The Goat (ex-O'Neill's), Clapham Junction

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A vast improvement over the O'Neill's that used to be here, The Goat is actually now worth visiting. It has an impressive interior - wooden floors, comfy leather sofas, chandeliers - and proper background music. It does have the trendy touch, but with 3 draught ales (Bass, Deuchars IPA and Smiles Cheeky Pint when we visited) and 3 continental beers (Leffe, Kriek and Fruli) on tap in addition to the standard lagers and Guinness - plus a huge range of bottled beers - there's good drinking to be had. The menu is just this side of gastro, and the prices are similarly just about tolerable (2.85 for a pint of the Smiles, 6.90 cheapest menu item for instance). We haven't sampled the food, but with a separate upstairs dining area it should be possible to eat without being jostled.
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05 Aug 2009
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Went to Clapham Junction last night on a recon mission to find the most appropriate bar to go on Friday night with friends over from Ireland. I had a shortlist of 6 bars and added the Goat as I’d seen some good reviews on other sites.

First impressions were really good. It was spacious (unlike the too-small Holy Drinker nearby), quite dark (in a good way), breezy, and nicely buzzing for a Tuesday night. It also had a gloriously satanic goat mural covering the far wall which I liked.

I would have seriously considered the Goat as our Friday night choice except that it closed too early (midnight) and worse of all it took too long to get served (about 10 minutes – on a Tuesday night). The bar seemed understaffed, and several tables upstairs were covered with dirty glasses and crockery which remained there until one of the few overworked bar staff had a chance to clear them. However drinks were most reasonably priced of the 4 we ordered in (£6 for a Peroni and a whisky/soda).

A great place but needs double the staff.

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66 Battersea Rise, Clapham Junction, London, SW11 1EQ
020 7350 0349
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