The Organ Grinder

Address : 21 Alfreton Road, NG7 3JE.


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The Blue Monkey Brewery has really established itself since launching in 2008, and the Organ Grinder was its first tap bar. Walking in, you’ll get an air of spit and sawdust – or in the winter, a whiff of logs burning on the mahoosive fire.

Monkey’s brews all have primate-punned names – the biggest selling being BG Sips (I wonder where they got that idea from?). And along with the regulars, there’s always one or two specialist ales at the bar. Slightly annoyingly, the pub has expanded into craft beers – and doesn’t offer a CAMRA discount.

Out the back, a hidden roof garden (though it backs onto the vent of a fried chicken shop) – and inside an occasional quiz hosted by a shouty man who could easily be in Lord of the Rings.


Music? Live music some weekends, especially on Bank Holidays.

Food? Sausage rolls and pork pies (try the excellent Stilton-topped one)

Customers? A real mix of locals – as befits this part of town – students, professionals with nowhere better to go to, and old men who still think they’re in the Red Lion.

Opinion? This place has become a favourite on the Canning Circus scene for those who like no nonsense tradition. As a tap bar, it’s entitled to stock its own brews, but a bit more choice – in terms of brewery – would add value. Handy for a cheeky kebab or dirty friied chicken on the way home.

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