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The Bohemia, North Finchley, N12

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762-764 High Road
N12 9QH
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Bohemia

This is still the tap for the London Brewing Company, and had four of their ales on, with a fourth handpump unclipped. The ales were: Beer Street (a 4% bitter); Flying the Mags (a 3.8% mild); 100 Oysters (a 4.6% stout); and Never Mind the Kent Hops (a 5.5% ESB - at £2.20 a half). There were also five ciders on handpump. I had the Never Mind the Kent Hops, which was in super condition. There was a large blackboard behind the servery with all the beers listed. Food was available, advertised on a large A3 single sheet menu on all the tables. As an example, the cheeseburger with chips, etc, is £11.00.

There's nothing traditionally publike about this place - and how could there be as it was not built as a pub? Inside it's effectively a large drinking barn, with some sofas at the front, and at the back some large tall tables with tall stools dominate the centre of the room, but with enough normal tables and chairs to keep me happy. You can smell the brewery process as you enter, which is preferable to what you smell in some pubs. The micro-brewery is very visible down in a sort of pit at the back of the room. There's some artwork for sale displayed on the wall, and a table football game was out of action when I visited.

I reckon this pub is excellent for real ale and cider lovers, rather than traditional pub enthusiasts. But I would definitely visit again.

On 7th April 2019 - rating: 8
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Bohemia

Formerly a Firkin pub and more recently a branch of the O'Neill's chain, this pub was renamed Bohemia in reference to a nearby former cinema by the Antic pub company. Unfortunately Antic were unable to make things work here due to issues with the lease, and it briefly looked like the pub would be lost altogether. Thankfully, the people behind the excellent Bull in Highgate, took the pub on and opened a small brewery plant in the back of the building. There is a small pavement side front seating area which offers a few tables for al fresco drinking alongside the busy main road. You enter into a vast, high ceilinged room with dark wood flooring and a mix of Chesterfield sofas and armchairs under the large front windows. Smart standard seating fills the space further into the room, underneath walls decorated with an eclectic series of paintings, most of which appeared to be for sale. The bar is midway down the left hand wall and has a dark wood counter and exposed brick bar back which has an enormous paining of a Bacchanalian scene in the centre. A row of globe lamps are suspended from the wooden beams above the bar and a pillar at one end of the counter had a collection of handled pint pots hanging from it. There is a sunken staircase directly opposite the bar, which can make it a bit cramped and crowded when trying to get served during peak times. Further into the room there are more standard tables and chairs, some set into the frame of a former fireplace on the right hand wall, whilst a colourful mosaic tiled floor space which I assume is a relic of the pub's O'Neil's incarnation, hosts some high tables and stools and a table football game. The room then drops to a lower rear area, in use for a private function on this visit, but from down here you can access the brew plant, which can also be viewed from the main room, close to the DJ area in the rear right corner. The DJ was in action on my Friday evening visit and the high ceilings and lack of soft furnishings made the place very loud, with the sound reverberating through the room. A better musical accompaniment was provided by a large group of French drinkers who struck up an impromptu version of 'La Marseillaise', a day late for Bastille Day, but impassioned nonetheless, perhaps inspired by the sad events in Nice the night before.
I was very pleased to see most of the hand pumps dedicated to the house ales, with London Brewing Company Vista, Never Mind the Kent Hops, Skyline, Beer Street and High Rise making up a strong selection which was complimented by a similar number of cider and perry options on the second bank of handpulls. Lots of LBC beers were also available on keg along with some other craft output and the fridges looked pretty well stocked with interesting small batch options. Some tasty looking homemade sausage rolls were available on the end of the bar and the BBQ themed menu sounded pretty good too. I ordered a pint of the Skyline from a very nice, friendly barmaid. It's a 5% American Pale Ale and I thought it was absolutely spot-on, served in near perfect condition and not suffering from the heat in any way - excellent cellarmanship.
I really liked this place and regretted visiting on a busy and noisy Friday evening, as I probably didn't get to see the place at its best. I thought the beer and service were both fantastic and I enjoyed having a nose around the interesting premises. Like their sister pub in Highgate, this pub has a lot going for it and I'm really pleased to see it doing well and proving popular with the locals, after all it has been through. A real asset for this part of London and I hope to make a return sometime soon.

On 24th July 2016 - rating: 8
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Alesonly . left this review about The Bohemia

Well first of all it knocks spots of the terrible spoons yes it's more expensive but in this case you get what you pay for very good quality guest ales & ciders all in excellent condition. They even have there own in house brewery. Staff very polite and knowledgeable about the ales & ciders. I would well recommended this place over the spoons any day.

On 31st March 2015 - rating: 8
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Map location corrected by Steve C
New Southgate, 1.77 miles, 34 min walk (show)
Oakleigh Park, 2.05 miles, 39 min walk (show)
New Barnet, 3.05 miles, 58 min walk (show)
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7th Apr 2019, 11:10
Review submitted by Rex Rattus
3rd Apr 2019, 18:21
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 23 January 2015 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 24 July 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Beer Garden : Yes - Front pavement seating - last updated 24 July 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Car Park : No last updated 20 June 2015 by Tris C
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 24 July 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Darts : No last updated 24 July 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 24 July 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 24 July 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 07 April 2019 by Rex Rattus
  • Jukebox : No last updated 24 July 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Karaoke : No last updated 02 October 2017 by Komakino .
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 21 August 2013 by hondo .
  • Micropub : No last updated 15 July 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Pinball : No last updated 24 July 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : No last updated 24 July 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Tuesdays. - last updated 23 January 2015 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 07 April 2019 by Rex Rattus
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 07 April 2019 by Rex Rattus
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 24 July 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 24 July 2016 by Pub SignMan
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