Cafe Monico (bar) 1

39-45 Shaftesbury Avenue , London, W1D 6LA

Cafe Monico London Soho restaurant bar

SquareMeal Review of Cafe Monico (bar)

Shaftesbury Avenue is not blessed with interesting bars, but this place more than fills a void. Café Monico is Soho House’s reinterpretation of the legendary 1870s establishment of the same name, which was located nearby. Bartenders, smart in their cream tuxes, knock up retro rinses that mirror the venue’s pre-War continental café pose: Battista Sour (with gin and green Chartreuse, £9); and the house Cobbler made with Hendrick’s gin, Dubonnet and RinQuinQuin (a French peach liqueur). Similarly authentic, French and Italian classics include Americano, peach Bellini, Cynar Negroni, Garibaldi (Campari and ‘fluffy’ orange juice), Byrrh, Picon, limoncello and that Marmite of the drinks cabinet, Fernet (Branca and Menta). However, given the bitterness of the (Origin) coffee served here, we aren’t minded to order the Espresso Martini. To eat, pick at a mixed salumi platter (£12) or order croques, pan-bagnat sandwiches or roast beef baguettes. 

Best Female Chefs Series


In the Year of the Woman, SquareMeal is running a series of interviews with top female chefs. Read here to discover the sense of achievement Monica Galetti feels about owning her first restaurant, what it’s like working with her husband, and the different ways in which Masterchef has changed her life.

Cafe Monico (bar) is recommended for

Buzzy | Cosy | Traditional | Dates

Are you the restaurant owner?

Click here for Links & Logos

Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Piccadilly Circus Tube Station 200m

Leicester Square Tube Station 249m


Address: 39-45 Shaftesbury Avenue , London W1D 6LA

Area: Soho

Nearby Landmarks

Queen's Theatre 14m

Gielgud Theatre 17m


Telephone: 020 3727 6161


Cuisine: Bars

Food & Drink:




Check out the SquareMeal Lists which include Cafe Monico (bar)