Americans don’t hold back in life – they do it all bigger and often better. BarChick’s loves a free refill, extra cheese, super sizing it, so we checked out where you can get a little piece of America in London town… have a nice day!
The staff look like they should be on roller skates, they have juke boxes on every table and they serve awesome bugers; that’s America to a T. Get the cherry coke and vanilla float, tap your foot to the 50s music and throw your diet headfirst out of the window, in fact leave it at home.
12 Moor Street, Old Compton Street, Soho, London, W1D 5NG
Big Easy…the ultimate feast. This place is 20 years old, and has hardly changed because it hasn’t had to. Not only is the food menu huge, this place actually specialises in all you can eat sessions. Whether it’s BBQ ribs, fresh lobsters, loaded fajitas or chicken wings. Do a Joey Tribbiani, grab some maternity pants (and a crab bib!) and prepare for some very intense meat sweats. Wash all this down with one of their many flavoured frozen margaritas. Plus go there on your birthday and the band will sing to you in the style of your choice – awesome!
332-334 Kings Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 5UR
There’s nothing more American than drinking straight Bourbon on the rocks and listening to some old school blues. These boys have a load of cocktails, a humungous food menu, and a pretty impressive selection of American whiskeys. Even if it isn’t your usual get in the spirit and get involved. Plus in true American style they even have a good selection of alcoholic milkshakes – watch and learn McDonalds. With live music every night you’ll feel like you’re down South in the 20’s, and there’s something for everyone from soul to Motown.
111-113 Camden High Street, London, NW1 7JN
Described as an East Village bar that got lost and ended up in London, no prizes for what the vibe here is. Byron and Rupert (Byron’s the one with that impressive tash!) based it on a bar they used to hang at back in the US, and say the plan was to bring some of the ‘warm welcome and high-service ethic typical of their American friends’. So head down and feel the love. Don’t be expecting the usual curly fries and chili dogs though, these guys make a mean Mexican. The map shaped cocktail menu is as experimental as the drinks it lists – they rock! Enjoy the crowd, the board games and the baby foot.
63-65 Broadway Market, London Fields, E8 4PH
Is your all-embracing American session missing something? Fancy teaming a New York Diner with bowling? All Star Lanes are one step ahead. The cocktail list is lengthy and they throw in some sharing cocktails for good measure (one serves 8-10 people so you can have one of 4 for each team. Get stuck in and hit the lengthy Bourbon list, take it as fact that your aim will improve the more you down, just don’t slip on the lanes!
Locations in Holborn, Bayswater, Brick Lane and Stratford.
It feels as though you’re in an LA juke joint at Slim Jim’s – it’s dark ‘n dirty and it rocks! This dive bar has neon lighting, bare brick walls and intimate booths, meaning you can have a cosy few drinks with your mates, or you can pull up a stool at the SALOON bar and really get stuck in. They state that it’s probably the first in London, and definitely the best. Good to know!
It feels like you’ve walked into the bar on Coyote Ugly, but try to resist dancing on the bar unless you are hanging ladies underwear from the ceiling – chicks get free drinks if they hand over their undies, boys you’ll love it.
112 Upper St, London, N1 1NQ