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“Pretty good” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Big Red

Big Red
385 Holloway Road, London, England
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Ranked #6,592 of 18,011 Restaurants in London
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night
London, United Kingdom
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57 reviews 57 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“Pretty good”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013 via mobile

Trying to be an American bar but missing something. Pretty good atmosphere but the foods is really overpriced. Cocktails have unique names and very good. Definitely recommend if you're in the neighborhood

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
76 reviews 76 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“I love this place and spend far too much time there!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

I'm there pretty much every other week.
If you’re there early is very laid back and relaxed – Late at night it’s got that From Dusk Til Dawn feel, good drinks, good music and good people.
The food is great value and you get a lot on your plate – The Chili Cheese Fries or Dog are ones to try but make sure you have a drink to hand.
There’s also a nice shot list at the bar so get ready to down a few and dance the night away.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Love this place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2012 via mobile

I absolute live this place! The food is brilliant and I highly recommend the stake or nachos! Not too pricy so definitely worth the money. It is a metal place, but don't be taken back by that if it isn't your type of music, because it is a very relaxed atmosphere and the jukebox contain a mixture of artists. The only thing that can be a bit annoying is that arsenal games are shown so on game days it will be packed really early, so if you're not keen on arsenal check if there is a match in advance and what time. I come here all the time with my friends!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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“Rock n Rollers Restaurant.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2012 via mobile

I love this place. Open till 4am, excellent selection of drinks and cocktails, great American style food in good sizes and very well cooked, a rock and metal juke box delight, hot barmaids, and 4 pool tables. If you need confirmation, go there. Think the 'Ti*ty Twister' from dusk till dawn, and you'll be getting close. A true rock n roll outpost in London.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Fantastic London rock/metal bar. With food!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2012

Even if Rock, Metal, Punk and subgenres thereof aren't your thing, you should definitely give this place a go at least once.

It's very much American diner-style decor inside (film posters, drink logos etc) with some sort of trashy B-movie showing on the TVs, and there are two Rock jukeboxes.

Good selection of draught lagers. No draught ales but they do have one or two by the bottle (namely Old Speckled Hen). Prices are pretty reasonable too, for London.

The food is unbelievably good! My friend had the cheeseburger. He said it was gorgeous but he had trouble finishing it - the portions here are huge! I went for the Chilli Dog, which was lovely but pretty hot - so anyone sensitive to spicy food ought to brace themselves! And like the drinks, the food is also at a pretty fair price.

As for the staff, friendly and very efficient - mostly young and rocker-like (and predominantly female when we were there - so no complaints about staff from us!)

All in all a real treat without the pretention and elitism you might find in other bars of the sort.
Big Red, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE?!

  • Visited January 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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