For Disabled Access Day this year our friends at Sesame Access suggested a Bar Crawl. Previously we did the same in the City, you can see the results here. But for 2017 we chose Covent Garden, you can read all about it here and see the video below. Needless to say only 2 of the 5 bars we went to had enough room for 3 wheelchairs!!….One that was particularly annoying was Rules who quoted the old Grade II Listed excuse. Their bar is upstairs and apparently their license doesn’t allow drinking downstairs without food so we weren’t allowed in.
This lead us to write about Covent Garden as there are plenty of places that we think are cool and where access issues can be overcome.
Mabel’s, Maiden Lane, where we ended up on bar crawl the night. Flat access at the entrance but not a lot of room unless they move the tables which they did, without asking, great music and crowd. Plenty of dancing to some old and new tunes.
Porterhouse Irish pub in Maiden Lane. Not everywhere is accessible but you can gain access at the side and there’s a disabled loo.
Cinnamon Bazaar , Maiden Lane, flat access but small. Super tapas and wine and always discretely lively. No disabled loo.
Dirty Martini, small and downstairs, speakeasy style. About 12 steps down and a wide staircase so if you fancy being lifted it can be done. No DT though.
Eneko, Aldwych, relaxed but more sophisticated tapas from 3 Star Michelin chef. Disabled toilet but bar is upstairs. Flat access is via One Aldwych Hotel.
Maple leaf, very busy and small. Large step at entrance but great fun if you want a sports bar. No disabled loo but use the one at Porterhouse Irish pub which is opposite.
Sophie’s Steakhouse. Regular American style bar /resto. Flat access, steaks, cocktails and a disabled loo.
Opera Tavern. Super tapas bar where the food is the star. Large toilet at ground level but no grab rails! Large steps at entrance need to be negotiated and quite crowded.
Foundation Bar, didn’t get to this bar near Seven Dials in Covent Garden but it was recommended by DesignMyNight. It’s good for cocktails and dancing all night. They have a lift down to this basement bar and have a disabled toilet.
Balthazar, Great up market brasserie. Lively and sophisticated but not stuffy. Superb seafood and flat access with a disabled loo.
Radio Bar at the ME Hotel in Aldwych. Spanish/Ibiza vibes. Lift access to this rooftop bar but disabled Loo was broken, hopefully fixed by now. Popular and you may have to queue late at night.
One Aldwych Lobby Bar. One of my favourites for early evening or late cocktails. Flat access and disabled toilet – try the Willy Wonka afternoon tea for a real sugar hit!!
American Bar at The Savoy, tricky to get to but they provide a stairclimber for wheelchairs. Best for cocktails and a bit of glam history.