Published on April 20th, 2017 | by Ben Southwood


The Garage, Islington

The Garage in Islington, famous for heavier gigs, is back open right by Highbury & Islington tube station on Highbury Corner, with a brand new bar bolted on, “The General Store”, serving coffee all day (there are USB ports as well as plugs in the wall), and booze in the evening.

I tried a decent bloody mary served in a campbells soup tin and a couple of nice beers (they have the usual range of interesting beers on tap and some of my favourite stubby cans in the fridge—we really are spoilt nowadays in London).

Decor is more or less what you’d expect: perhaps a bit too bright but your standard hipster feel (I do not take hipster to be derogatory) with the omnipresent plastic rubbery menu boards. I think I prefer it to the pubs right by the tube station.

The venue itself is a generic venue with a very nice art deco bar and space for a few hundred people. I mostly, on my commute past, see queues of 16 year olds outside for what my friend would call “mosher” gigs, but I suspect it’s not quite that simple.

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