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‘Under New Management’ screamed the big banner over the bouncer guarding the entrance to the gloomy, street-level interior courtyard bar in 2010. And yes, sure enough, the arrival of Cutting Edge Bars to run this once-underused venue has resulted in new lick of paint.

When it comes to the staff, the changes are less obvious: in certain circles, Yard is considered the Wong Kei of the gay bar world, fabled for its rude service. Even so, the Loft is a nice place in which to lose track of an evening: a relaxing, loungey upstairs space, it’s ideal for intimacy. Downstairs, the courtyard takes on new life when summer rolls around.

Drinks are generally pretty standard, with a fair choice of wine: Yard tends to attract an older, calmer type of customer than those who favour Rupert Street diagonally opposite.

Venue name: Yard
Address: 57 Rupert Street
Opening hours: Open 4-11pm Mon-Thur; 4pm-midnight Fri; 2pm-midnight Sat; 2-10.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Piccadilly Circus tube

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This place is great! It is a gay bar but many straight people were there when I went, and we had a great time. Nice decor, friendly service and nice people. There is a lot of open space for people like me who like to have a smoke and don't like to be trapped indoors. Though it gets vert crowded, I would definitely would recommend it.