Da Polpo

By Maeve
6 Maiden Lane, WC2E 7NA
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Mon - Thurs 12 - 11.30pm; Fri/Sat to 12am; Sun to 10.30pm
How much?
£4.50 for a spritz

If there is one thing that Italians do better, it is early evening drinking (well, that and food and art, and design and…f*ck, maybe Madonna was right). Those who have spent any time in Italy will know that aperitivo beats drinking a pint outside a pub no matter how sunny the day aaand they give you free food. In Venice, the tipple of choice at this magic hour is the excellent spritz, a blend of Aperol, proseco, soda and a slice of orange, which you can experience perfectly at the Aperol Bar at da Polpo in Covent Garden. Here at the Russell Norman and Richard Beatty eatery the focus is on socialising with small plates of very delicious shared food and spritz should most definitely be drunk with friends. / Chloe McCloskey