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The Fire Station (Bar, Restaurant)

Picture of The Fire Station in Waterloo, London

150 Waterloo Road, Waterloo, London, SE1 8SB
Cuisine: Gastro
Tel: 020 3727 5938 | Transport: Waterloo | Write review

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1) You’ve just exited the nearby Royal Festival Hall, Hayward Gallery, National Theatre or BFI IMAX and you’re in need of a swift pint and sustenance to aid the debrief about the show you’ve just seen. Are there any pubs or bars near Waterloo station?

2) Do not fret, cultured creature. The emergency services are at hand. The Fire Station, a spacious bar and restaurant, could almost have its own magical wizard platform it’s that close to the train station.

3) For those who require the nicotine hit of a Marlboro Light to accompany comments about how you “didn’t like the bit with the flying pigs”, your realm is the smoking garden out front.

4) Step through the smoke and the large doors and you’ll find yourself in an adequate holding pen at the bar; standing-room only, for close-quartered cultural dissections. This appears to be an IPA man-zone, Ben Sherman shirts, but ladies, heels will enable continuous eye contact with your male counterparts.

5) Casual stool-huggers skirt the edges of the industrial-refit bar in slightly larger groups, sipping pints of Czech lagers and overpriced cans of guest beer.

6) Time-wasting solo train catchers choose to sit in the bar’s table area where the fire engines presumably once stood, anticipating a swift exit from the building. They glance up from today’s newspaper to check their watches, anticipating a swift exit from the building. An adequate but hardly ground-breaking classic cocktail and a bowl full of essential parmesan chips are their only friends.

7) Wander to the back into the New York warehouse of a restaurant and here you find fire hose chandeliers, leather banquettes and a pizza oven. The legends of rock playlist - Bowie, Queen, INXS, Roxette - reminds you of your youth.

8) This quieter section is home to two species. The romantic couple on a third date, cuddling side by side, sipping infinitely more supreme cocktails from the Smoked in the Fire Station list, such as the punchy smoked cherry Manhattan; Christmas in a glass.

9) Also, groups that’ve just been, or are about to go out, dressed accordingly in shiny attire, happily avoid the carnage in the bar. They nibble on satisfactory burgers, tough-to-cut pizzas and brownies, the menu’s sparse offerings. It’s safe, like a fire station should be.

10) The only trick that’s missing from this place: the inclusion of a fireman’s pole for epic pole dancing.
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