The Library Bar
Snuggle into one of their large leather couches and enjoy an after-dinner tipple. The Library Bar at African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel, Autograph Collection, is open 24 hours, so it is the perfect place to heat up a cold winter’s eve with a late night rendezvous. Enjoy the sumptuous colonial ambiance as you catch up on some reading and forget about the plummeting temperature. Coffee and snacks are also served.
Radium Beer Hall
A truly historic venue, the Radium is one of the oldest bar and restaurant establishments, having opened its doors way back in 1929. The walls are covered in memorabilia such as old press clippings and vintage posters recording the bar’s interesting history, which gives it a comfortable, old-world feel. Settle down with a group of friends and enjoy the good food, live music and the great vibe. The bar has the perfect mix of regulars and music lovers, and half-price pizza every Tuesday.
Katzy’s is a classy music venue located above the much-loved Grillhouse. There is a wraparound garden and outdoor area if you are one to brave the cold, otherwise, sink into one of their large leather couches and enjoy an evening of good music, whiskey and fine cigars. They also serve cocktails and more than 100 different whiskeys, cognacs and bourbons. Dress up for the occasion.
Grand Slam is a sports bar with a lively atmosphere and great food. It’s the place to watch the English Premier League but also gets really big on rugby days. Tip: if you are going to visit on a sports day you may want to get there early as parking can become a nightmare!
The Baron, Sandown
The Baron is always busy post-work on a Friday, which makes it a great place to meet up with people before everyone goes into winter hibernation. The crowd is young, professional and loads of fun. There is a good selection of wine, a smoking section, a traditional bar, as well as a restaurant so there is no need to move on for dinner.
This pub offers outdoor seating for the warmer days as well as indoor seating for the chilly seasons. They have all the traditional beer brands on tap as well as a wide selection of craft beer and craft blends. They also have a fair wine and cocktail menu for the ladies and non-beer drinking men. Their menu compromises stylish pub fair from the Smoked Brisket Dunk Sandwich to the Hogs Smokehouse Burger. If this isn’t mouthwatering enough, they have a starter of bacon, which features bacon, bacon and bacon.
Where do you spend cold winter’s evenings?