Blind Pig

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  • Cocktail bars
10 Love It

Though technically an upstairs adjunct to Jason Atherton’s celebrated Social Eating House (which itself garnered a five-star review in Time Out), The Blind Pig is a worthy destination in its own right. Perhaps as a nod to its Prohibition-flavoured nickname (‘blind pig’ being US underworld slang for a good old-fashioned den of iniquity), it’s not immediately obvious how to find it at street level; look under the vintage ‘Optician’ sign for the blindfolded hog doorknocker and boom, you’re in. The decor is authentically retro but never schmaltzy; lovely touches like the antique mirrored ceiling, copper-topped bar and charmingly mismatched (yet never discordant) wooden furniture made me feel (on date night) like a wide-lapelled Capone crony painting the town with his broad. If this all sounds a little contrived and too-clever-by-half, the cocktail menu brings welcome comic relief. Who could resist a Slap ’n’ Pickle (gin, brandy and pickle brine), Kindergarten Cup (incorporating ‘Skittles-washed Ketel One’), or Robin Hood, Quince of Thieves? (brandy, quince liqueur, mead). The puns are employed with abandon, but everything I tried was ace (even, yes, Dill or No Dill). Better yet, the bar snacks are made downstairs, so the grilled baby peppers, confit pork rillettes and duck fat chips are straight-up gangster.

Venue name: Blind Pig
Address: 58 Poland Street
Transport: Tube: Oxford Circus or Tottenham Court Road tube
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Average User Rating

3.8 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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Ros A

Obviously I'm a big fan of a speakeasy. Like, can't find it, won't find it, will find it,  oh there's a door, I'm in, it's kind of actually just a normal bar, who cares, I do, get me a cocktail, and another, can't find the door to leave.... etc etc.

This one fits the bill: fairly impossible to find. Tip, don't be looking for a shop front here. Just go for the door with the pig head and push gently. Location of this speakeasy is fab, striking distance from the whirling swirling dance floor of Barrio, and the singing winning delights of Lucky Voice. 

We went in on a Thursday and were told all the seating areas were booked. I enquired politely as to what time the reservations were for, and the lady said not until 8, so we agreed to depart by 7.45 and took a pew. So again, tip, if the seats look free, you might be able to get a short term seat loan one way or another. Be nice to the entrance host and she'll be nice to you! 

Cocktails were good, one looked suspiciously like a milkshake but was lethal. Ideal combination. This place has a good buzz, and makes for a great pre dinner drink. I would return. If I can find it.

Jo Gowans

Had high hopes for this place and it certainly looked the part. Even the toilets are ambiently lit with high gloss vintage look tiles and Burlington sinks. An old school hip hop soundtrack clashed with surroundings in the best way, but now we come to the cocktails. We were here for London Cocktail Week, so tried the special: Monkey Shoulder Snakebite. This sickly mixture of whisky, pear liqueur, ale reduction, cider syrup and lemon juice actually made us gag, and didn’t get better the more we had (we gave up a few sips in). Not yet deterred we ordered another round, which was...okay. The cocktail bar is set particularly high in London, and there are quite simply much better places to enjoy some after dinner drinks. A gimmicky menu left us with the impression that style won out over substance here.

James Manning

Like lots of other bars in London, this place is trying very hard to convince you that you're in New York. Unlike plenty of West End cocktail bars, it isn't an awful place to spend a whole evening. The drinks aren't unreasonably priced, the beer comes in cute little tin tankards, and there's a big window looking out over Poland Street. It's also open later than most of the pubs in the area, making it a good place for a nightcap. All in all there isn't much to complain about here, even if it's hardly an authentic London experience. Or maybe, these days, it is?


Cocktails were tasty and strong despite their small size. I enjoyed the atmosphere. Shame about the slow service, I expected more since they automatically charge 12.5% for it.

Richard Piller

Thoroughly enjoyed a late afternoon cocktail or two here on Saturday - we drank Dill or no dill and Slap 'n pickle. A great, fun cocktail menu and excellent bar snacks - we had belly pork sliders (to die for) and duck fat chips....nom a nom. The room is clean and fresh, very attentive staff and complementary water on refill, a nice touch.....hope that was not just because it was 30 degrees outside. Stylish beyond doubt and so looking forward to trying the Social Eating House restaurant, which looks every bit the place to be seen. Well done, I am coming back soon:-)

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Very nice atmosphere, amazing staff and yummy cocktails which are affordable.