1 Archway Road, Archway
The building opposite the Archway tube station is known for claiming the lives of bars. It has previously housed The Archway Tavern, Dusk Till Dawn, Tropical Bar and more recently The Intrepid Fox. All of which has crumbled under London’s ever increasing economy and perhaps a lack of custom. It’s enough to make any prospective bar owner avoid the area entirely for the fear of failure being contagious.
It comes as a surprise that, on one side of the building in question, a bar has opened its doors as The Lounge (or 666 as I’ve heard some people say). Though at the moment, the only way you would know its name is by their Facebook page. The sign above the door says Kolis Nightclub in a pale blue which is fairly confusing.
The Lounge has already pulled in quite a following which was proved by the bar winning The Carouser‘s Fresh Meat Award. And, whilst at the bar, I am met with a couple who loved the place so much that they have decided to host their wedding here.
The smoking area is an enviable feature and has an almost picturesque view of the surrounding area which is currently being renovated. I find out that it was once sheltered, but Storm Doris had ripped it off. Even in the short time they’d opened, people had a lot of stories to tell about the place. Before I know it, a whole deck of 20 Benson & Hedges disappears.
The Lounge seems to have opted for the regular range of drinks. No pumps just cans; Stella, Red Stripe, Heineken, Budweiser, Strongbow Dark Fruits, Trooper and an array of your usual spirits- all cheap and around the £4 mark. When the bartender is pressed further, a cocktail menu can be revealed but I stick to a can of Bow.
However, when I attended on another night they had run out of everything except lager. One customer beside me gets upset due to having an allergy to an ingredient found only in mass produced beer (which is the best excuse to turn your nose up at a…