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O'Donoghues, Shepherds Bush, W12

174 Goldhawk Road
W12
W12 8HJ

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Tris C left this review about Escape Shepherd's Bush

Dating from 1874, this was originally the Swakeley Hotel later Arms, the previous name of O'Donoghue's still visible to the side.
Sounding like a sequel to Escape from Alcatraz, Escape Shepherd’s Bush is now essentially a completely stripped out bar, with the large room to the rear for gigs. Either way, sequel or music venue: Welcome to the Rock. Otherwise, the front room is dominated by black paint, a glitter ball and oversized prints of legendary album covers such as Dark Side of the Moon…Ace of Spades…Ziggy Stardust…Remember You’re a Womble…; with grey picnic tables, there’s a slightly industrial feel. Sound system paraphernalia was rigged up, as I was about to find out that this was Karaoke Night, with loud music between acts.
No real ale of course, just the usual Neck Oil at £3.50 a half, served by a very nice barmaid, occasionally glancing my way in a rather suspicious manner; can’t say I blamed her.
This place clearly offers something by way of alternative entertainment for the area’s young, but as I’m neither young nor local, it’s not for me.

On 1st April 2022 - rating: 4
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john gray left this review about Escape Bar West

Now a music themed pub.2 rooms painted black but brightened up with music posters.Keg beers only.

On 22nd February 2020 - rating: 6
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hondo . left this review about O'Donoghue's

Large Irish pub with a central bar serving a standard draught selection. The pub has 2 pool tables and 3 dartboards. Irish sporting memorabilia on the walls. The pub serves food and was advertising live music.

On 14th March 2012 - no rating submitted
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about O'Donoghue's

Substantial staple-shaped bar with two pool tables in the front part of the bar and a proper raised oche for darts in the larger back section (also used for live music?). Very basic decor and furniture. No real ale, so it was a quick pint of John Smiths (£3.00) and I was off...

On 15th May 2011 - rating: 4
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