VOC

Bars and pubs King's Cross
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Venue says: "Choice of ribeye/sirloin steak or any main plus a glass of wine or beer or a cocktail for £18. T&Cs apply."
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From Fluid Movement, which brought us Purl and the Worship Street Whistling Shop, VOC occupies a smallish, cosy space in one of north London’s most restaurant-intensive precincts. The name derives from the Dutch East India Company, and there’s a nautical and historical theme to the drinks list. Punches based on old recipes figure large, though modern technology brings them right up to date. Playing it safe with the classics is by no means the inferior option, however, as textbook martinis and caipirinhas proved. It took us a while to get our drinks because of lack of staff behind the tiny bar (barely five feet long), and there’s no table service, so you have to queue. But no one seemed to mind. Interestingly, more people were drinking beer or wine than cocktails, at least on our visit. VOC now has a restaurant too, majoring on grilled meat.

 

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Nestled in a courtyard in King’s Cross, near St Pancras, VOC captures the feel of adventure and discovery. Our cocktails are aged in wax-sealed bottles and oak casks to ensure the richness and ripeness reminiscent of seventeenth-century drinks. Signatures include barrel-aged beverages, a range of cocktails, punches, grogs and flips – perfect for small groups and after-work drinks.

We also offer irresistible burgers and steaks that lead our menu at lunch and dinner. Our beef is sourced from London’s oldest butcher, Allen’s of Mayfair, and our Scottish Highland beef is dry-aged for a minimum of 28 days for an incredible depth of flavour. Enjoy gourmet burgers for a quick lunch or to complement our cocktails, craft beers or fine wines.
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Venue name: VOC
Contact:
Address: 2 Varnishers Yard, Regents Quarter
London
N1 9AW
Opening hours: Mon-Thu noon-1am; Fri-Sat noon-2am; Sun noon-10pm
Transport: Tube: King's Cross St Pancras tube/rail
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James L

I am a regular here and just for the sake of trying something different, I decided to have the Char-grilled sea bass with asparagus, portobello mushroom, courgettes & sweet pepper. 

On the side I had the Frickles, a dish consisting of pickled cucumber and dill fried in batter. The entire meal was very good and i had no idea they could do fish like this.Their steaks and burgers are great, but this was very good.

HiYU

Massive drink selection from the inhouse brews. I stuck with the pirate's curse. If youre a rum drinker youll like this one and it has other stuff in there as well. Straight to cloud nine. No headache next day. good stuff.

HKeater

Came here to check out the scene. A1 - fab cocktail just discovered, voc blazer. Highly recommended, cooks the cockles on the way down, so put the flames out first, please. Highly addictive and like most good things, bad for you. Another round, please.

UFCyes

Mon, The best steakhouse in Kings Cross easily. Why? I'ts a grill menu and thats what the chef specialises in. Other places try to stuff the menu to keep it diverse, but these guys are purists.I work nearby and the lunch special takes me there at least 3 days a week. I nomally have the tenderloin and I love the flavor cos it's aged beef and you can taste the quality. 

Jimmy

Best original decor - teak and rattan, best theme - indonesian colonial, incredible grill, a very good sirloin steak and chips, a very good bar with original homebrews. No secret it's always busy

Amazeme

Amazing place where the bartenders make the now famous VOC blazer. It full of whisky and other stuff that should be part of you five a day and it lights up the entire room, it's amazeballs. You really gotta try it.

Lorddam

Incredible place. We had lunch the other day and told ourselves we'd come back for dinner. The whole place is really different in the evening. It just sprang to life! People all over, chatting, having cocktails, bartenders constantly making drinks and sending them out. Flaming drinks all over the place. wow.

Chef99

My wifes really enjoy herself here. We come for our 20th anniversary and she really like steak. The service is so good and our waitress, Binita, is very good and take care of us. I think this restaurant is rich in food and service, not the most posh, but the quality is number 1. Bar is very popular but for younger people. I recomend it.

Yoko

This is a cute little pub with a quality clientele. We got in early and wanted to dine in the pub as we liked the atmosphere so much. So the waitress got us a table next to a huge bookshelf and we ordered our cocktails as we looked through the menu.

The cocktails were very good, a rum thingy and mine with toddy or arrack. Loved it My grilled halloumi starter was so good, i could have just had that for mains as well.

The sirloin steak was a masterpiece, tasty and well done. Even the fries were triple cooked and yummy, other places could do well to follow. 

The place was nice and everyone was friendly, so we stayed for the rest of the evening.

Jalapeno

Swept away. We were here for a friends birthday and expected it to be a quiet one. The food was very good, my steak was perfect. It came on a large plate with fries and salad. After the meal we went downstairs and it was really rocking.

The bartenders put on a show and throw bottles in the air, some do flaming drinks in that littke space. The only thing missing is a DJ and dance music. A very enjoyable evening.

Jan D

A quality fun bar. Friendly people and staff. The beef sliders from the kitchen - to die for. Beef melts in your mouth. Washed down with friendly toddy- rack punch. loverly place.

Dojo

Come here after training the other day, the sirloin steak is very good and very reasonably price. From the bar I take the kingdom beer. Is a nice restaurant, nice food.

Niagra

I had a really good steak here, it came with fries and salad. They have a really FUN fun bar downstairs and after the meal we stayed at the bar and let the drinks flow. The VOC blazer is really popular because its a flaming drink that tastes really good and watching it being made is not easy as the bartender actually juggles the flaming drink. Like in a circus.

Honey

VOC is on that popular stretch in King's Cross but tucked away in place called Varnishers Yard and that's where we spent the evening. The cocktails are very good, the kitchen does amazing bites and it's an all round nicer place to visit with friends. More of a yuppie clientele here.

Mambomama

Wow. Party night on Saturday. The cocktails were flowing and our waitress even brought our burgers and wings from the restaurant over to us despite the squeeze. Great drink, food and service.

BobtheFisherman

Lovely place with a grill restaurant upstairs and designer cocktails downstairs. Our visit was totally worth it, They even brought our food down to our table. The whole place has that cane and rattan look geared towards an older clientele and yuppies. so it's a nice place to sit , talk, eat and drink.

Indianchief

Hmm. Mighty good fire water sold here. Bartender put on fire water making show, ok by me. Good food, good drink, heap fun

Sass

Chargrilled sea bass with mushrooms and courgettes for lunch. Very good, two thumbs up.

LukeSkyeater

This is the most popular place in Kings Cross for cocktails now, I think. The place is really busy, cannot get a table, 10 min wait to get in saturday yet it's still busy. The bartender made for me this drink 'ceylon arack'. It really hits you after 3 rounds and I am a good drinker. Rest of the evening was here.

Picky

A good cocktail bar tucked away in Varnisher's Yard, opposite the station. They do their own homemade cocktails. I enjoyed the 'ceylon arack' very much. It is strong. There is also a grill that you can order from. Unlike most cocktail bars, this is actually a restaurant upstairs and they brought the grilled halloumi, hot wings, and a tasty selection of burgers over to us. Good food , good drink

Bunko

I was here last evening on a date. It is a romantic setting. We got a table in the corner, our orders arrived on time, all three courses. The quality of the starters and mains was very good, service adequate and the bill was actually very decent. I'd recommend the aged fillet steak and grilled halloumi.

Likeitorleaveit

This is an awesome bar. Just let the bartender recommend something. I got this flaming cocktail called the 'voc blazer' and it was incredible. Just remember to put the flames out first.

Wing Tai L

The main thing here is the bar. The bartenders are always putting on some kind of show with cocktail creation, flaming cocktails etc. The home made stuff is pretty good, a little on the strong side.

Jabs

Incredible bar and service. The booze is home brewed. it's unique and thats why everyone's talking about it. Great grill as well.

Butterfly

I do enjoy the evenings here as the bartenders put on a show for everyone by mixing flaming cocktails. The decor is very nice and indonesian looking including the cane and rattan furniture. It is one of the better spots in Kings Cross as the clientele are more matured.

Raymond B

The lads at the office bring our clients here for lunch and It's because they do a really good steak. The beef is matured, flavorful and I always go for the Sirloin. It comes on a large plate with triple cooked chips and salad.

Raiya M

Lovely place, attentive staff, I had the hot wings followed by the aged beef burger and a very very nice cocktail called 'raspberry shrub'. loved it.

Yong Ho L

Waah! The bartender really look after us. They make their own alcohol, it's very unique and tasty. He said it was 'arack' very tasty and so far I cannot find in other places. Very nice fun pub.

Amardeep B

Went for dinner yesterday. It was busy. Only peeve - we had to wait ten minutes for the table. Once we were seated it was ok. My favourite hot wings and sirloin steak. It grows on you. VOC blazers for the rest of the night.

Mickey H

It was great, the kids loved the burgers. i personally loved the steak. The beef was yummy and good. The waitress was attentive and I think the cocktail selection was awesome, I had something that sounded like 'arack' and it was so good that i slept like a baby after getting back to the hotel!

Chin Han T

The hotel reception said come here for steak and we have no regrets. The steak is very good, on a generous plate with french fries and salad. Dessert was creme brulee and capuccino. Very satisfying.

Nathan L

Nice juicy steaks and cocktails right around the corner from the hotel. Good food, good service.

Amarjit S

Probably the better steak place in Kings Cross. A nice cocktail bar to boot as well, but better for late nights.

Mustafa S

Very interesting bar, many varieties of home made brew were on offer, i like the 'pirates curse' a very strong drink. Chicken wings from the kitchen also very good.

Ah Hock T

Waaah! superior steak, sirloin was A1, cocktails bar is nice,a very unique cocktail and javanese decor superb. Only why no dj?

Golda H

Been going across the way for so long and finally discovered this place - great steaks and cocktails.

Navin I

Kingdom beer from cambodia rules! Best beer in the house. sirloin steak -  ok, chips - ok.

Phillip M

Got there early friday evening and it was heaving. ???. 20 minute wait, got to the bar, got drinks that were so good, and munchies. finally we were taken to the restaurant and it was well worth the wait. One of the better steak houses.need to book next time.

Benjamin P

I had the works. Panko Calamari, Sirloin platter with chips and salad. A great place to have a steak! Lively bar scene,

Oana K

Cool joint. Lots of choice at the bar as they make their own spirits. Lively atmosphere and the only thing missing is a band with live music or even a DJ

Michael P

We went there last week for lunch and took advantage of the burger offer. A tasty aged beefburger with smoked cheese, triple cooked chips and salad with a coke. just nice for lunch and here was me thinking this place was just a bar. A very tasty burger thats lot better than what the competition produces.

Brian D

A decent bar and grill. I went there with a client and we were impressed by the food, nachos and sirloin steak, i'd recommend the fuller's frontier beer on tap and the bar area is an entertaining place to sit with the colonial decor.

James S

A really incredible place. The restaurant upstairs does really good steaks and burgers, I was in there the other day as this is where we take our clients. The restaurant was quiet and we could talk business after dinner and the bar was a different world altogether. Bartenders making flaming cocktails, waitresses bussing drinks, a lively place.

Hannah C

We took the lunch offer the other day. A really good deal as their burger is of the gourmet variety. Tasty, fresh beef,salad, fries, coke included. Recommended. 

Pamela L

A really neat place. Decor from java, the colonial variety, lots of cocktails made in house and a grill restaurant upstairs. My steak tasted very good, well presented and the service good. It's no wonder this place is popular in kings cross.

Evie

As described.............lovely cocktails, decor, food..............more like an american themed dive bar than a cocktail lounge. A better class of clientele as well..

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