Covent Garden bar/coffee shops

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PostCovent Garden bar/coffee shops
by <]:^D » Sun Dec 28, 2014 6:58 pm

hello guys

an old friend is visiting London and wants to visit Covent Garden - what places in the area would GRCaders recommend for a drink & a chat?

thanks!

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PostRe: Covent Garden bar/coffee shops
by Clarkman » Sun Dec 28, 2014 7:14 pm

Don't go to the Shake Shack if you're fancying a burger. Try Meat Market instead. http://www.themeatmarket.co.uk/

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PostCovent Garden bar/coffee shops
by mrspax » Sun Dec 28, 2014 7:35 pm

As long as you are aware of the fact (I assume everyone does) that it is tourist central and hence not that blessed with eat/drinkeries that strike a balance between 'nice' and 'not packed to the gills', I would recommend Lowlander on Drury Lane to get your Belgian beer on.

It will be packed though.

Failing that, The Lamb and Flag is a great spit and polish proper pub.

It will also be packed.

Both 2 mins from Covent Garden station.

Failing that, just hit a chain. You know what you will get.

Avoid Wahacca. Ridiculous wait times cos its trendy like. And it's dead average.

Meat market is ok, but now too popular and hence not worth the interminable wait

If you can spare the time to jump the tube and go pretty much anywhere else away from the throngs, I couldn't recommend it enough!

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PostRe: Covent Garden bar/coffee shops
by Cyburn2 » Sun Dec 28, 2014 7:47 pm

If you like ales then The Harp is a great place to drink.

http://www.harpcoventgarden.com/

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PostRe: Covent Garden bar/coffee shops
by <]:^D » Sun Dec 28, 2014 9:57 pm

cheers guys

and yes mrspax the guy is a tourist so wanted to see covent garden - i normally avoid it

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PostRe: Covent Garden bar/coffee shops
by Dowbocop » Sun Dec 28, 2014 10:11 pm

Joe's in Covent Garden does very nice fried chicken, although they don't sell all their burgers past 6ish, which is a bit odd in my opinion. Always had a nice time there though, and has quite a long bar area so you could conceivably just pop in for a drink. There's a nice pub I go after training which I think is called The Globe, they have a good selection of ales.

I don't know how well you know that area, but it's incredibly close to a lot of other stations/areas. When I train there I get the Tube to Charing Cross, which is in turn really closer to Leicester Square. In the other direction you're really close to Holborn, which has a lot of good coffee shops because it's a big legal firm/office area.

There are quite a lot of chains in the area, but Paul's is nice and a bit unusual (I don't recall seeing them outside London). There's also Crusshh, which is right by Charing Cross and is more of a juice bar style coffee shop. I never see it busy, I'm usually there at about 6.

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PostRe: Covent Garden bar/coffee shops
by mrspax » Sun Dec 28, 2014 10:15 pm

Crussh rocks. But as you say, juice bar and not really for the booze.

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PostRe: Covent Garden bar/coffee shops
by Lex-Man » Fri Jan 02, 2015 3:14 am

The punch and judy is the most famous pub in Covent Garden. They have a nice balcony as well.

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