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All Bar One is a stylish, cosmopolitan bar aimed at people who enjoy great drinks and food in a contemporary environment.

Ranked #498 of 2091 pubs & bars in London

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By Andrew M.

All Bar One serves good beers that are'nt overly priced for London and the food was OK. This particular All Bar One is good for stopping before going into the Dominion.

By G.

Ah man, All Bar One is soooo boring. It’s all wood, wine and women like my mum sipping on Chardonnay and commenting on how handy the handbag hooks are. You can tell All Bar One is a chain from the moment you walk in – it looks like a million other bars across the country – I guess because it is.

By Stephen F.

All Bar None more like - the only reason I've frequented this branch is because of its proximity to the 242 bus stop. On Sundays and bank holidays it is a nightmare with few barstaff, much attitude and little in the way of grace or charm. Usually the counters and tables are left unwiped for long periods; frequently the staff are so transient they cannot operate the tills. Don't use this All Bar One unless you have a lot of patience.

By M M.

I only wish i had read some of the reviews on different sites, before i chose it to have a get-together for a big group of people for a special occasion. But, thanks to the absolutely horrific, rude and unwelcoming manager, we had a bad start to the evening - all she did was to spoil the occasion for our whole group. I cant think of any place who would have treated us like that specially with such a significant group - most would have been very happy to receive customers. In the end, we just decided it was too much and decided to leave after a quick drink ...there are a lot better and more accommodating place just nearby - wardour street etc. They are much better than going here. Perhaps, without the manager this place would have passed off as any other regular pub chain. Thanks again lady - thanks for nothing except spoiling things !!!

By Roger M.

We had our firms Christmas lunch here after the staff voted for All Bar One. The food was appalling - rolled turkey grossly over cooked with the elastic still round it - and new potatoes! - no sign of a Christmas cracker - they couldnt even organise the number of people we booked for and had to move other diners to get our table in. Worst food I have had in the West End for 30 years and rubbish service. Rubbish!

By Jonny R.

hey, i've got to say i wasn't impressed when a mate of mine suggested meeting up at all bar one. However because of the convenience of its location we went there anyway. These guys are not bad at all. They're not as clinical as i predicted them to be. We actually had a laugh with the staff and the drinks were very affordable for a central london bar.

By Angela W.

The Central London branch of All Bar One is a fine example of how right this chain can get it, with a constant stream of local workers and Oxford Street shoppers grabbing a quick pint or bite.

The Venue
All Bar One on New Oxford Street is in a great position, less than a minute from Tottenham Court Road station. As you enter the main bar, it’s quite narrow but around the corner you will discover a fairly large square room with plenty of tables. There is also a charming mezzanine level with another twelve tables of varying size, material and shape.

The decor is the standard ABO mix of brass tabletops, natural wood, leather bench seats, and oversized antique frames holding the chalkboard menu. A quirky little touch you don’t find in other bars is the way the food menus come on a novel A4 brown paper pad, which can be found hanging on the wall in several places around the bar.

The Atmosphere
As generic as All Bar One is, it does have a warm, friendly feel; somewhat unexpected for a chain pub. The fast moving mix of clientele gives it a buzzing atmosphere, especially in the evenings when people want to wash the stresses of the working day away in a Central London location.

The Food
The menu here has an enticing smorgasbord of options. If you’re not too hungry, order the mouthwatering collection of tapas from £3-£7: the yakatori chicken served with a sticky rice cake, drizzled with dipping sauce comes highly recommended. The sweetness of the sauce cuts through the chargrilled flavour of the chicken, peppers and onion, with a real melt in the mouth texture. Also try the butterfly tiger prawns marinated in garlic – succulent and juicy. The only thing you may find is the food can sometimes be a little on the cool side in the peak times when service is a little slower.

The main meals change with the season, but generally offer a well-balanced selection of fish, meat and vegetarian options. The burgers are a mainstay of the menu and are very good - homemade, rustic and on the large side with toppings such as pesto and mozzarella, or bacon and guacamole, all cooked to your liking and served with hot, crispy French fries.

However, a particularly good option for lunch is the sandwich selection, which offers rump steak, chicken, crayfish or goat’s cheese – they even throw in a cheese and ham sarnie for good measure, for when you just want something simple.

All the food here is fresh, tasty and comes in large portions, and the friendly waitress table service is very welcome after a hard day's work!

The Drink
There is plenty to choose from at All Bar One, whether you fancy a pint or a sophisticated glass of wine or two.

Beers on tap include a wide range from several different countries such as Jupiler Blue – a light, fresh low alcohol pilsner from Belgium. You’ll also find Amstel, a German Paulaner, an Italian Peroni, Guiness, and a crisp but bitter Czech Staropramen. The bottled beers are a diverse bunch, too, ranging from a Belgium raspberry fruit beer to a traditional English malty ale.

On the extensive wine list you can choose from a large range of whites, reds, roses, a prosecco and Champagne. The Terracotta Francesco, an Italian Pinot Grigio rose, comes highly recommended: a pale pink wine at just £17 a bottle or £4.30 a glass with a delicate, dry flavour tinged with vanilla.

The Last Word
A decent example of a chain pub, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the choice and quality of the food and drink available.

By Richard T.

unfortunately all bar one did not allow my son aged 18 to eat in the bar this afternoon, the staff waited for him and my partner to choose what they wanted to eat and when my partner approached the bar to order she was told the bar only serves over 21's - add that to your growing list of complaints.

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