Had a fab time here with a large group for after work drinks on a Friday night. They managed to accomodate us in the VIP area at very short notice. Lauren the waitress was the best and funniest waitress, managing to keep everyone happy, drinks topped up and laughing throughout the night! Cocktails were lovely, I had Porn Star Martini's
and Strawberry Mojito's at £8-£9 each. Great food choices for groups with veggie & meat platters for 4-5 people for £26 each.
Continuing in the theme of 'it's London Cocktail Week, so let's go for Cocktails!' (I'm working on a better title, honest!) I was invited to some work drinks by my wonderful friend, Amy. Last time I didn't mention her name and got told off at this place, so AMY thank you for inviting me you're wonderful!!!
Anyway, we went for Match, which was on my list so I could get a rather excellent deal on 2 specifically made cocktails at £3. Needless to say I spent the night drinking those ;) However, happy hour 7 - 9pm with 2-4-1 selected cocktails proved a hit with thes rest of the group, enjoying two cocktails at once for the evening. Needless to say, we had fun!
But what about this place? Well my friend AMY made the reservation and they got it mixed up with someone else so they had to create a table for us. After that, the evening went more smoothly. Service was with a smile (we had the best waitress, shout out to Katie for that evening!) but was a bit slow. Now, considering this bar wasn't packed, that got a bit annoying. I wonder if they were understaffed. The bar itself is nice, but not amazing. Great location near Oxford Circus and inside they've gone for a toned down Republican Texas feel - leather, wood and the occasional animal head. Very chic hunting lodge.
I really wanted to give this place 4 stars, but it doesn't match up to my past 4 star reviews for cocktails (pricewise, at about £10 it was slightly overkill outside of happy hour). Again though we didn't have food (most likely the reason for this slight hangover today!) so I would return and sample that. Mmm
I only came here because they had a much advertised all day Canada Day party. Fully expected this place to be packed by the time I got there around 6pm. Nope.
It was quite exciting to see the party advert, stating there was curds and shredded cheese for poutine, so that was on my list of things to have when I arrived. I wasn't quite so hungry when I got there, but my friend was and she had ordered the poutine and I'd order one later when I was more hungry.
When the "poutine" came, we found out their meaning of curds was feta. Normally, I have no problems with feta, in fact, I love feta, but with shredded cheese on chips and gravy, feta is the wrong thing to add to the mix. I'd much rather they had just said shredded cheese and gravy on chips.
Honestly, if we knew about this, we wouldn't have come at all.
Another thing was seating, most of the tables were taken by people in groups of 2 or 3. I had four other friends with me, but they had booked out all the larger tables, so we just huddled around a table for 2 and took stools from other tables. We were totally in the way of everything, all the staff just gave us stares everytime they had to walk by. We were going to stay for their live music, but it took forever for them to set up and we felt their "party" was lame, so we left and went to The Maple Leaf.
I understand I came here for an event, but the event was held by the establishment, and I have no interest in returning.
I had a fab time here celebrating a birthday recently. They have some yummy mojitos and they make some other delicious mixed drinks like the Thai Punch, which was so yummy! We also tried the Nui Nui Ni which was a tad heavy on the tequila but who ever minds that. Also, the elderflower martini was delicious which leads me to believe that the whole drinks menu must be YUM YUM!!
We also tried the sharing platters, which I found to be a good size and fairly priced at £26 for 4-5 people.
All of this combined with the music which was mainly 90s and 80s songs means a gala time was had by all..
There was one issue however, they don't allow you to pay the tab with more than one card, so either carry cash or take your Sugar daddy/mommy along
Good thing about this bar is that it has table service so you do not need to fight with getting served at the bar.
Prices are as expected for this part of London although we had to ask for a less flat tonic water for our drinks however, they sorted this for the next round.
Good place to go for a catch up. We didn't have food but saw others ordering so would seem to be a good place to get food to soak up all those drinks.
However, can get a bit loud as the night goes on but in a good location to move on to a quieter restaurant.
Nestled on a side street near Oxford Circus, you would be a little skeptical of a place in the middle of tourist central. Step into the glow of Match's mood lighting though, and you'll find that the drinks are consistently decent. It's the place to go when you're looking for something close to fight Monday doldums.
Tried the Tricolore, Thai Punch, La Hermosa, and Wild Tea Marteani. Thai Punch and La Hermosa are your typical girly island drinks, while Wild Tea Marteani is more complex with its earl grey tea infusion and Tricolore was my favorite with an interesting, slightly bitter and vanilla combination. Prices run from £7 to £10, which makes it a great place to go for a slightly swankier happy hour.
We were here Dec 2012.
right in the middle of busy touristic area but inside were many locals, good drinks but the sign outside was deceiving (happy hour ) when we were seated they told us its not for tonight. we ordered anyways, food was OK, this place is a good for drink and munchies..
In any trendy/cocktail bar, it's always the friendliness of the barternder that makes a place.
In this case, I'm glad to say, the barman we had was really friendly.
i'll pretty much drink anything, but my wife is slightly more specific about her flavours, and the bartender asked her what kind of flavours she liked and made her something specific which was actually quite good and not too strong (cant have her throwing up later!).
The venue is slightly small so I would imagine it would get quite rammed on a weekday with the afterwork crowd, but still overalll good.
GIN CUP! The size of my head - ask at the bar, say Lizzie send you, they'll understand and hook you up to the good stuff!
Seriously, this is the best cocktail ever. They have taken it off the menu but it's one of their huge ones and they do make it on request. I can't rate this place higher as it can be a little chavvy but generally the friendly staff make it a nice experience.
'Moments I regret in my life, No 341- being a boozy sue in Match bar during drinks with my boyfriends parents'. Oh but all the cocktails just tasted so good and fruity and fizzy and delicious, how could there be any alcohol in them? Just another round Evelyn, sure you can take it. Just watch your volume there Evelyn, maybe not everyone in the bar wants to hear your opinions on Stalinist history. Just watch your grip there Evelyn, you're not holding that glass quite right. Smash! Oh dear.
This running monologue pretty much sums up Match for me. The drinks are amazing, everything is perfectly made and the bartenders are so good looking it makes it very hard to avoid ordering more than you wanted. However, obviously this place is very alcoholic and if, like me, you didn't order any food, the drinks might just go to your head. If I had my way I would issue this place with a health warning to remind me not to drink so much. Either that or a picture of myself squatting on the floor trying to wipe up split Champagne before the waitress noticed... UNCOOL!
Sometimes Match bar can fill up with business types from the nearby offices but generally this place is very relaxed and classy. If I'm not there that is.
I was here last weekend to celebrate my birthday. The plan was actually to book a space in barrio central a few walking minutes away but they were fully booked already at the beginning of the week.
So I ended up at the Match Bar. For this special occasion I booked 'the Den' (£50 deposit/bar tab) where you can basically fit up to 20 people, have a bit of privacy, drink and talk. The music was actually good + not too loud (at least in the Den), I can remembering hearing a few good songs from the 90s.
Just for your information the cocktails are around £10 and taste amazing.
I had a good time here and will definitely come back.
PS: Only bad thing they close on a Saturday already at 12am.
Regularly frequented whilst studying at the London College of Fashion. This chic bar tucked behind the manic Oxford Circus is the ideal place for drinks with friends and/or a partner.
In the front window is a huge circular leather seated area around a low round table, we would always strive to get this table however you can imagine how popular it is. Tables and chairs line the venue until you reach the bar situated in the back.
Up a few stairs are chairs and a lovely big cubby hole area where you can hire the table and seat up 15 and have people standing - feels like a private party without the segregation from the other customers.
The food is delicious. The fish and chips are a huge portion and very tasty - not too greasy either, could definitely be shared. The nibbles are delicious too' olives and edamame beans are my favourite.
The bar is also a fun place to sit and have a drink. It is never crowded with people because the tables are predominantly waited. You can order a drink form the bar but they do prefer to come to you.
A sophisticated place filled with well dressed and behaved people..
Match Bar is a really chic bar behind London's busy Oxford Street that is perfect for cocktails with the girls. The dimly lit bar and mellow music also makes it ideal for a romantic night as you never feel overcrowded. There's a definate SATC vibe about Match Bar (the Mai Tais are a bit too moreish) and there aften groups of friends relaxing on the leather sofas.
The food is also really great and the duck spring rolls are delicious- just right quatity to share. The lunch menu is also very good and is the perfect place to stop off between a busy day shopping.
Match Bar is a styish bar without the steep prices- a rarity in Central London/
Full review at grumblinggourmet.com
One of the original London style bars. Tricked out like a Manhattan cocktail lounge with lowslung seating, exposed brick and tile walls, lighting turned low. Recent renovations have seen the intallation of comfortable booths on the lower level as well as a revamp of the menu, now matching City sister Giant Robot, though if you've been there in the last five years, I'd be surprised if you could tell the difference.
The cocktail menu is a strong feature. Pages of classics vie with house specials behind the well stocked bar. As many purveyors of high strength liquids they fair less well with the grape and grain, beer limited to a measly selection of three bottles (one of them a weissbier) and wine proffered without comment by grape variety. Whiskey and Amaretto Sours go down well (the latter definitely not my choice) and the dirty martini, a good test of any bar, is competent, though I'm not offered a choice of preferred brand.
Foodwise, they go with small plates. It's beer fodder at best, hearty, stodgy and male (even more surprising given the office girl and post shop clientele. I'd have thought they'd be crying out for something small, wholesome and Asian, rather than cannonball-esque mini burgers, heavy (though tasty) deep fried rice and mozzarella balls and sharing platters of charcuterie. Don't get me wrong, it's well enough done, though more suitable for soaking up pints than the cocktails more regularly quaffed. Slightly bland crostini and an odd, almost chemical guacamole are best avoided.
This place reminds me of how bars looked in the 80's - well on TV at least (defo reminds me of Moon Lighting & Cocktail).
Not really my cup of tea, very noisy & gets really busy with after work crowds.
I suppose if you are desperate for a cocktail/wine in that area then it's handy but...na, there are better places.
The Match Bar is a cool and funky bar which is great for a Sex in the City style evening out. I really like it here and although I don't venture into Oxford Circus as much as I used to, when I do, I always make this a stop point.
It is fantastic for cocktails - very chic and sophisticated and somewhere you can get dressed up. The food is great and I would recommend the sharing platters such as the Mezze Block which serves a good selection of vegetables and pickles. The seating is comfortable with lots of leather sofas although you may struggle to sit down on the busier evenings.
The prices are actually not too expensive at around £6.50 for a cocktail. I recommend the Pink Lady -simply delicious but be warned; it goes down far too well!
Definitely a venue for a girly evening as opposed to a romantic one with the boyfriend!
t's very sleek inside Match, with a sharp yet romantic ambiance. Low orange shades hang over the tables providing the only light in this dimly-lit lounge bar.
There are a mixture of tables and comfy leather couches lining the walls which are great to sink into with good company. If you're with a larger group there's a big circular table in the window cove that everyone can fit around, our favourite place to sit.
The smooth music is at the perfect level, loud enough to liven you up before moving onto a club, but you can still hold a decent conversation. I'm not sure how to describe the music, apart from it's the opposite of mainstream so you are safe from cheesy sounds here. The bar staff are very attentive, remembering to return to you when you need a little longer to choose your cocktail from the great list. They also do wine by the carafe (£16 for a carafe of Merlot) which is just enough for 2 glasses each when sharing with another friend, so you can swap between wine and cocktails without breaking the bank. The doormen too are Match-esque, being relaxed but efficient whilst their unimposing eye keeps a good check on everything. Even the toilets are great, with scented candles on the sinks keeping them smelling good.
I've seen people eating when we've been for late night drinks and although I would find it a bit too lively to have a meal in, the food looks and smells delicious so I'd like to try coming for lunch sometime as it opens at 11am.
Match is definitely one of my favourite well-dressed, warm-up bars in the West.
Not bad, strikes a decent balance between cocktail style and relaxed bar. It's big and spacious enough not to feel crowded if you grab a seat, and even the area around the bar is quite roomy. There's two levels, and a variety of seating types: from tables for two to large round tables for 8 or 10.
Bar staff good, food staff less so. They have an interesting array of liquors and cocktails (timinator.wordpress.com/…) , and lots of finger foods. I had a quality slab of ham, cheese, and pickled items (though it wasn't quote worth the £15 charge).
Easygoing and casual.
Spacious bar with plenty of room to chill-in. Quite stylish open-brick décor and comfy seating. I loved the cute menu with its cover dog - featured flopped-out on a sofa - enjoying his R&R. Also fun to read their quirky No list of items that aren't house policy. The solid oak slab sharing platters were inventively thought-out and named but seriously over-priced.
Perfectly placed for the local after-work crowd or weary shoppers laden with Top Shop goodies. A useful venue for larger groups looking to party, close to the (shopping) action on Oxford or Regent Street.
It's not often I'll feel compelled to spend £7 on a drink but when faced with a nicely laid out selection of quirky cocktails I'm powerless to resist, it seems. On entering Match Bar with a friend earlier today I was struck by its sophisticated calm, decked out in dark wood and warm tones, and after a spot of heavy shopping it was a welcome place to have a little rest and fortify ourselves with a cheeky drink or two.
Our waitress happily recommended a drink based on my desire for something fruity, not too boozy but with a bit of a kick and the Mango Long was soon slipping down my throat like a soothing tropical balm. Cue lots of giggly conversation with my friend, subsequent glasses of the gorgeous house white and time flying cheerfully by.
At one point we were sorely tempted by the meze platter amongst other tasty sounding treats on the food menu, but decided to save our pennies for the next round instead. Ahh, the sign of a true Brit. If only Match Bar was a bit cheaper I could see myself spending time there regularly, as it is I'll just have to keep it as a nice place to treat myself once in a while.
I wasn't sure I liked this place when we first arrived. It's a bit plasticy. But, after spending hours (and hours and hours) in there yesterday, the place kinda grew on me.
That might have had something to do with the cocktails. They do mix a damn good tipple here. I'm fussy about my cocktails so I was really impressed with their bellinis. I only had a couple but everyone else seemed to be very happy with their many many many drinks. Shots of expensive whiskey was drunk (and splilled) at one point.
The place is fun. I imagine it's more fun on a Friday (we were the only people in the whole place!). I'd come back here, but I don't think I'd cross through Soho and past all of those bars to get here.
I think I might have liked this place more had it not been for the rather extreme prices. It's also not that big, so on a Friday night you just always seem to be in the way wherever you stand or sit.
That said, I can't really fault the quality of the drinks. Wine turned out to be more reasonably priced than the cocktails too. They do have great funky drinks menus and the place had quite a good vibe, but I wouldn't rush back.
Brilliant place. I went to Twinterval here and have been back a few times since as there is an area you can reserve.
Drinks are average for this area which means expensive but it is still a great place to hag out. The music is never too loud and the food is decent and fun. I especially like the fries in a little bucket!
This place is very convenient for after-work drinks so went to farewell a colleague last night. Had that sneaky feeling I've been here before a long, long time ago but couldn't quite place it!
It's a long, dark, thin bar with a raised mezzanine running all down the right hand side and a private room at the back that can be curtained off. Our group was large so we moved from a nook on the mezzanine to the back room once numbers increased.
It was fine at first but quite echoey(?) and hot - once the air-con was switched on it was much less like Hades in there. Liked the decor, toilets were OK if a little small and I thought staff seemed friendly enough. They bill themselves more of a cocktail bar so only had one bottled beer available at £3.80ish, bit of a waste as surely in summer people will drink more beer? Maybe I'm just a pleb...
I love this Match Bar because this is where I met the love of my life in January. Only the fondest memories of visiting here!
It is in a really excellent position, just away from the madness of Regent/Oxford Street, but just as easy to get to by bus and tube.
The interior is swank and the bar is one of the coolest designs I've seen. Beautiful people abound. they have an inventive cocktail list with even more inventive names and the variety of shots they have are even cooler. My man won my heart with a clear shot that had a solid jelly flower in the middle - and it was liqueur! I still don't know how it's done.
Great Saturday night drinking place on the way to dinner or party.
**also try the other Match Bar near Turnmills. It's just as good!
I have been here many times after work for a small sherry or 2 however this is the first time I have been at lunchtime to eat and I was pleasantly surprised.
In the evening it is jammed full with the after work revellers determined to wash away the days stress. The conversation is often limited due to the noise which can be quite tiring. However, the whole atmosphere seems to change in the afternoon and I had a lovely lunch in nice calm (yet trendy) surroundings. overall a pleasant experience!
I had fish and chips which was very tasty, the price slightly blotted the copy book at £10 but what can you expect in W1?
Just been for a business lunch at Match and had a lovely time. I had the fish and chips which was just the right sized portion and a glass of house white which was perfectly refreshing.
A good little bar for lunch times or mid week drinks after work, the atmosphere is always cool.
A little on the pricey side for lunch, the bill worked out at £20 per head including drinks, but i would definitely recommend Match!
I didn't think this place was that bad! Fairly low expectations but the bartender was friendly and mixed us special cocktails on request. Classy ambience, private area... we ended up leaving early due to teenage drama but will probs return :)
match bar is a perfect escape from the crowds situated just off oxford circus the touritst do not stray this far and may be scared off by the prices. This is great also for after work drinks as it doesnt get busy until 8pm onwards. The choice of cocktails is great particulary the choice of champagne mixes, but prices are high and its easy to get carried away with very attentive waitress service. Theres food too to soak up all that aclohol and they do great warm pitta and chunky chips with tasty dips.
The only downside is that its a bit dark inside and easy to stay for hours and the cocktails are quite potent. The crowd here is mixed but mostly 20 somethings and very relaxed, theres also music in the evenings too.
Excellent bar, with back area and seating available to reserve - perfect intimate room for birthdays, parties, work get-togethers etc. Potent cocktails (including The Zombie, containing numerous sorts of whiskey) and delicious food, above average pub fare.
Just off of Oxford Street, the Match Bar is far enough away from the hustle and bustle to not be a tourist trap; the bar is usually quite quiet during the day, picking up in the early evening. Small amount of outside seating for sun worshippers and smokers.
Classy establishment, but not too dressy. Quality drinks list, good glasses, crushed ice, delicious presentation. Recommended!
This place gets pretty busy on a Thursday or a Friday, but that's probably because the cocktails are pretty good. Prices are relatively steep but the drinks are good, and the location is very central - the atmosphere is pretty good too.
All in all a great place for a few cocktails that are always well made and hit the spot.
If you need a good-looking bar with decent cocktails, competent staff and a central location then Match Bar is pretty perfect. I found it lacked a bit of character and felt a bit chain-ish but who notices that after a few drinks? We arrived early so we were lucky enough to grab the very large back room. It held around 15 (my memory is a bit sketchy...) quite comfortably on large squishy sofas. The music seemed generic but didn't interfere with our conversation. Perfect. My biggest gripe with Match Bar is their refusal to have a Happy Hour, meaning that the cocktails (starting at £6.50) seem much more expensive. But they were very good cocktails. Torn between three and four stars, but I'll settle on four because I actually had a really nice time here. It's perfectly inoffensive and just lets you get on with your drinking and chatting.
Meh! I've been a twice but both times it was never my choice. Really it's not horrid but just doesn't do anything for me. It feels a bit like the kind of bar you go to when you're just venturing into the "grown-up" world of drinking. There is nothing actually wrong with it per se, yes it's small but lots of bars are small, hmmm, I'm not sure what it is and I can't quite put my finger on it. However I will say this, I would prefer to go and have a drink in the All Bar One across the street. Now that's saying something!
If you live in London, you need to check out a Match site at least once. They wrote the book on London cocktail bars being affordable, high-quality and yet relaxed and unpretentious.
If you haven't been, go now. If they're not open yet, bring a tent.
I really enjoyed my visit to the match bar, tasteful surroundings, fantastic cocktails and really friendly and approachable staff. The atmosphere is sophisticated, with low tables, subdued lighting and high quality fixtures. This place feels polished, but with a touch of class. They did make a mistake with our order (we came late to a party and we had the same drinks as a couple of other people there had just ordered, so they assumed it was a duplicate order, so ours never arrived) however they made up for this by giving the table a couple of fishbowls and the manager came over to appologise. The cocktails were fresh, tasty and reasonably priced although beware the service charge! A nice bar, where it would be easy to spend a pleasant evening.
If you love your cocktails, you will love this place. Been going here when ever I'm in the area since it was introduced to me in 1999 and it never disappoints. Always a good go to place, love their bar snacks too.
I always seem to have a good time here and my last visit (ontolondon.blogspot.com/…) was no exception. However, keep in mind that I didn't say great time. Just good. I mean, don't get me wrong, the drinks are always excellent (although I don't think Match is as cutting edge as it was when first opened). But the atmo's usually a bit blasé (its sister bar, Match EC (qype.co.uk/place/77869-M…) on Clerkenwell Road is a bit cooler and has a better vibe). However, you can't beat the Margaret Street location near Oxford Circus and New Bond Street Tube Stations but then there are other places to drink round there too. I like Match, but it's not the first place I'd think of going and I most likely would avoid it if crowded (of course, that's probably got a lot more to do with me and my curmudgeonly ways than to do with anything about Match).
Worth a try - and the cocktails are consistent - but the Clerkenwell location's better.
Tippy, sexy, cool, lacking the filth it was once famous for
Good cocktails - but a bit hit and miss with service.
i work on the same street and often go there on a friday for work drinks, always need to make sure you book a table else you can find yourself standing!
Love the cocktail menu and the food menu and some great choices for picky bits!
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