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Published December 9th 2014
A unique ambience and bar experience
As the name illustrates, The Anthologist bar and restaurant, attempts to amalgamate culture, artistic themes, and class with its interior decor of golden swirls, contrasting with plain, rustic wooden tables arranged almost in a communal way in rows, and perhaps a touch of femininity elucidated in the white flowery table decorations. Perhaps a sense of juxtaposition of classes could be visible though the crowds on a Friday night made that less distinct. The private area we had booked for our group seemed secluded from the noise of the rest of the very large bar in a golden semi enclosed 'bird cage' with seats along the sides and menus on the table.
We were surrounded by huddles of people outside our bird cage, milling around the bar tables, with barely enough room to move around. Then there was a separate restaurant within the bar with the long wooden tables and candle light, where one may choose to grab dinner; although not ideal if you were planning to have a conversation - it's just too loud. I'd recommend choosing one or the other..
I quite liked the bird cage private area where our group could somewhat hear each other albeit whilst shouting, but more so because we were't being crushed by so many bodies. However in saying that, the crowds thinned out significantly after about 7.30 pm when clearly Friday night post work end of the week drinks weren't that interesting anymore and people decided to move on - either go home or take the party elsewhere.
Initially the cocktail and food menus on our tables made us hopeful of having private wait service, but we soon found out that wasn't going to happen so some of us had to push through the crowds to buy drinks at the bar after all. I'm not sure exactly what my drink was supposed to be, but my orange juice had way too much lime in it, making it bitter and quite hard to swallow, until I physically removed the lime out of it to prevent further bitterness. Others in the group shared a bottle of wine which was probably a good idea.
Looking at the food menu, we also ordered a feta and sundried tomato and onion pizza (which was sweet because of the dressing but I really enjoyed it) and three types of potato fries (although I could swear two of them at least were exactly the same except for the coating of tomato sauce; and the other one had some cheese drizzled on it). The drinks were average price, and the music - honestly I could not really hear it but it wasn't bad, whatever it was. After the early evening drinks, our group moved on to a late dinner at Jamie's Italian.