Bars and pubs Fitzrovia
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This Scandinavian basement bar offers something different from both the minimal gastropubs and brewery-tied boozers that dominate Fitzrovia. Stripped wooden floors, with solid wooden benches and tables create a down-home ambience in which to sip bespoke cocktails like the Scandapolitan (muddled raspberries and passion fruit, vanilla and raspberry vodkas, Cointreau, passion fruit syrup and lingonberry juice) or more regular beers and wines. Bar food is along traditional smorgasbord lines (gravad lax, Danish pickled herring) and Nordic holds weekly parties, alongside annual celebrations for Danish, Swedish and Icelandic Days.


Venue name: Nordic
Address: 25 Newman Street
Opening hours: Open 5pm-midnight Mon-Wed; noon-2am Thur, Fri; 5pm-2am Sat. Food served 5pm-midnight Mon-Wed; noon-2am Thur, Fri; 5pm-2am Sat.
Transport: Tube: Tottenham Court Road tube
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Lizzie W

This place has been on my brunch wish list for SO long and finally a few weekends ago we plucked up the courage for the queue (pick a warm, dry day) and headed to Westbourne Grove. We joined it just before 10.30 and were seated by 11am  - not bad. They seem to have a pretty slick operation but it does make it a bit stressful, being constantly hounded about timings. We were offered 2 seats at the bar so parked up and took the menu (for no reason as I have been studying it for over a year and know it off by heart!). I reallllly couldn't decide what to have but in the end went for the ricotta hotcakes with banana as they sounded so different. My bf went for scrambled eggs on toast and asked for the side of bacon, mushrooms and sausage for £4 to be told it was £4 for ONE of them (yikes at the cost and the lack of clarity!). We both ordered a coffee and a juice. The coffee came quickly but the juice took a further 10 minutes while people who had arrived after us had theirs. The food also took quite a while to come and when it did I was not wowed by the portion size or the presentation. Yes, pancakes are just round and brown but they could have made it look a little pretty with the banana. Instead raw banana was just sliced in two and hidden beneath them (why couldnt they caramelise them and present them nicely?) We were starving so tucked in. The scrambled eggs LOOK amazing but have very little seasoning, the bacon was amazing and the toast was good. My ricotta hotcakes were OK but I didn't think the ricotta added anything to it and I have had fluffier nicer pancakes else where. Overall a huge disappointment and really expensive for what it was - GUTTED (did I mention the OJ was £5 for the smallest glass?). There are still things on the menu I want to try so proooobably will be back but I wish they took bookings/ served breakfast past 12pm on weekends!

Kritt N

The Nordic Bar is a basement bar situated in Fitzrovia, only a few minutes walk away from Tottenham Court Road and Goodge Street tube station.

Despite it’s name, there’s isn’t really anything Nordic about it apart from the menu with it’s nordic sounding names and imported beers. It isn’t furnished with any nordic-like decorations and it’s a pretty small venue so I can get busy. Unless you have a reservation, getting in early might be a good idea.

Food was plentiful but pretty average and unspectacular. I went straight for the “North Sharing Platter” which consisted of an assortment of deep-fried meats (because deep-fried makes everything better). Good enough for two people to share, but it lacked crunch and wasn’t crispy as I’d like it to be.  

Is there anything that stood out for me? Not really. Only that a bottle of beer will cost you something like £5.30 which, even in London is pretty ridiculous. It may be beer from the Nordic but still!

It’s a decent place to hang out with the boys to watch the football on a Wednesday night, catch up over a beer and some grub, but I’m not sure I’d want to come again for any other occasion.


It's worth taking the time to find this basement bar.  Good happy hour cocktails and special events.  Get in early to get a seat as it's pretty small inside. 

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