Brixton Pub Review – The Dogstar

The Dogstar, Brixton. Photos by Rubina Pabani

The Space

Now in its 17th year, The Dogstar is stylishly shabby. While the loo seat may send you sideways on broken hinges, the overall interior is endearingly dog-eared.

The Punters

Early evenings draw a local crowd to kick back while the ambience is still relaxed. Latecomers migrate to the venue to drink beers and get booted.

The Booze

There’s a basic range of quaffable bevs. Choose from a couple of cask ales, lagers and your usual spirits selection.

The Grub

Posh pizzas vary in price from £5-8. Neither size nor quality is compromised by the cost. 

The Dogstar, Brixton. Photos by Rubina Pabani

The Damage

A cheap night is easily achieved if you stick to pints, which linger around the £3 mark, and house spirits.

An Interesting Fact

London’s ‘first DJ bar’ has survived for nearly two decades. As part of the ever-expanding Antic collective, its legacy is deservedly lairy.

The Highlights

A purveyor of party vibes, The Dogstar brings a familiar razzle-dazzle to Coldharbour Lane. You’d struggle to find a soul who hasn’t spent at least one Saturday bent over the bar, screaming for jägerbombs above 90s club classics.

 What’s a bit rubbish?

Weekends are typified by youngsters out on the razz. The only thing disappointing is that you’re probably getting a bit too old for it.

What else they got in the bag?

The Dogstar is a real crowd pleaser. Expect little and you’ll get a whole lot. Comedy nights through to Audio Sushi.

The Dogstar, Brixton. Photos by Rubina Pabani

To sum it up…

A party pal from times gone by, The Dogstar dominates the disco like Bez from Happy Mondays.


Brixton Pub Review – The Dogstar by Isabel Hope-Urwin

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Address: 389 Coldharbour Lane, London, SW9 8LQ

Tel: 020 7733 7515

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