In all my 11 years of gig going to the Brixton Academy I did not know about this place until Friday night when I impromptually went to see the Hives with two friends. When told about the location of this place I was unsure given that the nearby Goose and Whetherspoons are dodgy as hell.
Although this is delight. Great choice of beers, fantastic old Irish guy behind the bar who did not approve of adding blackcurrant to my Guinness. Although it is friendly, cheap, near the the Academy without the crushing and crazy atmosphere pre and post gig. I will be back here for sure and when I return I hope they have added the name painted on the outside of the pub because if I get someone to meet me they will not know if it is the Canterbury Arms or not!
Looks nice, being an olde traditional kind of pub.
The best thing to drink though was Strongbow, which at 1.90 a half is rather more expensive than you'd expect in a down to earth, grimey local off the main drag.
It's a divey regular's sports pub. And I'm OK with that.
The service won't be great as it's a family run institution who like the people they know and give you a strange eye if you walk in and they aren't familiar with the likes of you. Still, the beer is cheap and plentiful and they've always got the game on (whatever the game might be.) I came here and watched a bit of the Olympics when it was happening and it was a very good spot to take a load off.
It's old and semi-falling down but that gives it it's charm. It's also got a private room in the back straight out of the 1970's, complete with disco ball, where they throw some events from time to time. For the pure hipster pleasure of checking out an event in a 1970s back room of a Brixton Sports Pub, I may have to come check this out someday.
Went there to meet with some other Neil Young fans. Its an Irish bar, for sure. Roomy and uncrowded on a Sunday afternoon. Rugby on the TV. Only had snacks this afternoon, not sure if that is the way it always is. Rumor is that it will be torn down later this year. Gentrification of Brixton?
A good 'proper' pub with a good selection of beers, including Bass !. A good place to watch the football and enjoy a nice pint of guinness!
Good proper drinking pub. Great for watching football with a good crowd and always lots of banter. Gets livelier in the evenings and even have the odd dj nights in the big room through the back.
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