Hello. I enjoy visiting rough pubs, it's a small vice of mine in a Martin Amis kind of way. The smell of high-tar ciggies, chip-fat and beer-sodden carpet, the inane jangle of fruit machines, the complex cicada-like-rhythms of football commentary and jukebox muzak...luvverly. And that's before we even begin to discuss the punters. A few months ago I was watching some Sky One prgramme about "Britain's Toughest Pubs" or something (the late Pegasus in Aldershot, discussed passim in the NAAFI was featured) and realised that I had visited, in anthropological mode, several of the southeastern establishments mentioned and was delighted to see that somebody else recognised these socio-cultural gems for what they were. So, friends, nominations please, for your roughest boozers and why. They can be anywhere in the world, historical or current, but a brief flavour of clientele, drinks, decor and atmosphere would be much appreciated. You may nominate any pub, club or drinking establishment open to the general public, tales of derring do in the Beefsteak, In-and-Out and The Groucho have no place in this thread! V!