69 "Drinks & A Light Bite" restaurants in London.
When you don’t want to commit to a full dinner (blind date, catching up with an aunt, waiting two hours for a table elsewhere), bars with good food are ideal. Make an easy exit after the first round, or go for a second and maybe some food if it’s going well. Either way, these spots have you covered.
Barrafina is a legendary tapas restaurant that’s crowded but always worth the wait. The Drury Lane outpost in Covent Garden has a pretty terrace.
Sibarita is a casual, affordable tapas spot just far away enough from the madness of Covent Garden’s main square.
Not only is the sushi at Sushi Atelier on Great Portland Street great, it’s also very affordable. Sit at the bar and get the 12-piece omakase.
Sager + Wilde’s Bethnal Green outpost brings good wine and Italian eats, and mixes it with railway arch vibes and plenty of outdoor seats for summer.
Everyone needs a reliable go-to restaurant in Soho. Dean Street Townhouse covers every occasion, from solo brunch to dinner with the parents.
The Gate is a vegetarian spot in Islington that meat-eaters won’t complain about. And if you don’t feel like going healthy, have some cocktails.
Polpetto is a cool Soho Italian restaurant that’s all about the candlelight and intimate atmosphere. There is also pasta. And negronis.
The Duck and Rice pairs cold pints of Pilsener Urquell with brilliant Cantonese dim sum. Hit it up for a weeknight dinner or an afternoon snack.
A chilled spot on the Uxbridge Road in Shepherds Bush, Bush Hall Dining Rooms serves everything from pizza to crab cakes.
Donostia Social Club is a cool, low-key spot in Pop Brixton for drinks and small plates of tasty Spanish tapas.
Taquería’s excellent tacos, strong margaritas, and fun vibes make it one of the best places in Notting Hill for a dinner with your mates.
Bellanger is a spot in Islington that looks looks and feels very grown-up, but it’s not stuffy. And it’s good at all times of the day.
Seafood is the speciality at this Notting Hill pub. Head downstairs if you want something casual, or to the first floor for a posher meal.
Perfect for a brunch or a drink in Victoria, 11 Pimlico Road looks like a pub collided headfirst with a Pinterest board.