Jan 10

The FT Top 25 Pubs of the 00s No 11: Trinity Arms, Brixton

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The Trinity is the only pub outside Zone 1* on this list. That’s not to say that we are a bunch of central London fanatics, but it is where we pretty much all work and, therefore, where we’ve spent most evenings in the pub. I’d left the Exmouth by the time this stage in proceedings had been reached so I’m a little short on the main thrust of the arguments that got the Trinity this far up the list, but I can tell you about what I like about it:

It’s the nicest pub in Brixton

And when you’re faced with a three hour gap between the end of work and halfway through the second support at the Academy that’s all you can ask for really. Because it is the location of the Trinity, only a ten minute walk from the Brixton Academy that led it to being visited, never mind nominated. The only time I’ve been here and not gone on to a gig was when The Specials cancelled at half 5. But this is damning with faint praise, they do a cracking pint of Ordinary, the service is good, they serve big portions of decent food and have a nice beer garden out the back if you are some sort of beast of the field. Much like the Pineapple in Kentish Town it does seem to have become the haunt of A Certain Type Of Gig Goer, but then that’s maybe because I’m only going to Certain Types Of Gigs (and I freely admit to fitting the profile of the Certain Type)…

There was one night, just after the smoking ban came in (I’m thinking the night of the Carter gig?), when I arrived quite early (what? I was EXCITED!) to find that they’d replaced the carpet right through the pub and all you could smell was NEW CARPET, it was the weirdest thing, like drinking in Allied…

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*sorry non-Londoners, but this includes you too. Although apart from the Three Goats Heads and the Turf in Oxford, the Windmill in Stansted Airport and the Brothers Bar at Glastonbury I can’t think of many non-London bouzers where a gang of FT contributors have been there at the same time. Oh, I suppose DBA in New York and the Small Bar in Chicago should get honourable mentions…


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    Kat but logged out innit on 15 Jan 2010 #

    The Trinity holds my record for highest number of cats seen in a pub in one evening. 3! That was before going to see Orbital, last autumn.

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    MichaelH on 16 Jan 2010 #

    The Pineapple used to be a lovely old-fashioned pub until it got the sofas-and-chalkboards treatment. Now it’s indistinguishable from a thousand overs.

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    Pete on 16 Jan 2010 #

    That afternoon when they had changed the carpet, I was in the Trinity from about 4pm, and had the joy of seeing some sales rep from a flavoured Sambucca company crashing and burning while the barmaid clocking off at five got wasted on all of his samples. Happy days.

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    Not logged in carsmile on 17 Jan 2010 #

    But the pineapple has CHEESE NIGHT dude! Having not been in ye olden days, I can’t make a direct comparison, but as with the trinity, it’s clearly the nicest pub within 10 minutes of the forum…

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    Matt DC on 19 Jan 2010 #

    I suspect this might be the pub in London that has held more internet forum meet-ups than any other. These days I reckon you’re pretty much guaranteed one for every night there’s a gig. Perhaps that pub that used to be the Goose runs it close.

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