Sounds lovely, just wish I was allowed to enjoy the atmosphere with something more than just a herbal tea!
Freud Bar Cafe & Gallery
198 Shaftesbury Avenue, Covent Garden, London WC2H 8JL
- Leicester Square Tube Station (0.2 km)
- Leicester Square Station (0.2 km)
- Contact us:
020 7240 9933
- Opening hours:
Sun 12:00 - 22:30 Mon 11:00 - 23:00 Tue 11:00 - 23:00
Wed 11:00 - 23:00 Thu 11:00 - 23:00 Fri 11:00 - 23:00
Sat 11:00 - 23:00
38 reviews of Freud Bar Cafe & Gallery in English
We were finding this place pretty cool until it came to pay. The waiter had wandered out with the trash and we ended up stood about like lemons, in everyone’s way. Took awkward ages!
The Pimlico cocktail I had was quite tasty though and there is a nice laid back feel to the bar, which regularly shows art for your perusal. We were sat around haphazardly on the slightly raised area at the back.
It's just not for me though.
This place rocks! I must make an exception with this place. The people who come to this bar are wonderful and are there to have a fun time. The bartenders are nice and pour a great drink. I don’t know what the other guy was talking about, if he was treated poorly perhaps he deserved it.
Lovely little basement bar. The cocktails are very nice if a little small. The crowd is quite young, borderline under-age at times, which was putting off my mum but great if you want to be amongst trendy young things.
One of those rare secret hide-outs in the middle of town, Freud is a truly excellent place to enjoy a cocktail or two (probably no more than that if you don't want to be bankrupt and in pain by the next morning!)
Cocktails here are tasty, inventive and pretty strong, so a little goes a long way. The underground bar doubles up as a gallery, and you can usually buy the art should the whim so take you. A friend of mine purchased a painting on one memorable trip here, which certainly added something to an average night on the town.
One warning: go early. Freud is not a large bar, and it packs out very quickly any night of the week.
One of London's worst-kept secrets. Everybody seems to know about Frued's these days, but it still manages to keep out the riff-raff without being too pretentious.
A gloriously artsy basement cafe, Freud's transports you to 60s beatnic Paris, complete with the odd Serge Gainsbourg-alike holding court round a wobbly table.
A huge chalkboard behind the bar lists miriad cocktails mixed to perfection by business-like bar staff.
Tuaca-based tipples come highly recommended and will aid your ascent into the night via the notoriously difficult to negotiate wrought-iron stairs.
Having only visited Freud's for the first time earlier this year, I now feel slightly foolish and shame-faced for not having known about it for so long. But now that I do, I have a feeling most of my pocket money could easily end up being spent on cocktails in here.
It won't be everyone's cup of tea (or pint of strawberry daiquiri!), because comfort and opulence aren't on the priorities list - it's essentially a concrete bunker, but with art on the walls, cool music (French sixties girl pop when I was last in there), and a lovely laidback atmosphere.
Feels a lot like a couple of places that I've been to in Berlin, and that probably tells you everything you need to know about why I loved it so much.
Anne Hunt, 27 April 2011:
jesseefaith, 30 April 2011:
I agree!!! I am still confused about this site......what all is to it??
Anne Hunt, 30 April 2011:
It is a fairly straightforward no-brainer really Jessee. The word 'Qype' means to pass a comment, whether favourable or disparaging about a business out there, allowing other potential customers to pass and take their 'filthy lucre' elsewhere or to make their own judgement call by diving head first into the swimming pool. Please tell me that you worked that out?
JaneB, 3 May 2011:
Thanks objectiveappraisal - a spot-on summary! Jessee, if you're still stuck then just let me know via a direct message and I'll see if I can give you some pointers...
Anne Hunt, 3 May 2011:
Don't mention it Jane. Maybe someone needs to contact Freud for some 'Divine Inspiration!'
bobby100m, 5 May 2011:
tx Jane, have a nice day,
True to its recommendations, I really did stumble out of this place a little worse for wear but more the merry on Friday night. Grand selection of cocktails, served by the pint with continental measures.
Place is reminsiscent of a speakeasy/absinthe joint in montmatre - full of very cool people lounging around, natch.
This has to be my favourite bar in London. So laid back its asleep. Cocktails are good, large and very reasonable. Shabby chic to the extreme.
Only downside is that you sometimes have to queue for ages.
When you enter the Freud bar you immediately feel good. The music is soo good there, cocktail are quite expensive but tasteful and people very open minded! I always met good people from all around the world there...
Located in Seven Dials, it is perfect for a drink after shopping or a walk around town.
Good Art exhibition are displayed.
One of the best little cocktail bars I've been to. Cheap and strong drinks, divey surroundings (and rough toilets!) and a cool, loud crowd throng the basement bar. It's just like being back in New York...
Most definitely my favourite cocktail bar in London, mainly for the massive selection of drinks to pick from.
All drinks are deftly mixed up in front of you by the super-skilled bar staff. They don't always have the prettiest presentation but they're definitely tasty. Also, though the drinks may seem a little pricey when you see the amount of alcohol you're getting for your money (enough to knock a horse out) it's all worth it.
All that said, though I love the drinks the bar itself is literally the most uncomfortable place ever. The seats are uncomfortable and crowded but you usually have to end up perching on the stone stairs anyway. But hopefully the masses of alcohol in the cocktails will ease the pain.
'One of the best cocktails in London' A statement I would most certainly agree with.
The price, selection and relative quality of what they serve is awesome, and though regularly packed and impossible to get a seat in, definitely worth a visit.
Personally I can't go often enough!
one of the best cocktail bars in London. it can get really busy and packed but the bartenders mix up a good strong cocktail at the most reasonable prices.
wish there were more bars in London like this. (note, this is not a pub so no beers on tap - this is a place for an awesome cocktail).
reminds me of bars in New York and San Francisco.
Late on a weekend morning with the papers to read and wanting some nosh to silence the grumbling Freud came up trumps.
It's an underground space (was I mole in a previous life?) with exposed concrete detail and artwork displayed for purchase.
Food and coffee is good and the vibe is really great.
From reading all the other reviews I must get there a little later and enjoy the Mojito's or Aztec's. Looking forward already.
Entrance is via a hole in the sidewalk, by the way.
I love this bar- it reminds me of the cool bars in Melbourne, Oz. It’s alternative enough not to be pretentious and draws a thick well mixed crowd. As a result I only come here on a Fri or Sat ngiht when I want the sardine experience, however I could never pass up my Sat or Sun late afternoon visit. It’s chilled and they have a great salads and doorstep sandwiches.
Get a spicy bloody mary from the bar tender with the huge curly fro and then you know why I have to come back so often .
Cheeky little hidden away cocktail bar! I love finding places like this as it makes you feel like a real local! There is a great selection of cocktails at this bar and a decent happy hour too from what I can recall! The art on the walls changes from month to month as well which keeps things fresh and provides conversation if you’re on a date! Also great place to catch up with friends after work!
Small but perfectly formed!
One of the nicest bars in London. Fantastic bar, great atmosphere and music. A wide choice of cocktails. If you are into laid-back places with strong character, you should definitely visit this.
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A little gem, you can usually get a table for lunch even in peak weekend shopping hours due to its well hidden entrance. The ever changing art work they display is a little bit hit and miss but provides a conversation point either way. Watch out for the gents loos though, not the most well kept in London for sure…
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