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
Address: 2 Varnishers Yard, Regents Quarter
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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Average User Rating

4.9 / 5

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.

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