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Poll: How Do You Rate This Pub? (43 member(s) have cast votes)

How Do You Rate This Pub?

  1. Excellent (11 votes [26.83%])

    Percentage of vote: 26.83%

  2. Good (17 votes [41.46%])

    Percentage of vote: 41.46%

  3. Average (6 votes [14.63%])

    Percentage of vote: 14.63%

  4. Poor (7 votes [17.07%])

    Percentage of vote: 17.07%

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#1 James

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Posted 25 March 2004 - 11:05 PM

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The Alma
95 Church Road, London SE19 2TA

Phone: 020 8771 1882

#2 Elmo

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Posted 27 August 2004 - 05:04 PM

Love this place, it's very relaxed, and to their credit very entertaining. Live events from Thursday's spoken word night right through to Sunday's acoustic sessions.

Yes, it is in need of a refit which looks like its coming soon, but I'd actually be quite sorry to see the 70s style booths and dodgy tables go. :( As close to a student bar as I've found in these parts!

And, just for the record, they now have... count 'em... TWO pinball machines!!! Corvette (which was starting to look a bit dated, even in this place) has been joined by a 1991 version of the Adam's Family - complete with Thing snatching you're ball away every now and then!

Take my advice and just drop in for a pint... ;)
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#3 DaisyGrubber

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Posted 28 August 2004 - 10:30 AM

At the moment Thursday is open mike night (musical not spoken word) and Sunday is accoustic night. Both are "turn up and play" events. I think they still have bands on a Friday but they're mostly not very good these days so I haven't been for a while. Thursdays and Sundays are fun though (some of the acts are more interesting than others), and I like the atmosphere in the Alma - cheefully chaotic and quite female friendly.

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Posted 26 June 2005 - 03:45 PM

I used to love the alma, but is it just me or has the atmosphere changed with the new management? Last time we went the atmosphere wasnt what it used to be and Sundays arent quite the same without Graham and herb and co. someone told me that they will no longer be playing there can anyone veryfy this and where they will be playing?

#5 Uncle Wilf

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Posted 27 June 2005 - 07:20 AM

not been in here for ages..... has much changed?
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#6 Elmo

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Posted 28 June 2005 - 05:51 PM

They were handing out sausage and bacon rolls for nowt at the weekend for the Lions game. They seem decent generous people to me....

They even saw fit to serve me Guinness at 8am!!! :wacko: Shame about the quality of the Lions lineout though :angry:
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#7 Uncle Wilf

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Posted 29 June 2005 - 07:51 AM

I'll have to pop in for an update.
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#8 Uncle Wilf

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Posted 22 August 2005 - 08:18 AM

Undertones & The Rolling Stones being played on a Friday night.....

no live music but some decent stuff being pumped out of the jukebox.
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#9 loplop

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Posted 22 August 2005 - 10:54 AM

The Undertones are about the best thing you could hear on a pub jukebox, in my ears.
I like the Alma, one of the best in the neighbourhood, i like its "down to earth" feel.
Popped in yesterday to watch the football (as The Gipsy Hill Tavern wasn't showing it, they had a live guitarist/singer on instead) and was glad to see it hadn't changed !
And what's more, they stock three different Polish beers, which hit the spot every time.
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#10 Uncle Wilf

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Posted 23 August 2005 - 02:23 PM

It's a little treasure of an establishment.

Good to see it full on a Friday and O'Neil's empty.

Chain pubs don't always win out. :)
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#11 Dazza

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Posted 23 August 2005 - 02:40 PM

Almas up for sale or so I have heard. Dazza
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#12 Uncle Wilf

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Posted 23 August 2005 - 02:55 PM

The Alma and The Cambridge both up for sale.........?

I might have to move.
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#13 jannism

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Posted 19 October 2005 - 11:42 PM

Well after making a point of stopping in here for a pint or three on the way home tonight, I have to say that I feel most underwhelmed.

I don't get out much (yeah, I know, I hide it well) and a night beginning at the Black sheep sheep, followed by a hearty meal at South East followed up by a few pints at the Alma are what Crystal Palace is all about for me and I feel compelled to comment that, whilst the Alma definitely serves up a feeling of belonging and well-being to its hardened regulars, it does little for the passing guest. I can't fault the barman's enthusiasm (or indeed a few of the regulars, to be fair) but it has to be said that unless you're a regular with an innate knowledge of the ins and outs of such a place, it's just another second rate boozer that happens to serve you past the hour that most other pubs will kick you to the kerb.

Sorry.

Spent more time than be considered healthy looking out for the elusive [insert VNer here]

Edited by James, 20 October 2005 - 01:14 AM.


#14 Uncle Wilf

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Posted 20 October 2005 - 07:56 AM

I agree in that there is nothing outstanding about it.....
It does its regulars well and it's not a bland theme pub and it is my local.... but I know what you mean. Me and a few of my mates have adopted it with some affection but I don't disagree with what you wrote.

Good pub for tracking down VN members in though. Nice and contained. The ultimate question: public bar side or saloon bar side? ale drinker or lager drinker? buttoned-down collar or corduroy slacks?

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Edited by Uncle Wilf, 20 October 2005 - 07:57 AM.

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#15 jannism

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Posted 20 October 2005 - 08:19 AM

I can't believe I wrote all that last night - I must have been trolleyed.

I hedged my bets and plonked myself pretty-much in the middle so that I could get embarrassingly beaten at pool. I settled on cider being as I'm a good west country boy now and I disguised myself with a comedy beard, glasses and a dress.

Edited by James, 20 October 2005 - 10:15 AM.