“ ITALIAN. 9 Russell St, Covent Garden, WC2B 5HZ. Tel: +44 (0)20 7240 3411. „
Belushis is a chain of American themed bars and diners with bars all around the UK and Europe, but most located within London. Belushis in Covent garden is the orginal, with great drinks, tasty food and a brilliant atmosphere. The bar is themed in an American style with the types of drinks it serves, the atmosphere and the baseball shown on the tv. The walls of the covent garden bar are covered in rock band posters, from the Sex Pistols to the Red Hot Chillis, you can spend ages just looking at them. The music played is also rock at an acceptable level so that you can still talk! a refreshing change from the bars that just play RnB and Dance music at full blast all night. Belushis also has a good range of food, mainly burgers, pizza etc but its all tasty and at a good price considering its in the centre of London. There is a good selection of drinks, beers seems to be resonably priced, a pint of Fosters is £3.50, which is reasonable for London. The cocktails are tastly, however I though a bit expensive at around £10 for a pitcher. They also do a range of "cocktail shots" a mixture of shots which are mostly really tasty and drinkable (unlike traditional shots), these are however quite expensive at about £3.50.
Belushi’s in Covent Garden is an excellent place to eat and drink after a hard foot slog round the market. The Bar downstairs is a very relaxed place to drink, with the walls being plastered in interesting posters and great music pumped from the excellent sound system. The bar staff are extremely friendly, pleasant and attentive (it DOES help to have a leggy blonde within your group of friends) and we never had to wait around at the bar, desperately trying to get served. They have a long list of cocktails (which I would advise that you try, but send up the friend who’s least likely to blush and cringe as she’s ordering ‘Sex On The Beach’ ‘Slick Willy’ ‘G Spot’ and a ‘Titty Twister’). The bonus on the cocktails is that they also serve them in jugs. Belushi’s also offers Shooters (‘B52’, ‘Squashed Frog’ and ‘Battery Acid’ being a few that were tried) and a good wine list. Oooh! and not forgetting their list of beers, which is also excellent. They do run Happy Hours, but from what I could gather they aren't on a set basis. Upstairs is their themed American Diner. This is a jazzy little place, brightly coloured and full of American ephemera. The seating is comfortable, and whilst there are plenty of tables crammed in, it doesn’t feel oppressively packed.The menu is varied, caters for vegetarians and extremely tasty. You can have just Bar Snacks (stuff like Nachos, Potato Wedges, King Prawns etc) Soups, Salads, Baguettes, Sandwiches, Burgers (absolutely wonderful with their unique recipe in the meat) or special dishes like Bangers & Mash, Steaks, Fish & Chips, Cajun Blackened Salmon etc. You can also get All Day Breakfasts, and round it all off with a simply fantastic pancake – I had the Strawberries and Cream one <drool> - followed by a good range of coffees. I was really pleasantly surprised wit
h this place. Clean, bright, good atmosphere, friendly service and good value for money. I had a Totillas to start, a burger, the pancakes and a cappuccino coffee and it cost me about £14. I’ve paid more down the local Harvester and not had the fun into the bargain, nor the quality of the cooking. We were also offered the option of taking up a Belushi’s FREE privilege card which will allow you to take up exclusive offers from Belushi’s, and their hostel accommodation (been there, seen it, that's a fantastic place too!), St. Christopher’s Inns. All in all, this is one Bar/Diner that I can recommend for those that like a bit of attitude in with their entertaining, plus some great grub. Belushi’s are at 9, Russell Street, Covent Garden. (Also in Camden High Street, Southwark’s Borough High Street, Shepherd’s Bush Green, Greenwich High Road and soon to be in Market Street, Edinburgh). You can also check them out on www.belushis.com