Big Chill House

  • Bars and pubs
Critics' choice
2 Love It
St Pancras

Poor ticket sales at the 2009 Big Chill festival led to the event seeking voluntary liquidation, at which point it was purchased by the Festival Republic behemoth.

Happily, the two London bars have proven more stable, and continue to earn acclaim from fans who are inspired by the artwork and tickled by the signage (‘brothers’ and ‘sisters’ on the toilet doors).

Housed in a large, difficult building, the King’s Cross branch can feel a little tumbleweedy on quiet nights; it’s best to head here when there are DJs, generally Thursdays to Sundays with occasional events on other evenings.

From the drinks list, cocktails (served in glasses or pitchers) are more enticing than the dull beer list (Amstel, Heineken, Budvar); food includes individual dishes (burgers, burritos) and sharing platters. An upstairs patio comes into its own in summer.

Venue name: Big Chill House
Address: 257-259 Pentonville Road
N1 9NL
Opening hours: Open noon-midnight Mon-Wed, Sun; noon-1am Thur; noon-3am Fri, Sat. Food served noon-4pm, 6-11pm Mon-Fri; noon-11pm Sat, Sun
Transport: Tube: King's Cross tube/rail
Price: Admission free-£5
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