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On Anon and on 'til the wee small hours!
On Anon (London)
Member Name: Leolover
On Anon (London)
Date: 01/05/02, updated on 01/05/02 (110 review reads)
Advantages: happy hour, nice cocktails, variety of places to hang out
Disadvantages: can get crowded, expensive
On Anon is an impressively large building situated about two minutes from Piccadilly Circus. It boasts five floors, each with their own unique decor and bar areas. It's a great place to go for a few drinks, especially during the week, as it tends to get a bit crowded on a Friday and Saturday night.
On the first and second floor, there are standard, well lit, seated bar areas where you can chat to friends in relative comfort. The third floor houses a 'trendier', bar with chrome and leather seats, jazzy paintings on the walls and funky lighting. There's also a club on this floor, which only opens on certain days of the week and not until 9.00pm.
On the fourth floor there are more bars, each slightly different - one has colourful plastic seating, one has no seating at all...
On the very top floor is the best bar of all - the 'Lodge' which is built like a hunting cabin with small round windows, huge moose heads on the wall (I know it sounds weird but it looks really good!) and little round wooden stalls and tables to sit at.
The drinks are, predicatably for the area, quite pricey. Expect to pay upwards of £5 for a cocktail, £3.50 for a bottled beer and £4 for a spirit and mixer. They do, however, have a great happy hour policy from 5.30pm to 8.00pm, where you can get bottles of wine for half price and cocktails for £3. I recommend the raspberry schampagne cocktail, a mixture of champagne and raspberry liquer, it's delicious! The Vodkatini, a chocolate flavoured vodka cocktail, is also yummy and surprisingly unsweet.
On Anon does bar snacks such as chips, tortillas with salsa and stuffed baguettes. These are also quite pricy though - a plate of chips will set you back £3.95. I recommend you pop into the Mcdonalds across the road instead! There is a restaurant attached to On Anon, but I haven't tried it, so can't comment on it's quality or value for money.
As I've alrea
dy mentioned, On Anon can get very crowded on a Friday and Saturday night, so I'd recommend you either head there for a midweek drink or get there early to grab some seats, it can get rather unpleasant otherwise.
The clientele is mainly professional city workers, mid 20's to 30's. The atmosphere is usually relaxed and vibrant, heading more towards mad and noisy on a Friday night.
It isn't a bad place to start a night out, that way you can catch happy hour and stock up on drinks before heading somewhere less crowded. If you're planning to stay there all night, get there early and grab seats, or wear comfy shoes, as you might find yourself standing quite a bit.