An underground drinking den, which serves clever cocktail concoctions in nostalgic surroundings.
Shaker & Company’s little sister is inspired by the Belle Époque era. Hidden underneath Shaker & Company’s bar, Belle&Co feels like a secret speakeasy den. They’ve not got much competition in the strange hinterland between Warren Street and Euston, but, when put together these cocktail bars are easily the highlight of Hampstead Road.
Belle&Co’s opulent interior, with moody lighting, textured wallpaper and decorative birdcages, feels like the perfect setting for a hedonistic party or clandestine meeting. But really it’s just as appropriate for a post-work cocktail or dinner with friends.
This speakeasy has cosy and intimate corners with leather chairs where you can wallow in the nostalgic atmosphere. But Belle&Co isn’t just a place to have an indulgent cocktail. On Monday nights the bohemian bolthole is transformed into a vintage and independent movie club, which serves cocktail-inspired popcorn. Tuesday nights are open mic and comedy nights – and come on a Wednesday and you’ll get a theatre night or cocktail masterclass. The rest of the week, Belle&Co is free for booked tables or private parties.
Belle&Co offers yummy snacks to nibble with your drinks, such as generous sharing platters and heavenly - they really are that good - sweet potato wedges with garlic mayonnaise. If you’re after something more substantial, they serve indulgent burgers and handmade pizzas, too.
Is there anything more decadent than being handed a cocktail in a teacup? Belle&Co specialises in inventive cocktails and clever concoctions made from their own cordials. The Company Girl #3, a surprisingly special mix of apple, chamomile and anise flavours served in a vintage china teacup, and Indian Summer, a mix of gin, elderflower, lemon, cucumber and nettle, are both must-tries.
The menu may be extensive but if nothing takes your fancy, the passionate, knowledgeable and attentive bar staff will be more than happy to tailor-make you a drink based on your tastes.
The Last Word
Belle&Co’s nostalgic drinking den is the perfect place to don your rose-tinted glasses and indulge in a decadent cocktail.