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Scarfes Bar

#112 of 17,936 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Bar, British
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252 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EN, England
+44 20 3747 8670
12:00 - 01:00
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London, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Hands down one of London's best bars. Stylish and tasteful decor-- a gorgeous library setting with cozy fire and dim lighting. The service is usually top notch-- but friendly, no trace of hauteur. The drinks are splendid-- and they damn well better be, at £16 or so a pop. They're served with bottomless savory snacks, which are a meal in... More 

Thank 835leeb
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74 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Scarfes is a fabulous lounge with very tasty drinks. We loved it. On Sunday there was a talented man playing piano whom we also enjoyed, but we did not see it any other night. All of the drinks are well thought out and the service at the bar is fantastic. The only thing about it was we were a bit... More 

Thank Kelsey M
Claremont, Australia
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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had an awesome Sat night with stunning jazz from Kitty and Crew.. great vibe away from the masses. Worth a visit for sure

Thank MarkSofPerth
Stamford, United Kingdom
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465 reviews
331 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Expensive but classy. A perfect spot to meet colleagues or business acquaintances. Some decent craft ales available plus any manner of cocktail or spirit serving you fancy. Quality all the way.... but you do pay for it!

Thank Robsski
New York
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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Home to Scarfes Bar, absolutely hands down the best place in town, not only for the exquisite design and intoxicating atmosphere it's where the blues, jazz, piano, band, and singers entertain like old friends and your mixologists makes it impossible to miss a nightcap.

Thank Lisa H
Redditch, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I went here for a few drinks before dinner around 6ish on a Thursday. It was reasonable busy, however as 7 o'clock approached it got extremely busy, with people waiting for seats. The cocktails were nice and the old-fashioned decor was quirky. Amazing atmosphere.

Thank Charlotte G
Princeton, New Jersey
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79 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went to Scarfes twice while staying at the Rosewood Hotel, one night for cabaret, and the other for a great jazz duo. Loved the atmosphere, the only complaint I have is that the menu was a bit limited, many of the small plates were a bit spicy. Drinks were amazing!!

Thank Michael S
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Picture yourself in a classic library sipping whisky with your friends, enjoying the live music from a talented and versatile jazz band. What more could you ask for?

Thank Ben F
Surrey, United Kingdom
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116 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I cannot tell you how good this bar is! It's been a very long time since you feel transported to another time, when the world was a simpler place. Amazing drinks and service if you can get a table! The Diplomatic Immunity is the best drink on the menu - I would go back specifically for it! Enjoy! We loved... More 

Thank Kohan R
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7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

No one I've taken here has failed to be impressed. The decor is 1st class. The service is good, the drinks can be breathtakingly expensive, even in London. A Barrister friend who does well insisted he pay for drinks for 4 of us, and had to hid a small gasp after a few hours. He refused our cards but probably... More 

Thank Bill S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Bar, British
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
12:00 - 01:00
12:00 - 01:00
12:00 - 01:00
12:00 - 01:00
12:00 - 01:00
12:00 - 01:00
12:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 252 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EN, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Holborn
  • Neighbourhood: Holborn
  • Phone Number: +44 20 3747 8670

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Inner London’s busiest streets crisscross quiet cobbled lanes for an effect that can be urbane or quaint – or an intriguing blend of both – depending on the particular corner you turn. Due to its especially convenient location, bustling Holborn hosts an excellent range of hotels, eateries, and shops to suit practically any taste or budget. With major attractions like the British Museum and Somerset House as well as popular areas such as Covent Garden and Soho all just a short walk away, Holborn is a smart base from which to explore London.
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