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Pub Of The Month - November 2021 with rpadam on the Pub Forum

Ain't Nothin But ..., Soho, W1

Pub added by Graham Mason
20 Kingly Street
Phone: 02072870514

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Steve of N21 left this review about Ain't Nothin But ...

Seeing the new review below has prompted me to add my 10 pennies worth as I have visited this Blues bar on several occasions, the last being Thursday evening two weeks ago when they had a couple of cracking blues bands shoe horned onto the small stage at the far end.
On the ale front Adnams Ghost Ship and Black Sheep Bitter were on for our last visit, but in truth you do not visit here just for the beer as its not the strong point of the bar and its usually not very good. However, in saying that the Black Sheep was very drinkable a couple of weeks ago.
The real reason to come here is for the live music and in that respect there are usually two bands on per night. During the week the first one does the 6.30pm to 8 stint and then the headline band comes on at 9 and finishes late. And at the weekend the music starts from 4.00PM onwards.
Difficult one to score because without the live music I would say it barely scrapes a 6. But have someone like Blues Jam, The Sub Atomic Souls or the Tom JJ Band to name a few ripping out some blues numbers and this bar is up there with some of the smallest, atmospheric music bars around.
If, like us usually, you require a few reliable decent pints before the live music then the good news is that it is a very short walk from the Clachan and this Nicholson chain pub usually has a reliably good ale selection.

On 11th March 2019 - no rating submitted
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Ain't Nothin But ...

Basic blues bar with the counter to the right of the door, some peripheral tall stools with a drinks shelf opposite and a small stage beyond a few small tables at the far end. Also has a compact area out on the pavement. The decorative theme doesn't need to be explained, and live music is provided every evening, but it's also worth a visit to the toilets downstairs to see the legends on the murals en route. On the real ale front, two Adnams beers - Southwold and Ghost Ship citrus pale ale (£5.00) - were available from the trio of handpumps. It certainly won't appeal to everyone, but I quite liked this place.

On 10th March 2019 - rating: 7
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Real Ale Ray left this review about Ain't Nothin But (Blues Bar)

An interesting venue, especially if you are into your Blues. The bar is long and narrow with a small bar area on the right of the entrance. The walls were adorned with blues memorabilia and the lighting was low and subdued. A drum kit was set up in the far corner stage area, in anticipation for that evenings performance, which usually starts around 9pm. Three handpumps all from Adnams on our visit, which were Broadside, Southwold and Old Ale.

On 8th January 2018 - rating: 7
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