Having spent what seems only a few weeks as 'Hell', Bar Music Hall, as it became, injected a bit of life into an area which seemed to be losing its spark. It's a big space with a long history and has, at various times, been a cabaret club and a (pre-gentrification) rave venue. The interior is dominated by a central bar, at which cocktails and an impressive array of expensive imported beers can be found; just beware that the beer labels for the pumps are only found on one side of the bar. The service is mixed but you rarely feel your life ebbing away waiting and the door policy is normally fine, albeit pointlessly annoying on Saturday nights. Like many nearby places, it comes alive on weekends (albeit rarely unpleasantly busy) and consequently you might find it a little soulless at the quieter end of the week. The most interesting point for us is that since our last visit in early 2007 the clientele has changed dramatically. Odd 80's haircuts have been replaced by hen parties, city workers unable to handle their booze and geezers with diamond studs and polo shirts with the collar pulled up. It felt like a bar in Croydon Town Centre and for us marks the inexorable move of Curtain Road into the anodyne mainstream. Leicester Square MkII.
Reviewed by redcat
01 Aug 2010