NYE 2014: Back to the 90s

5 Dec

How many boxes can you tick below ? If the answer is more than 5, it’s possible you already know where you’re gonna be this New Year’s Eve. Yes friends, The Grafton’s NYE 90s Party is back.

Open til 2am. We’ll be playing the best of 90’s RnB, Hiphop, Britpop, Pop and Dance and we must stress that FULL 90s DRESS is best if you wanna impress! You can also bag free bubbly, goodies and more if you find a crystal in our Crystal Maze Challenge.

Need another reason to be here? Entry is FREE all day and all night.

Let’s get ready to rumble.

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2nd Birthday Beer Festival

13 Sep

We can hardly believe it- it’s our 2nd Birthday on 27th September! To celebrate, we’re reviving our now annual Weekend Beer Festival on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th September.

Last year we celebrated home town brewers but this year, in honour of our resident BBQ maestro Texas Joe’s, we’re throwing an American Beer Festival! More details to follow but you can expect:

FREE ENTRY ALL WEEKEND / A WEALTH OF AMAZING AMERICAN BEERS TO TRY / FREE TEQUILA COCKTAIL MASTERCLASSES / CAMDEN TOWN BREWERY BEER PONG COMPETITIONS / POP-UP HAWKES GINGER COCKTAIL BAR / LIVE BANDS / DJs

Last year’s fun…

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We’re in the running again for the Great British Pub Awards!

21 Aug

We are extremely proud, albeit a tad bashful, to announce that The Great British Pub Awards has once again championed The Grafton as one of Britain’s best pubs! The Grafton has recently been announced as winner of the Best Partnership Pub for the South East and London region.

The award recognises licensees that have successfully worked with their pub company (in our case Enterprise Inns) to develop their pub in the past year. We beat some incredible competition from numerous pubs in the region to win the title, so we’re truly tickled pink.

The awards are organised by leading pub industry magazine, the Publican’s Morning Advertiser. Its editor Rob Willock says: “The award recognises the licensees that have been the best exponent of either the leased, tenanted or franchised model over the past 12 months.

“The Grafton has a real partnership approach with their pub company and Susie and Joel are creative and passionate licensees.”

We will now go forward to the Great British Pub Awards 2014 national final, held at the Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, London (SWANKY!), in September. We’ll go head to head with other regional winners for the UK title ‘Best Partnership Pub 2014’ and also have the opportunity to compete for the overall champion of champions title of ‘Great British Pub of the Year 2014’.

WISH US LUCK FOLKS! x

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Alma Street Fair 2014

28 Jul

A top day was had by all at this year’s sunny Alma Street Fair! We loved meeting lots of lovely local people and catching up with pub regulars at our Iced Tea Bar. We were even lucky enough to be pitched just a hop, skip and jump away from the main stage, so were treated to some amazing sounds floating on the breeze down to our stall. Special props to the incredible gospel choir that opened the show, not forgetting local legends Michael Kiwanuka and Mr Hudson.

Back at ours the official after party was jumping with an amazing live set from Grafton favourites Grizzly and The Grasshoppers and the Alma Street Fair vibe continued upstairs with official DJ sets.

Congratulations and thanks to organisers Inkerman Area Residents Association and everyone else involved for another cracking year!

 

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This week : Quiz, NIMBY live band night & The Alma Street Fair Weekender!

21 Jul

As ever our weekly Pub quiz is with us on Tuesday night but there’s even more afoot at The Grafton this week….

NIMBY Presents… Launch Night – Wednesday 23rd, 8pm
A brand new live music night with a monthly residency right here at The Grafton in our upstairs bar, NIMBY aims to bring you the best live acts from London’s underground music scene in a truly DIY manner. This inaugural event is FREE to enter and with a flyer we’ll even treat you to a free shot to get you going. Click the images below for sounds and videos of what to expect.

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KINDRED SHINS

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TOM GOSLING

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALMA STREET FAIR WEEKENDER – Friday 25th-Sunday 27th, all day
The Alma Street Fair is back with a bang on Sunday 27th July featuring food stalls, bric a brac, crafts, bars and activities. It also features music acts across its two stages. The fair runs from 12 noon to 7 pm and the official after-party will of course be hosted at The Grafton. To celebrate this wonderful event, we’re once again throwing our Alma Street Fair Weekender!

FRIDAY
DJ night- authentic Americana, Funk & Soul

SATURDAY
Pop-up gin bar outside (daytime)
Chris Gee DJ set (from sundown)

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SUNDAY
Face Painting and Cupcake Decorating for kids
Pop-up gin bar outside (daytime)
Live music from Grizzly and the Grasshoppers
The official after-party with DJ sets from all the acts

Camden Fringe comes to The Grafton with Salon:Collective

7 Jul

the salon:collective began through simple meetings bringing skilled artists of varied backgrounds together. Conversation, debates and the sharing of work was the aim; musicians played, actors read, artists showed their work. A natural progression from drawing room to public forum began to emerge, and they are now roaming around sharing their skills, picking up new artists to collaborate with, and producing events, shows & unique experiences.

Salon:collective regulars Geraldine Brennan and Michael Luke Walsh are hitting Camden Fringe with the solo works they created in salon:lab in summer 2013 where they enjoyed development input from Dominic Kelly and Lizzie Conrad HughesBook here to see their double bill,Public/Private, in the upstairs bar at The Grafton: July 28, 29, 30 & August 4, 5 & 6, 8.15pm, £5

Read Geraldine and Michael’s Countdown to Camden Fringe diaries here.

Wimbledon AND World Cup

24 Jun

Wimbledon matches are showing live every day on our 7 foot hi-definition screen in the Upstairs bar and, in spite of England’s notable absence, World Cup Fever continues.

Want somewhere special to watch the Wimbledon final ? Check out our lovely Boardroom, which can be booked for private viewings.

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World Cup Fever at The Grafton

13 Jun

Ah, the great uniter that is The World Cup is finally here! We’re pretty excited over here so we’ve arranged lots of new facilities to make The Grafton the ultimate place to watch the games.

  • All available games shown on the big screen upstairs (7ft hi-def)
  • England games also shown on a big screen and smaller telly downstairs
  • 4-pint pitchers available so you don’t have to keep going back to the bar – lager, pimms etc
  • 1-litre wine and fizzecco carafes available so you don’t have to keep going back to the bar
  • The Boardroom is available to hire for private screenings seating up to 12-14 people
  • Our all-weather roof terrace will remain a footy-free zone all summer for those who want to escape, and remember only England games will be on downstairs
  • Authentic Texan BBQ match fuel available all summer long. In the words of Texas Joe himself- BRANG IT!
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Happy punters enjoying the opening match

Roof Terrace Update

20 May

The builders (bloody lovely chaps) have been hard at work and it’s looking awesome. Don’t forget the launch party will be all weekend long from 12pm on Saturday 31st May!

For now though, whet your appetite with these progress pics…

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Levelling out

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Bye Bye Blue

And the decking goes down

And the decking goes down

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Bad boy benches

Ooh! French windows!

Ooh! French windows!

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Soon to be served at The Grafton!

19 May

Soon to be served at The Grafton!

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