The Alexandra, East Finchley

Our rating: FAP Rating 4 - Click for an explanation of our ratings      User rating: Community Rating 4 - Click for an explanation of our ratings   (4 reviews)
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FAP Rating 4 - Click for an explanation of our ratings
When the Alexandra gave itself a sprucing up a few years ago it managed the difficult task of updating itself nicely without ruining the fact that, at heart, its a proper local pub. So what you have here are elements of an art-deco theme very much in keeping with the original building, mixed with a subtle music theme. Photos of Elvis and Johnny cash are mixed with posters of Reading Festival line-ups. The jukebox too follows this theme with a pretty comprehensive selection, including the rather ironic inclusion of a Kinks album. None of this means its the exclusive preserve of trendy East Finchley residents and our visit found a good mix of locals, with after-workers, couples and bar propping regulars all filling the place nicely. The staff are great too and happily providing a table service when they see your drink is getting low. Already a good, solid pub in its own right, now that the Clissold Arms over the road has become a monochrome gastropub, the Alexandra is all the more important for the area.
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Reviews (8)
15 Mar 2014
Rating 4 - Click for an explanation of our ratings
I loved this place. A very cool pub with a real rock 'n'roll vibe, and much nicer for a quick pint than the overpriced gastropub The Clissold Arms across the road. Sadly it's doors have been closed for a few months now, and looks unlikely to re-open as a pub and more likely to be converted into yuppie flats.A tragedy.
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06 Sep 2012
Rating 4 - Click for an explanation of our ratings
With an eclectic (downright strange in fact) mix of decor and locals, the Alex stands out as a pub with character. It's worth drinking in just to get away from the sheer banality and lazy thinking that goes into most pubs in the area.
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22 Jan 2011
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I agree that this is a fine pub ... when it's open! It seems to have given up on opening in the day during the week altogether. A bit of a shame as I am often walking past mid-afternoon with a thirst.

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98 Fortis Green, East Finchley, London, N2 9EY
020 8444 9933

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