Blind Pig

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6 Love It

One of many slang terms for a US speakeasy, this Blind Pig is yet another addition to the list of ‘bars in London they supposedly don’t want you to know about but obviously do otherwise how will they make any money’. Far classier than most, it doesn’t lay the Prohibition theme on too thick, and it’s relatively easy to find. Simply head to Poland Street and look out for the blindfolded-boar door knocker next to chef Jason Atherton’s Social Eating House. He’s the man behind this venture, it being the upstairs bar to his Time Out five-star-rated new restaurant, which is known for having an emphasis on quality at every level. Even the basement toilets are lavishly tiled, moodily lit and operating-theatre clean.

But there’s a cheeky side to the Blind Pig, perhaps most evident in the cocktails. Who wouldn’t want to try the Thermo Nuclear Daquiri, a drink listed as containing ‘Overproof rum blend, spiced pineapple falernum, absinthe, lime, glowing radiation and danger’? Or how about the Kindergarten Cup, which includes in its ingredients ‘Skittles-washed Ketel One’ and ‘Wham Bar syrup’? It’s great to see a cocktail list that doesn’t take itself too seriously, while still providing some seriously good drinks.

As for eating, small platefuls of bar snacks (grilled baby peppers with Cornish sea salt, smoked mackerel paté and horseradish cream) are brought up from the open kitchen – they’re intended for sharing, so greedy pigs will have to order several.


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

Average User Rating

4 / 5

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James Manning
Staff Writer

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.