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user reviews of the Taps, Enfield

please note - reviews on this site are purely the opinion of site visitors, so don't take them too seriously.

This is like a pub of 2 halves.

You have your standard mix of regulars that filter in and out throughout the day probably moving between there and the Kings Head, and possibly a ‘cheap’ one in the George too. But of a weekend it’s a different story… one of which I will shortly get to.

It’s a great place to watch the football, it doesn’t matter where you stand you will always be able to see a screen. There are lots of drink offers too, so this place really doesn’t break the bank at all.

From what I’ve heard it was this place that initially made Thursday the new Friday, and so weekends probably start here. The service is always quick and efficient, and they do a commendable job on weekends as you simply cannot move at the bar.

So, weekends… It always starts off soo well, but then the dickhead count just gets too high! It almost feels that you aren’t allowed to enjoy this place if you’re still sober. I do like it, but I just wish it wasn’t such a meat market, filled with amateur drinkers screaming ‘let’s do shots’ ‘you want a shot babe’ as they attempt to paw at you. ‘Not interested’ seems to be a phrase that a lot of these guys aren’t quite familiar with… they should stick with the bimbos that are also in ample supply. But I guess this is unavoidable as the one thing lacking in Enfield is a variety of decent pubs, and in particular late night pubs.

People go to get drunk and have fun. There is nothing wrong with that, but it does get to the point where you can barely move through the narrow bar. But as I said, I do like this place, but it does feel a little bitter/sweet at times when I consider this place.
B3XTER - 5 Jun 2014 18:05
Fine place for a quiet, darkened drink during the early part of the day. The addition of a pool table at the end of the narrow room would be fantastic. You can put it away when it gets mental at the weekends. Oh, and is the image of the pub on this website really the best one available ?
ShenaniganOFlanaghan - 8 Apr 2014 20:55
I hope that what I will mention here to all the public that have access to this website and more important to TAPS BAR, Pub in Enfield will be seriously considered.
I was deeply offended by the owner and staff from the Taps Bar in Enfield. I was dancing one Saturday night with few friends when we were asked to leave the pub. The worse thing was that we were asked to leave because couple of girls didnt like us being there for some jealousy reasons. The girls reported to the manager that we smelled and having no ground at all to ask us to leave we were chucked out of the pub.

We felt sick, angry and demoralised but even more humiliated for their action and their behaviour towards us. Of course we went to the police station but there was nothing the police could do about it. Now, how ridicules can that be!. We were so disheartened and disgusted with the manager attitude that it took few days to get over it.

For Christ sake, it wasnt about smell TAPS BAR on Saturday I full of people dancing, sweating, farting, sticky and smelly, it is a BAR for goodness sake! Everyone should be asked to leave if it is case. They are just NASTY there.

We will not return ever again to that place. If anyone has any suggestion to take this further, please dont hesitate to leave your comment. It happened to us and I can guarantee you it will happen to you too.

Barbosa - 29 Oct 2012 19:27

Barbosa - 29 Oct 2012 19:24
There's a sign on the door here which says strictly over 25. I can only assume it's an in-joke by the owner as every weekend it's filled with kids looking for the latest close in town.

During the day it's a great pub only rivalled by the Kings Head in the market square I would say. A Lovely interior with many lagers on tap and a perfectly poured Guinness every time. Lots of flat screens dotted around the pub mean youre unlikely to miss the latest goings on in the world of sport whilst youre sat at one of the many tables available.

They let themselves down, however, by what happens at the weekends. They take away the stools from the tables, I suppose to allow more standing space, but it just means you cant sit around a table in there with your friends. It ruins the atmosphere for people and I think its why people dont turn up until later on. Taking the stools away from the bar works well and makes sense, but I feel the stools at the tables is a step too far.

On weekend nights there also seems to be an aggressive atmosphere fuelled by little boys acting like imbecilic wannabe tough guys, with their platinum blonde bimbo girlfriends in tow loving the 'drama'.

Awight babe? Yeeeeeaaah. Cushdy.

Also, I realise pubs as a rule are struggling, so I accept that money is king, but I just wish they would stop letting in so many people as theres no space to move at all.

I would and do recommend this pub to friends, but as always there are improvements to be made. 6/10.

EnfieldTaaaanBlud - 30 Jan 2012 14:55
cheapest round of the day,five squid for a pint of strongbow(virtually unheard of in London)and a pint of guiness,no cask ale mind and the cute barmaid looked at me like shit while pouring the pie juice lol 7/10
fat_beer_badger - 25 Apr 2011 20:05
full of 40+ women and blokes with nowhere else to go...beer actually OK, but volume of noise and prick-count way too high...
mally_drinker - 26 Aug 2010 11:14
Okay, so look. In Enfield Town, your options are severely limited, we all know that. So, if you do happen to drink in town regularly, quite frankly, this place is your only viable option. Although of course, it depends on what you're looking for, because there's always a couple crazies who seek out bad beer and sticky floors. But, if you're in search of friendly bar staff, decent music (Thurs/Fri/Sat), nice enough regulars/locals/customers and seven screens showing sport all day everyday, you gotta make the smart choice.

You're not gonna choose The George because the beer is terrible and the locals demented.

You're not gonna choose Bar Form because you never know if it's actually gonna be open, and if you're (un)lucky enough to find it is, you'll be faced with warm bottled beer and the locals revelling in pseudo-intellectual conversations about Teen Wolf Too.

You're not gonna choose The Stag, because i'm assuming if you've bothered to read this far, you're not an idiot.

And you're not gonna choose Club 108 because you dont want to get into a fight about, erm, well let's see... Oh i know, absolutely nothing at all.

EnfieldTaaaanBlud - 12 Apr 2010 14:59
Well, as a card carrying moronic knuckle dragger, Ill admit that there probably is an element of truth to a couple of the more recent comments, and the fact is that in any pub youre going to get a couple of objectionable people.

Several even.

But theyre such the rarity as to be mainly negligible.

The Taps is really two pubs. A regulars pub Monday to Friday afternoon and then a bar Friday and Saturday night, returning to normal again on Sunday.

And Monday to Friday it genuinely is an entirely pleasant place to be. Quiet, friendly and welcoming. I suppose you can take that to mean slightly dull and maybe thats true, but for drinkers thats just fine.

RedRed - 5 Feb 2010 16:20
I agree with the previous posts that have mentioned the menacing wide eyed locals and they were arguing amongst themselves and talking hard during my visit. Its a shame as the barmaid was very friendly and I spotted three plasma screens which were showing muted Sky Sports as some decent old tunes were playing on the speakers.

Like most Irish bars this place has no real ale, but my Guinness was up to standard and it didnt break the bank.

Ill be avoiding this place in future or at least until the management grow some balls and get control of their bar back from the knuckle dragging morons that seem to hang out here.
Strongers - 3 Oct 2009 22:42
Popped in for a jar the other night on way home. This pub has gone down hill. I know lots of pubs have got a lot quieter in the last 6 months but quiet and with a menacing few customers. Still, drank a couple before deciding to head out as started to get pestered by a loud mouth coke head. Won't return.
altmann - 20 Mar 2009 13:48
In again.

Karaoke night. Not busy but wasnt too bad. Hadnt seen the karaoke man before but then havent been in for a couple months so he may be the regular slot.

I would say though, since it's been a while, even i notice things, so to the resident dealer who turns up after the George is closed, every time, be a little more subtle, the rappers' look doesnt help.
TapsPunk - 28 Nov 2008 01:01
dark, dismal, not worth going back to
anonymous - 5 Oct 2007 10:54
Hadnt been out in Enfield for a while, so i found myself in a previous favourite haunt.

This pub still isnt very busy most of the time by all accounts but without a doubt (after a mini bar crawl) still the best place to drink in Enfield whether it be during the week or the weekend.

Once you get over the fact that it's not as good as it used to be and you realise that you're still in Enfield Town, so you have little other choice, i defy you not to have a reasonably good time in here.


anonymous - 2 Oct 2007 15:16
Alright, let's get serious here.

Taps has issues - like any other pub - but let's at least be rational about it.

The toilets are a health hazard because you have to walk down stairs?

You've got to be kidding me.

Walking is now a hazard?

(Seriously, walking?)

There's trouble most nights?

That's just patent nonsense. I'm in there most nights of the week (well alright, pretty much every nights of the week) and I can count the number of incidents I've seen on one hand. Either it's a flat out lie or the poster of that comment defines trouble as grown up men and women watching football, sharing a bottle of wine with friends after work, or just generally putting the world to rights over a couple of pints.

During the week Taps is a great pub. There are lots of plasma screens dotted around (and the staff are always happy to flick through the channels to find a particular sporting event for you if you ask nicely), comfortable seats and tables, a fire in the corner, a grown up friendly over 25s local clientele and welcoming and competent staff.

I'd say the beer's probably the best in Enfield as well. Some real ales would be nice, but otherwise it's a good selection. Slightly pricey maybe - but I think it's worth the little extra you pay over the prices of say the King's Head - and the quite a lot you pay over the George.

I like the King's Head, Form is always perfectly pleasant - and the George is always useful for a cheap drink - but the Taps is the best pub in town because it encapsulates all the easy civility, friendliness and comfort of a grown up pub.

The Manager and the Assistant Manager both clearly know the trade very well and are great on both sides of the bar.

Now, all that said, Taps does have issues.

The place is too narrow - there's no getting around that fact - and not much anyone can do about it. But given those spatial issues, there are just clearly too many people let in on a Friday and Saturday night.

To such an extent that, at the peak of the night, it occasionally becomes an unpleasant place to be.

Equally, with that many people in, it's inevitable that some of them are going to be from the more chavtastic end of the social spectrum.

I know it's stingy of me to say it, but I also just don't like the price increase after 11pm. I think it's unfair and while it's by no means deliberately underhanded there's something about it that doesn't quite sit right with me.

It seems slightly counterintuitive, to me, to risk alienating your punters for the sake of 10p.

However, as I said, all in all, and warts and all, I think Taps is the best pub in Enfield by some margin.

dreake - 16 Feb 2007 15:50
I wouldnt go that far, and it was a bar previously, not a shop, although possibly if you go back far enough it have been a shop, but then, who the hell thought of converting a field into a pub...

There's not trouble most nights, just most weekends, which doesnt translate into the same thing.

It's definitely taken a slight upturn however since the assistant manager has been able to apply more of his own views on how to run a good bar.
anonymous - 6 Feb 2007 14:54
Once you get a a table this could be a great night for you, yes it has drunk blokes ogling your latest love interest, but a really nice place. It used to be a bar called Browns, before taken over. It does have entertainment most evenings and even forgets its Irish element when the England football games are on. can only fault taps on the fact the entrance is always jammed, and the place is full of male hairdressers. I had some nice sandwiches here once. A decent place if you like to avoid anyone under 21. the music does need to change , it always seemes to play the same songs every time in. the karaoke is awful, and the dj only wants to play what he wants.
clarkie10 - 15 Nov 2006 11:45
Thurs/fri/sat easily the busiest place in Enfield Town although i'd only suggest going on Thursdays since it's the only night without any trouble.

TapsPunk - 12 Nov 2006 16:16
yes yes yes, this pub absolutely blows, but for some reason it is always heaving? Just the new coach house really, full of my old fellow enfield grammar school chums!
joeblack - 8 Nov 2006 18:20
Open the latest of the pubs at weekends - rather than bars - though correct me if I'm wrong. Until 1 on Sat night. Don't get the Irish theme - it's not like anyone Irish goes or would go to a themed pub.

I still preferred it when the last landlady was there. Always reminded me of Sharon Osbourne for some reason.

Some of the music on tape is dire compilation stuff, but at that time of night you are too drunk to care. Toilets get a bit waterlogged by the end though.
sausageroll - 21 Jul 2006 16:04
Went in for karaoke on the recommendation of Minx1979...

Looks like you were telling porkie pies missus, it was terrible. Fairly empty, full of blokes wishing the football was on, but the beer tasted ok.
anonymous - 23 Jun 2006 01:17
Looks horrible and small from the outside, but once you get inside you fight that your first impressions were completely right.

Bad beer in a cramped environment. Too many lager louts, too few members of staff, the members they do have are inept, the management if there is any are invisible and i'd drink anywhere but here.

But they do sell Magners so they get a mark for that. Although only small bottles.
anonymous - 16 Jun 2006 19:01
Anyone that didnt go to Karaoke last night it's your own fault!

Although still empty compared to how it used to be, there were some nice looking guys for a change haha!
anonymous - 31 Mar 2006 15:51
Karaoke night was always great!

Shame it's a empty now, but it just means you get to sing more songs haha!

(Not a good thing if they let me sing)
Minx1979 - 26 Mar 2006 16:47
Went in to this pub for the second time last night, another fantastic night, I would recommend this pub to everyone, going to give it a try on thursday with a few friends on karaoke night, suppose to be a good night very friendly and a good laugh

JOHN.
auto - 26 Mar 2006 13:24
Too many anonymous postings! Sounds crazy to me...

Anyway, been in again... and oh my god!!!! What has happended :o( My favourite pub has been taken away! If Brody really is the landlady - sort it out haha!

Come on, the pikey's are fighting, the barmaids didnt do anything, what's going on?! This is the best pub in town but it's not safe to drink at the moment?

Dont be put off, still go in, the rest are even worse!!!

(Not by much at the moment, but still worse)
Minx1979 - 26 Mar 2006 02:46
Visited this pub during the week for the first time, what a fantastic place, would recomend it for a great night out, the bar staff were fantastic, was speaking to the landlady brody for the first time what a lovely lady, you could not meet a nicer person very friendly, took the time to speak to you, made you feel welcome, not like any other pub you go in where you are just another punter, taps is one of the best pubs i have been in for a while, great atmosphere, good music, nice log fire, what more could you ask for, thanks brody for listing to all my problems you and the bar staff are doing a fantastic job keep up the good work.
john


anonymous - 24 Mar 2006 21:07
I have to say the reviews represent my feelings completely, wow!

For so long ive heard great things about this place but never had the chance to go in. I dont get to go out much nowadays but when i do, my friends assured me this was the place to go.

Being out in Enfield last weekend i was taken here for the first time. It was horrible. Too many people is one thing, but too many rude people under the same roof is just unbearable.

I was shocked to find the rudeness extended to behind the bar also. Upon finding out the prices increased (without notice) i was told simply that i could leave if i wasnt willing to pay the extra.

Promptly we did and we went to the much nicer, friendlier and more contemporary Bar Form, just around the corner.

I dont know what it was like before this change in management, but i sure know that it's a terrible place to drink right now.
Enzo - 22 Mar 2006 19:39

I would like to comment on the change of late in the the Taps. It was once a very friendly over 25's establishment. However these days it seems to draw all those under that age just to fill the once thriving, energetic bar.

I am no longer going to be frequenting this establishment for those reasons and both times I was there previous there were big brawls and known trouble makers>
I'd like to know where the sound management has gone wrong.!

An era lost forever! I am sure not the only one who feels that sentiment.

Also for the record, it was not previous management who put the prices up , it was the owner so take it up with him. If aggrieved , as not publically displayed one could be in trouble??

Good luck to those venturing in to the wilderness!

anonymous - 22 Mar 2006 15:27
One for Beerfan, the prices didnt always go up at 11pm, although you're right the last manager did put them up, that was a recent development! That said... I dont begrudge an extra few pence for a later drink though ;o)

I do find it quite ironic that the person claiming there are employees posting is the only one as anonymous though, an obvious axe to grind!!

Now THAT's out of the way! Just got in from the pub and the music was terrible, go back to the father son duo like the guy below says!

I like this pub, said so before but i have to agree it is different. It's not strictly over 25 anymore, they let too many people in at the weekends, there is less staff so you are waiting longer... i agree they were over staffed before, but from a customer's point of view, so what? I'd rather get a drink when i get to the bar than wait ten minutes to get a drink because they're (justifiably) busy. Not sure why that point was raised by beerfan.

Still a good place to go to, just not as good as before.
Minx1979 - 26 Feb 2006 22:48
Great bar - not too flashy, not too

I like this bar. It;s a great place to unwind after work - the atmosphere is pretty relaxed, nice decor and generally a table or stools free. One of the best things is that you don't get the same types of drinkers as elsewhere - it's for over 25's - which is very refreshing. It can get a little smoky at times, especially at the end of the week when there's a good crowd in, but nowhere near as bad as Bar Form. I've only eaten here a couple of times, but the food's pretty good - stabndard pub stuff, mostly - I don't know if there's a weekend service though. Also, the bar's open later than most other places - bonus! I've never seen a fight in here - it's usually either too busy or the doormen smooth things over before it gets that far (and they're surprisingly nice about it!) - has the reviewer who said there were lots of fights has ever been to the Taps?!

On the whole, this is a great place to start or finish your evening (or both!) I quite like having a few in the Taps, heading inot the city or for dinner and then stopping by again later. Well recommended.

P.S. I saw a great father/son (?) band there the other week - if the managers read this get them back in!
lordlucan - 21 Feb 2006 12:56
A great pub for those over twenty five looking to relax, drink and have good time! Although Mae has left and will be missed Brodie seems friendly and well organised. A few less staff behind the bar on a friday and Saturday meens that any wait for a drink is due to them being busy, not standing at either end of the bar in little cliques staring at each other. The pub has a nice chilled atmosphere with friendly and efficient staff, the over 25s rule and decent door staff seems to keep most of the lager louts out and as for tapspunk's notice about price increases at 23:00 obviously normally drunk by this stage as it has always been so at the taps ... remember change in management not ownership!
beerfan - 19 Feb 2006 17:53
What's happened to this pub?!?! Change of owner and it's gone downhill rapidly...empty most nights, and when it does fill up there seem to be a lot of fights in here these days. I used to go regularly but shalln't be going back...it's now just like any other Enfield pub. The last two previous reviewers obviously work for The Taps because the reviews are a joke.
anonymous - 12 Feb 2006 18:09
Great pub during the week, very, very quiet and somewhere to go on your own when you dont want any noise, always a plus!

Downside is later in the week towards the weekend! My friends and I rarely drink in here because of the male dominated environment. Feels like an over 40's single bar and can be very intimidating, especially because there's so many men compared to women.

It's a shame because during the week there's no one else there and feels like your own place.

During the week go in, towards the weekend, go elsewhere.
Minx1979 - 31 Jan 2006 00:04
Must be one of the best bars in Enfield ... "Great atmosphere and good service. A traditional Irish bar. "Although there is a different landlady everything that was good about this pub remains fully intact"

Would recommend you try this bar - just read the comments posted on the 19/01/2006 ... think whoever wrote this must have been to a different bar : 0 )

LOVE THE FACT THAT THE BAR IS OPEN UNTIL 1.00 AM ... even if price increases at 11.00 PM at least you don't have to leave and pay to go onto a club.

If your looking for a good evening and your in Enfield this is a MUST ...


anonymous - 26 Jan 2006 15:17
Went to the Taps for the 1st time last Saturday (21 Jan) and it was GREAT!! Loads of space but retained intimate feel as the pub opens up to the back where there's plenty more room and cosy fire place. Also big TV screens for watching sports. Came back for the advertised quizz on Tuesday night which was just a 1 to enter with the prize being a tab behind the bar - sadly didn't win but was a good laugh! Definitely going to make this a regular haunt...clean, friendly and intimate. Perfect.
eric1 - 26 Jan 2006 14:28
Well ok my last review has been removed, not sure why, guess for being too honest.

Pub's change over time, management changes, staff in general changes.

Anyone that knows pubs knows the pub lives or dies by how it is run. This pub is now being run by someone different.

Someone who ran the Bush Hill Park and The Crown and Anchor. Most people know what sort of pubs these are and what they're famous for.

Terrible place to drink, terrible atmosphere and the price increases at 23:00 with no warning.

Make up your own mind.
TapsPunk - 19 Jan 2006 23:58
The best pub in Enfield for 25 to 50 age group. The lady manager has attrative bar staff, three football matches at once and 70S & 80s music at night. Can get a bit packed at times and is let down only by the outside. Bouncers are friendly and thankfully hardly ever used. If I owned a pub in the Country, I would employ this Scottish bombshell of a manager to run my bar. The Theirry Henry of pub managers
FISHTHEMOD - 21 Nov 2005 14:13
This is by far the best pub in Enfield. Finding a replacement for the sadly missed Enfield Arms is incredibly difficult. The only other alternative is the Beef & Barrel but The Taps has got that little bit extra. From the outside it looks like a quaint Irish pub but looks can be deceiving. Open the big front door and you're greeted with one of the nicest looking bars.........ever. Clean, sparkly, plenty of choice, and the bar staff look pretty good too! Service is excellent, they have to be as this pub gets packed. Reasonable sized seating area at the back is always kept clean and staff are always on hand to take away your empties. Wooden (unpadded) chairs are surprisingly comfortable. Small flat screen TV's hang from the wall, much better than one huge widescreen TV which would be more at home at the local Cineworld. Varied background music is piped throughout the pub at a reasonable volume enabling punters to have a decent conversation without busting vital vocal chords.

The only thing that lets it down from getting maximum marks is that the toilets are downstairs. Which can be a bit tricky after a few beers and someone is coming down as you're trying to get up! The area around the bar can get crowded as it is quite narrow, but this just shows how popular this place is! I'm sure that if the owners bought the shops either side and made this pub bigger it will still be just as packed!

I've always had a good night in here and I would advise that you find plenty of time to check out this pub, you won't be disappointed. Go in and you will be pleasantly surprised.

junction25 - 20 Oct 2005 16:21
The beer's good and they have bar stools.

What more do you want?

The Enfield Arms?

dreake - 29 Sep 2005 12:29
If you're drinking in Enfield Town, you're supposedly over 25 and you want the best tasting beer, served by the best looking staff, i suggest you drink at The Taps.

Welcoming, comfortable and over the weekend extremely lively, this place is definitely the place for you. Irish bar run by a Scottish woman, but dont let that phase you, just revel in the best regulars since The Enfield Arms, the slightly worrying dancing of Gareth and the stunning looks of...well, i couldnt possibly single any one of them out now could I?

Come in, have a drink, have ten, just make sure you buy me one too.

Thursday nights are the best, just in case you wondered.
TapsPunk - 10 Jul 2005 20:49
great service, great beer all the time, never colored water! good seats, good tv's for sport. but people should leave the bar area once they have their drink so others can get their's! just a thought.
babasub - 28 May 2005 09:13
Pleasant surprise this one. On the outside it looks like one of those mock irish pubs that you find in shop units. Ans the big wooden door and inability to see inside makes you wonder if it's open or a private establishment. On the inside it's a completely different story. Good beer and Guinness, reasonable prices and effecient service. Service area around bar can get a bit cramped, but several tv screens for sport(although not intrusive)and comfortable seating. Never had a bad time in this pub.
Meach - 20 May 2005 21:11
Definitely the best pub in the Enfield Town Centre area. A pleasant surprise located on the site of a long defunct trendy wine bar. A rare modern pub that seems to have a little bit of character to it. Vauguely Irish theme running throughout but not in the usual style of O'Neill's et al. Service is friendly enough and reasonably quick. Prices are neither great nor dire, but the beer is good. At it's best on a weekend afternoon or straight after work where the narrow gangway leading from the bar (on the left hand side immediately as you enter) to the back of the pub isn't congested with human traffic, and as such drinks can be procured quickly and easily and ferried to your seat without undue spillage. Nice flat screen TVs for sport and clean toilets! Wooden benches are surprisingly comfortable. A good effort all round and worthy of investigation.
Mr.Monkfish - 12 May 2005 14:02
Great irish themed pub. Lovely people. No kids in there and it has a really good atmosphere so you can have a great night. Recommend a visit!
MoonyMan - 20 Apr 2005 23:20
Warm friendly environment. Nice themed irish bar with polite bar staff and a cosy feel to it inside.
Dave Murphy - 17 Mar 2005 15:59

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