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Euston Tap (Bar)

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West Lodge, Euston Station, 190 Euston Road, Camden, London, NW1 2EF
Cuisine: Pizza
Tel: 02031378837 | Email to Euston Tap | Transport: Euston | Write review

Euston Tap Review

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Best for: Beer; beer; beer; and pizza.

Great: For a cheeky snifter before catching a train out of Euston.

You’ve got to feel for lesbians. They get a rough deal. I may not be a lesbian, but the Sapphic sisters of London and I certainly have very similar feelings about one or two matters, and not all of them involve boobs. This is not a question of eroticism, human biology, dungarees, or grossly erroneous stereotypes. This empathy is purely based on the near non-existence of lesbian bars in London.

Everyone in London loves bars, but lesbians seem to be the Palestinians of the London sub-cultures. They’re granted only a few isolated pieces of land to call their own. London is rich with bars and pubs for sports fanatics, bars and pubs for goths, bars and pubs for yummy mummies, even bars and pubs for bad karaoke singers to inflict mass carnage. Lesbians, however, are the pariahs of the gay world, pressured into hanging out in gay (read: men’s) bars, or waiting for that one monthly night when a specific bar might turn girl-queer.

It’s bars like The Euston Tap that are to blame for this inequality. This peculiarly miniscule Grade II lodge, set discreetly between the hurtling northern edge of the congestion charge zone and the all-trains-north maelstrom of Euston Station, was once known as The Glass Bar. The Glass Bar was one of London’s few truly lesbian-only bars. That was before it closed down and The Euston Tap took its place. Out went the boobs, in came the beers and the Adam’s Apple.

It must be said, though - and apologies to all lesbians out there - the reincarnation was a magnificent decision. 8 cask ales, 20 keg beers, and over 150 bottle beers at any one time; the diversity of the The Euston Tap’s USP is probably far more alluring than any lesbian bar USP could manage.

There are exotic pale beers (Bernard Un-Filtered), exotic dark beers (Weihnstephan Hefe Dunkel Weisse), expensive beers (£20 Colorado Creme Brulee Stout), curvy beers (Erdinger Urweisse), silky smooth beers with a tang of spice (Ossett Big Red), robust beers (Bristol Stout), beers to tickle (Camden Pale Ale), beers that taste like a peach (Timmermanns Peach), and beers that taste like chocolate (Black IPA). There are beers for every discernible taste, and from all four corners of the galaxy. Surely there was never this much delicious (and available) variety at The Glass Bar.

Now this bar is shared between sub-cultures utilising various time share shift patterns. The early shift, from 2-5pm, is at the command of hirsute beer-supping CAMRA members with their pipes and cardigans and beers of 5% or less. From 5-7pm the transient work force take over the bar, using it as a momentarily joyous stop gap between the two evils that plague their dire existence: job and home. From 8pm until closing time it’s liquid breakfast all round as the students of UCL congregate at the bar to squander their student loans and order the only comestible on the bar’s menu: first class, spicy, thin-crust, New York style pizza, covering a surface area roughly the same dimensions as their student digs, ordered and delivered from Ray’s up the road direct to their beer-soaked table.

The bar nearly always seems busy, probably because it is so bijou. You know a bar is small when there are only two loos, and one of those is a portaloo outside. The upstairs level – accessed via a cast-iron spiral staircase - is pleasingly European, perhaps due to the bunker light fittings and windowless walls, giving it a slightly France-in-wartime ‘let’s drink ourselves happy’ feel, or maybe even because the leather banquettes and scruffy wooden chairs are so diametrically contradictory to anything remotely British that they practically exude foreign accents (if you listen closely enough).

All things considered, The Euston Tap’s friendliness, quirkiness, and rich assortment of tasty treats (rivaling that of The Rake bar in Borough Market) are a winning combination; a combination steely enough to turn the ghost of lesbian past to drink. If she enjoys drinking beer, all the better really.
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Customer Reviews for Euston Tap

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“I love this tiny bar. It's not just for beer drinkers and people who are waiting for their train. Anyone who works in the area should get in on the action too. Plus, the small alfresco spaces mean that, when the sunshine is out, it can provide a nice little haven in the midst of so much chaos. The range of beers, ales, stouts, lagers, bitters, and porters is magnificent.”
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The Restaurant Hunter, London (5 years 8 months 25 days ago)

“Beer lovers of the world unite! This is without doubt the best bar in London for beer. It has the biggest selection this city has ever seen. In your entire lifetime you wouldn't be able to drink them all. And what a cool little space as well.”
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Matt Probe, Streatham (7 years 3 months 13 days ago)

“a great little pub with the best selection of ales ive ever seen in london”
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david larkin, london (7 years 4 months ago)

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Euston Tap Opening Hours

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

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Euston Tap Food & Drinks

Euston Tap Drinks Menu

30 beers on tap including English micros, specialty Belgian ales, German lagers, and other craft beers, as well as over 20 bottles of beer from all over the world.

Updated 08/09/2010

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