FOOD & DRINK

Where to grab a late drink at Oxford Circus

You haven’t hit the bottle too hard, it really does have an illuminated eight-foot pickle

If you find yourself still fancying a drink and/or food in the Oxford Circus area after large sections of the central London are shutting up shop, here’s a venue to consider.

MEATliquor has opened a new flagship diner and bar with a 3am licence in Margaret Street (if late, use the Great Castle Street entrance).

In addition to its signature menu and large cocktail selection the diner comes complete with a Portaloo converted into a photo booth, disco balls, an eight-foot illuminated pickle and ‘Poke for Jager’ buttons on every table.

The company says W1MKII is the closest bar to Oxford Circus. It is the 11th MEATliquor bar and diner to open since the outfit began operating out of a burger van in South London a decade ago. W1MKII has a bespoke stage set-up for live music, DJs and more.

This flagship site is just a four-minute walk from the original MEATliquor W1. In addition to crowd-pleasers like the giant pickle, it has neon signs designed by Gods Own Junkyard which complement the iconic MEATliquor graffiti created by I Love Dust that features throughout its locations.

Music and rock and roll are in MEATliquor’s DNA and the new late night bar and diner is no different with the Secret Jukebox iPad app allowing customers to control the tunes from their table. Plus there is a brand new space for live music and DJs, making it ideal for pre- or post-gig food and drinks.

MEATliquor cooks up burger staples such as The Dead Hippie and The Green Chilli Cheeseburger in the new location. But it also offers heaps of vegetarian and vegan options including a brand new vegan Triple Chilli Challenge, giving willing participants the opportunity to get their food for free if they can eat a Burgaloo, Vegan Dog with Black Bean Chilli and Black Bean Chilli Fries (pictured) in less than 10 minutes.


You don’t have to eat to enjoy the new location with a new bar area serving an impressive selection of cocktails including The Radlerita, Hard Shandy and Cider Car (all served in either 0.5-, 1-, 2- or 3-litre sizes) plus their take on classics like the Full English Martini, New Cross Negroni and MEATjito are all set to be shaken up along with other house staples, craft beers, wines and spirits.

MEATliquor co-founder, Scott Collins, said: “The venture has real character and a 3am licence means we can get the party started and then keep it going into the early hours. There’s even a MEATeasy entrance at the back which takes you straight into the bar area late at night so people can just pop in for a drink if they want.

“For the first time in any of our places, we’ve built a stage which we are going to be programming over the coming months with some great live acts and DJs.”

Other locations are in Covent Garden (MEATmarket), Hoxton (MEATmission), N1, Kings Cross, Croydon, Brixton and SW1. Further afield there are establishments in Brighton, Leeds and Edinburgh. https://meatliquor.com

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David Buckley

Dave Buckley is a career journalist. “I once went painting girders for a week and discovered I didn’t like heights,” he says. “Apart from that it has always been journalism for me in one form or another.” Past publications worked for include the South-East London Mercury*, Kent Messenger, Daily Express, Today*, News of the World* and Hong Kong Star*. All those marked with an asterisk no longer exist (trend emerging?). He owned and edited a Thailand-based property magazine before returning to England and currently works as a production editor for an East Midlands-based publishing group.

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