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Old Blue Last, Shoreditch, EC2

38 Great Eastern Street
EC2
EC2A 3ES
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Old Blue Last

Imposing corner pub, featuring a tapered floor plan with a rounded point. Dominated by the former Truman, Hanbury, Buxton & Co's signage both on the exterior (for Entire, high above the main Saloon Bar doors) and within (for its range of ales and stouts, on the bar-back). Although hardly large, the bar feels somewhat cavernous due to the high ceiling, bare boards and seating limited to the peripheral benches with a few small tables alongside. Also has a compact lounge and the live music venue upstairs. Just Runner (£4.80, the modern-day Truman incarnation) and Doom Bar available from the four handpumps when I visited, together with the eponymous lager from Vice / AB InBev on the keg taps.

On 12th January 2019 - rating: 6
[User has posted 5735 recommendations about 5735 pubs]


Bucking Fastard left this review about Old Blue Last

The exterior is very fine and the Truman ,Hanbury and Buxton sign at the top of the building is terrific.This theme carries on inside with a most attractive bar back with their insignia and I suppose the owners felt they had to have Truman's ales ,although there is nothing specials about their brews.There are several doors to the open plan interior hinting at a previous layout of seperate rooms,but at least the interior has a pleasing bench seat running around the periphery ,with traditional wooden furniture.There is a hidden rear snug with red leather seating but it's small and has no windows.There is an upstairs bar and "live "area unexplored by me.A flatscreen was off,and inoffensive muzak chuntered away.
It's popular with local hipsters and the bar sports a lot of keg taps,but these were either multinational dross ,or multinations pretending to be craft beer purveyors having bought the likes of Camden,Goose Island and Blue Moon.The 4 handpumps were offering Doom Bar,Trumans FireStarter and Runner (doubled up).My Runner was in poor nick and was woefully short of a full pint,and in future I will leave this pub to the hipster audience,despite the interesting features.

On 30th December 2018 - rating: 5
[User has posted 1994 recommendations about 1994 pubs]


Steve of N21 left this review about Old Blue Last

I warmed to this one a bit more than previous reviewers but possibly because I had come here from the Merchants Tavern which was as far from a traditional pub than you can possibly get.
Firstly, it is a fantastic grand Truman pub building from the outside which has been tastefully restored to its original prime and is well lit at night and the advertising hoarding referred to below was nowhere in evidence. Secondly, it’s got a great seedy back history as eluded to by Pub Sign man below.
And thirdly all four beer pumps were in operation and alongside Sharps Doombar and Atlantic there was Truman’s Runner and Firestarter and the Runner was a well-kept pint.
Yes, it is a fairly stripped out bare interior and the focussed on the pub being a music venue, but for my visit there was no banging music sound track and the Thursday evening before Christmas the pub was not too rammed to be uncomfortable.

On 21st December 2018 - rating: 5
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Tris C
Shoreditch High Street, 0.29 miles, 5 min walk (show)
Old Street, 0.39 miles, 7 min walk (show)
London Liverpool Street, 0.53 miles, 10 min walk (show)
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24th Mar 2019, 09:48
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24th Mar 2019, 08:53
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 11 July 2016 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 24 July 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 11 July 2016 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 11 July 2016 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 24 July 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Darts : No last updated 11 July 2016 by Tris C
  • Function Room : No last updated 11 July 2016 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : No last updated 11 July 2016 by Tris C
  • Jukebox : No last updated 11 July 2016 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 11 July 2016 by Tris C
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 28 May 2011 by hondo .
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 24 July 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Micropub : No last updated 11 July 2016 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 24 July 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : No last updated 24 July 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 11 July 2016 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 11 July 2016 by Tris C
  • Real Cider : No last updated 24 July 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Wheelchair Access : No - WCs downstairs. - last updated 11 July 2016 by Tris C
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