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by John Burns (subscribe)
I am a writer and teacher, out and about in the world but with Nottingham never far from my heart.
Published August 15th 2012
The Black Heart, Camden
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Amidst the hustle and bustle of Camden Town, you'll find an altogether darker proposition. The Black Heart is the place to be for people who give quality beer and live music top billing on their list of 'good pub' criteria.

The pub's walls are adorned with framed posters of the various bands that have passed through Camden throughout the years, while the jukebox is crammed full of tunes from the same. With an emphasis on punk rock, expect to hear Dead Kennedys and The Stooges blaring out of the Black Heart's sound system on any given night.

Over at the bar, top notch beers like Sam Adams, Einstock and Erdinger are all available to accompany the music, priced at between 3.80 and 4.80 a pop. For true beer connoisseurs or for those with money to burn Brooklyn Local No.1 is available to sample, at a cost of 15.00.

It is the club nights at the Black Heart that make the nightspot truly stand out. A far cry from your standard 'hip for the sake of it' London fare, nights such as the 'Manchester-themed' Some Like It Hot mix motown, old school hip hop, indie and good old rock 'n' roll to create an atmosphere that is as frenetic as it is friendly.

Elsewhere in the Black Heart's calendar, The Klub club night plays host to DJs spinning the best in rockabilly, punk and psychobilly cuts, while Everything Sucks delivers the sort of punk rock attitude you would expect from such a nihilistic moniker.

Get down to the Black Heart, have a drink and dance to some quality tunes. It really is as simple as that.
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Why? The Black Heart is the place to be for people who give quality beer and live music top billing on their list of 'good pub' criteria.
Where: 2-3 Greenland Place London Greater London NW1 0AP
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