Brewdog to open Shaftesbury Avenue site

By Stuart Stone

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Cambridge Circus site: The BrewDog Seven Dials will overlook London's Palace Theatre
Cambridge Circus site: The BrewDog Seven Dials will overlook London's Palace Theatre

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Multinational brewery and pub chain BrewDog will be taking over the former Ape & Bird pub at 142 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, after Venetian-inspired restaurant group Polpo closed its doors following four-years in operation.

The Ape & Bird was closed earlier this month with a notice left in the window stating: “It is with regret that we have decided to permanently close Polpo at Ape & Bird. We have accepted an offer for the lease from a very exciting operator, allowing us to concentrate on our core estate.”

The three floor site in Cambridge Circus overlooking the Palace Theatre will re-open as BrewDog Seven Dials before the end of February.

A spokesperson for the brewery said: “We love the fact that London has supported us since we ventured forth into Camden back in 2011.

“The beer scene there has changed almost to an unrecognisable degree since, but the thirsty people of the city continue to hit up our bars – which is why we are hugely excited about the short wait until we add another to our line-up. BrewDog Seven Dials is on its way!”

BrewDog Seven Dials will feature two bars spread over different floors serving 20 cutting-edge craft beers – from its own and both domestic and international guest breweries – on tap.

The site will look to cater for theatregoers with a range of food options – including their popular burger and wings menu – as well as serving weekend brunches, all of which can be paired against a beer by Cicerone-trained staff​.

BrewDog is currently in the middle of its latest “Equity for punks” crowdfunding drive​ through which it hopes to raise a further £10m in capital to expand their brewing operations including the opening of more sites, the proposed addition of a Tower Hill brewpub, and the launch of sour beer facility, Overworks.

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