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Cruisy old-fashioned gay-pub atmosphere
Popular, unpretentious, nearly-all-male Vauxhall spot with very pleasing outdoor garden/smoking area. The bar tends to draw conventionally manly guys in their thirties and forties — with bulky-bear barmen dominating the floor — and in October 2012 restored the laid-back cruisy bent to its Mon to Thu evenings. At the weekend it caters to various subsets and interests, including Friday's bear-embracing Tonker [see separate entry], semi-regular Saturday clubs such as Stud (nu-disco, first Saturday), Trannyshack vs Stunners 2 (outgrageousness combined with darkroom naughtiness, second Saturday), Carpet Burn (retro indie/rock/pop/house, third Saturday) and R18 ("unrestricted cruise party" with no dress code, fourth Saturday), plus the ever popular Sunday evening boy/girl party Horse Meat Disco [see separate entry]. Underwear crept onto the menu in March 2013, held on monthly Saturday afternoons. Previously South Central and before that Duke's, the bar opened as the Eagle in 2004. In February 2013 the bar expanded its horizons with its first 'sex entertainment license'; thus the addition of Club R18 to the raunchy roster. And in early 2014 Fetish Freak opened an in-house 'Metro' version of its leather/accessories business, formerly around the corner in the Hoist.