I’m a big fan of Happy Hour. Who isn’t? My friend decided that we needed to have some drinks before Christmas. Like I needed more drinks in the season of Christmas drinks. But I’m not strong enough to say no to Happy Hour. Having been there before she was very concerned that we would have no space, so we turned up waaaaay too early. She was insistent in saying that it was always packed the weeks before. I can only guess that the reason for it being rather empty was because it was a few days before Christmas. Most people had attended too many staff parties. Or maybe had turned their back on the city already and were on the way into the countryside to drink mulled wine and sit near an open fire.
Not us. Turning up shortly after the bar opened we had the bartenders to ourselves and started ordering 2-4-1 cocktails for £8 straight away. We started with Bite My Cherry (American whisky, Amaretto, cherry cordial and Cola) which I found way too sweet. Next one was the Charlotte Street (Vodka, mint, elderflower and lemon ice tea) which was more down my street … pun fails. It was fresh and not too sweet. The bar also offered some free snacks with all that booze. We got a little tray of hot mini sausage, olives and spicy stuffed mini peppers. they brought another one later on with nearly the same combination. Not bad! As we were already on the roll we made the decision to try the pitchers for £8.50. Between the two of us we got around a glass and a half each out of them. My favourite was the Kraft & Spice (spiced rum, mint, vanilla, lime, ginger beer) as I like nearly every drink that involves ginger beer. We also had the Lychee Cooler (rhubarb infused gin, lychee liquor, lemon, cucumber, elderflower and soda) which was just weak and not very tasty.
But the thing that got us into this Happy Hour in the first place: a bottle of Prosecco for £12.50! That’s a great offer.
The bar in itself is rather typical to the London underground bars. First of all … it’s very dark. Secondly, it isn’t very impressive in its display in bottles, but sufficient. It has a nice design. They have a video wall in the back, which shows urban landscapes (I assume to give you the feeling of a bit of outside chic, who knows). Along one wall they have quite a few comfortables niches for around 6 to 12 people.
Verdict: Perfect for After Work drinks! Expect crowds in a dark basement.
3 — 5 Rathbone Place, W1T 1HJ