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
61-63 Beak Street
London W1F 9SL
Bakerloo, Piccadilly Lines: Piccadilly Circus
020 7439 2190
Covent Garden / Soho, London –
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.
Liberal and trendy media people, Soho artists, and young professionals, early 20s to mid-30s.
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.
Lunch served noon–4pm, bar snacks 5–9pm. Menu includes soups, spring rolls, chicken skewers, fajitas, burgers, sandwiches, salads, and sharing platters.
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+.
Funky casual. Dress code: no suits.
Good any night around 7pm, but it’s most crowded on Thursdays and Fridays.