where shall we meet? Bar Royale, NW1

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bar royale is a hotchpotch of styles that can't make up its mind what it is apart from knowing that it's not a pub. It's vaguely reminiscent of American bars: the bar is the focal part of the front room and there could just possibly be a touch of the meat market around. Nonetheless, it's lively and fun: green walls, stained glass panels, TV screens, some very large classical naked ladies on the walls and a good mix of race and age among the customers. Cocktails are under pounds 2 in happy hour; hamburger- type snacks range from pounds 3.50-pounds 5. Music - James Brown-type funky thang - is loud in the front room and reasonably gentle in the back.

Bar Royale, 111 Camden High St NW1 (0171-911 0667)

Serena Mackesy

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