Charlie Wright's International Bar, Old Street
A pub that puts together a combination of Belgian beers and Thai food doesn't sound original, yet this one manages to stand out, even in a part of town overloaded with bars. The decor is spartan to say the least - one room divided up into spaces for diners and drinkers (and dancers). It all clicks into place though: the aforementioned Mr. Wright keeps a cheery eye on proceedings and DJs keep things lively till the small hours. You'll have to part with a couple of quid to get in after 10pm at weekends (but it is open until 4:00am), but that sounds fair enough to us. The pub-club hybrid isn't always a winner but this one does it as well as any other.
45 Pitfield Street, Old Street, London, N1 6DA
020 7490 8345
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How to find the Charlie Wright's International Bar pub
Take the Great Eastern Street exit out of Old Street tube (exit 3) and wander down Old Street for a few minutes. Keep an eye out for the left turn up Pitfield Street: once you head up there you'll soon find the pub on your left.