Bars and pubs Covent Garden
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This Covent Garden bar comes from the Porterhouse Brewing Co. - an Irish brewery with six bars back home and one over the pond, in New York. This one’s certainly no small sibling, it’s set over twelve floors and there’s a busy terrace, too.

It serves as a showpiece of the brewery’s brews - mostly ales and stouts on draught. There’s a solid selection, including Dublin Pale Ale, Porterhouse Red, Hersbrucker Pilsner and Wrasslers 4X Stout - a drop made to a century-old recipe. The bottled list is a tippler’s travelogue: Corsican Columba, Cypriot Keo, Moroccan Casablanca.

There’s food, too. Expect mezze sharing platters, burgers, pizza, pub grub staples, pasta dishes and Sunday roasts - basically a pretty broad church. And if you want to practice your jig? There’s live music from Wednesday to Saturday.



Venue name: Porterhouse
Address: 21-22 Maiden Lane
Opening hours: Open noon-11pm Mon-Thur; noon-11.30pm Fri; noon-midnight Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun. Food served noon-9pm Mon-Sat; noon-7pm Sun
Transport: Covent Garden tube or Charing Cross tube/rail
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Went there yesterday and had roast dinner, it was dreadful.The potatoes were really horrible and inedible, and the Irish roast beef was extremely tough and we could not chew it..We both felt extremely disappointed, cost £30.65p because we had soup first, of which the bread was the end bit of the loaf! Not a slice! Phoned today and spoke to the manageress, who does not care because they have so many customers, it does not matter.Dreadful uncaring attitude and awful food.I would strongly advise people to not have the roast dinner.It was a waste of money. I will not go back.

P carver
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As the comments below suggest, a serious training session in customer service is required. The guys behind the bar only seem interested in serving anything in a skirt and we ended up walking out after being told to hurry up hurry up in placing our order, whilst the barman smacked his hand on the bartop soaking us in beer.... I dragged all my friends accros London to see this Bar as I enjoyed my previous visits, however, they have lost my custom along with many others looking at the reviews below.... Sort it out guys.

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Staff Writer

One of the most popular bars in Covent Garden and a favourite of mine. 

I think this place technically has about 12-13 different levels but that's only because all the little nooks and crannies are set at slightly different heights all throughout the pub. Personally, I love it because it is a bit different and you can always find somewhere to sit if you have a keen eye for cubby holes and small spaces.

Drinks are what you'd expect for the area in terms of price but to be honest if you're going to the Porterhouse for a quiet cocktail, you're doing things wrong. It's a lively pub, there's always some kind of sport on the TV and it's very popular with post work drinkers.

I always make time to head over there when I'm in Covent Garden, if you've not been, definitely check it out!

Simona F
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AVOID AT ALL COSTS! Just had my work Xmas drinks there and had an awful experience from start to end. Tried to reserve an area a few days and go and was told 'we don't take bookings in the Xmas period'. By then I should have known and picked another place but no...decided to give it a go anyway. We arrived early and picked a quiet area next to one of the bars, asked whether they were going to be serving drinks from that bar and got told 'maybe, we'll see'. During the course of the evening the bar staff was either rude or incompetent and sometime both...we got served several gin and tonics without ice and one time without tonic...by 7pm the place was pretty packed and we decided to leave. At that time I discovered that my brand new £300 karen millen coat had disappeared. Apart from one lady who took my number in case the coat turns up, the staff couldn't care less...

The Porterhouse is a typical tourist trap in a very touristy area, where they get away with bad service and with a shady clientele who sits there waiting for valuables to be left unattended.

Rob O'Gorman
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GIVE IT A GO! I am surprised there are so many negative reviews on this site. The place is busy and it is very successful. It is different to anywhere else in London and the team should be thanked for providing such a wonderful environment with the widest range of beers I have ever seen. I agree sometimes you may have to wait 5 minutes to get severed but that is because this place is very popular, however the wait is worthwhile. The range of beers is amazing (draught and bottled) and you could spend all week drinking your way through the drinks menu. The service I received was fine and has been fine on the numerous times I have visited. The inside is fantastic and like a rabbit warren with lots of room and lots of nooks and crannies for groups of people or couples to sit spread over 12 levels. There is also live music of a good standard in the basement on a Saturday nights and maybe other nights. I have not eaten here, but I would say it is more of a drinking and partying pub of an evening, however earlier in the day it is a very relaxing pub to sit it and work your way through a host of amazing beers and ales while chatting with friends. Don’t be put off by the negative reviews and go and judge for yourself. Try a daytime and a night time visit to see both sides of the charm of this wonderful pub.

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Went to Porterhouse yesterday lunchtime. We loved the interior and cleanliness of bars. Service was very good without being over the top. Food, which was obviously fresh, was very good. Excellent value for money. TSB was one of the best beers that I have ever tasted. Will definitely use again.

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what a shame, such a nice venue with great potentcial, however under it's current managment, it is doomed, while the satff are much to be desired on all the corner points of being excellent bar staff, this is just a reflection of the lack of management and hospitality, it is quite simply an embaressing example of commercial v's true pub experince, resulting in a depressing resolve of money matters more than the pub goers experince.. change your ethos, or close down.

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I’ve just went yesterday to the Porterhouse to show some friends visiting London a place once I liked. My mistake, first I was waiting 15 minutes to be served at the bar, the waiter seemed to ignore me serving first people that were arriving after me. And last, when we were served 7 half pints of cider one of the glasses was chipped. When I told the waiter, he, with lots of attitude, took the half pint of cider and poured the cider to another glass. I told him that I was not going to accept that cider, he said that the cider was perfectly good and that there wasn’t any problem with that cider. I responded that the chipped glass could be inside the cider, he then with lots of attitude threw the cider to the sink, splashing one of my friends, and replaced the cider. Judge for yourself. Me, personally, I won’t be coming back.

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Usually love this place and have been millions of time but after this weekend NEVER AGAIN. served flat beer and asked for a fresh one and was told it was meant to be flat...which it hasn't been the last ten twenty times I have had the same beer in the same place! on top of this when asking what bottled beer the bar tender would recommend i was told 'how was he supposed to know what i liked' which considering the range of beers they have (and that they pride themselves on!) seems pretty rude. thoroughly disappointed and shocked by the staff's attitude and annoyed that I no longer want to go back to what was once one of my favourite pubs

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I loved it! Friendly stuf, great food, big choice of beers, will go back soon!

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PORTERHOUSE COVENT GARDEN! waited 20 mins to get served. asked rowan the server why he was serving everyone else before me and my friend. he abruptly replied , he is moving down the bar??? the guy he tried to serve before me advised him we had been waiting and to serve me first.. he replied he didnt care?? absolutely flabbergasted!!!! was enough to make me never ever SPEND MONEY in this place again. if the owners/management read this... they need to sack that guy.


Amazing and lively on a saturday night with the girls! Managed to bag ourselves a central booth, near the bar (this was quite lucky, get there early to get a table). They often put cover bands on and the one on this night was fantastic! Got everyone moving with classic and modern tunes! Really good spot to drink in Central London. Bad reception though!

Ed S

Love this bar! It's massive and there's copper everywhere. What's uniquely great about thus place is that there are loads of small bars and tucked away areas for private functions. There's love music at least once a week, in fact we heard a band so good here: The Hares, that we booked them for our wedding!

Paula - ToT

This might just be my new favourite bar in London having visited for the first time this weekend.  It’s a huge bar, with great atmosphere.  The live band I saw were fab and played the classics all night.  Although busy, there are pockets of space available so you never feel too crowded unless you are waiting to be served at the bar.  A fun venue that I will be frequenting a lot more now that I know about it!


One of my friends suggested we go to this bar after watching the lighting of the Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square a few years ago, and wow was I ever impressed when we walked through the door. This place is MASSIVE. We found a table in a back corner of the upstairs bar area, nestled in beside a beautiful case full of whiskey. What a sight for sore eyes - and dry mouths! 

The gin selection (which is generally the first thing I go for) was really great and so I ended up with a Dingle G&T, served in basically a bowl on a stem. ;) (see the picture) I was a very happy girl.

Service was great, the drinks were delicious (my friend got a themed cocktail that was yummy and well-measured) and the atmosphere is really cosy, despite it being crazy packed. A welcome spot in central that feels a bit quieter than the usual, in a way!


Wow ... What a maze of a place! it's like being at Hogwarts! there're God only knows how many floors which is pretty good if you think about it....that way you can dodge the people who need to be dodged!! I came here for a private whiskey tasting in the dingle room I think they call it. what a lovely place to drink whiskey and eat foie gras canapes! This place is Brimming with men in suites and ladies in heels...clearly all the office people know about this little gem ;)

reasonably priced and the atmosphere is pleasant and relaxed.

Samantha H

Great pub for watching sport and enjoying a pint or two in central London.  Whilst I wouldn't spend a whole evening here it is one of the best places around for pre-drinks, especially when there is a game on (there are so many screens that you can almost always see at least one!)

Masumi S

Love this place, I always take my parents when they are in town, share out 12 1/2 pint beers from the menu, can get too popular when showing sports, and attract the London idiots, but you're in Covent Garden! So we are usually smart get a great spot order the food, and when double rounds in!! 

James H - December 17 2012
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Looking through TIME OUT'S pages for a Covent Garden pub, Porterhouse gets the kind of negative reviews that automatically cancel it off my list. Hope the bar staff are able to find jobs once they put "Porterhouse" on their CVs. Word gets around; service like that belongs in old Iron Curtain countries.

Juan Antonio V
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I would avoid this place, the service were very very rude when the bar closed and we had to leave with our drinks almost full. It was a very unpleasant experience that ruined the night. We are not coming back, I'm sorry.

Stella Z
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Awful place. We went there yesterday almost at closing time. It was quiet and we saw a mouse near the bar. We asked a staff member if they could close the door because there was a mouse and they told us that we had to leave because they were closing and they had to clean our table. We said that there was a mouse and they didn't care and said we had to leave and shut the lights ONLY of the area we were sitting. They were extremely RUDE!!! We asked tomspeak with the manager and didn't care at all. Nobody told us that they were closing, they just shut the lights and expected us to leave and we just bought our drinks 15 minutes earlier!

The manager and staff are so rude and the worst is that they don't even care about anything you say. Actually the staff are rude to the manager and the manager to the clients! There are MICE in the pub. DISGUSTING. From their reaction they know it and don't care at all.

Never returning to that awful place again!

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Staff Writer

Crowded and noisy, and particularly sticky.

Be prepared when you go into this pretentious warren of sweat and dim-lighting that you will be over-charged. A normal lager costs over £5, and if you ask for a recommendation you will regret it. The worst I've received, after asking for a porter (I expected the eponymous porterhouse), was a glass of something that cost £9. I didn't pay, and haven't been back.