Longtime denizens of E8 remember this place as Uncle Sam’s, an altogether fairly shambolic pub that found fame in the area thanks to its unexpectedly fine Sunday-night jazz sessions.
Led by guitarist Alan Weekes, the jazz remains, but this corner pub has otherwise changed a lot since it was taken over in 2008. It’s still not a room in which intimacy is easily fostered, and it usually seems to be either uncomfortably quiet (early in the week) or unbearably busy (Thursday onwards).
But at its best, the bar has a vibrant, kinetic feel, packed with matey refugees from the busier, younger scenes in Shoreditch and Dalston who like to party but prefer to do so in jeans that allow a little breathing room.
438 Kingsland Road
|Opening hours:||Open noon-1am Mon-Thur; noon-3am Fri-Sun. Food served 6-11pm Mon-Thur; 6-10pm Fri, Sun; noon-10pm Sat|
|Transport:||Tube: Haggerston rail or bus 67, 149, 242, 243|
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I have only ever been the three times, all afternoon visits. On each occasion I have found the young woman at the bar unbelievably sullen and unfriendly. Three of the on tap beers are unavailable, as they had "run out". This has been the situation for the whole week, now. On the first day I visited the young barmaid had two of her friends in and was more interested in what they were showing her on an iPad than serving me at the bar. Then she did that classic thing of holding my change aloft while she finished her conversation with one of the other girls, and then reluctantly handing it over, with a snarl. I won't be going back there.
Lovely pub - lots of seats, and an excellent beer selection. Music kept at a sociable level so you can still have a conversation with your friends. Didn't try the food, but saw some nice looking burgers whizzing past! Just busy enough on a Saturday night to be buzzing - not oppressive. Love it!