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  • “They have live music from Thursday until Saturday and the band played some cool music when I went there.” in 19 reviews

    Music: Live

  • “I just love this pub, and if you especially a lover of world beers, you will love this place.” in 24 reviews

  • “It can get a little crazy and overly boisterous inside, but I suppose that's all part of the fun.” in 11 reviews

    Noise Level: Loud

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  • 4.0 star rating
    14/8/2014

    I jokingly refer to this place as the Inception bar because there are levels and levels of mazes, and I'm always getting lost inside, and mobile service never works, and occasionally Marion Cotillard wanders out from a hidden doorway and tries to murder everyone.

    In all seriousness, the Porterhouse is a great spot for drinks after work. It can get crowded, especially on Thursday and Friday, but there are enough bars scattered throughout that you never have to wait too long to get served. Draft ales are quite nice, and at £4-5, about right for central London. They recently had this really good seven-hops IPA on tap -- that was a nice surprise, because I never see truly bitter, soapy-tasting IPAs (that is meant to be a good description!) on tap in this country.

    The food is all right. It's refreshing to not eat at a Spoon's once in a while. The fries come in generous portions that can easily be shared by three or four people.

    They turn up the music quite loud on the main floors, but there are quieter nooks hidden throughout. I've been here with one friend and also taken a big group before, and we've never had a problem finding space. All in all, one of my favorite bars in the Covent Garden area.

  • 5.0 star rating
    2/7/2014

    I really like this bar. the design is like a strange maze of sections. Hard to explain.

    But the last time coming here it was far to sunny and warm to sit indoors. So we sat in the garden and started our drinking day.

    The beer here is really nice. The ales are lovely. But shockingly the lager has a distinct flavour when ususally lager kinda taste the same. I can't remember the name of the lager, but it was on draft.

    One of the things that bothers me about drinking in pubs in London... is they all sell the SAME beer. Your typical bitter, 2 different types of typical lager and a stout. But here you'll find something other than fosters!

    After about 3 pints, moved on to cocktails. I wasn't impressed. And it wasn't cheap. no boose in my cocktail and too much sugar!

    But overall... lovely place. In my top 10 favs!

  • 3.0 star rating
    24/6/2014
    1 check-in

    If i didn't have the memory of a gold fish i would have come here months ago, as i came here years ago but could never really remember where it was, then by chance on Sunday my friend wanted to take me to a good pub he knows, and it turned out to be this place.

    I came in the winter before and it's a really nice place to be inside as it dark and cosy with lots of little areas to sit, in the summer it has quite a large area outside, though we had to stand for a bit. Really large selection of beers and ales.

    Really good way to escape the crowds and horrors of average street performers of Covent Garden and put your feet up for a bit.

  • 3.0 star rating
    21/8/2014

    We've been going here 10+ years when we're in London. Sadly, going downhill. Lackluster service, oysters seem to be gone, dingy in the corners etc. It used to be a gleaming place now a tad tawdry. The food/beer was fine, getting any was (mostly) confusing. "Order at the bar" then "I'll take your order" then no one was in either place! No management oversight that I could see. Boy were they all attentive at tip time. Sadly, not much to be shared. The Dublin Porterhouse puts this place to shame.

  • 3.0 star rating
    9/8/2014

    Busy social bar with many floors and loads of seating areas! Any food needs to be ordered before 9pm but overall prices are reasonable.

  • 5.0 star rating
    7/8/2014

    Fun pub on a Friday night in Londontown

  • 3.0 star rating
    6/8/2014

    A complete rabbit warren of a pub with bars on 3 floors. The tap selection is brewed in Ireland with a couple of guest kegs as well so something for every taste. They also have a vast bottle selection. Pretty good for a Covent Garden location. 4 stars for location and atmosphere but marks knocked off for beer selection.

  • 5.0 star rating
    4/6/2014

    Brilliant pub and never disappoints. The only minor negative is that it sometimes gets a bit too busy with the after work crowd.

    Nevertheless, this is a good place to go to impress a beer fan like my dad! A huge selection of drinks including ales, cocktails, wines, spirits etc, and only marginally at Covent garden prices - although you're not just paying for the location, like you do with some pubs in the area.

  • 4.0 star rating
    23/7/2014

    In porterhouse you can choose from hundreds of brands of bottled beers from around the world.

  • 4.0 star rating
    29/10/2013
    1 check-in

    1. Beers. Beers. Beers. Beers. Beers. Beers. Beers. Beers. Beers. Beers. Beers. Beers. Beers. Beers. Beers. Beers. Beers. Beers. Beers. Beers. Beers. Beers.  Beers.  Beers.  Beers.  Beers.  Beers.  Beers.  Beers.  Beers.  Beers.  Beers.  Beers. Oh Lord, all them beers.

    2. Metallic maze of a place. Which can be fun or irritating, depending how you look at it,

    3. Reception can be quiet bad in the depths of all the pipes, so try to give any meeting friends the heads up.

    4. Decent roasted veg sandwich!

  • 4.0 star rating
    2/4/2014
    1 check-in

    I've been walking past The Porterhouse for years without any idea that beyond the always-crowded courtyard and busy sounds emanating from inside, that there was a cavernous wonderland of a pub behind! The prices are high - even for central London - but it's a fun pub full of a million cozy corners for sitting with a friend or 10 friends! The waitstaff, even with table numbers corresponding to orders, were all super confused as to where food went. But they were all friendly. (We were there midweek). We'll be back!

  • 4.0 star rating
    23/6/2013

    My friend brought me to the Porterhouse Brewing Co. to give me a real pub dining experience while in London.Honestly I think moreso than anything else we just stumbled upon it. Most people were stood 'round the bar having their brews but we grabbed a table as we were also grabbing a bite. The usual thing with similar establishments in England is you order your food & drinks up at the bar and then they will usually bring your food to your table for you.

    I tried their Porterhouse Red Ale and loved it! Served at room temp from the tap, as most beers in England. Had a twinge of fruit with malt plus it was a pretty bright red - I'm a girl after all and it doesn't hurt for my beer to look pretty. Although, my friend informed me that everyone would think I was a lesbian because ladies in the UK just do not drink beer. I assure you I like the fellas but I also do enjoy the pints.

    The interior is very cool with hidden seating spots, awesome woodwork abound, just a really nice looking place and super chill. It was a mix of families and drinkers on a Friday afternoon. I'd definitely return to The Porterhouse!

  • 5.0 star rating
    27/8/2013
    1 check-in

    This place doesn't just deserve 5 stars, it deserves a medal for promoting healthy living. Why I hear you ask? Because everytime you want a drink you work off the calories consumed by walking up and down 600 different stairs just to get to your nearest bar! Seem people may find that annoying, I think this place is just BRILLIANT

    It was a firm favourite when I first moved to London, perfectly located in a covent garden backstreet so that I could feel like I was a true Londoner with 'the knowledge' whilst actually frequenting a pub near to the main tourist area of this great city.
    Great selection of drinks and food at reasonable prices and a large outdoor area. The main selling point of this place is its size and layout. Having been there at least a few dozen times I can now tentatively say that I have seen all the differ nooks, crannies and places to sit. In reality, probably not! Staircases seem to go everywhere, balconies overlook mezzanines that themselves are overhanging bars and floors. Different areas for live music, I would suggest meeting any friends outside, you ain't gonna find them otherwise. Bag on team!

  • 3.0 star rating
    18/9/2013
    1 check-in
    Listed in 2013 Destroyer, Pubbery

    The greatest way to describe my experience in The Porterhouse is: discombobulated. I found the various entrances and seating areas and bars and people everywhere all too confusing, even though I generally like that sort of thing. And while I might have found it endearing in a different encounter, the fact that it was a football match and the footies wouldn't move away from the bar made it really annoying to try and order food.

    The food itself was pretty standard: I had a burger, my friend had a pizza. Both were served to American sized portions, which is good because they were Americanized food at London prices, so we actually got our money's worth.

    For the most part, it's just another place to grab a bite and a pint. I'm not sure there's anything that really captivated me or would bring me back.

  • 4.0 star rating
    2/8/2013

    It's an absolute maze in here! Really fun to walk around and check out all the different levels. There are a million types of beer to choose from (seriously... there is a menu of beer) and the food on people's tables looked pretty good.

    Bathrooms were clean, bar staff were friendly, band was.. ok but I still like that there was live music!

    Compared to other nights I have been, Thursday was not that busy, but it was still quite loud in the bar. There was A/C which was a + last night!

    Always fun to come here and will defo come again!

  • 5.0 star rating
    18/1/2014
    1 check-in

    They have live music from Thursday until Saturday and the band played some cool music when I went there. There were rock n roll, 90's pop, and alternatives. They are famous of their beers. Lots of variety and good price. The place was really crowded on Friday night but it was a lot of fun too. Will definitely come back.

  • 5.0 star rating
    8/12/2013

    Very cool place, tons of beers (Banana bread beer is awesome), clean, nice folks.  Even when it's packed with people, it's big enough that you can find your own space for a chat.  Nice staff, drinks aren't too pricey.  Very creative layout with lots of different places in one.  No reception for the phone as it is mostly underground...a nice change!

  • 4.0 star rating
    3/12/2013

    This place is a maze.  And I loved it.  It was easy to find a little nook to just sit back, enjoy a conversation and a brew.  And speaking of brews, their selection was enormous.

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    3.0 star rating
    24/8/2013

    Great location, good
    ambiance, and a friendly staffs that always entertains you. And there are lots
    of seats, so no worry if you came here on Friday or even Saturday. I definitely come back here again.

  • 4.0 star rating
    28/11/2012

    The name "Porterhouse" must have come from porthouse steaks in America (for those that don't know, usually a MASSIVE slab of meat), because the size of this pub is impressive. With stairs leading to multiple sections, tons of standing rooms and tables, Porterhouse also offers a huge selection of beer that fills out the offering.

    They have about 6 house brews, lagers, porters, ales, strong ales, wheat, etc, and also another 10 beers on tap (I recommend their Brain Blaster and their Hop Head house brews if you like ales). They also serve wine (but come on, you don't come to a pub to drink wine!) and a large selection of bottles. It was Belgium beer celebration week so they had tons of Belgium brews in the fridge (not sure if that's normal) including Delirium, Leffe and others. I think beers were about 3.5-4 pounds each.

    It was absolutely packed on a Saturday night. I was told afterwards that it's mostly tourists here, but that didn't make a difference, it's a great place to go for a few brews!

  • 4.0 star rating
    27/4/2009
    ROTD 23/5/2009

    So, you know that M.C. Escher painting 'Relativity'?  The one with the crazy staircases?  No?  

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Re…

    Go on, then. Take a look at it.  

    Have you looked yet?  Okay, well the Porter House is almost exactly like that.  There are stairwells EVERYWHERE.  There are three levels (I think... it's hard to say, really), and each level has various mezzanine levels thrown about on it higgledy piggledy for fun.  Or to confuse the bejebus out of drunk people.  Whichever.

    When I visited, it was quite calm, not too busy.  My companions and I found it easy to grab some chairs and tables.  Because of all the mezzanine floors and crazy staircases, the Porter House has quite a few little nooks and enclaves that make really great areas for small gatherings of friends.  It creates a real sense of intimacy.

    I can't say how many toilets the place has, as I'm pretty sure I saw a couple spotted on various levels and mezzanine floors.  However, walking around was so disorienting that it could have been the same toilet facility and I would have been none the wiser.

    Oh yeah, and the drinks menu is ginormous.  Absolutely huge.

    Go, enjoy the crazy atmosphere, drink too much of the beer on offer and then get completely lost on your way back to your companions from the toilet after you walk up and down about five staircases.

    P.S. The Porter House used to be a microbrewery, which actually might explain the craziness of its layout and which also adds to its cool factor.

  • 5.0 star rating
    26/5/2010

    A. Packed and loud as hell...outside
    B. Packed and loud as purgatory...inside
    C. The architect was sick, the place is a gem in terms of the seating arrangement and spacing
    D. Taking 20 pics seems excessive especially after drinking 5 pints of London Pride and falling down stairs proved as much
    E. A must see and drink-at spot

    I will hit again, especially when a match is on.

  • 3.0 star rating
    5/2/2009

    You know the famous 'impossible staircase' puzzle, the one where several figures are moving up and down different staircase but never meet at the same point? That's the Porter House for me. Not only is it huge and confusing with all it's nooks and in-between levels but it's always so busy in here that it's just impossible to find anyone. Don't think you can rely on your phone signal to help you out in here either...reach for your mobile and all you will see is a sad diagonal line across your reception bars indicating that there really is no way out from here. It's kind of like Hotel California.

    Still, if you're in a big crowd looking to watch the rugby then I would recommend the Porter House. Drink prices are what you would expect for Covent Garden but they do have a good selection of beers. If you're there early enough then you can make it up to the top floor and get a good seat with a view of one of the TV screens. Too late and you'll be stuck behind some corner listening to the cheers but not knowing who scored!

  • 3.0 star rating
    15/2/2010
    1 check-in

    I'm not even sure if I was actually living in reality or sleepwalking through some strange dream state when I visited the Porterhouse with a group of yelpers over the weekend, but Larissa D is spot on when she describes this drinking den as that M.C. Escher painting 'Relativity'.

    Beers and nooks and crannies and beers and tables and staircases and beers and tvs and nooks and beers..,

    If fact, I'll take your M.C. Escher 'Relativity" and I'll raise you David Bowie's strange staircase/inflated cup/staircase/reminds me of the babe Labyrinth final scene as seen in this rare footage: youtube.com/watch?v=pQaN…

    With Beer.

    Toby, unfortunately was nowhere to be found.

  • 4.0 star rating
    14/9/2011
    2 check-ins

    It's like a maze of levels and I swear there are certain areas and staircases I can only seem to find when drunk leading me to believe Porterhouse is some kind of closet to Narnia. I fully expect one day to take the wrong set of stairs and meet a centaur in a snow-filled forest...at least I hope I do!

    I have been here many times over the years and I'm not the least bit shamed to admit I don't think I've ever left without being at least a little tipsy. It's just not the sort of place you come for a diet coke! They have all manner of beers including some lovely fruity ones that I love.

    They often have live music and I've always been impressed by their selection of bands playing some cracking well-known folky and rock tunes.

    I accidentally visited Porterhouse in Dublin last time I was over there. I say accidentally because we arrived after visiting a long line of other pubs and upon commenting 'this place reminds me of Porterhouse on Maiden Lane' my weary-friend rolled her eyes and pointed out we were in a Porterhouse. Well how was I to know there was more than one?

  • 4.0 star rating
    14/12/2011

    One word best describes this place for me "Labyrinth"  but the David Bowie version rather than Pans.

    This pub which is  located in Covent Garden has more levels and  various stairwells pointing out to different directions like a maze.

    One of the big misconception that I found before going to The Porterhouse is that the outside does not justify what can be found on the inside. There is seating avalible outside for those who like to induldge in their nicotine fix.

    I found this pub to be very open and friendly.  Even though it gets very loud and busy there will always be some corner that you can sit and just chat without being disturbed by the other patrons.  

    They have a acceptable selection of wine and a huge selection of foreign and local beers. I have yet to try out the food but have always stolen a glimpse of the typical yet fulfilling  pub food served on the other tables. I intend to try this out upon my next visit.

  • 4.0 star rating
    21/11/2008

    Not a good place for a blind date for the following reason:
    The Porterhouse is vast, ridiculously huge with multiple levels and all sorts of nooks and crannies. There is not a chance in hell you would ever find someone you have never met before in here unless it was completely empty, and even then, you would struggle. I ended up phoning my friends about three times just to find them.

    I would however, recommend this place for a lads night or for watching sports. The bar offers a huge range of different beers, both on tap and bottled. You could while away a happy hour or two trying as many of them as possible and getting truly sozzled.

  • 4.0 star rating
    10/1/2009

    This is a huge bar with a massive collection of beer from different countries.  This bar can get really crowded, but I see this as a good thing, especially when you're new in the country.  The downstairs area is for what is on tap while the upstairs has the bottled beers.  I took a friend of mine here who was looking for something different other than the regular club experience and he really seemed to enjoy himself.  I was really craving a Sam Adams and was able to find one here.  We also went nuts when a cover band started playing Oasis.  Sorry, sometimes I just have those moments.

    Note:  You have to go down some side streets to find this place, so it's easy to get lost.

  • 2.0 star rating
    19/7/2010

    If you're a bit of a beer snob (as in you drink other beers other than Fosters and Carling or - god forbid - CORONA) you're probably a bit starved for places to go in Covent Garden.

    And when someone suggests The Porter House, you probably crap your pants a little. Yes! It's an entire HOUSE of BEER. International beers that no one has ever heard of! SWEET!

    However, when you get there, you're probably going to be a bit disappointed.

    Why?

    Because it's littered with shouty, suity men with pointy shoes eating over-priced chips with their PAs who are drinking large glasses of rosé. (Don't get me wrong, I like rosé, too. But not at THE PORTER HOUSE.) Sure, they sell a lot of beer. Sure, they have Anchor Steam. Sure, they have Casablanca.

    But they just don't strike me as being an establishment of beer lovers. The staff will let you try out an ale you've never had before, but they don't want to talk to you about it. They're not passionate about beer.

    If their staff can't even get excited about what they have on tap, why go there?

    I'm always disappointed by The Porter House. There's never anywhere to sit, despite there being 3 - 4 levels. The staff is never that nice. It's dark, and not in the sexy way... And most of the interesting beers seem to be behind glass on display rather than behind the bar.

    Get thee to The Rake instead, and don't waste you time with this place!

  • 5.0 star rating
    30/3/2012
    3 check-ins

    Yes. Great beer, pub food, awesome space.

    Walking in, I couldn't shake the feeling I'd been here before. I knew instantly that I'd be here again. The former because I'd been to its sister (mother?) house in Dublin, and the resemblance is uncanny. The latter because I'd entered a place that was not just a bar, but an adventure.

    The porterhouse is like a large, 3-storey bar that's been folded in on itself like an Escher drawing: between-floor landings here and there with enough room for a few tables; a surprise staircase around a corner that leads you down to a sub basement with still more seating; bars sprinkled liberally throughout. If the nearest bar is too crowded, wander up, down, left or right to the next one.

    And what bars. A dozen in-house brews on tap running the gamut from the very blonde to the very brunette. Several of them prize winners. Poured by people who are proud of their product, and priced for partaking (rare in their Westminster neighbourhood.)

    The food is just-pub-food but we got along well for all that; I won't ding them a star for failing to be something no one should expect them to be. The feel of the place is vibrant, packed with that magical number of people that extroverts can turn into their own personal party, and introverts can turn into anonymity and peace.

    If you like beer and places that do it right, you should come visit.

    Pro-tip: they have 2 stouts and a porter. The "world's best stout" award-winner you're looking for is the porter. So have that one. And then have the stouts.

  • 4.0 star rating
    2/3/2010
    2 check-ins

    After my first night spent in The Porterhouse, I awoke from my drunken slumber to announce - "I dreamt I was in a maze last night, or maybe it was a rabbit's warren". My ex-girlf gave me an unhappy scoff that announced she didn't care. She was still mad from when I bowled in at 3am as hammered as Friar Tuck.

    But alas, it wasn't a dream! A sober visit to the Porterhouse confirmed my suspicions! This place is huge, twisty, dark and suspicious. It took me at least 10 visits to truly understand this place and if a friend announces 'meet me in Porterhouse', you know it's not going to be an easy task. Buuuuutt.... that's the charm of this place. It's different (yeah ok, it's very similar to Waxy's) and a lot of fun.

    On Friday night they normally have a covers band playing downstairs to entertain the drunken suits and the tourists alike. Their range of beers is good, if not quirky, and the food isn't bad either. It's a great central London spot to get to early and take over a large table.

    Cracking for the rugby if you can get there early enough to secure a seat!

    Don't expect  any sunlight. Do expect to fall in love with pints of Frulli.

  • 3.0 star rating
    29/5/2011

    Really love the deco here, brass and wood, just reminds me of the Steampunk style. Lots of stairs, mezzanines, a bit hard to navigate and find your friends at first, but you get used to it quickly once you made a round of the place.

    The selection of beer is indeed bigger than most of the pubs in London, but the staff was not very helpful about them.. barely telling anything (do they actually know what they're selling ?! ). As a Belgian, I love to try out good beers, but here we have little infos about them. So far I have just decided to down the country list (excluding Belgium, obviously), picking one per country.

    If you want quite a special beer, you HAVE to get the Samichlaus (santa claus beer). It is a brown beer, and has a very particular and strong tastes and smell, not to mention it is a 14%. It is only brewed once a year before Christmas, and worth the try. You may like it or you may not, but try it. A friend told be about it, the staff couldn't give me advice on it when I asked for something truly special.

    Also, have a peek behind the bar, if they still have a "Trappe" (in a thick white ceramic bottle), that one is also good but not on the menu.

    Have to say another disappointment for the service : for a bar that wants to sell so many different types of beer, not serving them in the right glass is truly a shame =( Drink from the bottle or the right glass, the feeling and experience is not the same (ok, unless you want to get drunk, then we don't care)

    Not very font of the band's music that you can hear in (almost) the whole place, but that's ok. It is also very crowded, as expected from a popular bar. I am personally not fond of the atmosphere and mood by itself, something about it that doesn't give me a friendly feeling....

  • 2.0 star rating
    17/6/2009
    1 check-in

    Do not even think about coming here if there is a rugby game on or if Ireland are playing anyone at anything! Seriously packed. During the big Ireland v England something or other match, we had to stand outside for almost an hour because it was allegedly too busy. Bouncers are complete tools as well.

    When I asked my friend why in the name of God she had chosen this bar to watch the match, she answered 'oh you have to come here, it's great craic' . So despite the dark gloomy interior, it is actually a great atmosphere for matches. I won't comment on the staircases 'cos if you've been to the Irish Porterhouses, you'll know that this is a standard feature. These bars are just brilliant for chilling with friends and sampling their own brews.

  • 4.0 star rating
    18/7/2011
    Listed in PUB TIME

    We swung by here on a Thursday night after leaving the shambles that is Bok Bar. I had no idea what to expect, but being faced with several work colleagues standing outside wasn't one of them! As I was technically on holiday, we went elsewhere for some food, but returned later in the evening.

    What can I say? It's a veritable maze of nooks, crannies and different bars. God help you if you've had a few, because it's wholly likely you'll get lost.

    The outside patio entrance was rammed when we first arrived, but if you're in a big group of friends, could be quite fun. No sun though, as it's just off a courtyard in a street small enough to be an alleyway ;)

    Once inside, we guessed that the upstairs bar would be empty (we were right), so went up there to sit and drink. Being in there reminded me of an old pub with a personality disorder - half attempting to hold on to its roots with red patterned carpet and wooden tables, but half try to pimp itself out. Point in case, there was karaoke going on when I eventually found the bathrooms downstairs.

    Either way, the drinks were reasonably priced (for Covent Garden) and there was no atmosphere that made staying there uncomfortable. This is one of those places where it really matters who you're there with. I was with my best friends, so had a fun night anyway.

  • 4.0 star rating
    8/12/2008

    They should rename this place Labyrinth as, as soon as you enter, you are faced with a myriad of choices.  do you go straight ahead to the bar or down one of two stairwells to two other bars.  Then, when you've actually managed to get a drink, where the hell do you seat?  Honestly, unless you enter as a complete group you must meet outside or somewhere else beforehand.

    The bar itself is great though!  It's large and attracts an attractive afterworks crowd.  The range of beers and ales are quite unique to the bar.  The downstairs bar sometimes has bands playing and so can be hit or miss but there are plenty of alcoves to hide away with mates and have a good old chinwag.

    Great prices for the central location as well and well worth a visit.

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

    The Porterhouse is a huge pub located in between the strand and Covent Garden.  It feels like a maze more than pub since it is divided into many rooms and many levels.  The Porterhouse specializes in beers.  The beer menu is extensive and includes beers from everywhere:  Belgium, Australia, Germany, Czech Republic, Irish... you name it, it's there.  

    They also sell a selection of beers on tap that are exclusive to the Porterhouse.  These include 3 stouts, 2 ales, and 2 lagers.  It also serves some good pub grub and occasionally invites some live bands to perform.  

    The Porterhouse boasts a big screen downstairs to show the football.  It is clear that because of this and the beer lists, this pub is inevitably populated by the male sex.  Perfect to bring your mates and growl in your bearish ways.  Grrrr...

  • 4.0 star rating
    15/11/2012
    1 check-in

    I can see why the Porterhouse is soo popular with tourists. It's pretty awesome.

    It's got the wow-factor. Pink neon lights and bottle after bottle decoratively donning the walls.

    There's a great selection on draft on all bars. It just makes a nice change not to have the choice of C arlsberg or Carling. I had a little dram of them all, as is the custom and settled on a nice Chiller. Yum Yum Yum.

    On my visit I had a little explore, up and down the stairs I go. The toilets are hilarious. Small doors, and that's coming from a shortie like me.

    Despite its vast size, its reliably busy most of the time. Even if it doesn't feel crammed due to the spaciousness, good luck getting a table or somewhere to sit. Standing around can be a problem too, not many places to perch you drink on and far too many staff doors appearing from nowhere.

    As there was no where to sit or comfortably stand, the Mrs and I had a swift pint and left. I think it would be a fun place to go with a small group when some sort of match is on. Of course the Irish heritage is what makes the PorterHouse, and of course even though I've never visited the Dublin pub I know that this little tribute in Covent Garden doesn't hold a candle to it. However it is a lovely lively pub and would definitely recommend having a little  tipple there if you're about.

  • 4.0 star rating
    8/2/2009
    Listed in Covent Garden

    Great place for a beer or 2 with friends.

    Not a place to meet friends in - its a Labrynth! - best to meet nearby (like All Bar One) and then head in together.

    A huge selection of beers (they have beer thatis around 10% ABV!)

    Various different types of people there... a good night out!

  • 3.0 star rating
    13/12/2010
    1 check-in

    Given it's location and clientele, I was expecting the Porterhouse to be another run-of-the-mill soulless pubs.  In some respects I was right, but (happily) in some respects I was proven wrong.

    The place is an absolute maze.  It's a mish mash of mezzanine floors, staircases and landings.  Once you've orientated yourself, it makes a nice change to a room full of tables and it gives the place a certain character.

    We found a spot upstairs on a Saturday afternoon.  It was busy so there were no free tables, but the bar service was quick and efficient.  The upstairs bar was limited to their own brand draft beers/lagers, which was limiting, but I believe a larger selection is to be had downstairs.

    As I remember, their own beers are porter/stout/European lager/American lager.  Not exactly a overbearing choice, but we got by.

    On the downside, the central location of this place does attract all and sundry.  We saw everything from an old Japanese group to a French stag party to city boys to orange slappers.

    It's an decent spot to pick up a quick pint, but I don't think I could spend all night there.

  • 4.0 star rating
    27/1/2009

    I guess mostly everyone else has glossed over the fact that this is a microbrewery, first and foremost, started in Dublin, Ireland. In fact, The Porterhouse is the largest Irish-owned brewery in all of Ireland. Guinness is, in fac,t no longer Irish and is part of a giant conglomerate of breweries that primarily sponsor sporting events rather than focus on quality beers.

    The Porterhouse Covent Garden is an impressive pub with many nooks and crannies to enjoy a nice pint with friends. My favorite is the Wrasslers XXXX Stout followed closely by the Plain Porter. '4X' as it's known, is a lovely Irish stout with a fresh, rich and creamy taste and a nice full head that you would expect from a beer of this style. Wrasslers  that I'm sure at some point Guinness once resembled. In my opinion, 4X is THE best Irish stout, hands down. I've imbibed a fair bit of Wrasslers in one go and I must say it was the only time I did not get a rotten hangover that is usually associated with a long night with Guinness.

    If a stout isn't your thing, give the Plain Porter a shot, it's lighter and quicker drinking if you're out for a long session with friends. If THAT'S not your thing, then try Brain Blásta for a lovely blast of 7% ABV to your head in the form of a malty-sweet ale that resembles those made famous by Belgian monks. Further down the line, the Oyster Stout must be tasted to be fully understood (it's made from real oysters) and the Temple Brau lager is the only lager I would dream of drinking in an Irish pub. The Porterhouse Red is a lovely Irish red ale that puts Smithwicks (Diageo/Guinness) to shame.

    My only gripe is that The Porterhouse beer is not available anywhere else but their pubs. But I guess that's what makes them so much more special...

    I only gave The Porterhouse Covent Garden 4 stars simply because the best is still the Original in Dublin's famous Temple Bar cultural quarter on Parliament Street.

    As for the other beers not reviewed: Hersbrucker, TSB, and Chiller, I have not tasted them so I won't review them for now. So it looks like I'm due for another trip to The Porterhouse microbrewery...

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