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The Retro Bar, West End (Bar)
“This gay bar is all about the music... admittedly the sounds of the 80s and 90s, for a 40 something vaguely alternative gay crowd. Pop quiz night and the monthly Eurovision event (downstairs) are the highlights.”
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richard, london 14 Oct 08

The Hoist, Vauxhall & Oval (Bar)
“After 12 years this place is well past its peak and the crowd have moved on. Fridays and Sundays are empty and Saturdays are hit and miss, despite the closure of the second arch to make the place look busier. The place has been badly managed for a few years yet it's one of the priciest nights out in town (and a pint costs more here than anywhere on the gay scene). Lack of air conditioning (or rather a refusal to use it) makes this a leather bar it's too hot to wear the gear in. A sad shadow of its former self.”
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richard, london 14 Oct 08

Picture of Jerusalem Tavern, Clerkenwell, London

Jerusalem Tavern, Clerkenwell (Bar)
“An uneasy mix of 'olde London' and hipster posing, with 'i'm doing you a favour by serving you'-style barstaff (at least on my visit). Avoid the ghastly Honey Porter...vile undrinkable stuff. ”
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richard, london 14 Oct 08

Picture of Royal Vauxhall Tavern, Vauxhall & Oval, London

Royal Vauxhall Tavern, Vauxhall & Oval (Bar / Club)
“For good reason this much loved bar is at the heart of gay Vauxhall. Since being saved from the bulldozer new management have succeded in building a week-round rosta of themed nights. Saturday nights ("Duckie") see an alternative/indie soundtrack with cabaret from around the globe, while Sunday afternoons are home to the Dame Edna Experience and a sweat-drenched, pumping dance playlist. Expect queues at weekends.”
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richard, london 14 Oct 08

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