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The New Players Theatre's own bar offers an unpretentious place for creative types to come together and enjoy a drink in the piano-bar like setting.

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Mon-Fri 12:00-02:30
Sat 18:00-02:30

Sun Closed

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By Michael H.

WOW

It isn't the best pub in London......it's the best PLACE in the WORLD!!!! When I die I want my ashes to sit between the Laphroaig and the Jameson for a few weeks because then I'll be in heaven!!!


By Joanna D.

This rating isn't in relation to the place itself , but because of the bouncer there( 7/10/13). I have drinking here for years and always had a fun night. Last night though a very silly drunk girl decided to steal my glass of expensive prosseco and steal my seat where all my belonging were. When I proceeded to ask for it back and take it back from here all her male friends then began to gang up around me as if I were the aggressor.I got it back and one of said ' gang ' then tried to apologise but as I was talking to him one of his lot stole my drink again for the girl. I clearly had every right to be annoyed but was then subjected to a bullying bouncer who teased me with a ' you have two choices, you can either stay and be quiet or leave ', I said I had every right to be angry but ok, I would not talk to these people but then bouncer accused me if talking over him and threw me out anyway! Very angry and very upset at how my evening was ruined by this bunch and they got to stay and I was the one thrown out!!


By Karen S.

What a great place to end your night, weekend before christmas myself and a group of friends had pub crawl round london and ended up in this bar it was a fantastic place to finish a great night off. The chap on the piano was brilliant and was playing all our request it was a great christmas atmosphere and felt so relaxed. I'm am gutted it will not be open for new years eve as would be a great place to celerbrate new years eve. Will defo be returning to this bar every time i'm in london.


By Angela C.

Was there last night on my 40th birthday, Nice place and the singer was very good. Downside was queuing to get in.


By Rick G.

I've been here 5 or 6 times now... and not once has it disappointed. Always seem to have a live pianist playing the classics, and also taking requests. As with the above reviews, everyone is either up singing or dancing... quality place... no pretentiousness... just laid back good times!


By Andy J.

Great place this. Went on a Saturday evening. The bar is kind of 'hotel bar' in style and it gradually got busier as the night wore on.

At 11.30pm a chap came in and spent the next 2 hours playing some popular tunes on the piano in the corner.

Before too long most of the people in the bar were singing along with him in fairly raucous fashion.

Not a bar for trendy self-obsessed posers, but a very entertaining evening that is a little 'different'.

Thoroughly recommended.Andy Jones.


By John G.

Had a fantastic night saturday night here a few weeks ago, the pianist was fantastic (I think his name was Sean Paul).

the whole bar was singing along into the early hours, i paricularly remember Total Eclips of the Heart!.

I'm not sure what other nights are like but i can certainly recomend players if this guy is playing.


By Katie J.

A great chance to rub shoulders with theatre folk from across the industry. This is a favourite of performers, directors and stage hands alike. One of the West End’s best loved haunts, the Players Bar showcases singers and pianists and comes to life just as the many theatres in the area are closing their doors.

The Venue
Nestled happily under the arches of Charing Cross railway station, this bar sits under the New Players Theatre and has all the old world London charm that is to be expected from such a historic location. Sitting next to notorious gay nightclub Heaven, the bar can often be overshadowed but attracts a bustling and enthusiastic crowd of post theatre clients.

Small and cosy, the Players Bar retains its original brick work interior and is a great setting for cosy romantic nights, especially early in the evening when chairs and tables are easy to come across. Like all arch conversions, the bar has a slightly dungeon like feel that lends itself happily to late night drinking.

The Atmosphere
There are frequent piano and cabaret performances at this cosy bar. It’s a bit of a pick and mix and you can never be sure what will greet you. Performers are usually drowned out by a noisy throng of excited bar dwellers, particularly as the evening wears on, so don’t expect to sit back and watch quietly in the late hours.

The Players Bar is somewhat chameleon-like in its ability to transform from quiet and cosy piano bar in the early evening, to bustling and eclectic night spot as the theatres close their doors. The bar staff are always friendly and there is a fun and personable attitude throughout.

The Food
The food menu here takes a modern look at standard bar food, seamlessly mixing old English favourites such as beef, onion and red wine pie with a more American flavour in their wide range of burgers and specialist sandwiches. There is an extensive list of fresh salads, the crispy calamari salad with a caper and lemon dressing is particularly tasty and smells wonderful enough to make your fellow diners green with food envy.

The starters’ menu doubles as a tapas menu and extends the dining options further. All in all there is a good range of modestly priced and varied food that should suit all different appetites and diets.

The Drink
All the standard bottled and tap beers can be found behind this smart looking wooden bar, and there is a decent wine list as well, with white, red and rose available by the glass or by the bottle. It’s not a place to sip on an elaborate cocktail, but all standard mixed drinks are reasonably priced, as are wine and beer. The choices are limited and predictable, with all the favourites and little else. Champagne and sparkling wine are readily available and reasonable, just don’t expect anything too elaborate.

The Last Word
The Players Bar treads a fine line between high energy social spot and chilled out piano bar. There is always something happening, the drinks are reasonably priced and there is a fair selection of wine and beer. The atmosphere of this bar is friendly and relaxed, making it a great place to grab a quiet after work drink or to party into the night with a fun, young, understated, local crowd.

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