Portobello Road can be a gongshow on a weekend. Add to that rainy weather, and the pre-holiday shopping rush, and...gongshow x 10.
Today the Ground Floor Bar was my calm steps away from the storm. Whenever I have visitors to London we invariably end up here to grab a drink (or four) far from the madding crowd.
It's a cozy place and its revamp suits it well: wood tables, couches, lounge chairs and varied seating arrangements make this a great go-to whether you're here by yourself, wanting a quiet 1-on-1 or with a larger gang. The crowd is mixed age-wise, and the space is big enough that I never feel as though I'm either unintentionally eavesdropping or being eavesdropped-in-on (space between tables is so nice! You can totes share secrets with your girlfriends that way!).
The music played is also consistently solid, which pairs nicely with the drink. Today was Alt-J, which got no complaints from me.
Nice selection of beer and wine, but today's chilly weather has us grabbing for hot toddies, hot cider and mulled wine. All recommended. Winter? Bring it, as long as I can regularly escape to the Ground Floor Bar!
Yelp note: the food here I remember to be good (I can specifically remark on a tasty burger) but, as the food usually comes after the beverages, well...I didn't think a detailed food review was entirely fair #accuracycompromised
The Ground Floor Bar is a Portobello staple and an excellent meeting place. It has gone through many reincarnations over the year, but remains one of my favourites.
It is currently going through a pretty phase, offering food rather than live music. Haven't tried anything beyond nuts, though ...
The Ground Floor is a pub combined with a restaurant. The restaurant is upstairs and has a separate entrance to the pub. The pub, is as the title suggests on the 'ground floor' nestled away on the corner of Portobello Road and Blenheim Cresent.
Food is also served in the pub area aswell as in the restaurant. The dishes downstairs are served as bar snacks, salards and meals appropriate for lunch time. The Ground Floor serves a blend of British and European cuisine, tasty enough to gobble down after a hard day shopping at the Portobello Market. A DJ is on rotation Thursdays through to Saturdays, providing musical entertainment for the Ground Floor's drinkers. On the whole, Ground Floor is quite average for this area.
Being one of the only bars around this area, the ground floor is an obvious choice for the casual drinker who can't afford membership to the exclusive electric member's bar. With a cosy, bashed up feel, and serving an interesting selection of lagers, this place is a great Sunday afternoon venue.
Mix and match furniture and good affordable food ( try the burger, you know you want to) lend a real laid-back charm to this haven of knockabout quiet in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Portobello Road. Gets busy on a Friday and Saturday night, but still usually enough room to swing a kitten.
I went here last night for post work drinks.
I like the ambience of this place, it's nice and chilled out but warm at the same time.
The staff were friendly and the drinks were made properly, and a double really was a double (you tend to forget what a double looks like if you drink a lot in central London).
There was a group of us so we all decided to eat here. I'd already eaten burgers twice this week at other restaurants (talis est vita) so I opted for the chicken. The chicken itself was nice and the gravy complimented it well but I was left a tad hungry afterwards as it really needed a couple of portions of vegetables to go with it, which one would except for a £12 meal.
A gin and tonic along with a double vodka lemonade came to £12, so expect to pay the usual London prices here.
I don't normally check-in with Qype, mostly because I simply forget to, but there was a sign stuck on the window reminding me to do so. I've never seen a Qype sign before, thanks whoever put it up, I'm now the champion of this pub :-)
Ground Floor Bar is really popular, especially in the Summer because of the outdoor seating. Ideally situated on the street corner, many drinkers spill out onto the pavement giving the venue a relaxed feel. Nothing beats enjoying a jug of Pimms sitting outside Ground Floor Bar when the sun is out. At this time of year enjoy a drink on one of the super comfy sofas.
What an oasis on a crazy Saturday in this busy neighborhood. My friend and I were there house-hunting...trying to determine if this was the right neighborhood for her. We were discouraged, and then we found this place. Great food, and fantastic service. The bartenders were charming and helpful! An instant favorite.
Two weeks in London in a flat a couple of blocks from Portobello Road!
A short walk to the nightlife along Portobello Road, restaurants and pubs everywhere. We discovered the "Ground Floor Bar" early on and returned many times. A really great atmosphere and quick, friendly service. Actually got a fair amount of ice in my gin and tonic, and a fresh wedge of lime. A wide selection of spirits and wine, and many specialty drinks. The food quality is quite good for a pub. A nice place to 'people watch', both inside the pub and through the windows overlooking Portobello Road. We tried a lot of pubs in the area, but found this one to be what we considered the best. (A side bar: restrooms were clean, but had a most pungent odor - wouldn't be too difficult to correct) Bottom line - don't miss a chance to visit this pub.
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