A pint a sketch

These aren’t the only places I’ve been hanging around recently, honest. Drawing in pubs is becoming an addictive habit, there’s really nothing more relaxing than an hour or so combining people-watching, good company, doodling and a cold beer.

First up, the small and cosy Carpenter’s Arms just off Brick Lane. Introduced to me by the lovely Nhatt (fellow artist, whisky and beer enthusiast), pictured here, it’s a stone’s throw from our studio and has a great selection of real ales and bottles. On this occasion we toasted the end of our term with a taste-off between Meantime’s rooty and crisp-finishing Chocolate Beer and the rich dark treacle qualities of Brooklyn Chocolate stout.

Above and below, killing time in the bar at St John, based in a large old smoke house just off Smithfield, which, after busy lunchtimes, can be blissfully quiet for a while in the afternoons before the evening shift kicks in. I love the light and airy quality of the space and started to draw its character, but became more interested in observing this pack of chefs chatting foodie things over their beer (I am reliably informed they were drinking at the end of the lunch shift rather than about to start the evening).

Lastly, a fiddly drawing on a cheery evening with a friend in my local in wonderful Wapping, the Captain Kidd. It’s always pretty busy there but the atmosphere was a lot of fun to capture. Love drawing a bar so close, so many things to record and choice of people to pen, a few heads looking over my shoulder, and a bowl of cheesy chips to finish. Bliss.Like these? There’s a few more back in the archives, the Cheshire Cheese, and lovely Harp.