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Pub and live music venue in Camden Town, in the Good Beer Guide.

It's dimly lit inside, with a low ceiling, bare boards on the floor, and old gig posters on the walls. Much of it is painted black, adding to the gloom. A pool table sits to one side just by the entrance. The live music venue is upstairs, accessed via stairs through a door at the back.

The bar initially seems to be dominated by keg taps, but there are three handpumps around the side, and the ceiling beams and pillars around the bar are covered in old pump clips, indicating a rotation of offerings.

Kake visited on a Tuesday afternoon in September 2015. There were four other people in when I arrived around 3:30pm. Rock music was playing at pretty much the ideal level, loud enough to be heard but not loud enough to impede conversation (apparently they turn it up in the evenings though).

The handpumps were clipped for one real ale (Great Heck Citra), one cider (Lilley's Sunset), and one perry (Bee Sting), while the keg taps offered Kernel Dry Stout Mosaic (£2.60/half), Camden Hells Lager, Camden Ink Stout, Stone Wood Pacific Ale, Sierra Nevada Summerfest, Beavertown Blubus Maximus, and Mikkeller U Alright.

Service was helpful and knowledgeable — the staff member on duty offered help choosing as well as a taster, and we had a small conversation about favourite hops.

They do food, though we're not sure what times.

Accessibility: A step to get in, and two more steps to the bar, seating, and toilets. No further steps to the (unisex) toilets once you're in, but the cubicles are a bit of a squeeze.

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Last visited by Kake, September 2015. Opening hours taken from the Black Heart website, August 2015.
OS X co-ord: 528975 OS Y co-ord: 183853 (Latitude: 51.538345 Longitude: -0.140099)
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