Party Earth Review Part casual country pub and part swanky Parisian saloon, Jerusalem Bar and Kitchen is a little subterranean joint serving up Middle Eastern-inspired comfort food and a spirited after-dark cocktail scene. Descending stairs... ... read full review
33–34 Rathbone Place
London W1T 1JN
Central, Northern Lines: Tottenham Court Road
020 7255 1120
M–W noon–11pm, Th–Sa noon–1am
Covent Garden / Soho, London –
Part casual country pub and part swanky Parisian saloon, Jerusalem Bar and Kitchen is a little subterranean joint serving up Middle Eastern-inspired comfort food and a spirited after-dark cocktail scene.
Descending stairs that look more like a fire escape than the passageway to a bustling eatery, executives from the nearby media district and a dedicated crew of festive young regulars find themselves in a dim underground cavern decked out with velvet curtains, exposed brick walls, and rustic candlelit tables.
Moroccan lanterns hang low from the thick-beamed ceiling, while fancier corner booths entice romantic couples to snuggle in over lamb couscous and share a few bottles from the substantial European beer list.
If the cozy single-room layout induces claustrophobia, adventurous twenty-something professionals can always adjourn to the “Secret Garden,” a medium-sized patio where ale-chasers and pickup artists nosh on lamb burgers and slurp Jeru Coolers in a breezier setting.
Midweek is usually quite relaxed, but quiet conversation and low-key dinners give way to retro beats come Thursday nights, when tables in the main dining room are pushed aside to make room for a booming DJ-led dance floor.
Between its multiethnic menu and its divergent vibes, Jerusalem Bar and Kitchen provides patrons with a dynamic mix of culture, cuisine, and music that’s every bit as eclectic and vibrant as the ancient city itself.
Trendy, artsy, creative types, young professionals, couples, and dancers, 20s to 30s.
Local DJs Thursdays through Saturdays. Quiz night on Wednesdays.
Full menu with Middle Eastern flair. Happy Hour M–Th 5–8pm.
Cover charge £5 F–Sa after 9:30pm. Appetizers £4–£8, salads £4.50–£9, entrées £8–£12. Beer £4+, wine £5+, cocktails £8–£9/glass or £30/two-pint jug.
Smart casual: jeans, button-downs, nice t-shirts, blouses, cocktail dresses.
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays for DJs and dancing.
A favorite gathering place for London intellectuals like Dylan Thomas during the first half of the twentieth century, the Fitzroy Tavern (16 Charlotte Street) has one of the cheapest pints in town.