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The Best Bars In London's Covent Garden
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The Best Bars In London's Covent Garden

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Updated: 20 November 2016
Situated in the heart of the city, Covent Garden is a lively shopping and theatre district popular with locals and tourists alike. This handy guide compiles the top bars in the area; perfect for planning a pre-theatre drink or a Saturday night out on the town!
Image courtesy of 21 Bar
Image courtesy of 21 Bar

21 Covent Garden

Spanning three floors and located in the iconic Market Building, 21 Covent Garden is a swanky Italian restaurant and bar that offers its guests a little bit of luxury. Seating (and heating!) is available out on the cobbled Piazza for al fresco dining and drinking in both the summer and winter months. For a more intimate feel, head to the snug alcoves or enjoy cocktails (2-4-1 on Happy Hour everyday between 5PM and 8PM) in the fantastic Print Room bar for fabulous views across to the famous central Piazza. The bar is open seven days a week from midday until late and serves a wide range of beers, spirits, wines, champagnes, and cocktails.

21 Henrietta St, London, UK +44 20 7836 2137

Cellar Door

In the heart of Covent Garden lies this quirky, underground set up which offers a unique evening of entertainment for all guests. It’s widely reported that the legendary Oscar Wilde once graced this establishment, but nowadays Cellar Door is host to burlesque dancers, comedians and musicians performing every night of the week from 9PM-1AM. There’s a range of expertly crafted cocktails, wines, spirits, and beers served, and even good old fashioned snuff is on sale. With a text message jukebox on site and free entry every night, Cellar Door offers a fantastic night out for those looking for something a little different.

Aldwych, London, UK +44 20 7240 8848

Image courtesy of Dirty Martini
Image courtesy of Dirty Martini

Dirty Martini

Hidden underneath Covent Garden’s famous Piazza, Dirty Martini is a glamorous bar serving a range of bespoke cocktails, champagnes, beers, wines, and, of course, marvellous Martinis. The bar is stylishly decorated with chandeliers and textured tiles giving it a luxurious feel and adding to the party atmosphere. Guests can enjoy a daily Happy Hour with half price wine and Martinis and discounted champagne, prosecco, and beer; whilst top London DJs provide the music until the early hours. Why not hire a private booth for the ultimate lavish experience? Open daily from midday until late, Dirty Martini offers a fabulously sophisticated night out.

11/12 Russell Street, London, UK +44 0207 632 2088

Punch & Judy

Built in 1787, this listed building has an impressive history and was one of the few to have survived the bombings of World War Two. Said to be named after the renowned Punch & Judy puppet shows that once took place in Covent Garden’s square, the pub is located across from the West Piazza. From the pub’s iconic balcony guests have fantastic views of the central square and can enjoy watching performances from the famous street performers. Nowadays, Punch & Judy has been reinvented as a traditionally British Taylor Walker pub offering real ales, fine wines, and an extensive range of spirits and mixers, as well as hot and soft drinks.

40 Henrietta St, London, UK +44 20 7379 0923

Image courtesy of All Bar One
Image courtesy of All Bar One

All Bar One

Part of the fantastic high street chain, this branch of All Bar One is located on Henrietta Street, just away from the centre of Covent Garden and its lively Piazza. The atmosphere is relaxed and the interior decor is smart and chic, offering a comfortable environment to all guests either looking to unwind after a day’s shopping or to start their Saturday night. Serving everything from hot drinks and soft drinks to wines, beers, spirits, and cocktails, All Bar One provides the perfect place to catch up with friends or enjoy pre- or post-theatre drinks.

19 Henrietta St, London, UK +44 20 7240 9842