After work drinks

Who can resist after work drinkies?

Is there anything better in life than the spontaneous after-work-drinky-sesh? (OK, it's not obligatory to call it that.)

Surely it's the best kind of night out... you log-off from your inbox (that "urgent" complaint can wait til morning... or next week), you round up some mates and hit a local bar.

There's something really naughty about a steam-up in your work clobber. There's something even naughtier about being three sheets to the wind by the time all the dressed up people hit the bar at 7pm. And naughtiest of all is when you have to get bundled into a cab and sent home because you've hurled on your boss' shoes at 8:30.

Damned good fun though.
Until your appraisal.




The Cavendish
35 New Cavendish Street W1G 9TR
Region: Marylebone
Nearest Station: Bond Street (0.3 miles)

AIL Says: This bustling bar used to be a pub cum Spanish restaurant called The Fat of the Land, and while the new venture has a Spanish chef formerly from El Bulli at the helm, the menu has been given a revamp and a price hike, now offering modern European cuisine. The stylish 1940s décor remains unchanged however, as does the bar’s popularity in the evenings.

  • SPANISH
Euston Tap
190 Euston Road NW1 2BN
Region: Regent's Park
Nearest Station: Euston Square

AIL Says: One for brew connoisseurs: this independent pub opposite Euston station is devoted to craft beers, so you won’t find big name brands here. Instead there are over 150 bottled beers and plenty of offbeat draft choices, plus they also have a dedicated cider bar called the Cider Tap.

  • OUR REVIEW 8/10
The Oyster Shed
1 Angel Lane EC4R 3AB
Region: Bank
Nearest Station: St. Paul's (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: Part of the Geronimo Inns group, this pub boasts fantastic scenery as well as great prices. Oysters do feature on the menu however the main attraction is sitting on the mezzanine level with the Thames and the Shard in full view.

  • SEAFOOD
  • OUR REVIEW 7/10
  • USERS 10/10
Barrio Soho
6 Poland Street W1F 8PS
Region: Soho
Nearest Station: Oxford Circus (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: This colourful Latin-inspired bar has playful drinks like the rum and peach concoction Malibu Stacey and the fiery Hoodrat made with pepper and chilli. Selected drinks are only £5 before 8 pm (£3 in the case of bottled beers) and there’s a menu of booze-soaking fare like quesadillas, ribs and nachos if you get peckish.

  • OUR REVIEW 8/10
  • USERS 3/10
The Glasshouse Stores
55 Brewer Street W1F 9UJ
Region: Soho
Nearest Station: Piccadilly Circus (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: You can’t beat a Samuel Smith’s pub for cheap drinks, so the fact that there are more than 30 of them in London alone is a very good thing. We’ve chosen this one for its super-central location by Piccadilly Circus, the old school décor and the pool table. Note that they only sell Sam Smith’s beer and you won’t find big brands like Coca-Cola here, so go if you want to stick it to the corporations.

  • OUR REVIEW 6/10
  • USERS 6/10
London Cocktail Club
29 Sclater Street E1 6HR
Region: Shoreditch
Nearest Station: Shoreditch

AIL Says: The London Cocktail Club now counts five venues in the capital, where mixologists concoct unusual drinks like the Bacon and Egg Martini, made with Jack Daniels, bacon and maple syrup. The perfect venue in which to end a naughty school night.

    The Lady Ottoline
    11A Northington Street WC1N 2JF
    Region: King's Cross
    Nearest Station: Chancery Lane (0.2 miles)

    AIL Says: The London Cocktail Club now counts five venues in the capital, where mixologists concoct unusual drinks like the Bacon and Egg Martini, made with Jack Daniels, bacon and maple syrup. The perfect venue in which to end a naughty school night. The Lady Ottoline’s food is consistently great, much like at their sister restaurants the Pig & Butcher and the Princess of Shoreditch. But if it’s just a bevvy you’re after there’s a good selection of craft beers and wine, plus the pretty, country-inspired bar benefits from a real log fire.

    • OUR REVIEW 7/10
    The Old Bank Of England
    194 Fleet Street EC4A 2LT
    Region: The City
    Nearest Station: Temple (0.2 miles)

    AIL Says: This spectacular pub has long been a favourite among Holborn workers, whether it’s for lunch or a post-work pint. As the name suggests the building is where the Bank of England traded from 1888 till 1975, and its magnificent murals and chandeliers remain. One of London’s most beautiful drinking holes.

    • OUR REVIEW 7/10


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