The Alice

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135-137 Houndsditch,

(020) 7929 0902

The Alice Information

Found on the site of the former Barracuda bar, The Alice is a buzzing bar in the heart of the City. With an extensive cocktail list and a reasonably priced food menu of British dishes, The Alice is ideal for a working lunch or a night out with friends.

Opening Hours
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
Food Times
Mon-Fri 11:00-22:00
Not Necessary on Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri
Avg Food Spend
£10 - £20 per person
Food Info
Bar Menu, Breakfast Menu - 2-4-1 on large pizzas from 15:00-22:00
Drink Times
Mon-Fri 11:00-23:00
Drink Info
Beer from £3.85 per bottle
Wine from £14.00 per bottle

Cocktail List available
Various drink promotions
On Thu Fri playing Commercial, House
TV Screens, WiFi
Children welcome - until 17:00
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Disabled Facilities
Wheelchair Access, Disabled Toilets

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Reviewer Alastar89A
Great band! Very strange door policy though! Best for small parties I guess!
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Reviewer ilbarone88
We waited for 1 hour, chips weren't cooked, food wasn't so good. Not acceptable for lunch time!
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Reviewer CharJ
Since I started working around the corner from this venue around a year ago myself and my colleagues have been in on several occasions. The value in this bar is great - the food is top notch as is the service. It does get really busy on a Friday lunch so the wait is slightly longer than usual - will certainly be back!
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Reviewer ajohnston7
We had a nice a good lunch time meal and drink spoiled when I got the bill and found it covered about three tables . Anyone with any brain could see it was not my bill as it included too many different drinks and loads of food. Politly told them it was not my bill , they told me it was again and again . Eventually after striking out extra items it was rung up again . Still extra items on bill . ( They never make a mistake in the customers favour do they ?)
Big argument , 20 mins wasted , correct bill paid . No apology or offer of a free drink for monumental bill screw up.

Someone else in our party had there debit card hit twice for his bill.

Starting too look like policy here. Go by all means put check your bill !
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Reviewer mealhunter
I was offered 25% off my bill promotion. I was first called by a member of staff and then emailed so i thought i would take them up on the offer so got a group of 10 people together. I got to 'the Alice' and had to hunt for a member of staff to find my reservation. We had to wait 10 minutes for a menu (keep in mind this is a lunch break). Food was good and warm considering there was 10 of us so can't complain there. Beer is a little over priced.

Apon getting the bill, I asked for the 25% off to be taken off. I was then told that this doesn't include the £5 menu. There was no communication that the 25% off wasn't included in the £5 menu. I should have made more of a scene but I had 9 other guests with me that was also expecting the 25%. some of which I had to persuade to come due to being skint, so the 25% off seemed like a good deal.

Use the bar's promotion at your own risk, but be warned you might be dissapointed.
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Reviewer Kyliejenkins
I had arranged for some after work drinks in the alchemist for my girlfriends and I on a Thursday evening and what an evening it turned out to be.

It started with some delicious 2 4 1 cocktails which we all mixed and matched between us, and ended up with us all dancing around our handbags.

The bar has such a lovely layout, lovely staff, and lovely cocktails, and I can honestly say the atmosphere was great and made our night. Everyone seemed to be having a great time.

Will be returning again and cannot wait!

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Reviewer taylor86
I had lunch with 5 of my friends at The Alchemist recently and was very happy with the service we received. We were seated and served efficiently. Considering it was a busy day and there were 6 of us, we all had our meals in front of us at within 10 minutes which was fantastic! i will definitely be visiting again.
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Reviewer MissWxx
Just returned from lunch. As I walked through the door waitress who I had eye contact with turned and ran towards the toilets, waited around a minute for someone else to seat us. Then had to wait 15 mins for the waitress to ask for drinks. We ordered the food at the same time to SAVE time. WRONG. Drinks came 5 mins after but the food came 45 mins later when my lunch break was pretty much over. My friend received the wrong lunch but had it anyway as we were out of time. I however had to wait a further 5 mins for my lunch which I only had the time to eat half of. Waitress did give us a 25% discount on the final bill however upon checking the bill I was also charged for a large drink when I asked for a normal sized, not large glass!

I have used this establishment on many occassions since it opened, it was terrible in the first few months, which I could understand as everyone was new however it did get better, the service was excellent and turnaround was pretty much perfect BUT it seems it has reverted to its old ways!
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6 months ago I would have given this bar a 5 star rating however the quality of the service and food has declined sharply and I have just experienced one of the worst lunches I have had in the City in the last 20 years. Having returned the substandard food twice in a row (which was initially served 20 mins later than my guest's food) and given up on reordering the management were generous enough to concede that we would not be charged for that particular inedible dish. They did however put up a spirited defence of their poor service and low quality food and offered absolutely no incentive to return. This was very foolish since I have hosted a least half a dozen parties there in the last 6 months for anything from 5 to 30 people and will not not be returning as a result of my experience to date.
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Reviewer Jaggan
The venue was elegant and classy looking. Very comfortable seats and nice lighting. There was a good variety to choose from on the menu and all at very reasonable prices. The food looked and tasted really lovely. Also there is good service from the staff. I would go there again and would also recommend it to others.
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Reviewer Mcare
A group of 5 of us went for lunch. The service was quick and we were all back at the office in good time - which is very rare in the city! The place looks lovely, is comfortable and also is affordable - at about £5/6 per main. I would recommend this place as it was excellent and the food was really nice too!
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