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Taps: 20 / Bottles: 150
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Store ]
190 Euston Rd.
, NW1 2EF
United Kingdom (England)
phone: +44 020 3137 8837
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
The Euston tap. This place is incredibly unassuming but don't let it fool you. Located in an old gate house from the Euston Station this building is the size of most peoples kitchens, maybe smaller. On the first floor is the big show. They have nearly 30 taps, half kegs and half cask ales. The kegged stuff comes mostly from the states but occasionally there is some local fare including ales from nearby in Europe. On top of this they have a healthy selection of bottled beers in fridges. The selection is quite remarkable and I've found many beers there that I can't find at home in Chicago. They have a small seating area outside for those who want to smoke and a fairly large upstairs seating area with bathrooms included. The pricing is reasonable considering the selection and the bartenders are very knowledgeable and happy to answer your questions. This is a must stop for craft beer lovers in London
11-30-2011 00:45:53 |
More by tenaciousp65
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
This place is an absolute must for the beer lover in London: accessible location, terrific charm, and huge selection of cask, draught, and bottled beer. What's not to love?
Situated in one of the old stone gate-houses in front of Euston station, you'd never guess that this was a pub until you got right up to it. I walked right past the first time I went, completely dumbfounded as to the awesomeness of this setup. The u-shaped bar takes up nearly the entire downstairs, with just a few stools providing seating against the side walls. Up the big spiral staircase are the restrooms and more seating (some of it very comfortable, some less so). Unlike any other pub I've ever seen, and extremely cool.
What really makes this place sing, though, is the selection: two good-sized fridges full of a huge range of bottled beers (I was pleased and a little pissed to see a number of American breweries that I can't get at home in CT), including some true gems - Cantillon, anyone? The draught and cask lists are displayed on twin chalkboards, and both contain plenty of stuff I didn't see anywhere else in London, including terrific real ales from Summer Wine, Thornbridge, Dark Star, and many more. There was some pretty good turnover between my frequent visits, too, so I was never without a new option, even staying predominantly on the cask side of things.
The service is pretty standard, but considerably more knowledgeable about beer than most barkeeps I met. No one here is going to think you're insane for ordering a beer over 5%.
If you want a full food menu you'll be better of going down to Pimlico to the Cask Pub & Kitchen or the White Horse (the only places I found that could truly rival the Euston Tap's selection), but for a straight-up place to drink lots and lots of good beer (at pretty darn good prices, at that), this place is hard to beat.
08-01-2011 22:22:01 |
More by woosterbill
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Checked this place out on a recent isit to London.
About 6 cask ales, most if not all are English micro brewed cask ales. Another 12 or so taps with mostly English ales, and a few American/European craft beers. Then there is the fridges which contain a wide selection of American and European craft brews. Founders, Southern Tier, Dogfish Head, LOTS of Mikkeller, a couple Cantillon beers (kriek and classic is all I think I saw). It's located in a sort of roman column that you would never think was a pub at first glance. It's fairly small with a nice upstairs area (don't get too drunk though cause it's quite the windy circular staircase). My English uncle was impressed, so if you are with English relatives don't hesitate to take them here. I hadn't heard about this place until I went to CASK Pub & Kitchen (which is by far the coolest pub I went to in all of London). This is quite similar, but does not have the same amount of selection at least in terms of bottles.
06-21-2011 16:48:32 |
More by billshmeinke
United Kingdom (England)
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
The Euston Tap is located in one of the two block buildings that were built next to the (now gone) huge archway that Victorian Londoners produced as a gateway into the then new Euston Railway Station. The blocks have the names of the various towns the railway station would serve in embossed concrete on them in large capitals. Closer to the current station is a War Memorial for railway workers, look for that and you'll see the two block houses I'm talking about.
The block in which The Euston Tap is in has a mini garden area and a small upstairs room; otherwise it is just a minute ground floor with very little room to move in. The bar, which is basic, is straight in front of you. The taps are high up the wall behind the bar, American beer bar style, unusual for the UK. The beer selection is very impressive, cask UK beers and keg beers from Europe and the US. The bottled list is vast and again impressive.
On our visit, a cold early Friday evening in February it was rammed and we had to drink out on the pavement, luckily it was dry (unusual for London in Feb). The overworked staff coped well and seemed happy enough, the customers pleased with the staff's efforts and the beers they were serving. This isn't a cosy, comfortable hostelry; it is more of a beer dispensing room with minimum fuss and space. If the owners could get hold of the other block across the road and have a tunnel connecting the two, it would be fantastic (and give everyone more breathing space).
03-09-2011 16:28:24 |
More by BlackHaddock
United Kingdom (England)
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The Tap has been around for about a year now
I have probably visited once a fortnight on average since then
8 real ales and 19 keg taps all housed in a small 2 level stone gate house to the original Euston Statin
The real ales can be as cheap as £2.70 a pint for a 3.something % session beer, which represents excellent value for CLondon
The cask ales are typically British micro's, Bristol Beer Factory and Thornbridge being regulars
The kegs will contain American, Czech, Belgian and German and also British - often Brew Dog
I had a Dark Lager from Calvers, a keg only (I believe) Suffolk brewery on Tuesday of this week (18th Oct), had bever heard of them - so the Tap always throws up interesting and unusual offerings
They have 4 large fridges packed full of bottled beers from around the world
The pricing is a bit cheaper here when compared to The Cask or the Craft
No food available but I think you can order in pizza?
The gatehouse opposite has signage up for the 'Cider Tap'. I was told back in the summer that this was likely to open in September, but no signs of life yet!
10-22-2011 15:41:41 |
More by Ruds
United Kingdom (England)
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$$
A pretty new place in a really cool building righ toutside of Euston Station. the atmosphere is made by the building itself and the area outside the bar which I thought was cool and has tons of potential for improvement. Quality of the beers there is right up there all the casks were in good order and the bottles were all of very high quality. Mostly US and German Bottles, with a few Belgians mixed in but not that many. On Cask there were quite a few high quality British beers and a couple US and German on draft. The prices were very high, I will only get the local cask beers there myself adn I ALWAYS will check the price before asking for the beer. The service was OK but the staff was not very knowledgable and kind of stupid when they got a complaint (not from me) about a £7 ($11) pint of Anchor Steam Ale from a customer who thought that was outragous (import or not IT IS!!) The customers ended up leaving angry and making a bit of a scene (for others to see) and the staff just poured out the beers and went on. I'll go back for special releases and maybe to meet up with a friend but won't make it a regular spot until they get their act together. . . which I hope they do.
Lot's of potential and as they are new, we'll have to see how it works out. I will edit this or re review if/when things change.
Edit: Service seems to have improved with new management and the Tap will hopefully only keep improving. With more and more beer focused pubs opening up in London these days it will have to in order to keep up.
02-26-2011 21:47:13 |
More by thepeter
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
I stopped by based on BA reviews. A very interesting place in a small, neoclassical building. They probably couldn't survive without the outdoor space. Their customers seemed very orderly in buying beer inside and enjoying it outside. It was a chilly night but it worked. It must be pretty tough on a rainy day. The selection is large with casks, taps and bottles. We had the Cantillon Gueze. I really enjoyed my visit and would definitely like to stop by when it was quieter to really explore the place.
11-15-2012 22:45:05 |
More by GJ40
United Kingdom (England)
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
As the two below reviews have mentioned, this is an unusual place for a bar (and easy to miss!) Being one of the two old stone Lodges outside Euston Station on Euston Road. U shaped bar with beer taps on rear wall (as in many US bars) with marvellous ever changing beer selection. At time of visit some Thornbridge beers and included 3 Belgium and 3 German beers in addition to huge bottle selection.
Not much seating downstairs, but climbing up a tricky narrow cast iron spiral staircase are more seats and some very basic toilets! Some seating outside on the pavement and adjacent decking area.
Certainly worth a visit with in this area, but dont expect comfortable surroundings, more likely standing room only!
Prices reasonable for central London.
B'ham UK May 2011
05-22-2011 10:37:48 |
More by JohnW
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