My five favourite bars...Gavin Rossdale

Ingrid Kennedy
Sunday 16 April 2000 00:00 BST

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Louise Thomas

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Last year, Gavin Rossdale, the lead singer of British grunge rock band Bush earned more than £11 million on the back of the band's phenomenal popularity in America (they are still to crack the UK charts). Despite his fame, Rossdale makes a point of avoiding the celebrity party circuit and rarely gets mobbed by photographers. Thirty four years old, he has a famously on/off relationship with Gwen Stephani of No Doubt and splits his time between homes in North London and Los Angeles.

1 The Queen's

49 Regents Park Road, London NW1 (tel: 020 7586 0408)

When I first moved to the area I got to know John, the landlord of The Queen's. He's since moved, but I still go there because it's close by and easy, and has a great fire in the winter. It's cool to know people behind the bar - it's like going to restaurants where you are known - you can be sure you are going to be well looked after. They're pouring you a drink as you walk in the door. A lot of my friends who live in the area drink at the Queen's so it does have a real "local" feel about it. In the summer we take our drinks out on to Primrose Hill which is by far the best bar of all.

2 Mccarthy's

The Square, Mill Street, County Cork (tel: 00 353 297 0094)

I wrote part of our latest album [The Science of Things] in Ireland. When I arrived the landlord invited me to the weekly lock-in, which is a real community affair. You drink with the local policemen and listen to traditional Irish music: fiddle players and folk singers. It has great views across the bay. During Lent all the mainland pubs are shut, so the local people have to sail across to this small island which is the only place you can drink and where the pubs are open for 24 hours. In Cork I tend to drink Murphy's - it's not an ale that travels well so you must taste it in its home town to enjoy it at it's best.

3 Mcgovern's Bar

305 Spring Street, New York (tel: 001 212 627 5037)

Nehr, the owner of McGoverns, is the kind of guy who shuts the bar at 4am and carries on just entertaining his friends. If you are lucky he will even take you back to his house nearby. His bar is a dark and comfortable place. You just walk in and pour yourself a drink. There's a mixed crowd including lots of travellers and every now and then a celebrity - like most places in New York - but it's really a more down to earth bar, it's cool without being pretentious. And it plays really good music.


Dean Street, London W1

I wouldn't call myself a big drinker - it depends on my mood, but I like getting together with friends in a place where you can hear what people are saying and drinking a bottle of wine. Blacks is perfect for this - it's full of beaten-up old furniture and has loads of rooms, so it feels like you have gone over to someone's house. My best friend's girlfriend used to be the manageress so I've been going there a few years. When I get back from tour I might go down there to celebrate being back home - which is always a good reason for a party.

5 Kaberet

70 New Bond Street, London W1 (tel: 020 7629 3844)

The Kabaret reminds me of a Sixties speakeasy with the ideal atmosphere for a really special night out. It's all dark reds and has a really comfy feel to it and the DJs are really good. I love going down there when I'm in town. I like a good margarita to start things off and their's are not at all bad. I sometimes go there with a couple of the guys in the band, but tend to go out in smaller groups rather than in one big Bush night out.

Bush's album "The Science of Things" is on general release.

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