Feb 1 17

Simmons Camden, Kentish Town Road, Camden, NW1

Jack Cutforth

Visited on 27 January by JB & JC

First of all, we need to be clear with our readers that as VIP GUESTS of the opening night of this establishment, we were given a £30 bar tab. We need to be clear with you about that not because it may affect our impartiality but because we want to brag that someone gave us free alcohol because we were VIP GUESTS.

We’d like to make it clear that even though we were VIP GUESTS with a free bar tab, it won’t affect our review of this bar. We also won’t let the fact that we were VIP GUESTS go to our heads – we’re still the same humble pub reviewers that we’ve always been. We put our trousers on one leg at a time. And into those trouser pocket goes a VIP INVITE PLUS £30 BAR TAB.

Ok, while we’re here we should probably talk about the bar. If you’ve been to a Simmons, it will feel familiar – all the things that make Simmons great are here. Giant skull mirrorball? Check. Very long and generous happy hour? Check. Vandalized school desks? Check. Funky Music? Check. Retro games console? Check. Us drinking ourselves to death in the corner? Check mate.

Unlike the original Simmons, you can get beer on tap here and it’s a small but decent selection, and reasonably priced. Our £30 VIP BAR TAP got us six pints. It’s a lot more spacious than the Simmons down the road in Mornington Crescent, which can be filled up by one large group, and it’s an excellent choice for after work drinks, to take advantage of the two-for-£10 cocktail happy hour which runs until about 9pm.

Simmons are expanding at a Pret style rate of knots, and there’s always the worry that they’ll overstretch, but there’s no danger of that happening any time soon based on the latest addition. Camden has a lot of great pubs, and it just got a new one. And right next door to the station as well.

Beer: 3
Price: 3
Service: 4
Atmosphere: 5

Do they do food? Negative
Are they in the 21st Century? Yep, contactless, no minimum.
Are there dogs? Seems dog friendly.
I want to smoke: Stand outside – there are a couple of heaters
Were you VIP GUESTS? Why yes, we were, how did you know?