Where is it?
Youll find Fuel tucked away in the centre of Covent Gardens plaza. There are two entrances one at street level and one at the bottom of the steps to the underground piazza, which takes you into the basement bar.
How do I get there?
Its just a few minutes walk from Covent Garden tube station, but as its always horrendously busy around there, particularly at weekends, you may prefer to walk down from Charing Cross. Its just a short stroll along The Strand to Covent Garden.
Whats it like?
This rabbit warren of a bar has bags of potential but its location slap-bang in the heart of tourist territory means it will always attract the post-match footie and rugby lads, as well as rookie young drinkers dipping their toes in the safer waters of Londons nightlife. However, in an area notoriously devoid of quality after-hours drinking dens, it does at least provide an alternative to the last tube home on a Saturday night. Its a safe compromise between bar and club with enough space to safely spend the evening there without getting claustrophobic but it inevitably gets packed and youll have to practise a few yoga moves to squeeze yourself into a buying position at the bar.
Anything else I should know?
The £5 entry fee after 11pm may seem like a snip when youre gagging for another drink in a street providing few opportunities for one, but dont be too eager to hand over the money. If youre over 21 (the average age of the clientele is a lot les) and/or like your music to stick to just one genre in an evening then youre probably better off putting your wallet back in your pocket and heading for a proper club.
To sum it up:
Great place for a central beer and a few cheesy dance moves, but get there before 11pm and dont plan your whole night around it.