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The Crafty Crow
Address: 102 Friar Lane, Nottingham, NG1 6EB
Tap bars are sometimes a dilemma in terms of choice – or lack of. But at the Crafty Crow the Magpie Brewery doesn’t always dominate proceedings. There’s a healthy selection of real ales and craft beers – and clear labels to tell you exactly what you’re getting
The Crow used to be BZR, a filthy venue full of WKD and fizzy lager. An impressive refit followed. But the owners curiously decided to leave the main benches lining the bar au natural – ie : with absolutely no upholstery. Or paint. The wood has now bedded in a bit, and there are cushions for your back, but you could still find yourself with a splinter following a pint here.
That said, it’s a good addition to the now thriving Castle bar scene, with big open windows during the summer and knowledgeable staff who’ll guide you skilfully through the drinks menu.
Music? In-house sound system playing non offensive choons – often a bit tinny.
Food? Competitively priced mains and snacks given the amount of competition in the area. And the first bar in town to stock Bacon Nuts (vegan friendly).
Customers? A crossover of people who can be bothered to venture across Maid Marian Way, those en route to a Castle pub crawl and bored wedding guests from the neighbouring hotel.
Opinion? This is a highly competitive part of town and the Crow has managed to stay on top of the game where others have failed. Don’t wear anything too delicate – them benches will have you!
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