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It's good to see craft beer chains like BrewDog pushing into the West End — makes a welcome change from all the staid touristy pubs in the area.
This one's on the the old Ape & Bird site (which wasn't really all that old, come to think of it) on Cambridge Circus. They've chosen, though, to call it BrewDog Seven Dials, presumably as a more recognisable name.
Inside, its much the same formula as other BrewDogs. Beer is ordered from a behind-the-counter menu too bountiful for anyone to possibly comprehend in one awkward 'I'm just deciding' moment. The bar stocks 20 different kegs, including BrewDog's own brews and a few select others.
The seating layout is rather unusual, wrapping round the bar, the stairs and the bottle shop in a kind of S-formation. They've got a bit of everything from window stools to padded booths.
If the place is looking busy, try the spacious rooms upstairs or downstairs — it's likely you'll always find a table somewhere. These are also beautifully air-conned, a welcome retreat if you're getting hot in the city. Oh, and most tables have plug sockets (upstairs, at least), so this might just become a favourite haunt of freelancers.
Food is advertised as 'burgers, wings and anarchy', which, as peace-loving vegetarians, we neglected to try.
Pub quiz is Monday.
Last updated August 2018.