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Address: 143, Stroud Green Rd, London, N4 3PZ [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 2299) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest tube stations Finsbury Park (0.6 miles), Manor House (0.9 miles), Arsenal (0.9 miles)

Nearest train stations Crouch Hill (0.1 miles), Finsbury Park (0.6 miles), Harringay (0.7 miles)

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> Current user rating: 5.8/10 (rated by 17 users)
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user reviews of Chapter One, Finsbury Park

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I have been going to this bar since Dick The Mad Irishman opened it. He made every day party dauy but I guess that was in the flush of opening. Other reviewers are right - it always had a friendly atmosphere up until about two years ago.
There are have been some incredibly lovely bar staff (male & female!) and you were encouraged to come back.
The Hungarian trained doctor turned radio jock Mike was a highlight. The Dutch standup comedienne/singer also. Joke.
Since Dick handed over to Jerry things got more economical minded but cocktails were introduced.
An amazing Basque chefette started tapas, and then the Mexicans came and it became the best place to get a margarita in London.
I agree that the refurb is just for the sake of it.
Women tend to feel safe in this place alone/in groups and it is fairly chilled, but the female barstaff now seem to treat the clientelle in a rather chilly way and flirt in a very professional way.
The end of live music is v sad (still got a licence?) and the Dairy, Larrick and now finally back is The Worlds End. This place might be slowly dying anyway. Skeleton staffing is a definite sign.
mysteryman - 29 Nov 2007 18:21
Trying to be trendy and young, it just about gets away with it, but still has no warmth for late night drinking compared to a real pub.

It's bearable, but a bit sterile. The first time I went there the dufus student barman complained to me 'everyone who has been in tonight has been weirdoes', then said 'don't read the paper' when I glanced at a copy of the Standard sitting on the bar. I almost never went back.
Seanino - 16 Nov 2007 03:12
great staff, great management and late drinks.
What more could you ask for?
It is Stroud green/finsbury park so you get the odd idiot but that comes with the territory i suppose!
bermondseyboy - 10 Oct 2007 17:59
looks alot better after the refurb, prices are a bit steep, full of a gimpy crowd on a weekend but ok 4 a late drink weekdays
thehogson - 8 Oct 2007 17:19
Oh dear. Following a recent refurb (completely unnecessary in my view), everything that was good about this place is gone. Rather than the atmospheric, chilled out and comfy bar it once was it now feels like a warm up bar for the Ministry of Sound, complete with enormous gaudy neon light fittings on the walls that make you feel you should be wearing a radiation suit. I feel the soul has been ripped out of this place but hey, judge for yourself.
shindigger - 4 Oct 2007 11:54

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