Bars and pubs, Bars Maida Vale

Part of the Ruby mini-chain of cocktail bars, Idlewild graced the cover of our Bars, Pubs & Clubs Guide a couple of years back, and remains something of a looker. Billing itself as a ‘pub deluxe’, this artistically designed joint attracts a well-turned-out crowd looking for a little more of a night out than most of the other local drinking holes can provide.

Downstairs, it’s comparatively mellow, an ambience due in no small part to the presence of a full menu (pork belly, poshed-up shepherd’s pie) from which to choose. Things are usually a little livelier upstairs, as drinkers select from a cultured, traditional cocktail list to a DJ-built soundtrack at weekends.


Venue name: Idlewild
Address: 55 Shirland Rd
W9 2JD
Opening hours: Open 4-11pm Mon-Thur; 4pm-midnight Fri; noon-midnight Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun. Food served 6-10pm Mon-Thur; 6-11pm Fri; noon-4pm, 6-11pm Sat; noon-4pm, 6-10pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Warwick Avenue tube
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Didn't this place close down a few years ago, then the Truscott Arms started up at this location, become super successful......and then close down due to greedy landlords?!