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Geek Show-off; Beheaded; Scum of Toytown; Human Disease: if your gothic black heart beats to grunge, garage-band guitars, ‘stoner rock’ and Finnish heavy metal sounds rather than X-Factor pap, this
artfully dishevelled post-punk music lounge is spot-on for a bit of a mosh, nice nosh and a hand-pulled pukka pint. Friendly staff dispense a selection of draughts (including Camden brews,
obviously) from a battery of spouts; alternatively, investigate bottled beers with appropriate rock and roll labels: Rogue Dead Guy, Clown Shoes Tramp Stamp, Ska Working Class – the latter a sweet,
creamy milk stout from Colorado. Otherwise, bourbons, cocktails and easy-drinking wines keep the twenty-something leather jackets satisfied. On the food front, expect pizzas, but also look out for
regular pop-ups such as Kimchi Cult or Baba Gupta’s spicy bhangra burgers, karma korma and wraps with mango slaw.
Smoke n Roll have quite the prosaic name for themselves. They smoke meats, and then they serve them in a roll! And right now they're doing it at The Black Heart in Camden, where we went to check them out last week. There are a lot of places doing BBQ right now, but for me, as long as it's good, my appetite does but wax for smoked meats, ribs and sticky wings. First - the rolls. You can either get pork or beef, and I expected something similar to what we had at The Joint - buns of pulled pork and shredded brisket. Not so. The meat here is bucking the trend by coming in thick slices, rather than shreds. And it was nice...
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