Party Earth Review Chaotic as a high-wired vocal scat and frenzied as a free-ballin’ instrumental jam, Ain’t Nothin’ But… is a lively blues bar teeming with music purists paying homage to that good old-fashioned beat. Although the venue... ... read full review
20 Kingly Street
London W1B 5PZ
Bakerloo, Central, Victoria Lines: Oxford Circus
020 7287 0514
M–Th 5pm–1am, F 5pm–2:30am, Sa 3pm–2:30am, Su 3pm–midnight
Covent Garden / Soho, London –
Chaotic as a high-wired vocal scat and frenzied as a free-ballin’ instrumental jam, Ain’t Nothin’ But… is a lively blues bar teeming with music purists paying homage to that good old-fashioned beat.
Although the venue may be dedicated to glorifying the blues, the crowd scoffs at mellow toe tapping and finger snapping, preferring to shake the rafters loose with enthusiastic foot stomping and downright painful hand clapping.
And far from being predictable somber-faced cool cats, the clientele tends toward young alternative types who seem to have slipped through the MTV cracks and happened upon their parents’ old vinyl collection.
A veritable time capsule of blues memorabilia, the joint features hanging instruments, walls lacquered in a collage of music manuscripts and caricatures of blues legends, and a tiny soapbox stage where nightly live acts belt out crowd-pleasing tunes to their almost cult-like following.
A landmark establishment where music reigns supreme, Ain’t Nothin’ But… is a must for music lovers on the prowl for a night of rambunctious soul.
Old-school hipsters, waifs, musos, and blues loyalists, 20s to 40s.
Live blues nightly featuring both covers and originals.
Bar menu including nachos, toasted sandwiches, burgers, and mushroom stroganoff.
Cover charge £5 after 8:30pm and £7 after 11pm F–Sa only. Nachos £7, sandwiches £6, burgers and entrees £7+. Beer £4–£5, wine £3.80–£6.50, cider £5, spirits £4, soda £1.60.
Grungy cool: tweed jackets, bowler hats, silk scarves, vests, elbow patches, snakeskin shoes.
Friday and Saturday nights for the biggest names and liveliest crowds. Monday for their jam band night.
Mother Mash (26 Ganton Street) is ideal for a solid feast before jamming the rest of the night away.