odd refurbishment - can't quite put my finger on what is wrong but it seems very sterile. Looks like they ran out of money for seats and tables... Staff freindly enough but prices over the odds for the place it is.
jonnyboy122 - 24 Nov 2007 14:30
Looks really good now since the recent refurbishment. Went in on a Thursday night and there was a good atmosphere. Good place to watch sport as it has a brilliant plasma TV.
JoJo30 - 18 Aug 2007 20:55
Went there last night & they had Rebellion on as guest ale - a nice surprise. Decent pint & the pub seemed an agreeable enough small local to me.
E17Bee - 16 Sep 2005 18:25
It's been a hot thirsty day, but even so when a pub runs out of cask beer and is totally unable to put on another barrel you kind of know the place is no good. Add to that the gloomy ugliness and appalling poor taste of the hot and stuffy single room and you can see why most people choose to stand outside. Well, it's either the dreary decor or the hideous noise of the office yobs bawling to be heard above the thudding and screeching rock music that drives people to stand out on the road. Adding to the general mayhem are two tv screens showing The Simpsons. It can only be desperation that drives people to buy their beer here. Or a spineless apathy that prevents them from wandering in any direction to find something better.
SilkTork - 8 Sep 2005 23:44
I like, I like, I like. It's gone through a bit of a trasnformation of late and it is far removed from it's grotty old self. Nice people behind the jump and welcoming too. It spins my wheels.
fat_tone - 18 Apr 2005 13:37
Small and cosy, very friendly staff!
Leona - 31 Oct 2004 21:39
Think you were a bit unlucky Shelly. I've started going to the Smugglers regularly recently, and found it to be a very friendly place. The manager is a nice guy, (I'm not sure I remember a Landlord), and the atmosphere always seems OK. A big improvement since the refurb anyway, though I don't think it could have got much worse.
MATTHEW - 16 Sep 2004 21:26
The landlord was INCREDIBLY rude when I went recently and seems to make up his own closing times. Maybe I got unlucky....maybe not.

Shelly - 10 Sep 2004 14:34
recently refurbished, cheap beer, tables outside - great place to meet for a mid-week drink
nicola stanton - 10 Jul 2003 10:32
Very nice pub - feels a bit like a local
Tammy - 17 Jun 2003 15:05
Small pub, friendly staff. Guiness, London Pride, Miller, Fosters on tap.
The Dr - 4 Apr 2003 13:44

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