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Graphic (Bar)

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4 Golden Square, Soho, London, W1F 9HT
Cuisine: Bar Average Price: £10
Tel: 0207 287 9241 | Email to Graphic | Transport: Piccadilly Circus | Write review

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I’ve never been sure what kind of person goes out in Central London on a Friday night and hopes for a quiet night out but that person should not go to Graphic. If however, you like smacking good cocktails surrounded by the more elite of Soho’s after work drinkers, Graphic is your place.

The theme is modern art gallery meets urban cocktail bar – art hanging on the walls (hopefully not too valuable, there must be an accident or two with the cocktails from time to time), but it was so dark and crowded that it took a backseat to the real business of this venue: the drinking.

As it was Friday, it wasn’t particularly surprising that the bar was filled with boys and girls in suits trying to drown out the rigours of the week with a drink or two and a bit of raucous chat but again, if you want a reserved chat with your loved one, this isn’t the place for it. Everyone was lively and friendly, which was perfect as I’d decided to venture in before my partner in crime for the night had arrived.

Let’s start with the cocktails. The list takes some navigating and is presented in quite a heavy tome but once you’ve decided what you want it’s all stations go. As Graphic boasts the biggest gin collection in the UK, with over 60 different kinds, it’s almost rude not to try one of the gin-based creations and there were plenty of those on the menu. Gin and tonic drinkers definitely have nothing to complain about here.

So far though, there was nothing out of the ordinary. Yes the venue was cool, but it’s Soho so I’d pretty much taken it as a given. It was only when the bartender asked if I wanted to have one of the paint can cocktails that I really started paying attention. They come in big paint tins for groups and are then poured into mini individual ones to do exactly what they say on the tin: cocktails in a paint tin to link in with the Graphic/creative theme of the bar.

As my drinking partner/ date for the evening hadn’t arrived yet, I thought it was wiser not to go for the paint-tin beverage just yet as slurping out of a can wasn’t quite the look I was going for. Instead I opted for a gin classic – a gin martini, which gave me nothing to complain about.

We’ve all seen flair bartending but with the end result of drinks that aren’t that great. What about skilled bartending but coupled with some thought to the final product? It seems pretty elementary, but surprisingly rare in some of the more expensive cocktail bars dotted around the city.

Suddenly, I wasn’t buddyless – my date walked in five minutes late and slightly rumpled from a rather frantic journey so we decided to plonk ourselves down at a table and get stuck into one of the paint tin punches I’d been hearing so much about. As we were pretty hungry, we also ordered a selection from the bar’s food menu.

The food, while tasty, was pretty much standard bar fare. Mini fish and chips, mini hot dogs, chicken with dipping sauce – all very satisfying on a night out but probably not worth making the trip for alone.

The paint tin however, was pretty good. Forget horrible memories of Scream pub jugs of strong spirits and not much else, the Very Berry Sling cocktail we ordered was a finely balanced mix of flavours; and very big. Maybe too big for two people, maybe not – we were up for the challenge but by the time we finished it, we were giggling a little too much at each other’s not very funny jokes.

Everything comes at a price and Graphic’s not cheap but if you’re looking for a fun night with good service and a great crowd – it’s the place to go.
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Customer Reviews for Graphic

Average (based on 3 votes): 3 Atmosphere: Value: Quality:

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“My friend rented this bar out for her birthday last weekend. The decor's seriously cool, the cocktails were amazing, nibbles with drinks were scrumptious and all in all I want to hold my next birthday there!!”
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Natalie, London (7 years 11 months 16 days ago)

“I had the best cocktail here called Bramble, it was so so good and resonable price! The happy hour here is good as they have a selection of choice on cocktails for it too. Nice atmosphere to relax after work too or with friends/date.”
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[ Unknown ], London (8 years 8 months 8 days ago)

“Great new addition to Soho. Love the cocktails and always a good crowd after work.”
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Chaz B, London (8 years 10 months 3 days ago)

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Graphic Opening Hours

Monday: 12:00pm - 12:00am Friday: 12:00pm - 12:00am
Tuesday: 12:00pm - 12:00am Saturday: 6:00pm - 12:00am
Wednesday: 12:00pm - 12:00am Sunday: Closed
Thursday: 12:00pm - 12:00am    

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Graphic Food & Drinks

  • Cuisine Type: Bar
  • Average Price: £10

Graphic Food Menu

Food Menu
Light bites £5 each

Mini Beef Burgers in Sesame-seed Buns

Grilled Chicken Fillet with a Spicy Satay Sauce

Mini Margherita Pizzas

Bite-size Camembert with a Redcurrant and Thyme Dip

Crispy Duck Pancakes with Spring Onion, Cucumber and Hoisin Sauce

Nacho-crusted Spicy Chicken with Avocado Salsa and Crème Fraîche Dip

Mini Hot Dogs with American Mustard and Ketchup

Bite-sized Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Bagels

Mini Fish and Chips in a Cone served with Tartar Sauce – 6 Pieces

Updated 07/12/2009

Graphic Drinks Menu

Our menu offers a selection of hand-picked wines, international beers and classic cocktails. If you're a fan of a good G&T or Gin Martini, we have the UK's most extensive gin collection, with more than 40 different brands of gin.

Updated 07/12/2009

Item Description Price
Very Berry Sling Russian Standard Vodka, Briottet Berry Liqueurs, Mixed Berry Purée, Fresh Citrus Juice, topped with Lemonade £ 6.50
Passion Fruit Punch 42 Below Passion Fruit Vodka, Fresh Orange & Citrus Juices with Fresh Passion Fruit & Passion Fruit Syrup £ 6.50

Graphic Hire Details

Graphic is the ideal venue for both a business lunch and a private party. Max capacity: 220. Available for full private hire (also on Sundays). No booking fee. Min spend subject to the day of the week

Updated 02/09/2009

Name: Back area
Type: Restricted Area
Days: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Cost - Hire Fee: £ 0 / Min Bar Spend: £ 0
Options: Food Available, Seating Available,
DJ: Optional
Capacity: 80
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Name: Front area
Type: Restricted Area
Days: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Cost - Hire Fee: £ 0 / Min Bar Spend: £ 0
Options: Food Available, Seating Available,
DJ: None
Capacity: 40
Notes:
Name: Whole Venue
Type: Entire Venue
Days: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Cost - Hire Fee: £ 0 / Min Bar Spend: £ 0
Options: Food Available, Seating Available,
DJ: None
Capacity: 200
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