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.