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Hello. We are The Fighting Cocks.

We like to party. If you like to party you should come here. If you don’t, you should still come because watching people party is fun…..and you might end up, well; partying.

For your oral amusement we have a huge selection of draft and bottled beers, lavish cocktails, seductive real ales, troublesome shooters and the nuttiest drinks deals in town.

Eyes and ears? The best in live music, award winning stand-up comedy, the best jukebox ever, old school arcades, pool and most importantly rad service with a nice toasty welcome.

Sophistication and wisdom through alcohol since 2000.

See you at the bar…………..

 

‘Do’s’

  • Party hard
  • Rock out to kickass tunes
  • Be lovin’ at all times
  • Tip your bar staff

 

‘Don’ts’

  • Be a dick

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I thought punk was about ideas, anger, being disconcerting about who and what you respect, about questioning the status quo (especially Status Quo). But if you are looking for the home of modern punk rock in the capital then The Fighting Cocks in Kingston upon Thames has much more of a claim to that title than the 100 Club does.
- The Guardian
It’s the sort of place where you know ‘I’ll have just one’ is never ever ‘I’ll have just one’; whether you’re the only customers in or it’s packed wall-to-wall, the atmosphere draws you in, you can’t help it. You chat, you drink, you make friends, tongue someone random, have a shot with the staff, argue over who put Huey Lewis on the jukebox then you stumble home, burn a pizza and wake up with a splitting headache. And while you curse the 4th Jager bomb you can’t help but smile and chuckle. Then you remember you left your card behind the bar so you’ll have to go back later to get it. But it’s ok, coz this time you’ll have just one.
- Renata. P, Patron
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Phone

0208 974 6469

 

Location

56 Old London Road
Kingston-Upon-Thames
KT2 6QA

 

Hours

M–F from 3pm
Sa-Su from Noon
No entry after 11pm

 
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The Fighting Cocks... where do I start... what a mad decade and a half it’s been!

Whether I’m dancing myself into a stupor in the venue, celebrating life with a smorgasbord of characters in the bar, or having a chilled ale on a Sunday evening, it’s always been a welcoming and unabashedly unique home-from-home.

It somehow manages to exist as both a friendly local boozer and an exciting venue that champions the best in cutting-edge alternative music. Nothing is done by halves at the Cocks, which means it’s dead clean, distinctly stylish and man, do they know how to throw a party!

I’ll be in there watching my favourite comedians off of the tele one night and back the next discovering some Norwegian hardcore punk.

There are not many pubs that can attract the eclectic crowds that the Cocks does, while also making them all feel so welcome. It’s an institution in London’s alternative scene. In short, it has been a staple part of my diet for over a decade and it has fed me a rich mix of good beer, good music, good mates and good fucking times!

Long Live The Fighting Cocks!

- Jak. H, Vice Magazine
I was a customer back in the early 90’s before ever getting involved on a business level. The place always had an incredible magnetism about it, a unique appeal that it has retained to this day. I am truly passionate about it. Most people would get as far away from work as they can socially.

Me? I like to party at the office.
- Jamie, Owner
I worked the bar for around 5 years from 2002 and that place is responsible for some of the coolest, weirdest, most messed up and hilarious nights I’ve ever had. Not forgetting being a hub for Kingston and South-West London’s creative alternative music scene. I’ve never known anywhere else like it and i’m very proud to be a pit crew family member for life.
- Chris. W, Pit Crew
You can get Joe to snort a condom & pull it out of his mouth, staple flyers to his backside, set his balls on fire & draw all over over him in marker pen.
- Greg. A, Dicerollers
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Rock'n'roll, Punk, Metal, Ska, Alternative, Rockabilly, Garage, Electro....

With a musical history dating back to the 30’s The Fighting Cocks has been a standard on the London live circuit. A popular stop off for touring Jazz acts during the 30’s and 40’s our musical heritage seeped into the floor boards and walls of the building established in 1890.

It was the dawning of Rock ‘n’ Roll that set about its true calling. Benefiting from the locally emerging Eel Pie Island scene, The Fighting Cocks was a favourite watering hole and host to many a jam session rumoured to have included Eric Clapton and The Stones to name but a few.

A DeLorean ride later brings us into the now. Having been host to the likes of legendary bands and up-and-coming stars, we like to think that we are honouring the venue’s long standing live music traditions and building on them.


Previous performances include:

Anti Flag - The Hard Ons - Time Again - New Found Glory - Fucked Up - Gallows - Municipal Waste - H20 - Cancer Bats - Get Cape Wear Cape Fly - The Blackout - King Blues - Letlive. - The Unseen - Terror - The Stupids - Teenage Bottle Rocket - Capdown - Madball - Frank Turner - Star Fucking Hipsters - Sonic Boom Six - Hot Club De Paris - Rolo Tomassi - Strung Out - Lower Than Atlantis - Voodoo Glow Skulls - The Peacocks - Hundred Reasons - Against Me! - Marmozets - The Skints - The JB Conspiracy - Guttermouth - Polar Bear Club - Blood Red Shoes - The Menzingers - Lonely The Brave - Gnarwolves - Blitz Kids - Johnny Foreigner - The Flatliners - Every Time I Die - Polar - Cerebral Ballzy - Young Guns - Gay For Johnny Depp - Walter Schreifels - Four Year Strong  

The FC is the backbone of live music in south London, and it’s home from home for The Lagan, and always our favourite place to play. They have a great, professional sound crew, a fantastic p.a. and awesome bar staff, and it’s where we go for a good fuckin’ session.
- Brendon. O, The Lagan.
The Fighting Cocks is the perfect small-sized venue for us. With great facilities, staff who care about the events and the customers, and with a PA way better than you’d expect in a room this size, the cocks is always our first choice of a venue for bands playing to fewer than 300 people. Be that new bands starting out, or secret shows from massive bands wanting to just have a party, many of our best events of the year will be right housed in, and helped by, The Fighting Cocks.
- Jon. T, Banquet Records


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Get in touch with us at pub@the-fighting-cocks.co.uk

 

 

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Award winning stand up comedy every Monday.

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It’s not all about live music, but comedy too. Every Monday Night at The Cocks, Outside the Box Comedy presents the very best Comedy acts going around. Always great value and loads of unannounced high profile acts.

Please see Gig Guide for upcoming comedy line ups.

 

Previous legendary Comedians to take the stage include:

Robin Williams, Jimmy Carr, Lenny Henry, Dara O'Briain, Lee Mack, 

Bill Bailey, Mickey Flanagan, Frank Skinner, Al Murray, Jack Dee, Stephen Merchant, 

Jo Brand and Lee Nelson to name but a few.

 

Outside the box is what all comedy clubs should be like. The audience and the comic really feel like they’re in this thing together. I’ve had many great nights there and it always reminds me why doing stand up is so much fun. I love the place.
- Tim Vine
Absolutely the finest comedy club sandwiched next to a tattoo parlour and a futon shop in the entire UK.
- Andy Parsons
One of my absolute favourite venues. Well worth the journey to Zone 6, and I consider that a long way.
- Josh Widdicome
 
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Phone

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Email

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Location

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Email

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Location

56 Old London Road

Kingston Upon Thames

KT2 6QA

 

Phone

0208 974 6469