A few weeks ago, after a play, I went with two friends to Ely Bar & Brasserie in the IFSC. One of them was an actress from the play, and the other (her boyfriend) had been the lighting technican for the evening.
We headed down to the vaults and started with a reasonably-priced bottle of prosecco; we followed that with cheese and port. Nothing too fancy, nothing too expensive, and all very nice. The convivial decor and lighting create the right atmosphere for conversation; the lack of loud music and the spaciousness also help in this respect. Overall, I much prefer the downstairs to the more modern-looking bar on the ground floor.
Service was prompt and good.
Ely is pleasant as a restaurant or as a regular bar, but it is at its best as a wine bar. Highly recommended for a relaxing night out with friends.
A small section of the vaults.