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To write or create!  The drink is of secondary importance...

Welcome to Hennegan's Good (Literary) Pub Guide.

Nick Hennegan is a writer and producer.  He created and wrote The London Literary Pub Crawl.  He is also credited with starting 'Pub' Theatre in Birmingham, UK, with the Maverick Theatre Company back in 1994.  His Shakespeare adaptations and other plays have been acclaimed worldwide and his Resonance 104.4fm radio show and Podcast has been voted number Two of the Top Ten Podcasts to follow in the world!  So in his time, he's been in a few pubs!  He is also one of the new 'gig' generation of workers, using coffee shops and bars instead of a traditional office.  But coffee shops close and if you feel like it's great to create late, then this guide is for you!

The drinks are of secondary importance.  There is an excellent organisation called CAMRA - the Campaign for Real Ale - in the UK.  They have done a great job of not only furthering the cause of 'Real' quality beer, but their activism has helped to preserve a number of pubs that may have fallen foul of greedy developers years ago. We are in an age where small breweries are springing up all over the UK.  In spite of the ravages of the recent COVID virus, the British Pub is recognised as a crucial part of our British way of life.

This guide is marked by ambience more than taste - at least taste of beer!  Wi-fi matters!  As does comfort, environment, the ability to focus and how nice the staff are!  Described by arts website Remote Goat as one of "London's new Bohemians", Nick has marked each pub with a Boho/NoGo rating.  It's a very personal guide, but in order to spread the net wider, Nick has included some reviews from trusted fellow Bohemians from around the world. And get in touch with Nick if you are an artist/creator who wants to review your best business boozer! There's a 2 pint fee on offer!

Hover over the menu at the top of this page.  The reviews are grouped generally geographically.  So you can check out the best creating and juicing spots local to you!


🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷  Bo-ho Heaven. Live. there. That is all.

🍷🍷🍷🍷 This pub changed the world.  Wear tweeds.

🍷🍷🍷 A must visit pub.

🍷🍷 This pub got some artists drunk.

🍷 This pub probably has more TV screens than thinking people.

Please get in touch if you've any comments on any of the reviews.  We start in London, but there are a few in Birmingham, Stratford-upon-Avon, Wales and Edinburgh.  The reviews all happen anonymously and no money has changed hands!  If you want Nick to visit your pub or bar, email him.  You may have to pay for his travel though.  And buy him a pint! Or two.  After the review, of course.  You know what these Bohemians are like...

Oh, and the book is on the way!