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Pubs in Kilburn, Greater London*

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  • too many to mention...all dodgy
  • Southern K used to be good, but now the staff have changed, and lost the major entertainment guy. Bronze Age is good, and open late. The Cock Tavern is good for a drunken knees up.
  • Sorry folks but all the previous information is way out of date! Kilburn has changed so much in the past four years. Biddy Mulligans has gone.It had it's day.Now there is a friendly enough Aussie bar there with much emphasis on Aussie sport and rugby. Zd bar is as awful as ever. The Black Lion has been toally transformed. It is now an upmarket gastro pub with friendly staff and a great laid back atmosphere. Good food. Cosy wood panelled restaurant. Much nicer crowd in there these days. North London Tavern too has been renovated. Another gastro pub! Bit expensive but again new owners who utterly changed this old drinking dive. Very upmarket and why not? Kilburn is changing. Powers Bar still resist the yuppies, thank Gawd. Best bar in Kilburn. Brondesage is so so. What used to be Magoverns is now The Kilburn. less said about that drum and base joint the better. They have thankfully retained the side bar as an old fashioned irish bar with the best Guinness in Kilburn. Now, if we could just get rid of the take away chicken joints and tacky greengrocers that are everywhere, Kilburn would be almost as trendy as the Kings Road!!
  • In the last couple of months the Kilburn pub scene has been utterly TRANSFORMED. If you like rough irish pubs there are stiil plenty to choose from from the slightly rough around the edges Father Ted's to the absolutely terrifying Sir Colin Campbell. But the general trend is strongly upwards. The Black Lion and North London Tavern have been done up and now catter to the plentiful yuppies who have colonised Kilburn over the last couple of years. Both offer great food in gorgeous surroundings, but you'll have to pay for it. Brondsage is cool and trendy and McGoverns is now The Kilburn, and also a bit more cool and trendy.
  • the Kilburn 307-311 Kilburn High Road, London, NW6 Open to the public: Saturday 29th Nov 2003 the Kilburn is the latest addition on Kilburn High Road alongside the Tricycle art cinema and the newly opened Black Lion gastro pub. With its relaxed atmosphere, stylish surroundings and great music the Kilburn modernises the idea of a traditional pub by maintaining classic features such as pub quizzes, classic food (by ex-Mirabelle chef Charlie Rishton) and screens with sports games while also introducing cutting edge visuals by Mofo Films who are also responsible for the projections at London’s swankiest venue, Sketch. Additionally a sophisticated mix of music by an eclectic selection of DJs will be covering the best in soul, funk, dance/electronica and alternative/rock. the Kilburn opens its doors to the public on Saturday 29th of November. Fridays and Saturdays are funky uplifting house nights with DJs Andy Morris (monthly guest), Jude Samuel and Tim Finnegan (The Atlantic, Pop) on rotation. Sundays is Soul Shakedown with Sean Stewarts plus guests. Name: the Kilburn Opening night: Saturday 29th October Address: 307-311 Kilburn High Road, London NW6 Nearest Tube: Kilburn Price: FREE Times: last food orders at 9:00pm, DJs from 9:00 – 1:00am Tel No:020 73728 668 Alcohol: Late License
  • The Chippenham pub - yes, it's nasty and old, but great for slumming it. fit barmaids too. The Salusberry near Queens Park tube - great for hanging out in. Natalie Imbruglia, Dermot T4, Supergrass and Dido have been seen drinking there [though not all at the same time]. The folly - like an aging uncle trying to be hip. dumb blonde dolly bird is the manager called kate - very feisty service from her. on more than a few occaisions have i seen her have an arguemnt with customers. don't bother with woodys in westbourne park - too expensive and tossy. powers bar in kilburn.
  • If you want the good ones, go to cricklewood! Our personal faves are the Crown (although its getting less and less irish with each visit...whats HAPPENING?!?) and McGoverns.
  • a bit further out but Ion Bar is ok on Ladbroke Grove. Beach Blanket Babylon used to be the coolest place in London, now its just nice
  • The North London Tavern is great, and Gerry the barman's always worth talking to. Power's Bar and Brondesage are near by so you can actually do a mini pub crawl near Kilburn tube.
  • Biddy Mulligans serves some of the finest Guinness in London and is good for the football on TV. The Red Lion (next to the LOOT building)serves good food and has a decent pool table. The Old Bell used to be an absolute shite-hole, but it's recently been renovated and all the old soaks seem to have moved on. Brondes Age is a relatively new place, with minimalist decor & Mexican food. Nice, if you like that sort of thing... All these places are situated on the Kilburn High Road.
  • The red rules!!!!
  • Fairly recently opened is La Folie, a stylish bar at the end of Brondesbury Road, NW6, by Queens Park tube. It's definitely one of the more up-market places in the area, usually quite full, with a fairly young crowd. Beer available in jugs is good value. Friendly staff. Also, right opposite a chip shop (Mr Fish), perfect for kicking-out time!
  • Most Kilburn pubs are v. traditional and could be more welcoming. Z bar in Kilburn High Road is OK, though could do with a facelift. Best to travel to Maida Vale or Notting Hill, though things may change soon.
  • The comment that the Black Lion, 274 Kilburn High Rd, is a music venue. I dont`t think so. The manager is a abrupt Dublin man and is not good to look at from any angle. It did go trough a Aussie stage which was great the staff made you want to come back. But now it has gone down hill and very fast.
  • Paradise By Way of Kensal Green. Outstanding pub, gourmet food and really beautiful people - if you like that kind of thing.

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Last updated: 2008-10-14

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