A slick, contemporary urban bar popular with white-collar workers.
Urban living made easy is Apartment’s tag line and it certainly does a very good job of serving the cash-rich and time-poor office workers. Outside there’s a stone patio with metal chairs and plants and shrubbery. Downstairs there’s a black and white tiled floor and there are modern artwork canvases as you come in on the right.
There are chrome lamps over the bar which is lined with stainless steel stools. There’s a cafe style area downstairs with coffee cups, saucers and milk jugs perched on ledges. Other sections feature black lamps and blue plastic covered tables. The upstairs has high tables and chairs and lots more seating and separate food and bar areas. The cocktail bar is upstairs, too and you can look on to City Hall from the window seats. Word has it that there’s numerous complaints about slow service, however.
Apartment is frequented by civil servants from City Hall, lawyers, accountants, auditors, bankers, architects and general admin staff. They're all usually smartly dressed although many seem fed up with the office grind.
The Food and Drink
Guinness, Carlsberg and Warsteiner are on draught. There are ten reds and the same number of white bottles of wine ranging in price from £14.50 to £21.95, including a Bodegas Navajas Rioja Tinto for £4.75 a glass with its plum and cherry overtones.
The menu is impressive, with dishes such as confit of duck with buttered mash and braised cabbage for £8.95. There’s goat’s cheese filo tartlets and caponata for £4.75 and £7.25 for a large dish. And to finish there's a polenta and olive oil cake with ice cream which is £4.25. Cocktails include the classics such as Sazerac, Mojito and Caipirinha and a Lychee Daiquiri is good value at £4.75.
The Last Word
Apartment definitely has a slick city edge which rubs some people up the wrong way and fits like a glove for others.