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Alphabet City

In Day to Day on July 5, 2011 at 11:14 pm

O2

Pizza Express, Nandos, Slug and Lettuce, an American themed sports bar…there are more chains than you can shake a commercial stick at in the O2. Despite there being a few decent places to have a pre/post concert drink (Gauchos and Union Square), new kid on the block, Alphabet City is a welcome addition.

Situated just to the left of the main entrace, it occupies the old Attic venue but is unrecognisable owing to a huge refurbishment. Myself and a few friends were lucky enough to be invited to sample the new offering ahead of its official opening night later this month.

They have gone for a classic Member’s Bar feel with black and white photography of musicians adorning the walls of the staircase, and parts of the bar as well as guitars ‘strewn’ around the DJ area. The bar is cosy, with dim lighting and ridiculously comfy sofas, chairs and stools…and tables…and foot rests…and lamps…the place looks a little like a furniture store with the amount they have packed in.

At the bar we sampled some of the cocktails, the bar staff are knowledgeable and are happy to advise based on the drinks that you enjoy – they also have a menu of 8 ‘house’ cocktails including Bloody Mary’s and Martini’s if you want to go for a classic. The food was great. We started with their hot nut bowl – a glass dish of heated nuts coated in delicious sweet sticky sauce – and all agreed on how good it was. Then we moved onto their Scotch eggs – quail egg, wrapped in black pudding and breadcrumbs, salt cod mash on crostini, risotto balls, and smoked salmon canape’s with avocado mousse. Delicious!

The prices are reasonable, the cocktails are between £7 and £9 and the food is all under £15 (however, they are intended to be sharing bar snacks). One thing that was not available was the £100 Marshall cocktail which is served up in a Marshall amp box to larger groups – we were assured that this was under construction!

All in all, an impressive venue which feels totally separate from the bright lights of the arena below – if you go and see a concert at the O2 try and have a few drinks here first.

http://www.thealphabetcity.co.uk/

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