A new Soho branch of the brewery specialising in branded anarchy.
Another week, another new Brewdog bar opening in London – that’s how it sometimes seems. The Scottish brewery’s Dog Eat Dog hotdog bar opened in Islington a few weeks ago, and now this central spectacular in the heart of Soho joins its roster of branches in every corner of town.
No great surprises in the styling, which has the same prison-yard chainlink-and-concrete thing as the other bars. No surprises in the craft beer selection, either – it’s typically great. Twenty taps represent Brewdog (we enjoyed the limited-edition Hop Fiction at £2.80 a half) and there is a healthy influx of guests. San Diego’s Stone brewery had an Anniversary IPA at £4.70 a third, which might seem extravagant but was worth it, exploding with fragrant Pacific Northwest hops. There’s something for the hesitant lager fan as well as the dedicated explorer of craft beer’s outer reaches.
What was surprising at Brewdog Soho, however, was the food. We’re used to pizzas, burgers, hot dogs, things served in plastic trays with checked greaseproof paper. Here, it’s subtle, seasonal, light, vegetable-heavy: someone here can really cook. There was a jar of lightly pickled ‘market’ veg, a small plate of pearl barley and wild mushrooms, an avocado salad with micro herbs. Maybe not traditionally booze-friendly food, but it cements this new bar’s position as more than just another post-work beerathon.
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I was very impressed by the Soho branch of the brewdog empire. It has a very industrial style which I loved with lots of metal paneling and florescent lighting. It is possible to reserve a table which is always a big plus. I stuck to gin and tonics (which were well prepared) though brewdog would be better known for it's beers. They had a great selection and I didn't hear any complaints from my fellow guests. A good central location for a get together.
Popped in for a drink after work with some colleagues, was very busy given it was a Tuesday night but we managed to get a table - can only imagine how difficult this would be of a weekend.
I'm not a beer drinker and decided I didn't fancy wine (was surprised to see it on the menu) so opted for Diet Coke as ginger beer was apparently out of stock.
Interior is well done, with decor giving it a warehouse effect. Atmosphere is okay and quiet enough to hold a conversation.
Geared towards the craft beer drinking hipster lads so great for a bunch of guys wanting a cool place to a drink but not a very feminine or cosy enough for me so unlikely to return.
Brilliant beers and wonderful atmosphere! Knowledgeable helpful staff with an incredible selection of food (multiple vegetarian options.) All round great bar fab for casual day drinks or a good bustling night out.
Great atmosphere on weeknights and a huge range of amazing craft beer. Wings are the go to when it comes to the food there.
Always afraid of hyped up place, I was reluctant to go, but very happy I did. They cater to a variety to tastes - all of them good and service is quite quick. It does get quite hot inside, and the outside isn't that accessible since there is construction in the works. They do have a downstairs area, but even hotter down there!
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