With over 10 sites in the capital, Be At One consistently delivers a good dose of fun and some seriously tasty drinks, and this sleek Putney venue doesn't let the side down.
The signature Be At One blue facade and canopy lets you know you’ve found the place you’re after. One of the more stylish branches in the group, and recently improved after a refit, the Putney outpost boasts exposed brickwork, mirrored walls, plenty of booth-style seating and larger areas to the rear that are perfect for groups. A large, slightly curved bar offers bar-side seating, with an attractive back bar displaying the huge range of spirits. Blackboards remind punters of the daily happy hour where you can buy one get one free for a good few hours – or all day on Sunday.
Each Be At One is different – this one is more likely to draw in the crowds over the weekend and, opening at 5pm each day, it offers more of a quiet spot during the week. One thing you can be sure of is incredibly friendly staff – they go beyond your usual expectations to make sure you’re not only getting a drink you’ll love, but you’re having a good night too, regardless of whether the bar is quiet or busy. Playing plenty of rock classics and old-school favourites, it’d be hard not to feel in the party mood after a couple of drinks here.
The menu of more than 160 cocktails is mammoth, but you won’t find it hard to pick (and if you do, give the bartender some hints and they’ll help you out). Split into sections like ‘speciality’, ‘new favourites’ and ‘disco’, it’s easy to navigate – but you’ll probably still need a few minutes. The Pisco Sour (£7.50) shakes pisco with fresh lemon juice, sugar and egg white, and is garnished with fresh nutmeg – it’s a taste of South America in a champagne glass. Moving to the more fruity Caribbean, the Rum Runner (£7.50) blends dark rum, banana liqueur, blackberry liqueur, grenadine and lime juice, all topped off with a rum float. The Freshen Up Whitney (£7.50) is a Be At One original and is a love it or hate it cocktail. Gin, fresh mint, lychee liqueur, lychee puree and a grind of black pepper is fresh and spicy all at the same time – perfect for those who like to try something a bit different. If you like your classics, try your luck with a Maple Margarita (£7.50) – easily one of the best on the new menu. Tequila, fresh lemon juice, maple syrup and apple juice is served long and offers a genuinely great twist on the original recipe.
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Already hugely popular with locals, if you’re ever in the area, it’s well worth seeking out this friendly and welcoming cocktail bar.