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7 Old Compton Street
Proof of the adage that good things come in small packages, Bar Termini may be tiny but it’s an undoubted star of the Soho bar scene. It only does two things – coffee and cocktails – but does both extremely well. Of course, we’d expect nothing less of cocktail maestro Tony Conigliaro (69 Colebrooke Row, Zetter Townhouse), who took inspiration from classic Italian train-station buffets of the 1950s for this cute café-bar. All-Italian caffeine fixes (don’t ask for a flat white) will keep you wide awake; otherwise, get all shook up by ordering from the short but carefully managed list of cocktails. The elegant Terroir remains one of our favourite serves, but Italian mixes such as the house Negroni or Marsala Martini (Beefeater gin, Marsala, vermouth and almond bitters) are exemplary. Meanwhile, fizzy fixes such as the Spritz Termini are perfect pick-me-ups. Bar Termini eats meanwhile include mini paninis, artisan Italian cheese and ham.
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SquareMeal 4 star
Best Cocktail Bars
Best Soho Bars
7 Old Compton Street
Leicester Square Tube Station 279m
Tottenham Court Road Tube Station 280m
Shaftesbury Avenue 60m
Prince Edward Theatre 92m
Mon-Sun 10am-11pm (Fri-Sat -12M Sun -10.30pm)
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Food + drink: 5
As someone who has always thought Italians do it better, Bar Termini beautifully perpetuates this belief. This is the closest thing to stepping in to an Italian cafe cum aperitivo spot I have ever come across. The batch Negronis are consistently excellent and kick off an evening nicely, especially in those sensibly-sized and neat glasses. The staff are always welcoming and courteous, all of which makes for an early evening experience which took me back to days of sundowners and snacks in Milan. Be sure and book a table though as it gets full quickly!
Food + drink: 2
Everything in Bar Termini is small, from the space itself the drinks list. Which is great, if you do it very well. Unfortunately this wasn't our experience. With only one choice of red and one choice of white, you would expect a great bottle. But at £34, the Valpolicella was insipid and disappointing. They also ran out! Only one bottle was to be had. There is a reasonable prosecco as an alternative, but again at a £34 price tag and so it requires, champagne pockets for a lemonade lifestyle.
The staff are lovely and do their best to be charming and engaging, but it really isn't enough to redeem the other elements.
Additionally, Bar Termini, feels just that. A bit like you are on your way to somewhere else, not necessarily inviting you to linger. I won't be going bac.
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