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The Windmill, Brixton, SW2

22 Blenheim Gardens
Phone: 02086710700

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Roger Button left this review about The Windmill

The first impressions of the Windmill are that it would look a lot better from the driving seat of a bulldozer. In an avenue of elegant Victorian houses, the Windmill is a monstrous, ugly block that has little architectural merit other than to act as a bad example of taste. Armed with reviews from previous visitors I expected a vast improvement inside but to be frank it was little better once through the door. Having read about the “finest ceiling in London” I was somewhat disappointed to find little more than what looked like a failed o-level art class project. The bar was probably knocked up by their colleagues in the woodwork class and the whole place was a design disaster with the bar taking up so much space that the punters are confined to a narrow corridor that leads down the stage area. The beers were the basic keg varieties and there are no real ales despite there being hand pumps available. The prices were very good for a music pub – little more than the average pub price. The toilets are surprisingly clean, spacious and hardly a sign of any vandalism or graffiti aside from the odd band promo sticker.

Of course, the main reason anyone ventures near the place is to see the live bands and there is a good selection of live music almost every night with several notable bands having played here in their embryonic stages. Most gigs are £4 admission and for that you will normally get 3 bands. Actually seeing the bands however, is a nightmare. With the stage little more than 6 inches off the ground and in a blind spot from 75% of the pub you are lucky to get even the briefest glimpse of the action. If there are more than 15 people standing in front of the stage you will not see a thing – I am well over 6ft and saw little more than the tops of the artist's heads. By way of compensation, the sound quality was very good and the bands I saw were very professional.

In a nutshell, the Windmill as a pub is a dump, but as part of the live music “toilet circuit” it has an important role in the development of up and coming bands and, as a music lover, I applaud it's efforts and would certainly go back if there is a band I want to see (or at least try to see!).

On 24th August 2005 - rating: 6
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