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Old Bengal Bar is a chic and atmospheric space dominated by exposed brick work and mirrored walls. Guests can enjoy an extensive choice of both classic and signature cocktails created by Milos Popovic and his team.

Ranked #1941 of 2091 pubs & bars in London
Part of the D&D London group
"Located in a beautiful Grade II listed building originally owned by the East India Company, Old Bengal Bar is the destination for drinks in the City and Shoreditch, offering outstanding cocktails, a superb menu and impeccable service in a fun, buzzing and glamourous setting.

It all starts with the cocktails for bar manager Milos Popovic and his team. Signature drinks include the Fleur de Lis and Dirty Truffle martini, alongside classic cocktails served with a twist such as Prince of Wales and New York Sour. The Old Bengal Bar also serves an outstanding selection of spirits by the bottle, and an extensive wine list to enjoy either inside or outside on the secluded and sheltered courtyard. Old Bengal Bar adjoins the acclaimed restaurant New Street Grill, a modern take on the traditional British grill.

Tables can be booked in the bar at lunch time, with a full restaurant menu available. After 3pm, a range of bar snacks can be ordered, with substantial dishes including Josper-grilled burgers and light bites such as Scotch eggs, sausage rolls and salt & pepper squid."

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours
MON

11:30 - 23:30

TUE

11:30 - 23:30

WED

11:30 - 01:30

THU

11:30 - 01:30

FRI

11:30 - 01:30

SAT

11:30 - 01:30

SUN

12:00 - 16:00

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By Shamit P.

Really don't know what the fuss is over this place. Went here on a Saturday night and boy is it overrated! Cocktails are nice in concept; but the bar staff seem to want to overdo the 'ice in the glass' therefore limiting your volume of drink. What infuriated me even more was the management see it fit to charge 12.5% to get served AT the bar. Had a taste of some of the canapes my party ordered and the chicken skewers were completely bland with NO taste. I cannot justify going here except for the fancy decor, but that is really it.


By Laura R.

Situated inside The City’s latest dazzling complex, Old Bengal Bar is an impressive cocktail destination bound to serve the locale well. The Old Bengal Warehouse takes over a part of the East India Company’s old empire, an 18th Century Grade-II listed building that spans 10,000 square feet, all of which is now part of a very different empire, that of D&D London. The international restaurant gurus provide this unique space in the heart of Bishopsgate with two new restaurants, a wine shop and right at the end, a glitzy cocktail bar.

The Venue
As you approach Old Bengal Bar, passing New Street Wine Shop, Fish Market and New Street Grill, you get a real sense of The City, with suited workers out to play on New Street. Enter through the red brick entrance and you’re greeted by an outdoor terrace that looks like a posh Puerto Banus cocktail lounge and marks this end of the warehouse as the City boys’ party destination. Tropical trees line the perimeter and wooden decking and white cushioned sofas give a touch of the exotic, not to mention the patio heaters in abundance.

Once inside, this light and airy feel is replaced with a warehouse effect - true to its name - with the exposed brick look du jour and a black wooden floor, but the exotic side of things is still in tact with turquoise hue paintings and an extravagant marble-topped bar running the length of the rear wall. Parallel to this is one elegant, low metallic slab of a table with comfortable, striped pouf seating, while red leather settees with oval shaped tables sit by the windows. The bar is back-lit by an elegant cabinet with colonial embellishments displaying top-drawer liquor, and a mirrored side wall evokes the same period but pushes back to reveal toilets, a touch of class for a stylish venue.

The Atmosphere
Low lights are supplied courtesy of modern circular lighting rigs that hang from the ceiling and more old-fashioned but expertly positioned candles in jars, creating the perfect, moody ambience. Meanwhile, a soundtrack of non-descript minimal and electronic drones provides an appropriate hum and buzz to the venue – not that this is lacking in any way, as Old Bengal Bar rapidly fills out of an evening with a dominantly masculine and occasionally boisterous crowd. Expect City workers on the majority, dressed for the occasion. And bar staff dress glamorously too, from the cocktail makers in smart grey waistcoats and red ties to the waitresses in matching red, paisley dresses who slink around the bar with their silver trays in hand.

The Food
The food menu ranges from posh nosh snacks to burgers and items from the grill, as well as a few desserts for indulgence. Cheese straws (£3) or Scotch eggs (£3) are thoroughly enjoyable snacks, the Scotch egg coated with crisp breadcrumbs and with a delicious meaty filling. While Dorset crab on toasted sourdough (£5.50) seems impeccably in keeping with the venue as a luxurious canapé. For mains, a few salad options (starting at £7.25) and sandwiches (starting at £6.75) are accompanied by the fishcake of the day (£12.50) or native lobster macaroni (£17.50). But it’s the burgers and grills that will doubtless do a roaring trade at Old Bengal Bar. The house burger (£14) with 100% Black Angus steak comes with streaky bacon, Montgomery cheddar and house relish and the meat is as succulent and pink as you’d expect. But for something a bit different, the Bengal burger (£14) is served with dopiaza onions, raita and tamarind chutney. Dessert is a touch more traditional British, with rice pudding, chocolate tart, apple pie or a British cheeseboard to choose from.

The Drink
It’s all about the cocktails at Old Bengal Bar, where bar manager Milos Popovic, previously of le Pont de la Tour, has devised a menu of drinks that make historical references as well as championing classic cocktails with an Old Bengal or British twist. For example, the Dirty Truffle (£14.50) utilises truffle oil and olive oil brine with its mix of French dry vermouth and Konik’s Tail vodka, while British Gardens (£9.50) is a more traditional blend of Hendricks gin, cucumber, elderflower and mint, which is delicately sweet and soothing on the palate. Cocktail connoisseurs will marvel at a lengthy menu with crowd-pleasers for all appreciations, including an original Cosmopolitan, a Caprinha, a Dark ‘n’ Stormy, and a Mai Tai, to name but a few. Aperol Spritz (£10.75) also makes an appearance and comes in a generously large glass, but could perhaps use a dash more Prosecco, while the Negroni is much closer to perfection, a dry and smooth taste, served with a gobstopper of an ice cube and a swirl of orange peel.

Champagnes are also paid homage by Popovic, but don’t expect them to come on the cheap, with some vintage bottles weighing in at over £1000 each, although bottles can be sought for under £100, and a glass of Piper Heidsieck is yours for just £9. And with the neighbouring New Street Wine Shop on site too, whites and reds are expertly chosen from around the globe, with a slight preference given to French grapes, found in the Domaine William Fevre 2011 Chablis (£10 a glass, £42 a bottle), for example.

The Last Word
Old Bengal Bar completes the D&D warehouse space, as the ultimate City boys’ playground. This will put some Londoners off a visit, but those who do choose to venture to this Bishopsgate cocktail spot will be lulled into relaxation, indulgence and high-class hedonism.

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