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The Dogstar (Bar)

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389 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, London, SW9 8LQ
Cuisine: Pizza
Tel: 020 7733 7515 | Email to The Dogstar | Transport: Brixton | Write review

The Dogstar Review

Dogstar operates on three levels: a ground floor bar, a first floor restaurant and a top floor private bar. At entrance level, there is nothing surprising about the joint. Rows of quiffed, raggedly coutured twenty-somethings occupy inelegant wooden furniture candidly plying themselves with cocktails. The walls are bare and the music is loud and infectious, leaving little preoccupation with anything other than consumption. The drinks are simple, with a short-range of well-executed fruit and cream cocktails and draught beers.

The first floor restaurant serves authentic Mexican cuisine throughout the day and houses its own bar with a healthy selection of bottled wines.

The top floor of Dogstar – again, with its own bar and turntables – is a more cosy, after dinner retreat with smooth leather furnishings and delicate ambience.

Customer Reviews for The Dogstar

Average (based on 19 votes): 19 Atmosphere: Value: Quality:

The following customer reviews are not endorsed by Fluid London and are simply those of users who wish to publish their independent experiences of The Dogstar.

“My niece held her 21st birthday party upstairs on sat 7th jan. Staff were friendly the room was ideal for what she wanted. Had a great time. Cant wait to come up to Brixton again. The dogstar is was it is... a cool venue in need of a refresh (décor) but that's me just being picky. Big guy on the door was also a lovely guy.”
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christina, Torquay (4 years 2 months 10 days ago)

“I've been looking for a bar to hang and chill out in that had a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere.I found out about the DogStar about 5 years ago and i havent been disappointed. I love the mixture of people it attracts, the music is very eclectic, it gives me that hedonistic feeling and the staff are so on point, vibrant and full of energy.. Definately recommend it but it also depends on the individual, if they like that kind of thing. I always have a great time...”
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Daphne Byrne, Kent (8 years 7 months 8 days ago)

“Can olny comment on the bar. Staff are friendly, music OK and the atmosphere live. But it's a grotty kind of a bar, I've never been there and not atleast seen a fight but i'll keep going back because it's the only bar in the area which closes as late as 4”
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Rob San, London (8 years 7 months 23 days ago)

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“Love the Dogstar! We always go here. It's been our local pub for the past year and had too many good times. It's open late every night so if we're out in the area then we always drop in. The bar staff are really friendly, the DJs play the best music and they do pizza and I love pizza!!! :)”
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Samantha, London (8 years 8 months 6 days ago)

“I went to the Dogstar for NYE and had a wicked time. The staff looked like they were having fun and so did everyone else. Will be back next year for sure.”
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Cara, london (10 years 3 months ago)

“I had meal there a few months ago and it was terrific. I can't wait to get back to enjoy their Mexican cuisine. The staff were also quite charming and it was a great experience overall.”
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Bunny Bauer, London (10 years 8 months ago)

“Really terrible place, will never go back! Went there for some food with friends, horrible and expensive. And then for the club night on the Friday, there were 2 fights, I was harassed by guys there, the bar staff were rude. And the DJ was so bad. Stupidly I went there a second time (because a friend lives in Brixton), and it was even worse. There's a lady in the toilets that was swearing at everyone that didn't give her money (since when do we have to pay to pee?), and, wait for it, another fight! Do not go to this hole.”
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Suzy C, London (11 years 8 months 28 days ago)

“I would say this is one of the most unique venues in London now. Was there recently and did the whole thinh. Caribbean Restaurant first (wow) and the partied the rest of the night downstairs. Would deffinately recommend this one. Staff were great and the managers were really unpretentious and kept a good house. Keep it up!!”
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Darren J White, London (14 years 29 days ago)

“I'd kinda given up on the Dogstar after enduring some grim nights of lads on the pull and spewing-down-your-trousers Cla'am totty, but things seem to have really turned around recently. The place seems to have chilled out considerably and looks to be attracting a slightly older crowd. It's all gone a bit sofa-tastic inside but there's still a bit of room to shake a leg. We went there for the first time in years last Thursday and had the best time we've had there in years! It was a club called Offline and it was great to see live bands, non-ego-preening DJs and some hilarious stand up. We loved it! Sundays are apparently getting better too, although I haven't been yet. Still not sure about the weekend either! ”
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steve trelson, london (14 years 1 months 20 days ago)

“Went to the Dogstar for the first time in years last weekend. The place is definitely on the way back up again! Suprisingly, the music was really good (house) and the venue had a great party atmosphere, also really enjoyed the new restaurant upstairs. Only slight problem was that the bar was really busy and took a time to get served. ”
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Paul, London (14 years 2 months 19 days ago)

“Had a nice bithday party at the dogstar a few weeks ago on a wednesday. The DJ was good and played some really nice Jazzy stuff and a bit of house, the resturant was ok also and the food was great not bad for a night out on the sauce.”
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Justine, london (14 years 3 months 18 days ago)

“On leaving a gig (Kasabian) at the local venue (Academy) arrived at this place unsure of what to expect. Have to say had a great night, with lots of friendly people inside, although they all seemed to be from Milton Keynes! Would recommend it to anyone heading south of the river looking for a relaxed and inviting atmosphere. Will be definitely visiting next year.”
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Martin Watson, London (North) (14 years 4 months 5 days ago)

“I can see why its not for everyone but I have enjoyed so many nights dow there with my girlfriend. The atmosphere is really easy. Wouldnt like to comment on the music policy too much though cause I think cool and trendy people dont tell everyone what is suppose to be cool and trendy!! Thats not cool!! Nor trendy!”
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rich simmons, [ Unknown ] (14 years 4 months 23 days ago)

“Woefully inadequate--last time I was there when 2am hit so did the (no joke) Justin Timberlake and Beyonce tunes. The Dogstar used to be cool! But I still love the layout of the bar. The Whitehorse knocks the pants off it though.....”
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raceylacey, [ Unknown ] (14 years 9 months 3 days ago)

“changed a lot over the years. Started to sink a bit two years ago but glad to say its back on form. Went there a couple of weeks ago with some old college pals and the atmosphere was great. They seem to have really cleaned things up. Thanx for a great night!!!!”
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colin burket, [ Unknown ] (14 years 9 months 13 days ago)

“Completly fell from grace. Please Mr Fluid, update your review. Dogstar used to be friendly and funky. But now the crowd is sparse, wasted, aggressive and hunts in packs. Students, trendy SW Londoners, inspired DJ-led music policy? None of that anymore I'm afraid. Felt like the Hobgoblin at 3am. Only upside: no more queues. THis says something to me...”
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Ren, [ Unknown ] (14 years 9 months 20 days ago)

“Friendly and comfortable, perfect place for a coffee, or sunday lunch and a great place to meet up with friends in the evening.”
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alice cornwall, [ Unknown ] (15 years 21 days ago)

“I was refused entrance by an oaf of a bouncer for no reason whatsoever.”
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Emily Young, [ Unknown ] (15 years 5 months 11 days ago)

“a horrible sweaty disgusting place - lousy service i shall never go their again - the toilets are particularly revolting”
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Alfred Monkey, [ Unknown ] (15 years 5 months 24 days ago)

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The Dogstar Opening Hours

Monday: Closed Friday: 4:00pm - 4:00am
Tuesday: 4:00pm - 1:00am Saturday: 12:00pm - 4:00am
Wednesday: 4:00pm - 1:00am Sunday: 12:00pm - 2:00am
Thursday: 4:00pm - 2:00am    

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  • Cuisine Type: Pizza
  • Dress Code: Not Specified
  • Group: Antic

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