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“Nice little rock pub”
Review of Brixton Windmill

Brixton Windmill
Ranked #749 of 1,616 things to do in London
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Baltimore, MD
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“Nice little rock pub”
Reviewed 17 April 2014

I was turned onto this little hidden-away place by friends in London who played and/or organized band events here. I've been here several times on visits to London, and found the bar staff to be generally friendly and accommodating, the sound better than I'd expect (sound man is also a nice guy). Lots of comfortable sit-down space indoors, with outdoor seating areas as well in good weather, and the shows and clientele are interesting. As someone else said, they book a mix of local, national and international acts (such as Art Brut, Calexico, Hot Chip, Florence and the Machine, and annual GBV tribute nights). The attendees range from fans of the bands playing, to elderly locals who seemingly couldn't care less that there's a band playing and just come down for a pint and to watch whatever sports event is on the television.

If you're from the States and of a certain age, like me, you may associate Brixton with scary images from Clash songs and wonder if it's safe to walk down the street there. Although the Windmill is not in a fancy area, I have never had any problem walking to the club from Brixton underground station or catching the night bus back to central London after a show. Several buses stop right at the end of Blenheim Gardens, so your walk back to the bus in the dark will be much shorter than the walk from the tube. As the Windmill is located in the middle of a residential area with a lot of older housing, I also enjoy looking at the nice old buildings in the surrounding neighborhood as I travel back and forth.

So if you're looking for a genuine (rather than fake and trendy) spot to rock a little bit in London, check the Windmill out. If you're coming a long way, I recommend checking their website first and/or calling to see what they have on, what the cover charge might be and whether it is sold out, as they do sell advance tickets to some events.

Visited April 2014
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Palmetto, Florida
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“Great music, great find”
Reviewed 17 January 2014 via mobile

It's a bit off the beaten track, but it's worth the jaunt to Brixton. We happened upon a night of good music- the place seems to bring in a good mix of local and touring acts. It's a cozy pub with a nice stage- chances are you'll happen upon a good show.

Visited October 2013
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