Not many music venues are free entry in London. ‘Round Midnight breaks the mould though. This pub sits at the entrance to Chapel Market in Angel. You enter into a speakeasy style bar with a relaxed American feel to it. The walls are adorned with tributes to Jazz and Blues greats, from Miles Davis to Buddy Guy, and instruments famous with Jazz and Blues hang from behind the bar.
‘Round Midnight have music on every night of the week. As mentioned, entry is free but this does not mean acts get short shrift. They claim to promote their gigs proactively and make sure the musicians who play are remunerated.
Beer wise, ‘Round Midnight is pretty pedestrian. Real Ale choices of London Pride and Doom Bar, both good but unadventurous choices, and the draught choices were also pretty standard. With so many good American Pale Ales available in London at the moment, and with bars like the Lexington (just round the corner) providing a fine selection of whiskey and rye, it’s a shame the process of imbibing is not as exciting at the environs you find yourself in or the music you find yourself watching.
A minor nag though, ‘Round Midnight provides accessible and quality entertainment which is sadly a rarity in London and good for them for doing so.
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