This Belushis backpackers’ bar springs out of the concrete waves of Covent Garden offering total Nineties entertainment.
Located just off the main square in Covent Garden, the recognisable blue of the Belushis facade is easy to spot. Upon entering, the time warp of a doorway leads you into the belly of the beast that offers the same look it has championed since tie-dye and Nirvana, such is its Nineties look. The tables are all a metre and a half above floor level, which is uncomfortable to say the least, and there isn’t much comfort to be found anywhere else.
The long narrow space is plastered with the spoils of a recent trip to Arena, as the eyes of Bob Marley and Jim Morrison watch you from big posters. The musical theme continues with classic album artwork joining the artists’ faces on the walls. The presence of a huge set of traffic lights completes the Roadhouse feel and you could just imagine Kurt Russell working the door to keep trouble out of town.
Belushis wants to be Coyote Ugly but unfortunately its credentials aren’t up to the job. Its chain pub status definitely detracts from the place as a whole and if you’ve been in one then you’ve pretty much been in them all. You should take things either with a pinch of salt, or tongue in cheek to mix with the backpacking, tourist and student populated crowd and try to forget the outside world.
The menu at Belushis is trashy yet tasty with most dishes consisting of chips and greasy treats. There is a huge range of burgers and other pub staples. Prices are average, £6.95 or thereabouts, but certainly far cheaper than most of the restaurants that lie in the Plaza.
The shelves display an array of brightly coloured spirits - look-alikes of cheap mouthwash flavours that come in multiple deals. There is a pedestrian selection of wine stocked behind the bar along with the commercial branded liquors. Prices are good on the whole, especially if you hit happy hour. Fosters, Kronenbourg and Amstel are served on draught.
The Last Word
If you’re looking for an upbeat night, accompanied by likeminded individuals and a soundtrack of songs you’ve heard a hundred times before then Belushis is worth a visit.