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  • “On the downside the music was quite cheesy, the dance floor is fairly small.” in 2 reviews

  • “A fun basement bar in NoHo (i.e. North of Oxford Street) with a Scandinavian vibe.” in 2 reviews

  • “Tucked away in a basement on Newman Street it is a great place to meet new people or party with your friends.” in 2 reviews

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  • 4.0 star rating
    2/8/2014

    Love this quirky little bar. I prefer bars that are a bit more quieter nowdays that you can enjoy time with your friends. Drinks are reasonable and its open quite late (think 3am) plus they have a ping pong and fossball table so if your a little competitive or want a bit of fun it adds something to the evening!

  • 4.0 star rating
    10/6/2014

    When I came here, it just so happened to be the National Day of Sweden, so the place was pretty festively decked out in Swedish flags and according to my Finnish friend, a lot of the people around us were speaking Swedish. So it had a pretty fun vibe and the place was fairly crowded. Behind the bar they have a wheel that you can spin to get a random shot, which we did twice and both times the shots were quite tasty. I also highly recommend getting cranberry gin mixed with a liquor (I chose vodka)... you can hardly even realize that cranberry gin has alcohol itself! We got to enjoy our drinks outside on their doorstep for a while, with about 10 other people out there, but after a certain hour they have to have everyone downstairs in the bar. For some reason, the back room (the dance floor) was rented out to an Indian private party that night, and it wasn't closed off but was just a bit weird. Instead we sat at a table in the front room reserved for a girl named Elin, who had either left already or just never showed up, and no one made a fuss. Thank you Elin!

  • 5.0 star rating
    7/12/2013

    My favorite bar in London.  I prefer a chilled out bar with relaxed people, good music that's low enough to have long conversations, friendly staff, and a warm all-around feel.  This place provides it in spades.  People complain about poor quality of free shots and low selection, but to me that doesn't really matter - cold beer, nice cider selection, a few bar snacks, and a cozy, relaxed yet lively bar with very, very friendly staff.  Almost feels like you're in your hometown livingroom on a weeknight. Food is just ok, but to me no big deal as I don't go to eat.  Only drawback is that they don't carry Nordic Cider!!  But then again, nobody else in the UK does either!

  • 4.0 star rating
    25/6/2011

    Slightly hidden away on Newman street with flashing blue Christmas lights!!

    Like many places I find myself going to time and time again, the staff here are amazing and know how to entertain guests very well! as previously mentioned before the chips with rock salt and thyme is a great treat while drinking!

    the space itself is interesting shaped almost like a dumbbell two larger areas separated by a long narrow stretch where the bar is!

    The bar itself has the longest array of different flavoured vodkas you will and can find in london i'm sure. Also famous for it's wheel of fortune styled spinning wheel above the bar with over 20 different types of shots, made with all sorts of ingredients (trust me when i say ingredients)..
    the bar also offers a great array of scandanavian ciders and beers, bottled and on tap!

    If it's a night out you're on you'll be absolutely sure to have a great time pre-gaming in here, or equally a good place to be grounded for the night, I've personally staggered out many a time after being the subject of great hospitality!!

    The only thing it needs is a jukebox, even if it is an mp3 new age one it does however have it's own music!

    Dubbed by the staff to be a bar busiest during the winter due to it's location, I'd go anytime of the year!   it certainly gets a 4 star from me!

  • 2.0 star rating
    20/9/2010

    Apparently when it first opened it was chokka with Scandi blondes. Now its full of people who are hoping to meet those blondes but who have since moved on.

    Not sure if there is anything redeeming about this place to make me return. The interior seems neglected, the food looked just "ok". I think there are other places in the area which could be better.

  • 4.0 star rating
    10/11/2008
    First to Review

    I was a little dubious of this place, primarily because I was worried it was going to be exactly the same as every other cocktail bar in the West-End, thankfully this wasn't the case.  I went there for a friend's birthday and the staff really took care of us. They even mixed up a new cocktail for us in honour of the occasion and which they administered to each of us for free!

    They play up the Scandinavian feel with cool lighting and a chilled soundtrack.  The cocktail list is extensive and expensive but, if you're willing to flirt a little with the bar staff they can usually be persuaded to lower the price tag and maybe offer you the occasional sneaky shot.  During the day the offer a range of Scandinavian inspired food that'll probably run to about £10 per head.

    A great place to start an evening with a difference.

  • 4.0 star rating
    23/11/2008

    This Scandinavian themed bar in central London was a nice little find when I used to work around the corned.

    I wouldn't say this place is "trendy" but because of all the media companies that surround it, there definitely is a certain type of clientele that frequent here - young, media types...

    The bar is fully stocked with everything you could wish for and the place seems a little small, where it lacks in width, it makes up for in length.

    On a weekend it can get pretty busy and may not be the best place for a quiet drink with mates but if you are up for a drunken laugh then perfect!

  • 3.0 star rating
    23/12/2008

    I went to Nordic Bar in the evening after my final university exam. A bad worker, I had crammed throughout the night, taken the exam, met my dad for a drink and slightly awkward motivational speech, then gone round my friend's house for a couple of bottles of wine and some N20 robot karaoke. By the evening I was feeling exhausted, slightly disconnected and wanted to go home, however, after some motivational bullying from my friends we went to the Nordic Bar for some drinks.

    The Nordic bar is a walk-down bar from street level. Once inside it is quite small and a little stuffy. There is a narrow bar area, beyond which is a larger seating area. It may have been my mood but the place had an odd atmosphere, with the other clientele mainly office workers and Scandinavian expats.

    A little odd but worth trying if you are near.

  • 4.0 star rating
    22/8/2011
    3 check-ins

    Nordic Bar seems to be a nice place to eat and also to enjoy one or the other cocktail. I guess, I simply went there too early on a Saturday, because the bar area was sort of empty.
    The cocktail I had was good, and I will have to come back, to check out there nordic menu! Köttbullar, and the like.

  • 3.0 star rating
    8/12/2008

    Apparently this is the first Scandinavian bar/restaurant in "Noho". That place you've heard so much about, you know the northern part of Soho, hmmm.

    I went on a Friday and it is like a bottle of champagne for £20. Cheap champagne but champagne nonetheless. It's not really my cup of tea, hanging around in Noho sipping champagne but I had Canadian friends and they insisted.

    I didn't try any of the Scandinavian 'themed' cocktails but the waiter accidentally gave us two bottles of champagne for £20, aiiight...

  • 3.0 star rating
    6/1/2013

    OK bar in a tucked away spot.

    We've celebrated New Year here and the deal they provided was very good: for £10 you got 2 flutes of champagne and a not so crammed up space on NY.

    On the downside the music was quite cheesy, the dance floor is fairly small. The drinks are pretty ridiculously priced at almost a tenner and getting pitchers produces even worse value for money...

    So all in all it is definitely OK but doesn't stand out with anything in particular...

  • 4.0 star rating
    29/11/2009

    Nordic is a cellar bar, dimly lit and trendy in a laid-back, jazzy, scandinavian way. As the evening progressed we realised that, numeros vodka and lager options aside, food was the unexpected star treat of the evening. Don't underestimate Nordic.

    On arrival we were warmly greeted. Blue lights twinkled, dark wood floors and tables resonated, and furs hung on the walls and deadened the din, making this place seem homely in a pleasantly unexpected way. I launched straight into choosing a cocktail whilst the 'other half' quizzed the bar staff on savoury vodka options, settling for a home-made chilli vodka diluted with straight vodka - it had a kick!

    Both drinks options were lissome with loveliness. My cocktail was composed of lime and citron vodkas, grapefruit juice shaken with crushed ice and mint, then poured over Lingonberry juice on the rocks . . . . . sharp, sweet, minty and fresh all at once!

    Our friends arrived and soon we were sharing bottles of 'God Lager' (good lager in Swedish) which had a pleasingly malty, dark taste akin to a dark Belgian beer. Acquavit, with tones of fennel and caraway, and raspberry vodka also did the rounds . . . . all delicious.

    The food was really special. Smorgasbord was a must for some - reportedly the best Gravadlax ever tasted as pronounced by the lady who once worked in a fish smokery of renown. Others of us had Pytt i Panna. Pytt i Panna is a dish of pan fried potato, Danish bacon and herbed sausages topped with a fried egg and served with dill pickles and beetroot and is truly delicious! I should know, I ate it all, very quickly. One of our party had homemade Frikadeller (Danish pork meatballs) served with mashed potatoes and beef and onion gravy with a touch of fresh cream.

    Quality, flavour, good service and an irresistible joie de vivre characterise Nordic. If you're experiencing mobility problems you'll have to miss Nordic's chams - it's a cellar bar accessed down a metal fire escape stair. The food was fresh and deliciously flavoured and aside from what we ordered there are numerous 'snack' options like hot dogs and the like. The vodka and beer selection were just great. I am a fan.

    • Qype User absint…
    • London
    • 81 friends
    • 264 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    1/6/2011

    The Nordic Bar is one of those places I periodically forget about, re-discover, and fall madly in love with all over again, every time. It's a brilliant little independent theme bar serving incredible cocktails and snacks in a cosy, underground setting.

    Staff here are always helpful and extremely friendly. I have no idea if it is an authentic take on Nordic nightlife, but it's certainly unlike anywhere else in London!

  • 2.0 star rating
    10/3/2010

    "You want to get a beer and a cheeseburger?"
    A weird way to start off, but sure I'm game

    The space is kindof odd, much more bar than place to grab a bit (it is a bar after all) but I do enjoy their devotion to the idea that it ought to be Nordic, a bunch of Carlsberg and an fine but not remarkable burger later and the place is still pretty empty.

    Considering the location, its pretty random

    • Qype User Philip…
    • London
    • 12 friends
    • 16 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    27/8/2008

    At this quirky Scandinavian themed basement bar, it's always Christmas. Decorated with fake fir trees bedecked in twinkling lights and instructive posters showing you how to knock back a tipple or two, it serves drinks going by names such as 'My wife Helga can snort a meatball through a garden hose' and Nordic snacks.

    I think it's either somewhere you'll love or hate and I must admit the basement might not be the best place to be when it's rammed on a Saturday night. However, on this mid-week visit, it was tranquil and my fruity happy hour cocktails accompanied by fat chips with rosemary convinced me that I don't despise the place.

    • Qype User spin_d…
    • London
    • 26 friends
    • 55 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    9/2/2010

    Got taken here after work...

    GLAD I DID!

    Awesome venue (although underground!) with great cider and even better types of voda! Seems like a well kept secret with the workers of London and was busy from start to finnish!

    Give it a go!

  • 3.0 star rating
    21/5/2013

    They reeled us in with promises of free shots, which were rancid (aren't all free shots?!). Despite it being really busy we lucked out with a table for our big group. Drinks are average priced for the area. The music is pretty cheesy but at the end of the night we were able to ask for songs and got all good ones on. The bathrooms have loads of magazine clippings on the walls which is cool since its nice and colourful, if you're into that! In general it's a solid place to go for a few drinks, though there's likely better in the area.

    • Qype User Hollow…
    • London
    • 1 friend
    • 5 reviews
    2.0 star rating
    15/3/2010

    Despite its charming cellar premises this bar mamages to be anything but. The problem is hardly a unique one: standing room only at any even half way busy time, average drinks priced at the spenny end of 'reasonable for the West End' and entirely indifferent staff.

    There are some cute corners & nice touches but the tired decor & overly hip clientele fail to compensate.

  • 4.0 star rating
    2/1/2010

    Their rosemary rock salt fries are to DIE for!!

    • Qype User nickma…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 9 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    28/6/2013

    I had some mixed feelings from this place. The drinks were great and the service was very fast but the noise was too much for me. Maybe I'm getting old, so don't count that as a con :) Anyway, the bar is nice and I'd visit again.

    • Qype User techno…
    • London
    • 6 friends
    • 9 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    18/3/2008

    A fun basement bar in NoHo (i.e. North of Oxford Street) with a Scandinavian vibe. The food's not up to much, but the cthe Danish beer is good and the cocktails are great.

    • Qype User Erik…
    • London
    • 13 friends
    • 12 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    9/7/2010

    Lovely and faithful nordic food, don't know many other bars where can buy pickled herring and gravlax to go with a beer. Took the workmates for lunch and they loved the food. Nice chilled atmosphere and friendly staff. A little dark in the celler for a summers day but nice venue overall.

  • 1.0 star rating
    29/11/2013

    Horrible place. This was the worst service I have ever experienced. There are 4 menus on the table with different food that don't seem to correspond to the information on the outside. The barman doesn't know which menu we should be looking at or what food is available. He takes ages to put the menu into the system but 20 minutes later, comes back and says 3 out of the 4 dishes we've ordered are unavailable. We change the order but all but one of our dishes arrive wrong and rather than an apology, we're treated as if we've changed our minds and are being difficult. The vegetarian amongst us is given a meat burger and when we point this out, we're told it's a veggie burger but just looks and tastes like real meat. But it IS meat. The manager arrives and instead of apologising he's aggressive.

    • Qype User markra…
    • London
    • 16 friends
    • 16 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    9/2/2010

    Visted this lovley place on a night for after work drinks, loved it, very warm and welcoming, great selection of beverages and food. the hot dog is a must try!! will definatly be returning.

    • Qype User melody…
    • London
    • 6 friends
    • 41 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    27/3/2011

    I've been to Nordic bar a few times. It gets very crowded late weekend nights. However, if you're in the neighborhood it's a actually a quiet place to stop in for a drink. Last time I went during the week, enjoyed a quick drink and a very tasty Scandinavian cheese plate. Also, have a read through the fine Scandinavian freemags - and catch up on the best of Nordic culture. :)

  • 5.0 star rating
    6/7/2011
    1 check-in

    A lovely themed bar in Newman Street away from bustling crowds in Oxford Street. It's tucked away, literally underground, which gives this place a cosy charm and feels like a retreat from the 9-5 stress of the city.
    They have a large selection of Nordic drinks (Kopperberg, Tuborg, Absolut Vodka, Finlandia, Lapin Kulta etc.) so don't expect the traditional English fare here.

    I've had the food here twice and I've thoroughly enjoyed each time. Whilst it is very similar to Ikea's food range in that it isn't spicy, it is very flavoursome, wholesome and great value (the last time I ordered the Swedish beef hotdog it only cost £4.50).

    The service is always top notch, very friendly and helpful.

    All in all, a lovely gem in the city that is so different from the usual unfriendly chains of bars.

    • Qype User johnts…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 2 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    2/10/2009

    Brilliant bar in the center of town with a great vibe and atmosphere and good mix of people.Cool and unique Scandinavian theme.
    Well worth a visit.Go try!

    • Qype User Katt…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 1 review
    5.0 star rating
    13/12/2007

    You're always guaranteed a great night when you set foot into Nordic Bar. With all sorts of Scandinavian products and decor from food and drinks to deer skins; this themed bar is anything but typical. Tucked away in a basement on Newman Street it is a great place to meet new people or party with your friends. Nordic Bar is open for lunch and in the evening; everyone should try a Scandinavian Hot Dog at least once!! The Bar owners and staff are friendly and ensure you have a great time no matter what night of the week you pop in! Prices are good for the westend and they have different speacials everyday!

    • Qype User numa…
    • Berne, Switzerland
    • 2 friends
    • 17 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    21/2/2008

    Interesting bar that was wonderful for my Nordic nostalgia as they have all of the Nordic drinks behind the bar. Most of the staff are also Nordic although the crowd seems to be crowded with Australian blokes! A nice friendly place where it's easy to mingle.

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