It's the stylish cocktail franchise's newest venture, and its City location – a stone's throw from Liverpool Street station – couldn't be more suitable.
Situated right opposite Liverpool Street Station, along a row of supermarkets, eateries and shops, this new cocktail bar has an easy-to-find location in a central spot. Head down the luxe-looking stairs and you'll hit a huge basement bar that's a world away from the hustle and bustle of City life. It's surprisingly spacious with stylish wooden floors, glass walls, exposed brickwork and a selection of green and pink sofas and chairs suitable for every occasion, from dates to large parties. The lighting is dim and disco-like, which adds to the modern, almost 70s-inspired decor. The bar runs alongside one of the walls and there is plenty of space to get served. There's even a small area in front of where the DJ plays if you feel the need to have a dance.
The cocktail bar is undoubtedly lively – like a lot of neighbouring venues. And, as with many surrounding City haunts, suited workers from nearby offices make up pretty much all the clientele on the weekdays, while the weekend sees a lot of people from outside of London who've got the train in for a ‘big night out’. A DJ spins commercial chart favourites, while the bar opens until 3am at the end of the week – so what looked to be just a few drinks really could end up being a night on the tiles.
You better like your food ‘dirty’ – the menu is made up of Dirty Minis, Dirty Bites and Dirty Platters. Dirty Minis include mini skewers (three chargrilled cheese, meat or fish skewers, from £6.75), mini hot dogs (£8.75) and mini burgers (£8.75). Matchstick chips with ailoi (£4.75) and chargrilled teriyaki beef skewers with a soy and ginger dressing (£6.95) are a couple of the Dirty Bites options. Meanwhile, Dirty Platters include a range of items from the rest of the menu from £15.95. Portions are pretty small for the price – like many other places in the area – but they're only really designed to be picked at alongside your drinks. And aside from the hotdogs and sliders, there’s not an awful lot ‘dirty’ about this snack menu – in fact, food ties in nicely with the bar’s sleek and chic style.
If you love cocktails, this is the place for you. And even if you don't, they're so well mixed you should probably try one anyway. The Lychee Martini (£8.50) is made with Beefeater gin and shaken with lychee liqueur. It's beautifully made with a garnish of half a lychee and an almost syrupy taste – it’s perfect for those with a seriously sweet tooth. For a subtler flavour, the new Tea Thyme (£9) is a good pick. Muddled together in a long glass and made with Absolute Tea Vodka, yellow chartreuse & creme de cerise, as well as fresh raspberries, thyme and pomegranate juice, it's a unique yet delicious drink with a fruity yet herb-infused taste. If cocktails aren't your thing, bottles of beer include Asahi, Corona, Negra Modelo and Doom Bar and start at £4.45 for a 330ml bottle. There are also 10 red wines, 10 white wines and three roses on offer. Expect to pay around a fiver for a decent small glass.
The Last Word
Glamorous, chic and cocktail-focused – whether you need something to take the edge off a cancelled train or are after a big Thursday or Friday night out, this new bar really is spot on for the City.