Fitzrovia: Nordic Bar
Make your way down the steps to a cosy basement where solid wooden tables and benches, leather sofas and mismatched paintings seem more suited to an eccentric Soho apartment than this long-established bar-cum-restaurant. It’s a party venue with regular, decidedly alternative events during the week (try the O’Nordic St. Patrick’s Day on March 14th), and doubles as a serious drinking bar. Finns go wild over the range of Koskenkorva (the vodka in Finland); there’s Aalborg Taffel Akvavit for the Danes, Absolut Elyx super-premium single-batch vodka for the Swedes, and Einstok craft beer for any Icelanders who happen to be in town - and the likes of Heering Coffee liqueur for the rest of us. Soak up the alcohol with hearty Nordic specials like Köttbullar (Swedish meatballs) with mashed potatoes, cream sauce and lingonberry jam, and Pytt I Panna, a typical leftover invention of pan-fried potato, bacon and sausages, which is on the same lines as British bubble and squeak.
25 Newman St., W1T 1TN; 020 7631 3174