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The Tap 'n' Tin, Chatham - pub details

Address: 24 Railway Street, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4JT [map] [gmap]

Nearest train stations Chatham (0.2 miles), Rochester (0.6 miles), Gillingham - Kent (1.4 miles)

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This used to be a great venue- it has really gone down hill. This place has always had terrible beer. However, it was one of the few places you could go in Chatham and not get some little Chav giving you hassle. The music was always the big attraction- some great bands have played here and there were some decent Djs too. On my last few visits the atmosphere has changed. I've seen a few fights and generally stupid behaviour by the kids that now frequent the place.

It's dead during the day and weekday evenings. I've been conned into paying the 5 entry fee on a Saturday night only to find a pretty empty bar.

This bar has had its day.
Badstrax - 30 Jul 2010 01:40
This place is an enigma i visited 2 recent saturday nights 1 was quite busy the 2nd was dead as a dodo!!
4 entry i just cant believe to enter a place like taht where nothing happens!!
The beer is flat and insipid i always have bottled stuff in there much safer its mainly student types taht are still atrracted like flies to the place but i dont know why there isnt anything for them either i cant see it surviving much longer only plus point late beer when dumps lie the alex up the road shut at 11 when they have just charged you extortionate prices for below average beer.
mintyfc - 8 Jun 2010 10:05
A great music venue and the beer is of a reasonable standard
phonak - 17 Jan 2010 17:13
Ah the old Tap 'n Tin. 'Tis a strange beast to be sure, once the haven for metallers and the like, now it seems a touch lost these days perhaps struggling with its own identity. I used to really enjoy my late Friday nights at the Tap, heavy metal and free burgers (though I'm sure they contain more pidgeon than beef) but the place now seems somewhat lacklustre and lacking in charm. The new 'theme' nights are interesting, Poundland used to be a really good night out until the students of Medway heard about it, and started making hour long queues just to get in. Whereas in the first few weeks it was a bit of a jolly old knees/piss up on the cheap, now it is a mission just to get to the bar. Not fun. When there isn't an event however the Tap does seem a little sparse, even though they state that they will open till 3am regardless (for a hardcore drunkard a warm safe haven on a random night is a godsend) but the fact is that the new less friendly bar staff are more likely to close up shop at eleven instead.
Friday nights are still pretty reasonable, nice mix of people, and a good variety of music on all floors, metal on the top floor, and god knows what else below. Saturdays however are strangely a real dead zone, noone at all seems to visit then, and if you paid the somwhat extortionate 5 to get in you will feel cheated. I'm still not sure I agree with the logic of paying to get into a pub on a weekend, the Tap seems to think it is better and cooler than it really is, yeah it has the indie rock crowd, but sure has a lot of idiots too. The bouncers are hit and miss though, they manage to not let you in if you are a bit jolly, or just dont like the look of you, but also manage to ignore you if anyone threatens you outside.

Overall a pub that really needs to realise what it wants to be, until then I shall only visit once in a while, or if I dont want to go home till late.
Beergod85 - 7 Jan 2010 18:50
The doormen at the Tap n Tin are certainly an indecisive and unsure bunch. Over the course of the past year-or-so, these black-clad burly heavies have gone through more policy changes than one cares to remember. At one time, expect to be quizzed on your previous whereabouts on the given night, on another, expect them to enquire about your employment history - you couldnt make it up! Now, they are asking those - who have been known patrons for eight years - for identification.

You would think that a supposed successful establishment such as here would extend their savvy know-how to the entrance staff and perhaps install some permanent rules and regulations: I wont be holding my breath.

HTM69 - 7 Jun 2009 13:42

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