The Black Bull Tavern, Then

The original name of the Black bull on Queen was changed to the Clifton House at some point until it reverted back in 1977 or so.


Back in the 60’s and early 70’s these bars were not what you would call “welcoming or “friendly”. Note the boarded up front windows.

These were dark holes where men (mostly) went to drink.

It was mostly cheap draft beer back then.

No one ever asked “Hey, what’s on tap?”.

The bars along Queen were all like this.

The Beverly, the Horseshoe, the Cameron, the Holiday. the Paddock, The Drake and the Gladstone.  At some point in the late 70’s things started to change, there were a few British pubs that offered a selection of imported draft beers and I suspect the proximity of OCA and the emerging music scene centred around the college had some influence.

Of course, if you went to OCA and hung out at the Bev, your beer of choice was Black Label and preferably in a quart bottle.


Looking south down Soho towards the Peter Pan restaurant circa 1974. a couple of years before Queen West became cool.