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Time Out says
Posted: Mon Jul 21 2014
If you're after a mixture of underground sounds and a lounge space where you can actually hear what your mates are saying, you can't do much better than 'The Lex'. With an unashamedly American retro feel running through the decor (wooden floor, plump Chesterfield sofas and mismatched chairs, swagged red curtains) and the bar, which boasts a selection of over 40 whiskies and numerous US bottled specialty beers, it's a good place to both hear live music of an alternative variety (upstairs) and hang out (street level) until late. Further diversity is offered by regular club nights, a weekly pub quiz (conducted by Rough Trade), swing dance classes and a rock 'n' roll bingo night.
The Lexington Pentonville Rd
What's on at The Lexington
- Critics' choice
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Blues, roots and country, Folk, World
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Country, Alternative rock
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Indie rock, Psych and garage rock
- Critics' choice
Bella Union's stylish, Mazzy Star-adoring Australians return. Their brooding, bluesy psychedelic rock sounds like the wind in the desert at night – but with better tunes, obviously.
Slightly bland but winningly emotive pop-rock by the London boys, who've had the rare privilege of warming up a crowd for Hall & Oates.
Former Boo Radleys lynchpin Carr headlines as a solo artist and plays from his new album 'The Breaks' (no Kurtis Blow covers, we hope). After he went experimental with his Bravecaptain project, he's returned over the last few years to the classic pop...
Rock 'n' roll, Alternative rock
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Pop, Indie rock, Rock 'n' roll, Alternative rock
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