This Monument venue serves up liberal quantities of cocktails, in a cosy and likeable setting to boot.
Be At One is an intimate cocktail bar on the northern side of London Bridge, across the road from Monument tube station and the Monument itself, both of which are visible from the bar's large front windows. The small first floor bar, accessible down a short tiled stairway, is tastefully decorated with dark wood floorboards and tables, which are spread over several levels creating intimate areas of conversation. Comfortable leather booths and stools provide ample seating, while there is an additional room downstairs with its own bar for overspill – a frequent occurrence after work hours. Lighting comes in the form of low-hung silver lamps and chandeliers. The solid wooden bar dominates the room with classy silver partitions for the many gallons of spirits on show, and the London Bridge vista allows the venue to appear airy and spacious, even at peak capacity.
Although the venue is one of many around the capital, the service is personalised and second-to-none, with friendly staff and a noticeably excellent playlist. The clientèle are a trendy, laid-back bunch, invariably stemming from the nearby City and London Bridge, and the atmosphere is relaxed and pleasant from the venue's opening time of 4:30pm (3pm on Fridays). The 5-7pm Happy Hour, which includes 2-for-1 deals on cocktails, is a major draw, and well attended cocktail making tutorials take place on an infrequent basis.
Cocktails (£6-£9, £5 for shooters) are the order of the day at Be At One, with a menu several pages thick that showcases dozens of classics (Mojitos, Daiquiris, Martinis, etc.) alongside new creations. Among the latter is the Green Beast – absinthe, lime and syrup – and a number of eyebrow-raising yet delicious ice cream cocktails like the Kahlua Banana, made with vanilla ice cream. An ideal location for the more adventurous among you, although the bar also stocks a healthy amount of wine and bottled beers (£4.50-£5), including Innis & Gunn, Sol and Quilmes.
The Last Word
Alluring and ideally located, this intimate cocktail bar is definitely worth a visit on the way back from the City after work.