Oskar's Bar

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Dabbous the restaurant is startlingly inventive in its use of ingredients such as herbs and flowers, so it should come as no surprise that the cocktail bar in its basement is similarly inventive. They make a lot of their own cordials and age spirits in small barrels, sometimes with wonderful effect: try the own-made lime cordial in a fantastic gimlet or the barrel-aged negroni. The classics are handled with skill and assurance. We also like the room itself, with its ventilation ducts and distressed-industrial decor. It can get a little loud when very busy, but management doesn’t pour on the pain by pumping up the volume. If we have a complaint, it’s that some drinks look forbiddingly complex, and some of the descriptions are not always helpful – it doesn’t add much to say that a drink is a ‘musky masterpiece’. But that’s a minor point. We like Oskar’s a lot.

 

Venue name: Oskar's Bar
Contact:
Address: Dabbous
39 Whitfield Street
London
W1T 2SF
Opening hours: Open 5.30-11.30pm Tue-Sat
Transport: Tube: Goodge Street tube

Average User Rating

4.5 / 5

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Ali
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This bar offers a great combination of inspiring cocktails, a range of excellent ingredients and appropriately attentive service, without the pretention that often occurs in such a place. The minimalist, metallic decor could easily feel cold and harsh, yet this cosy underground hangout felt friendly and accessible. The staff attended to me well, and immediately found me a seat despite having not booked in the pre-Christmas busyness. I sat at the bar where the bar staff chatted to me and advised me about what was good and popular in the world of liquid concoctions. There's an impressive selection of liquers and spirits, and all syrups and preserves are fresh and home-made. Definitely go for a cocktail (when in Rome...) and I particularly recommend an 'Ikea Sours' or '2 Blueberries, 1 Cup'. However, there's a cocktail to suit every tastebud, and help is happily provided by the friendly bar staff if required. I recommend for enjoying a drink with a difference within an easy-going atmosphere. Ali

PR

Very nventive cocktails. Friendly staff. Slightly cold / industrial atmosphere (but it was early in the evening)