Alphabet Bar

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Alphabet Bar "One of London's first urban bars, Alphabet claims to have coined the term ""shabby chic"" and has maintained the offbeat, modern style that consistently attracts young creative and media types." London England 51.512707 -0.136876
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Alphabet Bar - Bar in London.
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Party Earth Review One of London’s first urban bars, Alphabet claims to have coined the term “shabby chic” and has maintained the offbeat, modern style that consistently attracts young creative and media types. The stark white walls of the... ... read full review

  • Tube:

    Bakerloo, Piccadilly Lines: Piccadilly Circus

  • Phone:

    020 7439 2190

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    M–Sa noon–11pm

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Alphabet Bar Review

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"One of London's first urban bars, Alphabet claims to have coined the term ""shabby chic"" and has maintained the offbeat, modern style that consistently attracts young creative and media types."

One of London’s first urban bars, Alphabet claims to have coined the term “shabby chic” and has maintained the offbeat, modern style that consistently attracts young creative and media types.

The stark white walls of the upstairs cocktail area showcase the abstract works of up-and-coming artists, while ornate gold mirrors, red brick paneling, and retro metal tables create a cool backdrop. DJs spin urban beats while the groovy denizens of Soho slink around sipping trendy cocktails.

A more intimate vibe awaits in the downstairs lounge, where distressed leather couches provide the perfect place to soak up the atmosphere.

Though Alphabet looks like it might have a pretentious vibe, the friendly staff and laid-back clientele create a warm and welcoming atmosphere where the focus is clearly on open and lively conversation.

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Tip from Jonah:

Show up just as people are getting off work. Order a cocktail, peruse the art exhibit, and claim a seat before it gets too crowded. Great spot for pre- or post-dinner drinks.

  • Crowd

    Liberal and trendy media people, Soho artists, and young professionals, early 20s to mid-30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    DJs on Thursdays, Fridays, and some Saturdays spinning urban, techno, and house music, nothing too mainstream. New DJ talent is showcased often.

    Rotating art exhibits begin the first Wednesday of every month.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Lunch served noon–4pm, bar snacks 5–9pm. Menu includes soups, spring rolls, chicken skewers, fajitas, burgers, sandwiches, salads, and sharing platters.

  • Prices

    Bar snacks £3–£11, sharing platters £6.50+, entrées £7+. Beer £3.30+, wine £4.50–£6.50, cocktails £6.50–£8, mixed drinks £4.30+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Funky casual. Dress code: no suits.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Good any night around 7pm, but it’s most crowded on Thursdays and Fridays.

Alphabet Bar User Reviews

Average rating:
Interesting place, nothing special
Jody P. Dec 5, 2012
Alphabet seems really swanky and chic and then has a huge wall with its name written in graffiti like a tag. Other than that one wall, it is pretty upscale looking. It is a comfortable place to go hang out. I went there to meet some friends and have a drink before going out to dinner. The cocktails were nice and it was pretty quiet and empty although I think that was probably because we were there so early. The bar itself is located in a pretty busy area and it seemed to be reasonably priced (for London where everything is expensive) so I can't imagine it stays empty. Anyway, I didn't spend much time here so I don't have much to say - staff was friendly and the drinks were fine. Don't go out of your way to go here.
Great for post-work drinks!
Jayson M. Sep 7, 2012
Love this place after work. Get here before 7 to beat the crowds, it can fill up fast. Nothing says mini-vacation like slinking in to one of the cozy sofas downstairs…although that keeps you out of range of the stunning bartenders so maybe better to grab a high stool up top. Low key, great cocktails (huuuuuuuuge list), and I believe they still do half-priced wine on Wednesdays until around 8pm. Never been here on the weekend so can’t speak to that. Wouldn’t say it’s a destination place, more like a chill retreat before getting rowdy someplace else or, in my case, going home to watch Doctor Who and cry.
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