Dive Bar at Ape & Bird

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Dive Bar at Ape & Bird

Venetian dive bar in the basement of Russell Norman's Ape & Bird gastropub-restaurant.

Take the back entrance into this fifth Polpo branch and immediately head downstairs. You'll enter a dusky, rustic cavern with bare concrete walls and a few flickering candles. This is where Soho and Covent Garden media types sip negronis until it's as dark outside as it is inside. It’s yet another ‘speakeasy’, what with its basement location, miniature dark wood stools and general lack of lighting, but this covert boozer wasn't born in the USA. Like the restaurant above, Dive Bar is Venetian-inspired (Aperol, Campari and Cynar mixes dominate the menu) and it serves some of the best spritzes in town. A great hideaway to know about in an area known for touristy pubs.

By: Elizabeth Darke


Venue name: Dive Bar at Ape & Bird
Address: The basement
142 Shaftesbury Avenue
Transport: Tube: Leicester Square
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I really love this venue and the dive bar is a really excellent addition. Owned by polpo, the ape and bird serves up delicious small plates on the top floor and delicious cocktails and wines in the dive bar. it's dimly lit and cosy which makes it an excellent spot for date night. I'm also quite taken with the way that your wine is served in a glass bottle reminiscent of a conical flask. Probably not the best for the summer, more of a snug winter hideaway