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Bradleys Spanish Bar
42 Hanway Street, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1UT
- Tottenham Court Road Tube Station (0.2 km)
- Goodge Street Tube Station (0.4 km)
- Contact us:
020 7636 0359
- Opening hours:
Mon-Sat: 12:00 - 23:00
Sun: 15:00 - 22:30
2 Camden Walk, Camden Passage, London N1 8DY
berserkjohn7821: “was a brilliant pub and i was part of the owners family although it wasn't the best it made due sleeping on a inflatable sofa above every single one of you thank you for cherishing drinks in that pub while it lasted” more...
11 reviews of Bradleys Spanish Bar in English
The bar (pub really) itself used to be a brothel and you can't help but imagine when in the basement just what sort of seedy clientele used to slip off Oxford street and climb downstairs to visit the wenches.
It's a average pub, so I'm giving it an average rating, there's nothing to write home about really. Yes it has a jukebox but really guys I think we're getting a little overexcited about outdated technology (even if retro is 'in').
I was a bit disappointed, being a Spaniard myself, that they didn't give you a tapa with your beer (as is our custom) or that they don't actually have any tapas on sale at all. That part of what quintessentially makes a Spanish pub. They do however have Spanish beer for sale so all is not lost.
I suppose the real sign of how authentic a place is is how many natives frequent it. I was there on Saturday evening during a Barcelona and later a Valencia football game and it was pretty safe to say that I was the only Spaniard there.
Overall worth a visit if you're in the area a fancy a drink but not worth specifically going there, especially if you're looking for an actual Spanish bar.
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It's on the sleazy and slightly scruffy side and it'll inevitably be mobbed, but all the same I still have something of a soft spot for Bradley's Spanish Bar. Tucked away down a side street, it's only seconds from the tourist-crazed hustle and bustle of Tottenham Court Road, but hidden away enough to still feel like a secret (although not a well-kept one based on how busy it always seems to be!).
It's loud, laidback, and the jukebox has a smashing selection of old school rock'n'roll. Similar to the Retro Bar in some ways (although, on the whole, the clientele are less camp), it's definitely worth knowing about it if you find yourself in need of a boozy break while out and about in the city centre.
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helenbos, 7 June 2011:
Ah Bradleys, a proper West End institution that too many people already know about (so if you read this review, please wipe it from your memory immediately and go and drink in All Bar One instead - thanks).
It’s tiny, noisy, invariably packed with people spilling out on to Hanway Street as soon as the weather is half decent, and it has one of the greatest juke boxes this side of Memphis (properly old school and packed iwth classics - it is a thng of beauty).
Be warned: you can’t drink in Bradleys without a) staying there until they chuck you out, and b) meeting a bunch of complete strangers who will be your new best friends by the end of the night.
At a loose end. License to roam whilst other half goes shopping? Meeting up with some comrades also “shopping”. Well this is in my opinion a good place to go for a couple of mid/late afternoon shopping pints! Great jukebox - Good Spanish and German beer on tap. Small but lots of character (although can be a bit whiffy downstairs near the gents). Not to busy Sat afternoon’s. Can’t comment past approx 7:30pm…
You go to Bradleys for the experience. Its spirit is in the memories of crowded post-work knees-ups here. The decor hasn’t changed in years; it has the 'shabby’ without the 'chic’. There’s always a story or two to recall from sessions there. Get there on an afternoon and the atmosphere makes you feel like it’s late evening, and yet the conversation, mostly with randoms, often with little to associate them with this part of the world, is usually sparkling. Highlight for me: impromptu pre-Christmas drinks with Noddy Holder around the fantastically alluring jukebox. Legend.
Bradley’s Spanish Bar is often crowded and it can sometimes be tricky to find a seat but this little bar is full of charm and it is easy to see why it is so popular. Perfect for an after drink glass or two of wine. There is often live music and the juke box is legendary. Tucked away just off Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Street it is close to Soho and everything in central London. The kind of place you end up going back to again and again. Its not just wine - there is also a great selection of beers at the bar.
This bar is great. But I have a question: WHY do all of the staff have mullets? All of them. Even the women. Strange.
But I love the staff here. They make me giggle and sing silly songs and have fun while I’m waiting for my friend Chris. He is always later than me which is a very rare thing. They make waiting fun.
The bar is tiny, so it’s always packed and you’d have to get here at midday to bag a seat for the evening. But no there’s no smoking inside this doesn’t seem to bother so much as I pop out every hour.
You’ll have fun here. You’ll end up talking to randoms and listening to their FANTASTIC jukebox (though if you get here late don’t waste your money - your songs won’t get played in time.)
You’ll even come out thinking that mullets are pretty cool. But that’s a good sign of how drunk you are.
A fantastic little bar on two floors. Tucked in a little alley just off Oxford Street. This bar is no frills but ticks all the boxes for character and great beer. Deco is over the top and piled on all over the place. Bar staff are edgy and very friendly which is what counts in my books.
Also the worst toilets in the whole of the UK. No one minds though and it’s always a character feature and speaking point.
The duke box is the best too.
bradleys is a small place just off oxford street, that surpringly may make you feel you are not in london central at all.
it is true that is always packed, but it is also a sound place to meet people, as the crowd is very friendly. it is frequented by spaniards, but i reckon the majority are english guys. maybe because it is so sanish that the spanish don't want to go whatsoever, but, as i said, some do.
the staff is very friendly and there are plenty of wines to drink away. if you are lucky enough to find a table you might well have a bottle and spend a good time. if you do not find a table, take off your drinks and participate of the right good spanish habit of getting wasted in the street.
i would define it as a sound chance to get away from oxford street without stepping away if you plan your night around
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