The biggest so far of the eleven-strong (and growing) bar group, Be At One Shoreditch is a super-sleek venue with seriously good drinks to match – not to mention some of London’s friendliest bartenders.
The exterior is unimposing, but look out for the neon ‘cocktails’ sign and you’ve found the right place. Walk through the bar and you’ll find large sofas and tables to the right, with a large window that’s open all summer; further in there’s high tables and stools and, right at the back, a raised area with booth-style seating that’s ideal for groups. The bar takes up most of the left-hand side of the venue with an attractive display of spirits and soft lighting that accentuates the bottles. Wooden flooring, warm lighting and mirrored walls make this one of the most stylish venues in the group.
Expect hoards of trendy people – this is Shoreditch after all. The crowds are drawn in with the daily happy hour, where you can buy one cocktail and get one free, with weekends being particularly busy. The staff go out of their way to make sure you’re having a good time and, in turn, the bar has a friendly, laid-back atmosphere. Lively music ranges from up-to-date favourites to 80s classics and, as the night goes on, people can’t help but start dancing.
With a recently revamped and perfected menu being brought into play, the cocktails at Be At One have become much stronger contenders for praise in the London bar scene. There are more than 160 concoctions on the menu, so it may take some time getting through, but the staff will be more than happy to help. For a spicy twist on a classic, try the Stormier Seas (£5.50), with Kraken dark spiced rum, lime wedges and ginger beer, or go for something a little different with the Diefenbaker (£7.50), Named after the part dog, part wolf in Due South, it’s a smooth blend of bourbon, maple syrup, lemon and a dash of aromatic bitters. The English Fizz (£8.50) is a delicious blend of gin, elderflower liqueur, homemade cucumber syrup, mint leaves and a dash of soda water – it’s a perfect summer cooler. If you need something a little stronger, try the Scarpering Bandito (£7.50), a carefully balanced mix of tequila, dark rum, banana liqueur, crème de mure, strawberry puree, lime cordial, grenadine and sweet and sour (citrus and sugar) – you may struggle to stay upright after more than one. There is also a small selection of nuts, olives and crisps – the bloody Mary crisps are particularly good.
The Last Word
A great atmosphere in stylish surroundings with delicious drinks to boot, this Be At One has everything you need for a top night out.