Used to be quite hip and very dirty when it was the Monarch, but now it's the Barfly it just seems very hip and only quite dirty. I used to just use it for late weekend drinking and bands, but I did watch a world cup game here once.
The lager was always awful - more chance of being struck by thunder than real ale in here. And the only redeeming feature - the large 'chandaliers' made up of dozens of low-wattage have gone, presumably because the ban on incandescent light-bulb ban. A shame, but there again I doubt I'll be going back in these days. One for the 20 year olds and Camden Town tourists.