SquareMeal Review of
The Amwell Arms
Its old ‘Whiskey Café’ sign still hangs proudly outside, but notorious louche muso lounge Filthy McNasty’s, is no more. Whether former patrons such as Pete Doherty, Irvine Welsh and sometime dabbler Johnny Depp will dig its replacement depends on their tolerance for other similarly furnished Simmons gaffs in King’s Cross, Camden, Bloomsbury and, lately, Wapping. The kitsch decor relies heavily on ghastly 1970s wallpaper and car boot sale booty. Happy ‘hour’ (from 4pm until 9pm daily) finds happy Islingtonians scooping up two for £10 cocktails – crowd-pleasers such as Bramble, Cosmopolitan, Golden Sour and Long Island Ice Tea – and deals on spirits and mixers, plus house wine and beers (respectively £10 and £2.50 per bottle). Proving perennially popular are the mini-chain’s range of £40 party punchbowls and teapots for two: not that we can imagine another former Filthy fan, The Pogue’s rabble-rousing Irish frontman, Shane MacGowan, would approve.