A kitsch watering hole with a house party feel just a stone’s throw from King’s Cross St Pancras.
On first look, SimmonS’ narrow facade looks more like a corner shop front than a bar, but once you walk through its unassuming entrance there is no mistaking it. The space inside SimmonS feels like someone’s front room, with long wooden tables and mismatched chairs as well as small spots in the alcoves and a tiny bar at the far end of the room. The walls, which are papered in jazzy jungle print, are home to shelves laden with a quirky collection of beer cans, lamps, board games and vintage typewriters. Downstairs there is a function room you can rent out for your private party needs. Though if you have an impressive collection of friends and acquaintances, the entire venue can be booked out, too.
With a mix of funk and disco music being played by the resident DJ, plus the jazzy decor - which includes a giant skull glitter ball swinging from the ceiling - SimmonS does have something of a 70s house party vibe. And the friendly welcome from chatty bar staff adds to the illusion that you’ve stumbled into somebody’s front room. The little bar boasts a buzzing atmosphere every night of the week and it’s an ideal destination for letting your hair down after a hard day at work, or a great place to meet up with friends for a cosy catch-up. If you don’t get there early though, there’s a chance you’ll have to elbow your fellow drinkers out the way for a seat.
If you’re of the opinion that there is something seriously decadent about drinking your cocktails out of a teacup, you’ll be in your element at SimmonS. Not only can you sip your tipple from bone china, you can pour it from your very own teapot too. To complete your tea set, each pot comes with sugar bowls full of lime wedges or extra fruit to add to your drink. From a Manhattan to an Old Fashioned, with Margaritas and Martinis in between, you can enjoy a cup of cocktail for just £6.50 or two for £10 during the weeknight happy hour (from 5pm-9pm). If china isn’t your cup of tea (geddit), the tiny bar also serves a selection of wine as well as draught and bottled beers.
The Last Word
This quirky watering hole is a gem of a bar which stands out from the more commercial bars and pubs that surround King’s Cross St Pancras.