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Address: 79 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0NE [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 24506) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest tube stations Leicester Square (0.1 miles), Covent Garden (0.2 miles), Piccadilly Circus (0.3 miles)

Nearest train stations London Charing Cross (0.3 miles), London Waterloo (1 mile), London Waterloo East (1 mile)

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pretty well empty on my last visit. the refurb seems to have attracted no one much.

i know they rely on their rep as a late opener status, but i'd suspect they are struggling.
benscaro - 4 Aug 2013 01:41
as reported, reopened as 'manbar'. walls covered in painted murals which presumably derive from gay porn films or skin mags. quite artistic in its way.

it's an improvement although its former, seedy era came with its compensations too.

beer *just* as expensive as before. in fact. it had gone up. no ales on.

not much atmosphere despite the revamp. it was pretty empty when i went in, about 7pm, and it is one of those places that needs to be heaving, to have any atmosphere at all. i imagine late at night when it comes into its own.

the new owners have plans to do things with it, or at least one has, as he was talking loudly about this at a table upstairs when i visited.

this is big place and the rent, you may assume, reflects that. with the price of the drinks and the place's reputation as the last pub you go to of an evening, i think they are in for a struggle.

i wish them luck, but i can't honestly rate it much as an experience.


benscaro - 4 Feb 2013 14:16
Now changed it's name to Manbar. Went Sasturday for the first time since the change, it's a massive improvement. Music is at least halfway decent compared to before, drinks reasonably priced much better atmosphere and a larger and better looking crowd. Will be back
trobinson - 3 Dec 2012 16:40
closed down.

no surprises there but i guess a lot of gay men will regret it for the charnel house atmosphere and that when you emigrated to london, CXR was probably first port of call.

a bit sad but it was a 'kangaroo in the headlights' as aussies say, frozen in time as it's end got closer and closer ... but after westminster council made them clean up their act in general and the cruisy toilets in particular, there wasn't much reason to go there.
benscaro - 15 Oct 2012 08:35
in recent weeks they've attempted to tart the place up with some red leather lounges and felt wallpaper that attempts to mitigate the empty and lost look of the upstairs area. i wonder whether it will work. the average beer is over 4. no ale, or anything decent to drink, really, and the place seems infested with pests of one sort or another, giving it the atmosphere of a psych ward or impromptu drop-in centre for the terminally bewildered.
benscaro - 10 May 2012 17:25

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