Jetlag Bar (Fitzrovia – London)

Jetlag was billed as a slightly upmarket sports bar – cocktails and “street food” rather than beer and burgers. In the event it sold both, and was a pretty good venue to watch a game. The screen was huge, and there was plenty of comfortable seating to settle into. The food was pretty good too. On the downside, the place smelled of bleach (mmmm), there were only 2 staff serving food and drinks to a floor of people, and they managed to turn the sound and vision off at key points during the game. Did I mention that it smelled of bleach?

All in all, not a bad venue, but the smell was not very pleasant, maybe they need to improve their ventilation – 4/10

The Black Heart Pub (Camden – London)

The black heart rests just behind the first parade of shops on Camden high street after coming out the station and offers a dark but mature retreat for those who have a passion for rock music. The bar is rather dominating and takes up a good portion of the room with a good selection of beers on tap. There are bar stools around it and to the sides of the venue are some small tables and booths. The black heart seems to get filled up quite quickly at the weekend so don’t expect a seat during busy times.

Overall a very agreeable venue when compared to other more goth outfits in the area: 6/10

Kettners Bar (Soho – London)

Ketners Bar - Soho

Kettners is a private venue just north of Shaftesbury Avenue. There are bars and dining areas on the ground floor and private rooms and a bar on the floors above. On the second floor there is a small bar with a large mirror behind. There aren’t many places to sit but the selection of drinks is reasonable and the venue suits a good work function. The jagermeisters seem to be a little large when served.

Overall a good all round private venue, pretty good access to public transport via Leicester square and to continue to rest of the night in Soho – 7/10

Callehans Bar (Russell Square – London)

Cleverly disguised, this venue is really the bar and restaurant serving the hotel that sits on top of it and can sometimes just be a walkway for hotel guests. The venue looks very pub-like and tries to lean toward an irish appeal, there is lots of wood on show and the bar service is not the best. Drinks are a little on the expensive side and the selection isn’t great either. Very average and there are a lot better pubs nearby.

Overall a slightly disappointing 4/10

Jolly Butchers Pub (Stoke Newington – London)

An unmarked venue with no name over the door, the interior is a small hall of tables with a long bar serving food and drinks along the left side. The decor is very minimalist and almost dirty, undoubtedly attracting a trendsetting crowd. The drinks are a good selection however and the plates food comes out looking rather mouthwatering. The toilet however are in a dingy cellar and quickly become unusable.

Overall a pretty good place if you should find a table, there are some outside under the red glow of a heater but they really don’t look inviting – 5/10