Archduke Restaurant and Wine Bar, Waterloo
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|Went here last night as a random thought (i.e. didn't plan to go along, just thought we'd try it)|
Managed to get a table inside for food, drawn in by the live Jazz on offer.
There was one guy on piano, another on Sax, ok but not the best we'd heard.
Table was ok (had a booth near the back under the curved ceiling), but food was fairly overpriced. Had the burger - the burger itself was ok, but the bun was a cheap sesame thing which was disappointing. And given the price, the chips definitely weren't homemade.
Service was good and the wine was reasonable value for money.
Not bad, but won't rush back.
|Went here on a wet Thursday early evening and it was three quarters full. Very friendly service, we got seated as we wanted food too - chap playing piano added to the atmosphere. Not really a pub - there was no draught bitter when we went but good assortment of bottled beers and a German one on tap. Food was really good - would go back.|
|Yes, me again! Its that time of year, annual report...!|
(Am i the only person who uses this bar...?)!
The new-look "Archduke" is looking good...! Spick+clean inside. Good bar staff (that always helps)! :o)
They do need a speaker or two outside tho', at the back, so that folk using the tables there,(looking towards the spectacular 'London Eye') can hear the lovely live jazz music in the evening, whilst sipping drinks & admiring the view. (Manager to note; it doesn't have to be loud, just enough to be appreciated. AND it might encourage passers-by to investigate...!) Tj
|Time for my annual report of 'The Archduke' -|
They've had a recent refurb, its a bit more minimalist, but neat+tidy. I love the flame-throwers either side of the entrance! Its still quite a small bar, because of the location (under railway arch, hence the name!) and the loos are quite pokey. I DO like the live jazz pianist after 8.30pm tho'. I took the 'luv-ov-me-life' here the other day, and it cost £11 for a small white wine and a coffee...!! 'Nuff said! I won't be popping in the 'Arch' as much as I would like to, due to their price hike! I'm gonna have to drop my rating from 8 to 7/10. TJ
|They have done a really good job here of making the space within a couple of railway arches interesting and comfortable. There are multiple levels, with a full service restaurant on the upper level, and snacks available everywhere else. |
Its very much a bar/restaurant, not a pub, but they do have draught Paulanner at £3-60. a pint.
The staff are friendly and the service excellent, all in all a very pleasent place to while away a couple of hours.
D_J_C - 20 Sep 2008 19:00
|Treated Mrs Teejay to a little drinky here the other day. Did i mention how good the 'Paulaner' (German beer) is..? Watched the 'London Eye' go round, and the busy world go by..! And Mrs TJ got a bit squiffy! Great bar! Live (free) jazz from 8.30pm during the week! What more could you ask... Luvvit! TJ|
|If you like a bit of live jazz with your meal/drink pop into the 'Archduke' after 8.30pm and you may be surprised by the pleasant ambiance. The German weissbier 'Paulaner' on tap here is worth tasting, a strong beer that some say is better than Erdinger . Take a table by the large floor to ceiling glass wall, and you're in the shadow of the 'London Eye' all lit up at night, and quite a sight. This is a small but classy bar/restaurant. The food is good but more expensive than your local, but hey.. location is everything!! If you use Waterloo rail station, you really should check out this bar underneath the railway arches of Hungerford Bridge (its the bar nearest the Festival Hall, not 'Azzurro' next to the Shell Building, ok..) Excellent. TJ |
|I'll give the Archduke 8/10. If you use Waterloo station this is quite possibly the best bar around! Check it out and see if I'm wrong. Its under the railway arches going towards the Royal Festival Hall, and a stones throw from it.|
PLEASE Do not confuse this trendy (I was going to say 'Jazz Bar', because they do on occasions play live jazz here, or have it playing quietly over the speakers) music bar with the one immediately at the other end of Sutton Walk, I think thats 'Arch One Bar', and judging by some of the mixed reviews for 'Arch One Bar' it looks like people may be getting these two bars confused (they have similar sounding names, and are both under the same railway bridge, at opposing ends!) An easy mistake to make. But the Archduke is by far the superior bar, with split level floors, lots of solid glass about the place making it a lot lighter than 'Arch 1 Bar' and no doubt the food is better too. Pop in next time your hurrying to or from Hungerford Bridge, you'll be pleasantly surprised. The Paulaner lager's particularly refreshing on a hot day, I recommend it. TJ
|Quite possibly one of the most expensive places I've ever been to. Very upmarket clientel.|
|More of a wine bar than a restaurant!|