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McGlynn's, Kings Cross, WC1

5 Whidborne Street
WC1
WC1H 8ET
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Pub SignMan left this review about McGlynn's

Taking a shortcut through the backstreets on my way to the Scala one evening, I happened upon this rather appealing looking Irish pub and decided to pop in for a quick pint. You enter into a vary spacious front bar area with a nice clean carpet and a pleasant dark wood servery on the back wall. The servery has been decorated with all manner of brass items, including jugs, pails and the like plus various farm tools on the canopy and there is a juke box to one side below a selection of horse riding equipment. Pew and chair seating runs along the front wall opposite the bar, under some half panelled walls and windows that are partly obscured by half-height curtains. This part of the pub is also decorated with brassware and has a large floral display, a pub clock, stuffed fish and birds, a rifle, various old pictures and a TV screen showing muted Sky News. High shelves running around much of the room display an excellent collection of ceramics, including lots of Toby jugs. Over to the left there is a small seating area which is also carpeted and has back to back pews under some old paintings and a high shelf crammed with bottles, jugs, scales, lamps and other such bits of bric-a-brac. To the right, the pub runs a fair way to the rear, past a huge Courage mirror, various slot machines, more old pictures and some wall mounted pistols. Back here you'll find standard tables and chairs in a white walled area with a food counter to the left and some plain mirrors and old paintings on the walls. Menus detailed some top notch, no nonsense pub grub at reasonable prices and there was a continuous soundtrack playing at a sensible volume for the duration of my visit.
Irish pubs aren't always happy hunting grounds when it comes to ale, but this one had three on the go - Wells Bombardier Burning Gold, Courage Best and Brains Rev James. The Rev James set me back £4.10 for a pint and was in pretty good shape and I enjoyed it whilst watching the good-natured bunch of locals go about their business.
This was very much a 'lucky-dip' visit, but I came away feeling that I'd spent a worthwhile half hour here and discovered a solid but unspectacular local's pub in the heart of the city. The pub's decision to avoid the usual gimmicky tat that plague Irish pubs has helped it to create its own well rounded identity and made this visit an unexpected success.

On 3rd May 2017 - rating: 6
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about McGlynn's

An Irish pub, yes, but not as you might expect... Has probably been opened-out at some stage, and now a reasonably-sized single bar in an overall 'L'-shape with slightly old-fashioned furniture and decor. Also has a café-style dining area at the rear, with a sandwich shop-type chilled cabinet. Thankfully, it does serve real ale, with four seasonal ales on the handpumps on this visit: Caledonian Elf Yourself, Wychwood Bah Humbug!, something that might have been called Santa's Big Sack and a decent pint of Camerson's Craft Inglenook chocolate ale (£4.10). Very busy on my pre-Christmas visit, with a good atmosphere.

On 2nd January 2017 - rating: 7
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Tris C left this review about McGlynn's

Once The Duke of Wellington, this has for quite some time been McGlynn's with an old-school friendly guvnor. It's an Irish pub but thankfully not Oirish - even the external green colour scheme has been eschewed in favour of a more sober black.
Inside it's much as described below, and probably hasn't had anything done to it since the '70s, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, though the awful net curtains could certainly be ditched at no extra cost.
There's a mix of regulars/locals as well as some students and presumably lost tourists, all of whom contributed to a generally genial atmosphere. There's food but it's quite basic - indeed a bit '70s.
Ales: four pumps including Courage Best and Caledonian's Cold Comfort at an agreeable £2.00 a half and fine.
This isn't a bad pub but could do with a more interesting line-up of ales and is worth a visit if in the area.

On 17th December 2016 - rating: 5
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London Kings Cross, 0.31 miles, 5 min walk (show)
London St Pancras International, 0.34 miles, 6 min walk (show)
London St Pancras International, 0.34 miles, 6 min walk (show)
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 03 January 2016 by Quinno _
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  • Beer Garden : No last updated 17 December 2016 by Tris C
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  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 29 October 2015 by hondo .
  • Function Room : No last updated 03 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 03 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : No last updated 17 December 2016 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 03 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : No last updated 17 December 2016 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 03 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 03 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 03 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 03 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 03 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : No last updated 03 January 2016 by Quinno _
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