This Camden cocktail bar is small but inviting, with a novel drinks menu and a friendly atmosphere.
Simmons’ flagship venue is located in King’s Cross, but a new, diminutive outlet has opened at the foot of Camden High Street, just minutes from Mornington Crescent tube station. Past the all-glass exterior, the bar is divided into two rooms, each with its own peculiar quirks. The front room is packed with tables and stools, surrounded by shelves full of vintage lampshades and crowned with a skull-shaped mirrorball – an impressive and rather daunting talking point. The backroom, meanwhile, combines retro school desks with offbeat prints, ornaments and fairy lights lining the walls. The main bar can be found out front, with an assortment of mirrors, blackboards and even a vintage fruit machine among all the cocktail-making paraphernalia.
A friendly, unpretentious venue to retreat to after a day’s work in the surrounding area, Simmons should be a major draw for Camden cocktail enthusiasts thanks to its low lighting, young clientele and lively soundtrack. Plans are afoot to bring regular events and food nights to the bar, but in the meantime both rooms are available to hire for groups of up to 100 – handy for birthdays and low-key celebrations.
The bar staff have augmented their standard cocktail menu (£7-£9) with a selection of delicious homemade recipes, including the New York Holiday – an unusual yet enticing mix of bourbon and fresh strawberries – and the Toblerone crafted from Baileys, Kalhua, Frangelico and cream. Teapots of ‘G & Tea’, etc, are also available for fans of twee crockery (£20-£25, serves three-four people), and selected cocktails are two-for-£10 between 4pm and 9pm every day.
The Last Word
An unassuming yet inviting little bar with top-notch original cocktails, Simmons Camden looks set to carry on the good work of its King’s Cross counterpart.