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Bars and pubs Shaftesbury Avenue
3 out of 5 stars
Freud, cafe, Covent Garden, 2015

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

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Back in the late 1980s, this was the place to be. A hidden cellar with a faintly industrial feel, it carried with it a certain easy-going democracy, a welcome change from style-trial nightclubs and members-only enterprises such as the Groucho. After what seems a lifetime, it hasn’t changed a bit.

The 40-odd affordable cocktails (£5.50-£7.25), stencilled above the busy bar counter, are strong and served with ceremony: a Holy Freud Lemonade contains vodka, lychee, lemonade and elderberry, while mojitos come in several varieties. Some 15 types of bottled beer include Meantime, Budvar and Zywiec, while wine starts at a bargain £3.35 a glass.

Rotating art exhibitions dot the aged-concrete walls; it does, after all, say ‘Café Bar Gallery’ in red neon outside. Who’d have thought it would survive so long?




Address: 198 Shaftesbury Avenue
Transport: Tube: Tottenham Court Rd
Opening hours: Open 11am-11pm Mon-Wed; 11am-1am Thur, Sat; 11am-2am Fri; noon-10.30pm Sun. Food served noon-4.30pm daily
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