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Bertie's Bar, Wimbledon

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user reviews of Bertie's Bar, Wimbledon

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I went in here for the first time last week and won't be rushing back. The music was really bad and blaring, the decor was average but the service was absoutely awful.

The first tme at the bar despite there being no one else waiting took an eternity to get served. Once served I was short changed by a fiver and had to argue with the barman before he 'gave me the benefit of the doubt' and begrudgingly gave me the rest of my change. No problem with the barman making a mistake but his attitude was shocking...
Stoned_Moses - 23 Sep 2012 17:30
This place is partly responsible for me losing my V plates many years ago, but we won't go into that.

Very reasonably priced cocktails (2-4-1, think on Thursday only) and a very unique atmosphere make Bertie's an interesting place to visit.

Would quite happily always pop in there for 1 if doing a crawl around Wimbledon. Much prefer it to the Prince Charles situated above.

I wonder what it's like on a Friday evening these days?
Heart_of_Gold - 26 Sep 2011 17:06
This pub used to be so welcoming, sadly no more. Since the new year its undergone a renovation, which should be welcome, but the blaring music every night of the week, day-glow red "pimp decor" and suspiciously young drinkers hanging out in the courtyard entrance makes it seems like a cheap disco in Corfu. Some of the women from my work used to go in there for a quick glass of wine once a week but not now. One to avoid. There are much better places in Wimbledon for a quick drink and a chat with your friends.
KateJ - 4 May 2011 19:21
This bar has improved tenfold in the past year or so - the staff are as efficient as they can be behind the tiny bar and the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. The outside furniture has changed from rickety benches to tables and chairs, so its a much nicer place to have a drink in the sun. The drinks selection has certainly improved too, with a cocktail list now available. Also, they have some sort of live entertainment almost every evening and a monthly comedy night that I will definately go to again...
jtana - 11 Jun 2010 12:21
Not great but one of the better of a bad bunch in Wimbledon. Kicking out time on the streets there on Friday or Saturday nights is reminiscent of a scene from 28 Days Later. Barman was efficient when I cam in here a couple of weeks ago. Beer was a bit hit and miss. Go to The Sultan if you want a more traditional pub in W'don with decent ale.
thehonesttruth - 28 Jan 2010 21:54
Love the atmosphere and ambience of Bertie's Bar. The courtyard has recently been upgraded and service has improved. Have always been greeted with a friendly smile and recieved great service. A definite recommendation to all..
nat31 - 7 Jul 2009 20:14
nice bar, staff are slow beer is good, will go back but maybe go upstairs ,
makeminealarge1 - 12 Mar 2009 16:20
This bar looks nice and is warm and cosy. The service is awful. The staff are really slow and unfriendly. Shame really, it totally put me off going again.
buttercrumpet - 3 Feb 2009 12:58
If you just want a few drinks its a great spot to get away from the hoards in all the other wimbledon pubs - but the food was truly awful! Don't eat there... and I agree with the other reviews, the staff work at snails pace... a broken pint glass in the middle of the pub took about 3 hours to clean up!
panda120 - 21 Jul 2008 13:37
A great place to wait for ppl to get off the train, being just opposite the station, a nice place to relax at the end of the day especially if you can get a table, usually with nice comfy seats, the food isn't too bad either. But if you plan on staying a while then get a few rounds in before the place gets busy as you will have to wait an eternity to get served again as the empty glasses stack up around the tables. GET SOME MORE STAFF DOWN THERE MANAGEMENT! Its usually easier fetch drinks from upstairs (Prince of Wales) where they seem overwhelmed with bar staff..
greggbear - 19 Feb 2008 15:19
Okay, this is a lovely setting and not full of some of the less appealing inhabitants of the Broadway bars and clubs, of that there is no doubt. The service however, is appalling, with all the charm and warmth of ex-Soviet Bloc countries although at a slightly slower pace. Be prepared to spend up to 20 minutes at the bar as the bar staff are regularly not there and even when they are bring a whole new definition to the word slooooooow...
Finbar74 - 20 Dec 2007 14:19
Technically a separate entry, although “the downstairs of the Prince of Wales” would suffice as a description. I’ve been in here a few times and they only tend to have one ale on. The wine list is the same as upstairs, which is not overly rousing.

The place gets offensively clogged with smoke; roll on July 1 when – to ape the classic 90s anthem – I am as serious as cancer, when I say that the smoking ban will be an enhancer. The sofas are also quite low.

A slightly more relaxed and dingy version of upstairs, so not worth a detour.
AleKing - 31 May 2007 11:03
In here last night but only 6X on, upstairs much better. Open mic night which was fun even though bar staff were less so..... My wife likes the cellar bar feel so we do visit quite a bit. Garlic bread was cold and very dull but the crisps were fine thanks Walkers....
Harlap - 23 May 2007 12:32
Actually pretty pleasant atmosphere: was there on a Sunday evening; quite quiet, chilled music, good service from a nice lass behind the bar.
jimbol - 23 Oct 2006 09:50
this place has been refurbished - i was in there the other night - check it out
anonymous - 27 Feb 2006 11:19
good little venue. Just let it be a cellar bar. Nothing upsetting about it at all.
mitomighty - 10 Dec 2005 11:59
Weird environment but harmless. Pleasant bar staff. Better than Prince of Wales upstairs.
Benny_Boy - 2 Mar 2005 16:26
Pretty dreadful. Fills up with chavs who think they are too good for Edwards round the corner (note to chavs if you have learnt to read yet - stick to Edwards). Doesn't seem to know whether it's a wine bar or a pub and fails at both.
MrLash - 14 Dec 2004 11:03
i agree with every1 else we went there for a work xmas do with tescos and the staff where very moody giving out dirty looks the kareoke was good when you were drunk but then again so is singing down the street when you are drunk. its dull and very unfriendly atmosphere please choose another venue next time tescos
anonymous - 30 Mar 2004 13:40
The place attempts to make the best of a bad lot - tends to be packed with employees of Eidos from over the road, so if you like sharing your space with spotty testers, geeky developers and frankly mind-numbingly dull tax managers then get down there - otherwise you're probably be better off at home alone in a darkened room
J - 6 Feb 2004 15:10
As seen in ITV's "The Bill". Locals and office types come here to gas, gripe and maybe even grope. It's not a bad little place but watch the lighting. When my pal complained (to me) that the light shining in her face felt like a gestapo interrogation & then moved it (ever so slightly), the landlady was not happy.
I have never experienced the karaoke night, thank God.

jeremy - 1 Oct 2003 15:47
This place has not been decorated since 1929? It's dirty.. pokey and you can't get served due to the fat regulars perched at the end of the bar. Karaoke used to be good. Broken chairs. Stick 50p in the urinal and 15mins later u can bet that some dirty sod has taken it!
JP - 25 Sep 2003 16:47
cool 'cavernous' feel to this totally unique hovel. Great to hide in and not worry about how beautiful or trendy you are
alex - 18 Jul 2003 16:32
Nice quiet wine bar situated below the Prince of Wales on Hartfield Road. I think they are one and the same (same bar staff), but Bertie's is only open during the week. Karaoke every other Thursday.
Briony - 6 Dec 2002 16:50

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