The Mucky Pup

39 Queens Head Street
London N1 8NQ
+44 (0) 20 7226 2572

The Mucky Pup pup in Islington serves real ales, lagers and top shelf spirits. It also serves food and has a Sunday Roast every week. There is regular live music and other pub style entertainment like a pool table and darts board.

5.0 out of 5.0

Based on 3 reviews

  • Neighbourhood: Islington
  • Type: Pubs
  • Keywords: garden, pool, free wifi, real ale, quiz nights, pool tables, wireless internet access, live music, food, beer garden, outside seating, dart board, beer
  • Nearest Transport: Essex Road (0.31 mi), Angel (0.37 mi), Highbury and Islington (0.66 mi)
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May 13, 2009

I can't say anough good things about this place. This has to be the most perfect boozer ever, hands down. The beers and wines are always quality, and the prices very reasonable. Great selection of interesting bar snacks without being too posh, and one of the best Sunday roasts I've ever had. I second the praise for the jukebox, and on Saturday nights there's always an excellent DJ on (DJ in the sense of plonk one record on, play it, fade into the next one).

But that's not what makes the Mucky Pup so perfect - it's the vibe and the people. The clientele is always friendly, but not to the point of being obtrusive. You'll always get a friendly hello, but you're not going to get the overfriendly drunk plonking themselves down and chatting up every girl at your table. The owners seriously love what they're doing, and they look after their punters.

Keywords: pub islington angel sunday roast wine ale beer

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October 09, 2008

The Mucky Pup may not be The Ultimate Pub, that would have more of my music on the juke and midgets riding ponies behind the bar. It'll just have to settle for being The Best Pub In The World.

Why? Well, it's all the usuals: beer, snacks... er a roof. And the bonuses: a smokingy bit and great pub rock in the box (Never can hear Back In Black or Whole Lotta Love too many times. I know. Jimmy Page told me). But the best bit is that no other pub has that your-own-front-room vibe like The Pup. You may not know the other punters but they're your friends. You may not know Kenny and Angus (landlords) but you will. The latter is a leather dandy and the former the rock'n'roll James Bond.

Because it's not on the main strip it doesn't get c*nt clientele, it's small but never claustrophobic and whether you want to read the paper alone or take 15 mates to get battered with it's a pub that leaves you with a warm feeling. Literally and metaphorically. An absolute diamond in the rough.

And I didn't even mention lock-ins.

Keywords: beer, fags, food

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October 07, 2008

I don't really believe in destiny, like that people were meant to be together or that stuff happens for a reason - its all chance and coincidence and generally good stuff that happens is due to people making good stuff happen. Anyway if I did believe in that sort of stuff then I'd probably think that the Mucky Pup was built on an ancient awesome ground (as opposed to an ancient burial ground which tends to fuck shit up) as every thing about this place is awesome.

I used to come here a lot when it first opened as the Mucky Pup - it was so called as the landlords had a Mastiff puppy that was seriously the size of a small horse! Anyway not only was the horse awesome to play with but the pub was dog friendly and won a bunch of awards for it.

The new owners have a dog albeit much smaller but its super cute.

Anyway about the pub - its super cosy, has an awesome jukebox (they recently won some Time Out best jukebox thing) and they have good beers. Its the sort of place where after you've been a couple of times you could ask the landlords to put on your CD or charge your phone.

There's a pool table, dart board and an awesome garden out back with heaters so you can keep cosy whilst having a fag.

Essentially this is one of the friendliest pubs I've ever been to and even though I don't live in the neighbourhood anymore I always make a point of coming back every so often.

Keywords: awesome, free wifi, pool, garden, food, dog friendly

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