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The Kings Head Theatre Pub (Bar)

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115 Upper St, Angel, Angel & Islington, London, N1 1QN
Cuisine: Indian
Tel: 020 7226 0364 | Transport: Angel | Write review

The Kings Head Theatre Pub Review

What can you say? Principally The Kings Head Theatre Pub is as old fashioned as you can get. Years must have gone by since it was last done up properly, but somehow it seems to work the way it is meant to. It doesn't ooze the trendy or classy feel of Islington as we know it. The clientele aren't jumping around with excitement, but hey it's friendly and well 'nice'.

Out the back there is the well known theatre. Shows rotate aprroximately every 4-6 weeks and follow the routine of a main house show tuesday til saturday at 8pm, and lunchtime showings (usually of different shows) at 1pm also Tuesday til Saturday, providing a good entertainments venue in a charismatic place.

Nothing else can really be said, the ceilings are high, the floors, tables bar etc are wooden, there's a nice welcoming fire and what seems like hundreds of photos showing various performances all around the bar. You'll have to go in just to see the till that they use, I can't explain you'll just have to see for yourself. It's big; it's old. Other than that the late license gives this upper street pub an advantage as many other bars close much earlier. With the earliest closing time at 12:30 on Sundays, live bands play between 10 and 12 every night, just in time for after the shows....well I guess there was quite alot to say afterall! more

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Average (based on 5 votes): 5 Atmosphere: Value: Quality:

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“This place has atmosphere, history and I''ve enjoyed many a night taking in a performance or enjoying a drink while listening to some fantastic music. Not for the Uber-trendy, but for those who like places that stand the test of time.”
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Janet, [ Unknown ] (13 years 4 months 28 days ago)

“I stumbled upon this place searching for a late night drink. It was terrible. Mainly because of the clientele - rabid older women in the style of Anita Robson but wearing clothes intended for teenagers, and Hugh Grant circa-four weddings era ''drama'' types with holey jumpers and scarfs who seemed to think that drinking in a theatre bar would actually make them ''theatre, dahling''. However, their seemingly unassailable self-conferred superiority did not stop them leching at us all night. Watch out if you''re even vaguely normal, cos this aint the place for you. Our evening ended when an obvious eastenders extra reject started a fight with my friend. I think this was simply for being attractive and alive. To start things off, she pulled my friend''s hair. We couldn''t believe it. It reminded me days of Grange Hill, where she probably learnt that technique from her one day as an extra in 1977. The band was awful, and so is the place. Most of the people drinking here seemed to need AA; they were, as a crowd, generally arseholed and letting everyone know about it. Being drunk isn''t usually such a terrible thing, but in this bar, it is. And a waste of an evening.”
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Mazzy, [ Unknown ] (13 years 5 months 21 days ago)

“I have read the review at the front of this page and in terms of the physical architecture it is correct. However, it fails to record the good natured bar staff who work hard and professionally with great good humour. It also fails to mention the quality of the bar entertainment. I was there on Saturday 8th May 2004 when a guitarist, bass guiutarist and drummer stormed the trad jazz oevre and then whupped the jazz rock catalogue, not for one minute attempting to 'cover' but just to play known titles with their own incredible interpretations, zest and verve. The singer was straight out of 'Deliverance', sang like the Devil,and played his guitar as if it was an extension of his body. The drummer had muscles like Swazeneggar just due to the frenetic frenzy of his drumming. The bassist worked like loon to keep the two together, constantly watching forst one then the other for the cue, the beat. The whole was a mind blowing exposition of the finest primeaval, beat driven jazz rock I have ever heard. I was not alone in my view, being in the company of many serious musicians and music fans who were unanimous in their praise of truly outstanding musicians. I felt priveledged to have stumbled on this performance by accident. Did we enjoy ourselves? You bet we did! Was it worth the £3 entrance cost? I'd have paid a lot more.”
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David Gunton, [ Unknown ] (13 years 10 months 11 days ago)

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“Best pub on Upper Street. Outstanding ale.”
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kelly, [ Unknown ] (14 years 3 months 21 days ago)

“This Venue is Schizophrenic. During the day its a quite laid back enjoyable drinking joint and in the evenings it turns into a stinking noisy arsehole infested shit pit. The 'Live' music is generally of a standard to make you long for wide open spaces. The bar staff although functional could try harder to remember exactly who came to the bar first (It is your job guys!). The theatre is tiny cramped and generally uncomfortable, a kindly estate agent would describe it as intimate. My advice is to go in the day time but leave early evening before a distinctly different crowd arrive.”
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The Boss, [ Unknown ] (15 years 1 months 2 days ago)

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  • Cuisine Type: Indian
  • Dress Code: Not Specified
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