The Gallery, Liverpool Street
Being reviewers of a certain age, we just had to hum a few bars of Left Bank 2 as we entered this bar, but the tune soon faded once we were inside. The Gallery is a modern bar, in a modern development in old part of the City - notions of 1960's folksy artwork are wholly out of character. It's a an airy, sleek place, well-suited to its urban setting with a number of distinctly styled areas, designed to suit different moods. The drink on offer is typical of the genre, higher-priced wines (actually quite a large list, courtesy Balls Brothers), spirits and mostly gas-propelled beers - there are a couple of Adnam's hand pumps - all backed by an extensive food menu. On the quiet evening we visited, there were more than enough people behind the bar to cope with the demand, these apparently high staffing levels being rather more necessary towards the end of the week. It's big, it's comfortable, it's smart and well-run, but there's not a lot here to attract the avid pub fan. However, for the younger denizens of the offices around here - for whom the names Pat Keysell and Tony Hart don't stir a nostalgic tear, we'd say this 21st Century version of the Gallery is right up their street.
10 Austin Friars, Liverpool Street, London, EC2N 2HG
020 7496 9900
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