Party Earth Review A creative hub of acoustic and synth, The Lexington lounge boasts an extensive collection of bourbon and U.S.-born beers and features antique gun-adorned walls that (almost literally) lets patrons kick off their night... ... read full review
96-98 Pentonville Road
London N1 9JB
Northern Line: Angel
020 7837 5371
M–W, Su noon–2am, Th noon–3am, F–Sa noon–4am
Kitchen: M–F noon–3pm and 5–10pm, Sa 4–10pm, Su noon–9pm
Camden Town / Islington, London –
A creative hub of acoustic and synth, The Lexington lounge boasts an extensive collection of bourbon and U.S.-born beers and features antique gun-adorned walls that (almost literally) lets patrons kick off their night with a bang.
The baroque-styled barroom touts big bull skulls and impressive weaponry, deep red curtains draped on the many tall windows, and tufted sofas that could have been pulled from a classy 1800s-era American saloon.
Those looking to enjoy a mellow lunch can do so with pub classics, including a small but popular burger selection, while hip sippers who amble in before the nightly show can savor one of more than fifty whiskeys or join the savvy expats dipping into one of a dozen American brews.
Although crafty DJs spin nightly on the ground floor, the main draw is the crimson upstairs space, whose stage hosts everything from Swedish pop mavens to country-rock bands.
Crowds can vary depending on the night, but while it often gets rowdy on the dance floor, The Lex avoids a typical club vibe thanks to its festive music-loving guests who are about as unpretentious as they are tattooed.
With its variety of nightly performances, The Lexington is one of the more vibrant indie/electro venues in town, and an equally promising spot for a quiet after-work drink with friends.
Even if you’re not usually a fan of pub quizzes, you should give the Monday quiz night a shot. It’s sponsored by the Rough Trade Record Shop and hosted by stellar comedian Paul Guided Missile. Even better, the questions all involve the music scene! It’s only £1 to enter, and you can win drinks and other cool prizes.
Hip indie music scenesters, electro buffs, cool cat leather rockers, older acoustic fans, dance-happy groups of friends, 18 to mid-30s.
Live music upstairs most nights featuring a variety of indie styles from synth-pop to rock and folk, as well as some bigger-name DJs. Downstairs from 9pm, nightly DJs spin eclectic beats from Clash mixes to what-in-God’s-name???
Quiz nights on Mondays 8–10pm. Rock bingo, and other frequent special events. Check venue calendar.
Small menu of amped-up pub grub including bacon and cheddar quesadillas, mussels, sausage rolls, and burgers. Traditional roasts on Sundays noon–9pm subject to availability.
Cover charge £0–£10/upstairs only, with advanced purchase available through website. Small plates £4.50–£6.50, entrées £8–£9, burgers £9, roasts £10–£13.
Beer £3.50–£5.50, wine £4–£6+/glass or £14.50–£28/bottle, cocktails £7–£8.50, whiskey £3–£15.50+.
Indie rocker casual: crinkled shirts, vests, leather jackets, ironic cardigans, cool minis.
Any night a band or DJ of interest is playing, though Fridays and Saturdays tend to host the biggest names; Mondays for the quiz; or any night for whiskey.
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