Set among the embourgeiosement of the Cally Road, McLaughlins stands firm as all around it transforms into organic bakeries and holistic crystal shops. A nice little boozer, serving the usuals on tap, and rather excitingly, Ireland's legendary Tayto Crisps, McLaughlins remains very much a traditional boozer, decked out in nice dark woods and spotlessly clean. There're plenty of screens available for the football and the racing on a Saturday, keeping their punters happy in the process. The place has a number of options if football isn't your bag, with a pool table, dartboard and jukebox to keep you occupied. Cheery Irish fellas, burly off-duty cabbies from the local Hackney Carriage offices (who all seemed to have Tenerife Tans on our visit) and a few random punters having a pint and a read of their papers keep the place lively, but not boisterous. Although we'd never set foot in the place we were welcomed and cheerily accommodated by the locals who didn't seem to mind some new faces in the place. Sitting very close to Pentonville Prison, all in all it wouldn't be a bad spot to have your first pint on release...
The shutters are down and signs of life are nil.
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