198 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JL, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)20 7240 9933
Website: View bar's website
Hours: Sunday 12pm-10:30pm, Monday - Wednesday 12pm-11pm, Thursday 12pm-12am, Friday - Saturday 12pm-2am
Door: Open door
Style: Cafe bar
Recommended for: Cocktails
Price guide: Value
Food: Full menu
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Down a perilous flight of iron stairs to a subterranean bar, the Freud Cafe has been has been serving up cocktails since 1986. The decor is rough and ready, dim lighting, basic wooden tables, stools and benches - it's a million miles away from a swanky hotel bar but fits the relaxed blend of Londoners it attracts.
The Freud also works as a gallery, with art work regularly rotating on the walls. During the day there are soups, salads and sandwiches, whilst at night the atmosphere is definitely more like a cocktail bar. The menu is written in chalk above the bar but contains an extensive list of cheap cocktails, all quite basic.
Whilst the drinks may not be sophisticated and technically accurate, the atmosphere in the Freud is contagious, it's chatty, relaxed and ultimately fun.