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By Andre D.

This place is stunning! My husband loved the choice of beer which he said was fantastic!! The interior is beautiful and the service was first class


By Becki H.

This spacious quayside bar is popular with the Canary Wharf crowd.

The Venue
VIA Bar has a prime location on West India Quay alongside a stream of other bars and restaurants all overlooking the water. In the summer it’s hugely busy, with a large outside seating area that catches the sun way into the afternoons. Inside it’s quite different; dimmed lights and velvet cushions running through the bar and restaurant add a Moroccan element. It’s in keeping with the thinking that you’d only be inside if it was a cold or cloudy day, so the inside surroundings need to be warm and comfortable. There’s a large main bar running along the back of the room, with various seating options. Sofa chairs in the corner are perfect for huddling away with someone, or a more formal table setting is ideal for dining. Upstairs there’s another surprisingly large room and bar, ideal for large groups and available for hire.

The Atmosphere
Due to its close proximity to Canary Wharf and the surrounding offices, the majority of VIA’s customers are local workers. From Monday to Wednesday the atmosphere is much more chilled – business meetings, after work dinner or low-key drinking is what you’ll find. From Thursday the pace picks up and the whole bar is normally heaving by 7pm with people drinking away their office stress. It’s loud, it’s busy and it’s brash. The suited and booted slickers just want to let their hair down and the atmosphere here reflects that. Not the place to go for a romantic dinner on a Friday evening, but a great place to drink, chat and be merry with a good range of snacks to line the stomach. VIA also has two large screens showing all major sporting events.

The Food
The menu at VIA caters for its clientele. It’s fast, easy and tasty – just what people want when they are welcoming in the weekend. The main menu offers basic pub grub such as burgers, sandwiches and traditional main meals. Large platters feeding around six people are available; the classic platter includes bruschetta, honey and mustard sausages, chicken tikka bites, calamari strips, breaded prawns and much more, all for £29.85. If you're looking for a more substantial bite in the area, it’s also worth checking out the daily specials on a less busy day. A devilishly creamy whole baked Camembert fondue is available for a starter, served with slices of rustic bread for dipping. Also recommended is the pan fried salmon wrapped in Parma ham, served with crushed potatoes and asparagus (£11.95).

The Drink
A plethora of drinks awaits you at VIA Bar, suiting the post-work crowd very well. Alongside the usual spirits and bottles, there are three real ales on tap: Greene King IPA, Indian Pale Ale and Reverend St James. A pint of ale will set you back around £4.20. Lagers available on draught include Becks and Stella, with pints costing £4.75. There are full wine and cocktail lists, and the bar also offers promotions such as 2-for-1 Mojitos available on Mondays. A regular happy hour from 4pm-7pm completes a drinks line-up heavily geared towards after work drinking.

The Last Word
This is a good place to unwind after work with friendly staff and a fun atmosphere. Definitely make use of VIA's outside space if the sun is shining while you’re there.


By Louise L.

Dreadful, terrible service this evening. A quiet, Monday evening and was told 'the kitchen is busy'. Our party of six had meals brought out at three twenty minute intervals which meant we all were eating at different times. No explanation (other than the ridiculous excuse above which was clearly untrue) and the food mediocre and badly cooked. Staff did not give a fig. Will not be eating at Via ever again.


By Anne H.

Beware, vile place and I would never return. They run a club night on the weekend, so on Friday night in December they open doors off to the side of the bar and try and get the punters in to that. The curtain they put up to 'section' this part of the bar off hardly offers much in the way of installation but apparently its tough if you are already in there, having just ordered some bar snacks, it was rather annoying that whole area dropped in temperature. I was warmer ice skating than sitting inside the bar. Food, when it arrived was dreadful and hugely overpriced. Whilst a couple of the bar staff were fine, when issues raised with management it was abundantly clear that they did not care at all about service. We should have gone somewhere else as it cut the night short


By Patricia W.

By chance called into this venue for lunch, what a find, the food was extremely good and great value for money, Service was 5 star and the setting, well what can I say, thought I was in Marrakesh.

Highly recommended and will definitely call in again for lunch and maybe stay later.

Noticed they had a nightclub, will spend an evening there.

What a great area West India Quay, there were lots of people eating outside the venue and all appeared to be having a great time.

Overall impression of VIA, excellent.


By Ruth H.

A friendly and welcoming bar to enjoy the sunshine at West India Quay. Good range of both drinks and food selections.

Go with friends or colleagues for lunch or evening drinks.

Our team of 30 celebrated our Christmas lunch in the private room upstairs - it was a great venue and the meal was enjoyed by all.

A more recent farewell party was held upstairs with drinks and a buffet with dancing after.

The staff are always helpful and accommodating.


By S.

Via Fossa, there's one everywhere these days isn't there? It's an alright place, they do pretty good food for the price, it's just not that exciting that's all! Can't really complain though, everything was well cooked, presented and served - this Via Fossa is certainly one of the better ones.