Best venues for rocking out!

The boss has been on your back all week about your TPS report and you know it's not possible for Q3 let alone Q2, you need to unwind, you need to mosh

Why not go and unwind after a fraught week with a bloody good mosh?

Moshing looks daft to an on-looker, agreed; but there's nothing quite like being tanked up on cheap bitter, getting together with a group of mates - although complete strangers can work too - and shaking your head about like an idiot to Them Bones by Alice In Chains. (Although Them Bones is, largely, in 7/8 time so a fairly tricky mosh for the uninitiated... probably a bad example to give, to be honest.)

Anyway, if you like your leather distressed, your blacks black and your music really piggin' loud then you're going to want to head along to one of London's best rock clubs...

174 Camden High Street NW1 0NE
Region: Camden
Nearest Station: Camden Town

AIL Says: We’ve all heard the rumours of the World’s End – Europe’s biggest pub – but it’s the space below where the real action is. Reforming punk bands make a beeline for it, metal-heads love to play there and the great thing is it’s cheap. For piped rock music see the pub above but for the real deal, stay below.

  • OUR REVIEW 8/10
Buffalo Bars
259 Upper Street N1 1RG
Region: Islington
Nearest Station: Essex Road (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: This mammoth Islington bar-cum-club is rock heaven with live music almost every night of the week plus DJs with club nights dedicated to the likes of Northern Soul, garage rock and metal. If you’re looking for that sort of night then nowhere else in town is more of a sure thing.

  • USERS 7/10
The Electric Ballroom
184 Camden High Street NW1 8QP
Region: Camden
Nearest Station: Camden Town

AIL Says: Once an Irish club, this legendary venue in the heart of Camden is now dedicated to all things rock. With club nights like Sin City – voted best metal night by readers of Kerrang – and Ultimate Power – a night of power ballad action – you get the picture. Staying open late, it’s big, loud and very sweaty!

    17 Manette Street W1D 4AS
    Region: Soho
    Nearest Station: Tottenham Court Road (0.1 miles)

    AIL Says: The Crobar is the ubiquitous London metal pub. Ask Slayer where they drink when they come to town and they’ll scream CROBAR in your face. Fact. It’s a dive of a pub, the beer is standard, the music is heavy and it’s always a fun time.

    • OUR REVIEW 7/10
    The Intrepid Fox
    15 St. Giles High Street WC2H 8LQ
    Region: Charing Cross
    Nearest Station: Tottenham Court Road (0.1 miles)

    AIL Says: Some say that the Intrepid Fox was a meeting ground for rock and metal fans before there was even a pub on the site. We don’t know about all that but it certainly reels them in now. Regular lager and spirits fuel a banging pub often filled with more big hair and leather than you’d find at an Alice Cooper show.

    • USERS 6/10
    The Elephants Head
    224 Camden High Street NW1 8QR
    Region: Camden
    Nearest Station: Camden Town

    AIL Says: Weekends at the Elephant’s Head mean DJs playing an eclectic mix of music to the packed pub. And that’s pretty much it. However, when the mix roams from rockabilly to metal and punk to emo, it makes for an attractive musical night out in the heart of Camden.

    • USERS 8/10
    The Windmill Pub
    Blenheim Gardens SW2 5BZ
    Region: Brixton
    Nearest Station: Brixton (0.6 miles)

    AIL Says: Located a short distance from Brixton Tube, The Windmill is a peculiar little venue. In an otherwise residential space, it has put together a reputation for bringing some of the best rock and metal acts (and other genres) to its intimate space. A true gem that’s well worth the walk.

      The Garage
      20 - 22 Highbury Corner N5 1RD
      Region: Islington
      Nearest Station: Highbury & Islington

      AIL Says: A lot of event venues in London mix up the genres, but The Garage seems to stick to what it does best – putting together line-ups of rock, metal, hardcore and punk for the masses. Whether the show is upstairs or down, it’s a great venue for the getting stuck into the music.

        The Dublin Castle
        94 Parkway NW1 7AN
        Region: Camden
        Nearest Station: Camden Town (0.2 miles)

        AIL Says: As one of London’s most recognizable music venues, The Dublin Castle needs no introduction. Live bands every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with DJs following for the rest of the night; and what’s more, there’s even table tennis there now!

        • USERS 6/10
        The Fighting Cocks
        56 Old London Road KT2 6QA
        Region: Kingston
        Nearest Station: Kingston (0.1 miles)

        AIL Says: The Guardian reckons The Fighting Cocks is the home of modern punk rock in the capital... and who are we to disagree? Head to the backroom and get your mosh on.

        • USERS 10/10

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