All Bar One, King Street. (c) sparkstoflames.
A national chain bar at the swish, top end of King Street that attracts the suits, but it's not as bad as it sounds. On first glance it's a wine, cocktails and lager joint, but fair play to them, they had a handpump on selling the rather dull Doom Bar ale. I plumped for a bottle of Worthington's White Shield - great to see another unexpected bar stocking it - which was served ice cold, unfortunately, though the Brooklyn Lager was tempting. The wine list looked reasonable (plonk is rated good, great or best) though it took the barmaid an age to find the white we'd ordered ("I'm new, sorry"). All Bar One is pretty soulless but is better than chains like Slug & Lettuce and Hogshead, and this one is pleasant enough if you can get a table outside on the King Street thoroughfare.