|Real Ales ||None|
|Food ||Lunch and Evenings, a step up from bar food|
|Outside ||Small garden with heaters at rear|
|Facilities ||Sofas, Newspapers, Conservatory area|
|Age Group ||mainly mid-twenties to forties||
|Real Ale ||0|
|Overall ||5 / 10|
Formery The Pineapple then The Merry Minstral, Bar 62 in St Albans has moved away from the old traditional pub style towards a more modern approach.
Bar 62 no longer serves real ale, although when it first opened around ten years ago they did sell cask ale, and other draft beer is limited.
Predominently this place is aimed at well off people in their mid twenties to early forties and hence it has a good selection of fine wines and champagne.
It actually has around fifteen different types of champagne.
The right hand side of the bar is dedicated to a dining area and this again is a step up from the basic pub food with most main dishes costing from £10.
Drinks are very expensive with a glass of wine costing £3.75.
The pub was fairly busy around 9pm on a Thursday night, mainly with smartly dressed people possibly discussing the stock market and money as many probably work down in the city.
Although there are no plasma screens or a juke box in here it is rather noisy with the sound of conversations, I guess it must be down to the acoustics of the place.
The drinking area is fairly small as the tables on the right seem to be for diners only. However, at the back there's a conservatory and further on there's a pleasant garden with seating.
A couple of years back this place had a good reputation for food and apparantly the old chef is returning in April 2007. However, as with the drinks, the food is expensive.
Reviewed: 22nd Feb 2007
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