VOC

Bars and pubs King's Cross
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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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VOC says
We love firing up the grill, whether its noon or midnight, we believe nothing's better than good food, good drinks, great company and good times.

Don't forget to bring the family in and try our Sunday roast, served with all the trimmings, gravy and Yorkshire pudding!
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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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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..

Clive S

Nice place, lovely Burger and chips, a really classy place and bar. Would have loved to stay longer but had train to catch.

Alfred B

Lovely place, great steak comes on a large plate with chips and salad. Chef knows his job, for sure. Went downstairs for drinks later and it's a nice littleplace. many cocktail varieties, but I stuck to old fashioned ale.

monica s

We visited the cocktail bar late last friday and it was really heaving. The bartenders put on a show with flaming cocktails once in a while so we hung out at the bar and just downed cocktails. Found a lifelong friend in the Blackstrap swizzle. I intend to get the recipe eventually. Sinister pirate theme adds to the overall ambience. Nice.


Alizée
tastemaker

I went there on a sunday before to catch an Eurostar. There was nobody at the bar. We waited 5 minutes before someone come at the bar and serve us. They only have two different beers. 

Audrey A

This is a very nice place, the barmen made me a standoff no 2, it is a very nice drink and i wish i could get the recipe. The taste was so good and we will go back soon so i can taste the rest of the cocktails

Malcolm I

I am quite amazed by the quality of steaks I had here. It is prime angus but I think they use the better part of the rump. The presentation is good with salad and triple cooked chips. Friendly service and a large selection of drinks from the bar

Katherine D

Last evening found us at this cosy and popular establishment in Kings Cross. I have to admit, I have been here before when it was a bar, just a couple of years ago.

The situation seems to have changed since as there is now an adjoining grill and restaurant upstairs. We settled down at the bar to soak in the pleasant atmosphere while we decided on our meals. The manager recommended the 'standoff number two' after I informed him of my fondness for Jack Daniels. It is a lovely concoction. We had a selection of starters, hot wings, nachos and calamari at the bar. It was exquisite.
I had the t- bone steak, it came with a generous portion of chips and fresh salad. It was perfectly done and complete.
We would have loved to stay at the cocktail bar but we had a prior engagement and we plan to return soon as it is a very nice place.

Dino G

Wow! Good solid steaks coupled with a great cocktail bar, nice people and friendly service.

This is going to be my hangout from now on.

Harry D

Upmarket and smooth! Love the place. Mixologists took care of us all night, you really have to leave it to them, just tell them your preferred spirit and they will do something rad with it. Bar food is incredible, aged beef cheeseburgers, wings, nachos. 

Nice people, Nice place.

Billy O

We dropped by this place for dinner on Saturday. The place was rather busy when we got there but fortunately we managed to jump the queue as we'd made a reservation.

The entire place is actually a hip cocktail bar downstairs and a steak/grill restaurant upstairs. 

We had drinks at the bar as the mixmasters were putting on a cocktail making show. I was recommended the Pirate's curse, a strong cocktail with a selection of 'secret mixers'.

It was very good and I had a few of those for the rest of the evening. We had our starters at the bar, my calamari was just right, soft on the inside and crispy on the outside.

The sirloin steak was very good, in taste as well as preparation.It came with fries and a salad.

We spent the rest of the evening there as it is was a really nice place with a more well behaved mature and yuppie crowd.

Donald W

I say, bring me another blackstrap! these peeps know their booze so well they make it. It is good, tasty and there are some pirate themed ones as well, one toddy flavoured one..........the list is long and refreshing, if not intoxicating. I'd recommend the place any day after 5.

Nicky G
Tastemaker

Tiny but comfortable seating area and a good cocktail list. We ordered the Standoff No. 2 - 

Jack Daniels No.7 bottled with root beer, fig liquor & chocolate bitters, infused with applewood smoke, and served in a smoke-filled bottle. Very fun!

Ann H

This is a lovely place still and the mixmaster still does some wicked cocktails. It gets really busy now as the place has a decent following. A restaurant section has now been added and we had a couple of the best steaks in town the other day. the triple cooked chips were in a class of their own and the hot wings to die for. Lovely!

Jumar C

Atmosphere - 10/10

Mixology Technology  - 10/10

Food - 10/10

If you dont know about this place by now your'e not part of the scene.

Pippy S

Really the best steaks in town. If you look at the number of places today offering Steaks, its mind boggling. This is probably the only place where you can get Steaks, great desserts and great company under one roof. It's my favourite place.

James B

 The mixmaster was her best last evening and made us a bunch of excellent cocktails, one after another.The place was really vibrant and chef brought our lovely steaks over. 

All I can say is they do the best combination of steaks and cocktails in Central London, IMHO.


Amy D

I cannot believe how this place has grown! I used to come here when it was just a cocktail car, and now..........

I dropped by for drinks after work last thursday evening with some friends.

Turns out that it was really busy. The 'crowd' seems to be the yuppie type. Lots of people in suits as well. we had a lovely selection of cocktails at the bar, this bartender really knew how to mix drinks, the flavours were very distinctive.

We were given menus and ordered some burgers as we had heard of their now famous 'smoked cheese' burger

The meat was very tasty, as per reputation and I agree that its probably one of the best in Central London now.

I suspect the workings of a high quality hotel chef behind this.

Clearly VOC is on the verge of becoming one of the hottest places to be in central london. 

Jenny B

We just dropped by for some of their famous cocktails last evening, not realising that they had a steak and burger kitchen as well.

The lovely waitress brought over the menus and we ordered a selection of items, including starters. We decided to dine outside, alfresco, as the weather was so nice.

The our starters proved to be very tasty, the hot wings were really unique, I think its their own recipe. Yummy. 

We had a selection of burgers which proved to be incredibly tasty, the beef was so good that using any kind of sauce would have been sacrilege.

I'd also like to mantion that its a really unique place as well, the decor and atmophere really unique for central london

Iskander A

Plenty of places to dine in Kings Cross, but if you want the best Steaks and Burgers, the best Bartender who makes the best drinks, It"s VOC. Just make sure you make a reservation on weekends. The place can get busy. The trendiest people are there.

Deanna M

We just popped in for drinks after work the other day and had some excellently mixed cocktails. Somebody wanted to order chicken wings and we had a selection of burgers, wings and steaks all alfresco, as the outside seating there is really nice. The food was very good, restaurant quality and easily beat anything you can find in Kings Cross today. It's a very yuppie kind of place so you get a better quality of people as well.

Anna G

What a gem in King's Cross! Hidden away in Varnishers Yard, past the crowds of Camino's, lurks a cozy candlelight hideaway. Exposed brick walls, big windows and some velvety chairs make this an alluring place to enjoy a drink. Very good cocktail menu and decent selection of wine.
The punch line is the quality of food here. i would never have expected a cocktail bar like this to actually serve food of this quality. Sandwiches and crisps are a thing of the past here. It a real gourmet food menu with Steak and burgers using upmarket aged beef.

This time I had the smoked cheese burger which was Incredible , to say the least. I intend to work my way through the menu, but it will take a while as their chef is clearly no slouch when it comes to quanity and quality.

Paula L

Devilish cocktails mixed by an expert mixmaster and the whole place looks like a tropical bar in South East Asia. Great concept. The adjoining restaurant restaurant upstairs provides nibbles and bites or if your'e in the mood, a la carte dining. We actually went upstairs into the dining hall at about 8 and had a selection of starters like hot chicken wings and calimari. But the best part were the burgers. I've had burgers in restaurants before but the meat here was very tasty and our waitress explained to us, aged beef. You have not had a real burger until you have this one, the smoked cheese was my favourite. Cannot wait for the weeked and we are going back.

ErnestS

I'm a regular in the Central London and decided to pay a visit to this place after reading so much about it here. I have been there before, it was before the renovation and I do remember it as a quaint cocktail bar.

VOC has clearly undergone a transformation and facelift. We made reservations and when we got there we had a choice, the bistro outside, the cocktail bar downstairs or the restaurant upstairs, We decied to get our cocktails at the bar and dine upstairs. The atmosphere was very upbeat, the music was nice, cocktails excellent and friendly people all around. It was obvious that a higher class of clientele come here.

The seating area upstairs was busy and still nice, it did not have that stuffy atmosphere like other up market restaurants. Our starters were tasty, the mains very good. I had the nachos followed by an old smokey burger. Definitely upmarket. 

Clearly the establishment has undergone a transformation and is already building a quality clientele.

Bryan L

We went to the VOC bar and grill today with a friend. We arrived early and had drinks in the bar first, served by the nicest barman.. We were given plenty of 'nibbles' with the drinks too. As the restaurant was quiet we chose which table to sit at. Very quickly our waiteress, came and introduced herself and handed us menus, she listened carefully when I explained my food allergies and told me immediately what she could do for me. We then ordered our meal from the menu. She was very helpful with all queries and also pointed out anything that may cause a problem to any of us. The starter course course arrived and we had all grilled halloumi, chicken wings with little side salads. For the main course I ordered a fillet steak and my wife and friend ordered the tenderloin. Each main had a sauce with it. All the meals were TOTALLY DELICIOUS and we could not get over the amount of food that had been served.  We had arrived at 5pm and were ready to leave at 8pm , it was such an amazingly relaxed, friendly and lovely atmosphere we had not even noticed the time. I'd recommend this place any time as they have really good food, drink and very good service.

Beatrice T

Chic and fashionable will win you brownie points and a passport into a sumptuous world of 17th century east indies ambience.

Thats VOC for you. We work in this area and it is the trendy place to be now with world class bar and restaurant under one roof.

My favourite items - Panko Calimari for starters and probably the best burger in town  -  their Old Smokey burger with smoked cheese and aged beef. Wash this down with a couple of south sea mountains and you're good to go.

Daniel S

Finall, a really good bar with an expert mixmaster and a restaurant quality chef in house. These guys do some really great cocktais and if you're hungry, everything from chicken wings and calimari to aged Beef Burgers and Tenderloin Steak. Whatever the secret is, it works for me as my friends love the place as well as my clients.

ToniBell

I think this is a really cool place. It has a great restaurant where the chef does wonderful burgers, finger food, bites, and really complements the drinks served in the bar. Personally, if we go in a group, we like to sit in the courtyard and order the food and dine there. It's awesome.My favourite's the old smokey burger with aged beef.

WendyB

This is my first visit to this place since the renovation and it did not Disappoint. The restaurant seating area is very cosy, yet upmarket. The decor -splendid and I think a lot of the decor came from a museum. I had the Grilled Halloumi starter with The Sirloin Steak as my main. Both items were impressive and I think this place is probably on par with the best steak houses. The steak was done just the way i wanted it and the meat tasted very good.