28 Rupert Street Soho London W1D 6DJ
A tiny nook on one of Soho’s less gentrified streets, this is the best of the half-dozen Blue Posts pubs in the neighbourhood. With the comfy, lived-in feel of a beloved local, it’s a relaxed, welcoming place with an unpretentious Old Soho vibe that’s as appealing to a certain breed of young hipster as it is to old-timers bemoaning the gentrification of their neighbourhood. Serving a small range of real pub food, including their trademark salt beef sandwiches, and a raft of real ales from Hobgoblin to Woodforde’s Wherry, the Blue Posts offers a comfortable sense of tradition that’s difficult to resist. The tiny room upstairs acts as a spillover for when things get busy – Sunday afternoons see live jazz and a friendly local crowd, while the quiz night on Tuesday brings in gaggles of boozy know-it-alls, and things get hipper all round when DJs play. There’s no beer garden, but there are a couple of tables on the street at the front, and space in a narrow side alley to chat and smoke.